Each week, we’ll be encouraging you to keep the UK’s high streets alive by buying from your local independent stores online.
This week we are kicking off with a virtual trip to the capital’s best indie stores.
From retro furniture in West London to a historic department store, show some love to small businesses and get shopping.
Streetwear, skateboards, homewares, exhibition spaces and, when we’re allowed back, a pretty decent cafe to boot.
151 Curtain Road, EC2A, goodhoodstore.com.
This wellbeing store with three branches in the capital is devoted to solving sleep and stress issues via nutrition, supplements and essential oils, and offers a range of products and personalised services online.
The new Kings Road store boasts a Tea Bar and Bath Salts apothecary area and a Sleep Bar.
96 Kings Road, SW3, anatome.co.
Specialising in high quality, low maintenance plants (we’re talking cacti and succulents) there’s something for every space and budget here. They’ve also been nominated for High Street Shop of 2020 – you can vote for them online.
492 Kingsland Rd, E8, prickldn.com.
The Old Cinema
London’s only antique, vintage and retro department store home to a collective of dealers. Family-run, it’s a great place to search for treasure.
160 Chiswick High Road, W4, theoldcinema.co.uk.
WIth two outposts – South Kensington (the original) and Notting Hill – Larry King’s salons are the place to go for cool colours and well-crafted chops. Until they ropen, their haircare online products will be lockdown saviours.
34-36 Harrington Road, SW7, larryking.co.uk/salon/.
So established it’s easy to forget Liberty is an independent shop. Still stocking a variety of small artisanal brands across it’s fashion, beauty, accessories and homeware concessions.
Regent Street, W1, libertylondon.com.
She’s Lost Control
From tarot to crystals, oils to incense, there’s nothing the adventurous soul seeker could want that SLC don’t have. They even do one-to-one readings.
42 Valentine Road, E9, sheslostcontrol.co.uk.
Labour and Wait
Beautiful and useful items are the order of the day at this heralded homeware store which turned 20 last year and now has four locations (including one in Tokyo).
4 Redchurch Street, E2, labourandwait.co.uk.
Highly Instagrammable Italian deli (Brewer Street, W1) and pasta restaurant (Greek Street W1) established in Soho in 1944. Now with a second combined location in King’s Cross – and it can deliver its food nationwide.
18 Brewer Street, London W1, linastores.co.uk.
An urban retreat offering healing therapies and their own range of heavenly products infused with powerful remedial ingredients to counteract the stresses of modern living, pollution, mental stress and body fatigue.
99 Kensington Church Street, W8, ilapothecary.com.
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