Shopping

  • Sunday Upmarket Up-and-coming designers, cool tees and terrific food.
  • Fortnum & Mason The world's most glamorous grocery store?
  • Camden Market Every shade of exotic and alternative: steampunk fashion, navel jewellery, Moroccan lamps.
  • Harrods Garish and kitsch yet perennially popular department store.
  • Portobello Road Market A colourful clash of fashion, vintage clothing, antiques and exotic food.

Fashion Shops

  • Selfridges Everything from streetwear to high fashion under one roof.
  • Collectif Spitalfields store taking inspiration from the 1940s and '50s.
  • Hackney Walk Big-brand outlet shopping at its very best.
  • Folk Simple but striking Scandinavian style for men and women.
  • Browns Great for up-and-coming designers.

Markets

Vintage

  • Annie's Vintage Costume & Textiles High-end Islington boutique specialising in recycled glamour.
  • Traid Dalston not-for-profit selling both top-notch vintage duds and new clothes made from offcuts.
  • Atika A massive selection of just about everything.
  • Beyond Retro London vintage empire with a rock 'n' roll heart.
  • Rellik Classic designer cast-offs from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Bookshops

  • John Sandoe Books Gorgeous bookshop stuffed with gems.
  • Peter Harrington First editions and rare books.
  • Lutyens & Rubinstein Curated selections of exceptional writing.
  • Foyles Stocks a brilliant selection covering most bases and incorporates the Grant & Cutler foreign-language bookshop.
  • Hatchards London's oldest bookshop, selling the good stuff since 1797.

Music Shops

Department Stores

  • Fortnum & Mason A world of food in luxurious historic surroundings.
  • Harrods Enormous, overwhelming and indulgent, with a world-famous food hall.
  • Liberty Fabric, fashion and much, much more.
  • Selfridges Over 100 years of retail innovation.
  • Harvey Nichols Fashion, food, beauty and lifestyle over eight floors.