For those of us still picking up last minute Christmas gifts and bits and pieces for the feasting ahead, here’s a handy map highlighting independent shops, boutiques, delis and grocers around London…
There is seemingly no end to London’s shopping, as anyone who has ever tread the length of Oxford Street knows well.
Iconic stores such as Selfridges Hamleys, Harrods and Fortnum & Mason have become destinations in their own right, and global, European and British brands – from top fashion houses to hipster labels – have set up home in the capital’s shopping hubs and along its side streets by the bucket load.
Sure, it’s great to be spoilt for choice, but big brands – and the crowds that generally follow – may not be your thing.
For those looking to support small and independent businesses as they pick up the last of the stocking fillers, chutneys and wine, ICON Printing has created a map that highlights just a handful of the stellar independent shops, boutiques, salons and grocers sprinkled around London.
We’ve picked out a few highlights below, but the guide – based on the Tube map has plenty more to offer.
1 Earl of East, Coal Drops Yard & Shoreditch
Once a candle and fragrance passion project, Earl of East has expanded from a range of three candles to an entire range of home fragrances including air fresheners, incense and essential oils. The store also stocks the likes of Hay, Wonder Valley, Birkenstock and Escuyer. Earl of East also regularly hold candle and terrarium making workshops, if you or a loved one is a crafty person.
87 Coal Drops Yard, London N1C 4DQ; 33 Redchurch Street, London E2 7JB; earlofeast.com
2 Mooch London, Ealing & Fulham
This gift shop has something for all genders and ages and rotates its stock regularly. If you’re looking for a kid’s stocking filler, the World Map Doodle Pillowcase would make bed time way more fun. There’s also jewellery, stationary, accessories and gin making kits for adults.You can also shop online and delivery is free for orders over £30.
88 Northfield Avenue, Ealing, W13 9RR; 90 Northfield Avenue, Ealing, W13 9RT; 120 Pitshanger Lane, Ealing, W5 1QP; 666 Fulham Road, Fulham, SW6 5RX mooch-london.com
3 Alfies Antique Market, Marylebone
For a truly unique gift, Alfies Antique Market is the largest of its kind in the capital. Going for more than 40 years, it is perfect for a rummages and a browse as it is as treasure trove of furniture, jewellery, clothing and things across all eras.
13 – 25 Church Street NW8 8DT; alfiesantiques.com
4 Honey & Spice Deli, Fitzrovia
Across the road from husband and wife run Honey & Co is the Middle Eastern restaurant’s deli and grocery store. It’s great if you want to pick up something for lunch or dinner, or grab a couple of tubs of dips or a salad for snacks. It also has a selection of fresh and dried herb mixes, hard-to-come-by pantry goods like freekah and kadaif pastry and a selection of cookbooks, wines, and kitchen-thingos such as falafel scoops.
52 Warren St, London W1T 5NJ honeyandco.co.uk
5 Broadway Market, London Fields
Independent bookshops, boutiques, restaurants and cafes line both sides of Broadway Market, along with a few chains as well. Head here if you like a dose of hipster, Belgian beers, natural wines, artisan bread and coffee table books about art, culture and design. At the weekend, an actual market sets up shop selling street food and gourmet nibbles as well as clothing, ceramics and jewellery by independent designers which is always worth a stroll by.
Broadway Market; London Fields, E8 4PH; broadwaymarket.co.uk