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BEST INDEPENDENT BOUTIQUES

LOTI’s handpicked guide to the best clothing and homeware boutiques in London. From streetwear and sneakers to plant pots and lamps, these are our fave places to shop. Get that credit card ready…

HUB

49 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0AR, United Kingdom

Hub is our go-to for new womenswear in Stokey. Stocking some of our fave brands including YMC, Wood Wood, Our Legacy, Ganni and Mads Nørgaard, it’s hard not to splurge here, but we all deserve a treat every now and then right?!

ARRAY

88 Stoke Newington Church Street, London, UK

Array stocks a curated edit of clothing, homeware and bath products, with brands including La Paz, Armor Lux, Wax + Wick Workshop, Heath London, Maison Bengal and Tom Lane as well as hand-selected vintage objects and mid-late 20th century British pottery.

LN-CC

18-24 Shacklewell Ln, London E8 2EZ, United Kingdom

If you’re up for spending big bucks and looking for a real shopping experience book an appointment at LN-CC. The designer store is like a maze and contains individual product rooms, a record store, cafe, gallery and club space. And when it comes to clothes expect the likes of Acne Studios, Raf Simmons, Vetements and Saint Laurent.

AIDA

133 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JE, United Kingdom

Aida is multi-concept store when you can grab a coffee and pick up some pieces from their unique edit of independent European brands. Expect to find the likes of Mads Norgaard, Libertine-Libertine, Rains and Converse amongst some lesser known brands.

HUH.

56 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 7XB, United Kingdom

Online mag HUH. opened the doors to their first store in 2011 and it’s filled with pieces from Norse Projects, Samsoe & Samsoe, Folk, Ganni and Garment Project.

SEFTON

196 Upper St, London N1 1RQ, United Kingdom

Sefton bring together all the cool kids in their menswear boutique in Islington. Find everyone from Comme Des Garcons and Acne Studios to Wood Wood and Nike. They also stock their own line of Sefton essentials.

MACHINE-A

13 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0RH, United Kingdom

Machine-A blurs into the background on Brewer Street, but it’s a shop worth visiting. The concept store stocks all the coolest threads including Raf Simons, Gosha Rubchinsky, Aly, Maison Margiela and A-Cold-Wall – oh and they have Ken on the curtains of their dressing rooms, what more do you want?!

HOSTEM

9 Chance Street, London E2 7JB, UK

Hostem oozes cool. There are a range of garms, artworks and ceramics on permanent rotation within the Hostem archive, with brands including Arts & Science, Ma+, The Elder Statesman and Duffy.

SNEAKERSNSTUFF

107-108 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JN, United Kingdom

You’ll rarely find anything else on our feet than trainers and that’s why we LOVE Sneakersnstuff. This place is filled with all hottest sneakers including limited edition ones – expect brands like Adidas, Reebok, Vans, Converse, Nike and more.

COUVERTURE & THE GARBSTORE

188 Kensington Park Road Notting Hill, London, W11 2ES

Couverture & The Garbstore focuses on niche independent labels, collaborations and emerging talent. Stocking menswear, womenswear and homeware, expect to find pieces from Norse Projects, Rejina Pyo, Brain Dead, YMC, Sideline, Kana, No Chemicals and more.

STUARTS LONDON

35-37 Uxbridge Rd, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 8LH, United Kingdom

Originally a tailoring outfit in the 60s, Stuarts London has moved with the times and now stocks everything a guy could ever want. Think Canada Goose, Edwin, Adidas Originals, Fila, Folk and Universal Works.

GOODHOOD

151 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3QE, United Kingdom

If we could dress head to toe in threads from Goodhood we would – they stock all our fave brands including Wood Wood, Vans, Aries, Nanushka, YMC and Norse Projects. And once your wardrobe is full, it’s worth popping downstairs to check out their homeware selection, including Hay, Ferm Living and Cold Picnic, and pick up some Aesop goodies OBVS.

ALPHA SHADOWS

133 Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST, United Kingdom

Alpha Shadows have curated an exclusive selection of menswear with a particular emphasis on Japanese brands that are uncommon in the UK. With pieces from Eastlogue, Niuhans and Fujito, this place is defo worth a visit if you’re on the lookout for something a bit different.

NUMBER SIX

47 Lamb's Conduit Street, Holborn, London WC1N 3NG, UK

Menswear store Number Six brings together small brands and more mainstream labels to create something unique. Expect Carhartt WIP, Libertine-Libertine, Our Legacy and Sandqvist to line the shelves here.

PAM PAM

129 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 7DG, United Kingdom

Pam Pam is a women’s only sneaker, clothing and lifestyle shop. It stocks every trainer a girl could ever want including Chuck Taylors, Adidas Limited Editions, Reebok and Garment Project. Perfect for gals who want to stay step ahead of the game.

INSIDESTORE

155-157 Fortess Road, London NW5 2HR, UK

Insidestore offers a curated but approachable selection of the best modern furniture, lighting, homeware and accessories. Everything in the shop shares a clean, simple aesthetic that’s perfect if you favour a minimalist yet playful look.

SCP SHOREDITCH

135-139 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BX, United Kingdom

SCP is a London staple, having been open on Curtain Road since 1985, and it’s still one of the best design and lifestyle shops in town. Its two floors are packed with contemporary products from tons of different brands as well as their own designs and re-booted classics from the SCP archive, including pieces from Rachel Whiteread, Matthew Hilton and Terence Woodgate.

LABOUR AND WAIT

85 Redchurch St, London E2 7DJ, United Kingdom

Labour and Wait is all about functional products and classic design. Rebelling against the idea of re-designing ranges each season, owners Rachel and Simon source homeware, clothes and accessories that are timeless, like enamel cookware, brass pens and Breton striped shirts, so you can enjoy them forever.

TWENTY TWENTY ONE

274-275 Upper Street, London N1 2UA, United Kingdom

Set over two floors, the Upper Street store is packed full of design-led lighting, accessories and furniture. There’s a mix of classic styles from the twentieth century and more progressive pieces but everything in there is clean and elegant so it feels timeless.

KENT AND LONDON

5 Hackney Road, London E2 7NX, United Kingdom

Clean, modern, English design is at the heart of Kent and London. They started out making furniture and have since grown into building bespoke kitchens and stocking a tight edit of well-crafted homewares, including pieces from Nuuna and Terres de Reves.

VERANDAH

117 Chamberlayne Rd, Kensal Rise NW10 3NS London

Kensal Rise’s Verandah is a real treasure trove, stocking everything from children’s toys to candles to African laundry baskets. They pride themselves on stocking beautiful and unusual items, so if you’re in need of a present, this is the place.

TRIANGLE

81 Chatsworth Rd, E5 0LH

With care and passion in bucket loads, design-led lifestyle store Triangle is all about bringing independent and local designers together. The brains behind the shop, Matt, Tory and Mary, all have backgrounds in different aspects of design. Going above and beyond the trio regularly visit vintage markets in Belgium and Holland and have called upon their friend, jewellery designer Karin Andreasson to create a unique collection for the store. Stocking everything from glassware and textiles to handmade jewellery and vintage furniture, each item has been handpicked, so you’ll never see the same thing twice in this place. Like a little treasure trove, you’ll leave feeling inspired and probably want to redesign your whole home.

THE OLD CINEMA

160 Chiswick High Road, London W4 1PR, United Kingdom

If you’re searching for anything antique, vintage or retro, Chiswick’s The Old Cinema should definitely be on your hit-list. The former Edwardian movie theatre was transformed into antique department store in 1979 and is still going strong. With pieces from all over the world and periods ranging from early 19th century to art deco to mid-century Danish, you’re sure to find some real treasures.

RETROUVIUS

1016 Harrow Road Kensal Green London NW10 5NS

Salvage, reclamation and the belief that well made objects have value is at the heart of Retrouvius. Whilst they try and keep a variety of modernist furniture and hardwood worktops in stock, the beauty of Retrouvius is that you never quite know what’s going to be in there. You might find an old pub sign, a Georgian fire grate, a glazed urinal or telephone box windows…just get in there and explore.

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