Shopping is one of London’s favourite sports and a great way to discover any city. In this capital, we are spoilt for choice with grand flagships, independent boutiques, concept stores, showrooms and galleries in almost every neighbourhood. The chances are you’ve already visited the West End and London’s famous department stores, so we are taking you off the beaten track for an unforgettable shopping adventure.
If you’re a fan of the independent, the unexpected and the authentic, then Soho shopping is a must. A short walk from Corinthia London (or an even shorter cycle if you borrow one of our Brompton bikes), Soho has a unique character all of its own.
Expect a maze of tight streets packed with unexpected treasures. This one-mile-square district in the very heart of the city beats to its own drum. Home to theatreland, the media industry and once the red-light district, Soho has cleaned up its act but not lost its cheeky character.
Beloved luxury department store Liberty was opened in 1875 by Arthur Lasenby Liberty. Housed in a Grade II-listed Tudor building, this shop is a treasure trove of fashion, accessories, beauty, jewellery, flowers, chocolates, childrenswear, fragrances, home furnishings and, of course, Liberty’s own fabrics. Take your time exploring every corner of this historic store renowned for its eclectic and confident selection.
Escape the tourists on Carnaby Street and make for this hidden gem, a courtyard with three floors of independent eateries and shops to explore. Al fresco dining in the courtyard is a treat if the weather allows. Eat your way through Pizza Pilgrims, Darjeeling Express, Oka and more. This is a dining spot in the heart of the action yet off the beaten track, a favourite with locals and visitors alike.
This cooler-than-cool Soho boutique is expertly curated by founder Stavros Karelis. Expect Raf Simons, Maison Margiela and Craig Green, and discover plenty of new names. This Soho institution is renowned for discovering the capital’s most exciting emerging designers.
A home-grown street-style icon founded by Lev Tanju, pioneering t-shirts, hoodies, outerwear and accessories for London street-style kids the world over.
This contemporary men’s brand is small, independent and consistently focused on timeless designs, high-quality construction and exceptional craftsmanship. Albam is great for utilitarian outerwear (and London’s unpredictable weather). Style is on point but it’s the quality that makes this a firm favourite among the cognoscenti.
One for the little ones... Hamleys is the oldest and biggest toy shop in the world. Discover seven floors of games, toys, demonstrations and children beside themselves with excitement! It's a great way to end a day out for well-behaved small people.
Since 1964, this shop and bar has been the whisky enthusiast’s destination of choice, with around 300 varieties from Scotland alone. Prices range from the accessible to tens of thousands of pounds for the oldest and most rare. The staff are knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and there’s a copper-topped bar in the shop itself for tastings. If you want to stay longer, make for the secret bar. Accessed through a hidden door behind a bookcase, you’ll find a basement speakeasy-styled cocktail bar – the Vault.
A Soho institution since 1887, long before we all became dedicated coffee consumers. A tiny shop with over 80 blends of coffee available as beans or ready ground. A great place to buy specialist coffee preparation kits too and if you’re caffeine-free, don’t worry - they have plenty of options and teas from all over the world.
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