15-19 Penny Brookes St., Stratford
Geo-fleur specializes in houseplants—and while this is a great place to come for plants themselves (they've got a gorgeous selection of bonsais, cacti, and succulents), we also love coming here for accessories like copper-bottomed planters and macrame hangers. Their plant subscription, which mails a new plant and its associated trappings every month, makes a great gift for gardeners—or, alternatively, friends with black thumbs.
Moda Operandi Mews
32 Grosvenor Crescent Mews, Belgravia
Tucked away in a listed Belgravia mews house—appropriately upmarket for the luxurious runway online retailer—Moda's first European showroom has been sumptuously decorated by the local design house, Fran Hickman. With warm, pink walls and a spiral staircase that leads to the upstairs of the historic townhouse (which was previously listed as a stable block), the entire space is reminiscent of an enormous, luxurious dressing room—especially fitting since the experience is totally private and by appointment only. In London, Moda fans get first dibs on straight-off-the-runway collections, ready-to-wear collections, and giftables.
5 Fournier St., Soho
Housed in a historic 18th-century townhouse, this antiques shop looks almost like a storybook rendition of an old London home. It's a great spot not only for antiques but also for discovering new contemporary artists as owner Fiona Atkins has an eye for talent and often hosts gallery shows in the back room. The shop also doubles as a florist, selling bunches made by local talent, Worm, and a wonderful coffee and cake stop in the cozy kitchen downstairs.
33 Redchurch St., Shoreditch
Sure, it's a boutique, but this beautiful space is also a really great hangout spot. Stop by for a coffee, peruse their selection of small objects and tabletop goods, have a light lunch meeting at one of their gorgeous green marble tables, or stock up on Etre Cecile t-shirts, Pamela Love jewelry, and the shop's own brand linen shirts. With its laid-back vibe, Modern Society has quickly become a fixture on Redchurch Street, one of East London's coolest shopping drags.
79a Wilton Way, Hackney
Momosan, a teensy, whitewashed space a few doors down from Violet Cakes on the up-and-coming Wilton Way, is a collection of beautiful, useful objects owner Momoko Mizutani has found on her travels. While there is a definite Japanese bent to the look and feel of the delicate glassware, quirky ceramics, and home-y odds and ends, these are her finds from friends across the world. Ceramic mugs by LA artist Peter Shire, London-based Jochen Holz' delicate colorblock glassware, Japanese incense, and more: It's a hodge podge, but a painstakingly edited one—and at great prices—making this an ideal gifting destination.
5 Chatsworth Rd., Hackney
Beautifully arranged and sourced by Angela Maynard, an ex-product developer, this is a London green-thumb's dream with ceramics in muted tones, handmade woven baskets, all the succulents you could dream of, and hard-to-find skincare brands. Botany hosts mini gallery openings in the space, too, which is just another great excuse to head there more often.
43 S. Audley St., Mayfair
Sure, we hit Frette for the heavenly sheets, towels, and bedding, but when it comes to their new London flagship, we also go here just to admire the space. The luxury Italian bedding company made a genius move enlisting Milanese design duo of the moment, Dimore Studio, to do the space. The two floors shimmer in tones of emerald and gold, punctuated by a grand, black staircase and satin arm chairs dotted throughout. They offer bespoke, personalized sets.
41 Conduit St., Mayfair
This ethical fashion label debuted a pop-up in Mayfair (open through December), and what's even better is that they've gone down the concept shop route, sharing the love with other brands that hold their same ethos. This means that when you drop in to peruse their collection, you can stay for a while and enjoy some of Jasmine Hemsley's Ayurvedic nosh at her "pop in" shop East by West, try out Tata Harper's beautiful cosmetics, and take in Tuk Tuk Flower Studio's artful arrangements. (Maiyet's permanent flagship store is in Soho.)
London Design Museum Shop
224-238 Kensington High St., Kensington
While the new Design Museum isn't open quite yet, the shop is already up and running and provides a tiny sneak preview into architect John Pawson's vision for the museum. Colorful design objects, gadgets, toys, and gizmos are carefully arranged on a Vitsoe shelving system on dark grey walls, creating a beautiful and contrasting display. It's a great selection of small, affordable gifts and more high-concept pieces for the real design lover like John Pawson designed ceramic bowls, a Barber & Osgerby teapot, Artek's Alvar Aalto stools and the like. It all bodes well for the grand opening in late November.
127/128 Sloane St., Belgravia
With shops in Dubai, Beirut, and Abu Dhabi, this Middle Eastern retailer has now arrived in London in a sprawling space that couldn't be more at home on tony Sloane Square. With a Nordic-concept-store look and a mini-department-store feel, it offers plenty of dedicated room for designers like Victoria Beckham, Elie Saab, and Isabel Marant, while more niche brands like Bella Freud, Malone Souliers, and Monreal London get their airtime on the surrounding racks and displays. Meanwhile, the Bistrotheque team serves up all-day snacks and drinks at the in-store April's Cafe. As a bonus, it has a leafy and secluded courtyard, making it all the more of a destination for West London's fashion crowd.
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