Probably the world’s most uplifting city, London offers unrivalled summer shopping for its nine million residents. And if you live in the centre of town, then you’ll have easy access to many of the best shops in the capital. We pick 20 stand-out stores in Connaught Village and Marylebone to have on your radar, as the summer sale season begins.
20 Lucy Choi (www.lucychoilondon.com)
Lucy Choi is Jimmy Choo’s niece and she designs footwear for women of all ages. Combining luxury, style and comfort for any occasion, the new summer shoes in her Connaught Village store are sure to impress.
19 Vivienne Westwood Flagship (www.viviennewestwood.com)
If you’re looking for something special, then this is the place to start. Home to the queen of cool, this boutique is Westwood world’s crowning glory, with riotous clothes, bags, beachwear and shades for you both.
18 Lost Property of London (www.lostpropertyoflondon.com)
Founded by two former students of Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, this King’s Cross unit offers rucksacks and handbags for the future. Stunningly designed, sustainable and robust, these are for people who buy less but choose well.
17 Lisson Gallery (www.lissongallery.com)
One of the world’s most established and influential art dealerships, this renowned Regent’s Park gallery continues to champion contemporary artists and sculptors, such as Richard Long and Anish Kapoor. It’s also the perfect place to spot emerging talents.
16 Kokoro London (www.Kokorolondon.com)
Designed in England, made in Japan and sold in Connaught Village, Dawn Green’s luxury label is a fusion of fashion and culture. Combining quality fabrics with traditional printing, this summer’s collection is as inspiring as it is unique.
15 Anthropologie (www.anthropologie.com)
A go-to boutique dedicated to boho-chic womenswear, shoes, accessories and homeware, this US store fits perfectly into the chilled Marylebone landscape. Ideal for cool summer dresses, relaxed holiday fashion and clever gift ideas.
14 Margaret Howell (www.margarethowell.co.uk)
This relaxed Marylebone store continues to attract a loyal following, thanks to its quality fabrics and clean-cut, minimalist designs. Its summer collection again reflects the celebrated designer’s strong sense of the ‘simple’ and ‘timeless’.
13 Aimé London (www.aimelondon.com)
An independent, multi-brand boutique in Notting Hill, this outlet was originally created to showcase the best of French fashion. These days, it also offers luxury labels from around the world, as well as selected home and lifestyle items.
12 William Vintage
The world’s ultimate vintage supplier, this flagship store in Marylebone offers an edited collection of classic clothing in the best possible condition. Customers are reported to include Amal Clooney, Kate Moss, Helena Bonham Carter and Victoria Beckham.
A gem in the centre of Connaught Village, this pretty boutique has been bringing preppy chic to London’s West End for almost 10 years. Dedicated followers are attracted by an eclectic selection from a range of exclusive designers.
10 Bimba Y Lola (www.bimbaylola.com)
You’ll find some of the summer’s best beachwear at this Marylebone store, plus irresistible jewellery and lots of oh-so-cute accessories. You’ll love the fluorescent daisy swimsuit and the totally pink sunglasses, but will you dare wear them together?
9 Ritva Westenius (www.ritvawestenius.com)
Have a wedding to plan? This beautiful bridal boutique in Connaught Village is the perfect place to start. For more than 40 years this award-winning British couturier has been creating elegant, individual pieces from luxurious French and Italian fabrics.
8 Mouki Mou (www.moukimou.com)
This bijou boutique is a celebration of understated, under-the-radar luxury. In a world of fast shopping, this Marylebone store wants you to slow down, reflect on the beauty of its merchandise … and not fall down its spiral staircase!
7 Oxygen Boutique (www.oxygenboutique.com)
A friendly, trend-led store, this Fitzrovia-based boutique boasts an impressive mix of desirable and discreet brands. With some by inspiring, up and coming designers, this is probably the perfect place to breath new life into your summer wardrobe.
6 London Skate Centre (www.lonskate.com)
Based in Bayswater for more than 20 years, this shop has sold skates of all kinds to champions and beginners alike. So, if you’re looking for a cool, new summer hobby, buy some rollerblades and get in the park!
5 Mascaró (www.mascaro.com)
Quality shoemakers since 1918, the third generation of this family business is as resourceful as ever. Only the finest Italian and Spanish leathers are used and the utmost attention is paid to style, comfort and fit at this Marylebone store.
4 Astley Clarke (astleyclarke.com)
Set in a quiet Paddington mews, this cosy boutique offers a shopping experience second to none. With a fabulous range of fine jewellery collections, the store’s personal shoppers can provide helpful advice on any gift or customised option.
3 Velorution (www.velorution.com)
A difficult name but an achingly cool shop, offering a wide range of bikes, clothes, helmets and other accessories. Marylebone-based, it’s the place to come for face masks, anti-theft devices, light-weight bikes for kids and even electric options.
2 Cubitts (www.cubitts.co.uk)
Launched in Kings Cross six years ago, Cubitts sells some of the most stylish spectacles and sunglasses around. It also offers a helpful ‘home try on’ service so you can see which ‘look’ is least likely to frighten your cat.
1 Kj’s Laundry (www.kjslaundry.com)
Rooted in hip Marylebone, this is a destination store for confident women looking for something a little less ordinary. With a cool, covetable mix of labels from Europe and the US, its stock includes jewellery, accessories and footwear, too.
Contact Kay & Co estate agents for details of properties for sale or to rent in Marylebone, Bayswater, King’s Cross, Paddington, Notting Hill, Mayfair, Hyde Park, Fitzrovia, Regents Park, Paddington and The West End (020 7262 2030; Kay & Co).