London is a difficult city to leave behind, especially if you’re staying with us at one of our stylish central London hotels. But there is a way to take the London look with you when you go… Luckily, there are plenty of places to pick up one-off design pieces in the capital, from traditional British furniture and furnishings to eccentric cushions and handmade ceramics – all available to ship to your desired address. Take a look at our top London stores and bring a little bit of the city home with you after your holiday.
The Old Cinema
The home of a collective of creative types, from dealers to decorators, and set in a former Edwardian picture house, you know you’re bound to find something unique at The Old Cinema. A dedicated department store of retro, vintage, and antique goodies, this place is a feast for the eyes.
The Old Cinema, 160 Chiswick High Road, W4 IPR.
Found in two different locations – Chelsea, the original store, and Marylebone – The Conran Shop is one of the top London stores for design enthusiasts. You’ll find everything from floor lamps to fragrances here, all imbued with Terence Conran’s signature style.
The Conran Shop: 55 Marylebone High Street, Marylebone, W1U 5HS / Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, Chelsea, SW3 6RD.
With international names showcased alongside emerging talent, Mint is a chic meeting place of design and creative vision. Pop in to pick up a one-of-a-kind accessory for your home, like a sculptural resin bowl or showpiece Kilim Chair, or book a meeting with one of the team to come up with a concept to revitalise your living space.
Mint, 2 North Terrace, Alexander Square, SW3 2BA.
Pentreath & Hall
The carefully curated collection of products at Pentreath & Hall offers everything from glassware to armchairs, and practical items to decorative adornments for the home. With a good dose of British eccentricity behind many of the pieces, the items here will appeal to the more adventurously minded.
Pentreath & Hall, 17 Rugby Street, Bloomsbury, WC1N 3QT.
Giving well-made and pre-loved objects a second chance is the raison d’être of Retrouvius in Kensal Green. Expect everything and anything from architectural salvage, including items like Edwardian firebaskets, hardwood worktops and reclaimed factory lamp shades.
Retrouvius, 1016 Harrow Road, Kensal Green, NW10 5NS.
Bold and breathtaking, the Andrew Martin showroom in South Kensington is filled with attention-grabbing pieces, which are likely to find their way onto your wishlist. Ranging from accessories and wallpaper to beautiful British-made sofas, there’s plenty to peruse here.
Andrew Martin, 198-200 Walton Street, South Kensington, SW3 2JL.
Whether you want a small suitcase-sized something that’s been sustainably sourced (the ceramics are lovely) or you’re keeping an eye out for furniture with a bit of a back-story, Folklore is one of the top London stores for eco interiors, with ecology and ethics at the cornerstone of everything they stock.
Folklore, 193 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1RQ.
Admittedly, this is not a single store, but this Belgravia street should be on any design maven’s shopping list. From the chic lighting and fabrics in Nicholas Haslam to the glamorous furniture at Talisman, Ebury Street is packed with top London stores that have big names and even bigger ideas. Just around the corner, you’ll also find the London-based bespoke designs of Linley Belgravia.
Ebury Street, Belgravia, SW1.
Labour & Wait
Firmly of the belief that functional can be beautiful, Labour & Wait stocks everything your household might need, from enamel tea kettles to wooden brooms and culinary seeds to plant in your back garden. With vintage and new items nestling up next to each other, this East End entry is one of the top London stores on our list.
Labour & Wait, 85 Redchurch Street, E2 7DJ.
It’s more than just interiors on offer at Pitfield London; it’s a lifestyle – and a colourful, creative, and eclectic one at that. Browse the wonderful wares in their shop (from candles to couches, both vintage and contemporary) and exhibition gallery and then, when you’re all tuckered out, put down your bags and enjoy a relaxed repast in their charming on-site café.
Pitfield London, 31-35 Pitfield Street, N1 6HB.
Header image © The Conran Shop