Our corner of south east London has a wealth of local boutiques bursting with wonderful, original gift ideas. Here’s your guide to shopping on of the best corners of the capital this Christmas…
Greenwich Market: One of our favourite places to shop for Christmas, Greenwich Market is London’s only historic market set within a World Heritage site. The central hub of designer-makers’ stalls is surrounded by independent and boutique shops and there are plenty of food stalls and mulled cider to keep you going. Also, from 1-24 December, the market is open 7 days a week.
Arty Globe by Hartwig Braun is a brand of hand-drawn cityscapes, architectural images, maps and other cultural heritage icons. Find his illustrations on everything from huge canvases to mugs and aprons. Located in Greenwich Market.
The Shop at the Old Royal Naval College The Shop at the ORNC stocks a great collection of design-led and locally inspired gifts, including a Painted Hall print silk scarf by Jeff Banks, an ORNC hip flask and Cutty Sark cufflinks by local ceramic jewellery designer Allison Wiffen. Located adjacent to the Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre at the ORNC.
Claire Swindale: Blackheath-based photographer and artist Claire Swindale has produced a collection of luxury Habotai Silk Scarves available in 14 unique designs and two sizes (neckerchief/pocket hankie sized, £40, and large for £125). The limited-edition scarves are proudly designed, printed and finished in England.
Hortus: Hortus in Blackheath Village creates real gardens for real people, and also has a lovely shop stocked with potted orchids, picnic blankets, books, ceramics by Magpie, Kew Garden plant pots, garden tables and much more.
Raffles: Michael Caine has been running Raffles in Blackheath Village for 13 years. The upmarket boutique stocks men’s and women’s fashions and accessories that stand the test of time, as well as gifts for children.
Simon Carter: Known as the King of Cufflinks, the Simon Carter brand has grown over the years to encompass a whole range of men’s accessories from watches and bags to ties, belts, scarves and finally a full clothing offer. Find the shop in Blackheath Village.
Ottie & The Bea: A children’s wonderland in Blackheath Standard. Storytelling and fun abound here, as well as a great range of books, clothes and gifts.
Graphic designer Ray Stanbrook has been ‘screen printing south London since 1977’. His range of colourful, quirky, limited-edition screen prints, cards and tea towels feature familiar sights such as the Crystal Palace transmitter and the Horniman Museum. Cards £2, tea towels £8, screen prints £45. Buy online at Etsy.
Nom Nom: Nom Nom pregnancy and baby skincare products, created by Crystal Palace resident Jayne Russell, have been pulling in the awards. The Organic Baby Mini Set (£22) contains Soil Association certified products including Baby Bath Aloe Vera and Orange Blossom plus two multi-award winning products: Baby Butter Calendula and Evening Primrose and Baby Oil with Starflower for Massage and Cradle cap. Buy online.
Good Taste Food & Drink: Good Taste Food and Drink is a specialist cheese, charcuterie, beer and wine shop on the Crystal Palace Triangle. Choose from an excellent selection of craft beers, fine wines and cheese for the foodie in your life, or pick out a cheese, wine and beer hamper (prices from £35).
Simon Carter: The King of Cufflinks has a branch in Crystal Palace too… (see Blackheath).
Roullier White: One of London’s best lifestyle boutiques, the team at Roullier White has an excellent nose for perfumes and can help you pic out the perfect scent for Christmas, as well as a range of luxury products from scented candles to leather accessories and cosy winter scarves and gloves.
Rigby & Mac: You really are lucky in Dulwich, since the dulwich trader, ed and tomlinsons (in West Dulwich, East Dulwich and Dulwich Village, respectively) is another leading lifestyle boutique that continually pulls in the accolades. Shop them all under the umbrella site of Rigby & Mac, or head into town for a nosy about the homewares, beauty and fashion goodies.
Jo Gordon: Based in Dulwich Village, Jo Gordon designs gorgeous Scottish knitwear accessories featuring stripes, pompoms and plenty of colour. Hats, scarves, gloves galore for both men and women…
Anorak: Based in the Parkhall Business Centre in West Dulwich, Anorak creates achingly cool functional products inspired by the great outdoors, from picnic hampers to ironing board covers and poncho towels for babies. They’re an online outlet, but in the run up to Christmas they’ve opened a pop-up boutique on Lordship Lane with Molly Meg, the innovative children’s design shop.
Rosa & Clara Designs: Rosa & Clara Designs is a small business based in East Dulwich, producing illustrative, British-made homewares and gifts. The new Flamingo Flourish washbag is £29.50 available from the website and selected independent boutiques including Jane Newbery in Dulwich Village, Roullier White in East Dulwich and LOIS in Peckham.
Lowie – Lowie’s cool, contemporary knitwear is inspired by the world’s rich mosaic of traditional handicrafts. Founded in 2002 by designer Bronwyn Lowenthal, the online boutique now has a physical outlet on Dulwich Road in Herne Hill. For quirky, timeless pieces from mohair socks to chunky mittens, coats, dresses and cute jumpers, head here.
Bon Velo: A must for cycling enthusiasts, this place has the latest bikes and accessories and even stocks Kiddimoto balance bikes for the little ones.
Tales on Moon Lane: The coolest kids book shop in the capital, Tales on Moon Lane has won numerous awards for its kid-friendly approach to reading. As well as the latest, greatest and most beautifully illustrated children’s books, you can even pick up quirky extras like giant inflatable dinosaurs.
Wish: This little shop is packed with excellent local prints – vistas of Brockwell Park and the like – as well as an array of quirky little gifts and homewares for all.