Even if you claim to be this type of traveler who has an aversion to shopping (do you?), you may not be able to recognize yourself in London. Because this is the city that lives and breaths style and one of the best places in the world to reinvent your wardrobe. Or, to just get inspired. So, whatever it is that you are in London for, make the time to celebrate the city’s elegance and eye for quality. Be ahead of the curve by visiting some of our friendly recommendations of seminal boutiques. Are you ready to pull out of Oxford Street?
Wolf & Badger: Ethically stylish
We bet livening up your wardrobe hasn’t been such a sustainable and inspirational experience before. At Wolf & Badger, you will find 600 international independent designers and artisans from all over the world. All pieces are hand-picked based on their uniqueness, environmental impact, and quality. Are you tired of those oh no moments when you find yourself wearing the same outfit as another guest at the party? Wolf & Badger collections are limited, and you will most likely be one of a very few worldwide owning the same piece. And, don’t worry if you didn’t have the time to visit their London boutique and Raw Press café. You can also find them on your next trip to New York or online.
You have many reasons to visit the neighborhood of Islington in inner London — buzzing cultural scene, attractive Victorian villas, pockets of greenery. We have one more, very chic reason for you: Diverse family-run boutique. Their current address is relatively new, but Diverse has a 30-year-old history in the world of fashion. So, when it comes to our image, we trust them. Walk in their sunlit store, and you will feel at home. Take your time to browse through their carefully selected items for men, women, and your home, and don’t miss their peaceful garden.
Address: 148 Fortess Road, London NW5 2HP
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Hub: Feel comfortable in your selections
If you and your partner don’t like messing with each other’s shopping business, or you feel like surprising one another, Hub has one store for menswear and one for womenswear on the same street. Did we already hear you say “see ya”? Hub has both international and local urban brands, with emphasis on clothes which are comfortable, functional, and timeless. And if your boots aren’t made for walkin’, here you can find a wide selection of exclusive footwear.
Address: 49 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0AR (Womenswear) & 88 Stoke Newington Church Street (Menswear)
Pelicans & Parrots: The vintage side of you
Even though it’s very likely to fall in love with Pelicans & Parrots furniture and interiors collection, it might be slightly tricky to do so on your holiday. However, you can satisfy your hunger for style with their smaller decorative objects, which come from antique fairs and markets from the UK, Europe, and the US. All the clothes in the store are vintage, and almost all are from Italy. And, because you are in London, there’s always a good reason to have a pint, even if it’s to celebrate a good purchase. Pelicans & Parrots has its very own events space, which resembles a Caribbean rum shop.
Address: 40 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, London N16 7XJ
For more aesthetic discoveries, don’t miss the opportunity to chat with our locals in London. And if your curiosity about the world leads you elsewhere, don’t worry! We have helpful loclpals dotted around the world.
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