We hit the road in search of the secret spots destined for cult-shopping status. And, we uncovered picture-postcard Bloomsbury settings, stores straight out of a bygone era, and even a street with André Balazs' seal of approval. Ahead, we’re taking you along for the ride. Get your walking shoes ready.
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André Balazs' Chiltern Firehouse may be attracting all the attention right now, but, if you can drag yourself away from the hotel’s gorgeous dining room and Emilia-Wickstead-adorned employees, Chiltern Street has much more to offer. Premier luxury-candle retailer Cire Trudon has some of the most heavenly scents — we dare you to walk out the door without snapping up a candle or two. Nearby, The Monocle Cafe’s eclectic menu — which includes yuzu chicken udon, a shrimp katsu sandwich, and taco rice — promises to turn your lunch hour into a truly global affair. If you're looking to update your summer wardrobe, hotfoot it to designer Anna Laub’s store, where her label Prism's sunglasses, swimsuits, and accessories are on offer. (Rihanna herself is a super-fan.) Trunk Clothiers prides itself on selling the best menswear labels from around the world. It’s a one-stop shop for gentlemen who like to be well-suited — and well-booted — at all times. And, if you work up a thirst shopping, Roots & Bulbs’ extensive offering of fresh detox juices and superfood smoothies will hit the spot. London’s first cold-pressed juice bar offers an enticing list of organic dishes to chow down on, too.
If this writer could live anywhere, it would be in a little pied-à-terre on Lamb's Conduit Street. This Bloomsbury bolt-hole is so picture-perfect you’d think Richard Curtis invented it. But, he didn't, and luckily for us, the stores on this dinky street offer something for everyone. Persephone Books is our favourite bookshop in London. Its collection of hard-to-find reissues of long-forgotten classics always delights. If brogues are your thing, you simply must head to the Grenson flagship store, where you’ll be hard-pressed to find just one style from the brand’s men's and women’s collections to purchase. The J.Crew men's store is also well worth a visit, as its knitwear is second to none. Private White V.C. offers smart suiting options that wouldn’t look out of place in Gatsby’s wardrobe. And, if you’re a fan of low-fi luxe, don’t leave without visiting Folk. Its signature brand of low-key elegance in the form of loosely tailored shifts and boxy tops is a perennial treat.
Shoreditch’s Redchurch Street attracts hordes of discerning shoppers looking for fashion, beauty, and home decor items a step above the norm. If your taste in home furnishings tends toward the decadent and extreme, Maison Trois Garcons — created by the minds behind the city’s quirkiest restaurant, Les Trois Garcons — is the store-cum-cafe for you. Then, invest in classic and retro kitchenalia at Labour and Wait, a design-led store that sells the home-and-garden furnishings our grandparents knew and loved, like Cornishware mugs and enamel coffee pots. Stop by Aesop to fine-tune your skincare routine in the Aussie brand’s elegantly presented shop. The plant-based skincare label is famous for its facial oils and cleansing creams (though the prices are well above average, a little goes a long way). And, if you need an energy boost or simply crave a carb-fest, Burro e Salvia's fresh, house-made pasta dishes hit the spot.
Move over, Old Compton Street — there’s a new Soho spot making waves for all the right reasons. Berwick Street has long been beloved for its fruit and vegetable stalls, as well as the legendary Blue Posts pub. But now that Russell Norman and Richard Beatty’s Polpetto and Alan Yau’s soon-to-be-opened Duck & Rice restaurant are calling it home, this Soho street deserves a second look. And, there’s a lot to look at. There are two excellent vintage stores, Absolute Vintage and Bang Bang, which sell an eclectic mix of past-season, designer fashions and on-trend, retro threads. The prices may be a bit on the high side, but the quality more than makes up for it. Meanwhile, preppy men’s outfitters Oliver Spencer and Percival harness the current mood for all things heritage and old-school, with their offerings of classic outerwear and retro-inspired tailoring. And, if you’re looking to make a footwear purchase, we suggest you stop by Underground, the brand responsible for kitting out seemingly every recent subculture with its signature winklepickers, creepers, and steel-cap boots.