Notting Hill Shops
Merchant Archive (Closed)
19 Kensington Park Rd., Notting Hill
Owner Sophie Merchant was, until recently, a well-kept industry secret, helping designers (of brands we couldn’t possibly out) build their vintage archives for runway inspiration. In 2007, she took her skills in-house and opened her own, appropiately named Merchant Archive. At the store in Notting Hill, you'll find her immaculate vintage trove from Chlo to Ossie Clark and more, along with her vintage-inspired line and picks from brands like Paper London, Robert Clergerie and Preen. She has some exquisite finds for wedding shoppers as well.
87-93 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill
SCP works with a closely curated group of designers to manufacture the furniture and home accessories in workshops around the world. Donna Wilson's playful knits get a lot of airtime here, as do designers like Lucy Kurrein, Michael Anastassiades, and more. Owner Sheridan Coakley does a fair amount of travel and always brings back great finds with him. Aside from the high-concept furniture, lighting, and accessories, this shop is one of the best in town for gifts. The other location is in Shoreditch.
Wolf & Badger
46 Ledbury Rd., Notting Hill
Established in 2009 by brothers Henry and George Graham, Wolf & Badger is predicated on the idea of launching new soon-to-be-big designer talent. The concept is taking off, as there are now two London-based boutiques (the other one is in Mayfair).
Books for Cooks
4 Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill
A London foodie hub, this store is crammed with cookbooks, food writing, books on nutrition, fiction, and more. New releases and classic tomes are mixed together by this store's knowledgeable staff. The shop has its own test kitchen, where you can sample many of the recipes the Books for Cooks staff is excited to try. Don't miss the themed workshop meals in the demonstration kitchen upstairs, where you'll learn how to make global cuisines from a group of experts in different foodie fields.
52 Lonsdale Rd., Notting Hill
Affordable jewelry by lesser-known designers is nearly impossible to find in London, which makes Hall, a hole-in-the-wall shop tucked away behind Westbourne Grove, so special. Here, owner and designer Min Lee gathers her favorite designers and displays them along with her own designs. You'll find Annette Ferdinandsen's organic, insect-inspired pieces next to Ilana Ariel's more angular designs, along with Min's own collection of fashion jewelry—everything from simple bangles to gemstone earrings and cuffs, to signature wave rings, and more. Look for Min at the shop for inspiration on how to put it all together—she truly is the master of layering jewelry, high and low.
Native & Co.
116 Kensington Park Rd., Notting Hill
Form and function is the resounding thesis at Sharon Jo-Yun Hung and Chris Yoshiro Green's shop of Japanese and Taiwanese discoveries, from the most beautiful brooms and simple, graphic tenugui cloths, to super useful and elegant porcelain ceramics from Akira, to those gorgeous copper tea canisters, to the most fundamentally perfect stationery. Everything in the shop adheres to a subtle palette of brown and greige and comes together picture-perfectly, so beyond the objects, the shop is an aesthetic experience in and of itself.
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