Brick Lane Shopping Guide

Guides - East London

brick-laneLet’s begin at the Top of Brick Lane having alighted at Shoreditch High Street station. Turn left outside the station then right at the top of the road. This will take you onto Bethnal Green Road, which you follow until you reach the Verge Bar at the top of Brick Lane.

Shoreditch Shopping Guide

Guides - East London

shoreditchTurn right out of Shoreditch High Street Overground and right again along Redchurch Street. The once shabby Redchurch Street is warding off any signs of becoming a generic high street with its array of trendy boutiques and vintage shops set in Georgian facades, amidst a backdrop of some of the most original street art in London.

Carnaby Street & Kingly Court Guide

Guides - Central London

carnaby-kingly-courtEscape the buses and bustle of the high street chains on Oxford Street to the North, and Regent Street to the West, for the one-of-a-kind Carnaby Street. Squeezed between the quirky Soho and well-groomed West End of London this is a haven for dedicated followers of fashion.

Camden Town Shopping Guide

Guides - North London

camden-townBegin your exploration with a right-hand turn out of Camden Town station and head down the high street. The first short stretch of road offers various chain stores, including Boots and JD Sports, sitting shoulder to shoulder with piercing parlours and leather-and-lace stores specialising in Goth fashion.

Marylebone Shopping Guide

Guides - West London

maryleboneMarylebone is a discreet and elegant shopping haven from the bustling Oxford Street to the South and the traffic congested Marylebone Road to the North. Among the smart residential buildings are some of London's most sophisticated boutiques, salons, spas, and specialist shops.

Camden Passage Shopping Guide

Guides - North London

camden-passageExit Angel Station and join the bustle of Upper Street. Continue past the Halifax bank on your right and walk underneath the arch towards Camden Passage. The architecture of the Passage was inspired by that of the notorious Newgate Prison, which may explain why the space feels rather confined.

An interview with Hunkydory Vintage

Interviews - East London

hunkydoryHunky Dory was established in 2008, exactly four years ago. Prior to that we had a shop down in Greenwich called The Observatory, which was open from 1990 to 2009. Discover Boutiques Louisa Lau caught up with Ian Bodenham.

Spitalfields Market

Markets - East London

spitalfields-marketExpect to find: Food, Accessories, Fashion, Crafts, Antiques.

Opening times: Tuesday to Friday, 10am-4pm, Sunday 9am-5pm including public holidays

Where: Spital Square, London, E1 6DY

Dalston Shopping Guide

Guides - North London

dalstonDalston is an East London gem that has managed to keep its off-the-beaten-path vibe despite becoming one of the most popular centres for stylish Londoners. A journey down the Kingsland Road towards Stoke Newington Road is a journey crossing a variety of cultures and creative hotspots.

West End Shopping Guide

Guides - Central London

west-endWhen you arrive at Covent Garden tube station be sure to walk in the opposite direction to the throng of tourists heading for the market itself. If you are after boutique fashion and cozy coffee it won't be found in the crowds. Instead, head left down Long Acre, and turn into Langley Street.

Brick Lane Tea Rooms

Markets - East London

brick-lane-tea-roomsExpect to find: Ceramics, Coffee, Antiques, Homewares

Opening times: Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm

Where: Next to 146 Brick Lane

Camden Passage Antiques Market

Markets - North London

camden-passage-antiquesExpect to find: Antiques, Vintage Clothing, Collectables, Fine Art, Accessories

Opening times: Wednesday & Saturday, 7am-6pm

Where: Pierrepont Arcade, Islington High Street, Angel