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Books in West London

Book & Comic Exchange

Stuffed with surprises, this shop is inundated with early issues of Superboy, Batman, Justice League, The Flash, The Hulk, Spiderman, The Silver Surfer and a host of other superhero comics, backed up by sizeable sla…
Homewares in West London

Ceramica Blue

A lovely spot for colourful, eclectic and handsome crockery, imported from more than a dozen countries. There are Japanese eggshell-glaze teacups, serving plates with tribal South African designs, candelabras from I…
Books in West London

Notting Hill Bookshop

This fine, rather small, general bookshop – the inspiration behind the bookshop in Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts' monster rom-com Notting Hill – still sees a regular stream of pilgrims (of all ages) who pose outside …
Books in West London

Lutyens & Rubinstein

Lutyens & Rubinstein is a tremendous, compact (ground floor and basement) and terribly discerning bookshop. It's a squeeze, but the small size pays dividends. Established by a company of literary agents, the foc…
Tea in West London

Chinese Tea Company

Owner Juyan proffers pointers in the world of Chinese tea at this bijou specialist shop in Portobello Green Arcade. Whatever your choice of Chinese tea (chá) – Pu'er, Tie Guanyin, Jasmine, Mogan Shan red tea or Lion…
Vintage in West London

Rellik

Incongruously located opposite one of London’s most notorious tower blocks – the Godawful-yet-heritage-listed concrete Trellick Tower – Rellik is a fashionista-favourite retro store. It stocks vintage numbers from t…
Mall in West London

Westfield

With a humongous cousin in Stratford (and one tipped for Croydon for 2020–21), this gigantic recession-busting shopping mecca was London’s first mall. As well as the 380-odd shops that reside here (all franchises), …
Vintage in West London

Retro Woman

More secondhand than vintage, but very popular, Retro Woman has racks upon racks of hand-me-down fashion and big-name designer goodies, including an astonishing selection of shoes (of Imelda Marcos proportions) and …
Market in West London

Shepherd’s Bush Market

Running since 1914, this fruit-and-veg market stretches underneath the Hammersmith & City and Circle Lines between Goldhawk Rd and Shepherd’s Bush tube stations. Popular with local African and Afro-Caribbean com…
Art in West London

Japanese Gallery

Offers a large range of original, fine and historic Ukiyo-e ('pictures of the floating world') woodblock Japanese prints. Prices range from under £100 to much more for museum-quality examples. The shop also sells a …