19 Greek Street
19 Greek St., Soho
Interior designer Marc Peridis opened this sustainable design gallery in 2012, and it has slowly gained acclaim in design circles. Open by appointment only, it's a bit of an industry secret. In a narrow six-floor Soho townhouse, Peridis curates and commissions stunning work from a stable of international designers like Markus Friedrich Staab, Nina Toolstrup, Hamajima Takuya, and more.
A Portuguese Love Affair
142 Columbia Rd., Shoreditch
This sweet shop in Shoreditch was founded by Portuguese owners Olga Cruchinho and Dina Martins in an effort to bring their favorite staples from their home country to London. There's a range of products, from foodstuffs (tinned fish, jams, honey, olive oil) to beauty products (creams, soaps, even specialty toothpastes) to Portuguese wine, notebooks, and stationery. It's a great spot for hostess gifts, in particular.
Abigail Ahern Flowers
196 Tottenham Court Rd., Bloomsbury
Faux flowers get a bad rep, but in the hands of designer Abigail Ahern they can add mood, beauty, and texture to a room. She first started her pro-faux crusade at her Islington shop, and it quickly caught on to the point that Heal's, the home emporium, has given Abigail a stand-alone "florist" shop. You'll find endless fake varieties—from ferns to hydrangeas, to ridiculously cute moss dog sculptures—another quirky Ahern signature.
14 Clifton Rd., Maida Vale
Beyond being a first stop for elegantly rustic flower arrangements for any occasion, Hayley Newstead's shop, also known as AFH, is also a must-see for interiors. She has a great eye for decoration and stocks singular pieces and fun knick knacks from around the world. She often rearranges the shop, so stop by often.
Absolute Flowers and Home
12 - 14 Clifton Road, Maida Vale
Hayley Newstead's shop is a haven for flower and design enthusiasts alike. While one half of the shop is a bustling florist overflowing with AFH's signature feminine and elegant arrangements for delivery across the city, the other is filled with Hayley's exquisite, modern and mid-century finds for the home. Whether for flowers or furniture, Hayley has the most amazing eye for home decor, making this one of our firm favorites for gifts floral and otherwise.
6-10 Lexington St., Soho
Alex Eagle's eponymous concept store has moved from its Knightsbridge townhouse local to an expansive loft space in Soho. The owner stocks hard-to-find brands like Isa Arfen, Lemaire, and Protagonist mixed in with homewares by hip design studios like Makers & Brothers. With the odd Jean Prouvé stool or Alex Eagle collaboration—many are her takes on classic heritage brands like Swaine-Adeney—dotted here and there, this shop is always packed with discoveries.
Alfie’s Antiques Market
13-25 Church St., Marylebone
This is London's largest indoor market for antiques, vintage, collectibles, and 20th century design. Photo: Jenna Garner
9 Calvert Ave., Shoreditch
With stores in Portobello and Shoreditch, this perennial brand has endured the decades with its classic, pared down designs for both sexes. Simple totes and cool bike bags are our picks.
18 Crawford St., Marylebone
Blush pink walls and a warm grey ceiling complement the beautiful furniture and accessories sold at this relatively new Marylebone shop and design studio. Handcrafted wooden furniture, jacquard throws, simple terracotta ceramics, and beautifully turned-out desk accessories are just a few of the things you'll want to schlep home. While the shop is off the main street it's worth the detour to see. They also take custom orders.
110 Drury Ln., Covent Garden
Aram has been around since the sixties, continually introducing the best of modern design to the city. Brands like Vitra, Knoll, Poltrona Frau, Aram Designs and Cassina are all arranged beautifully in this expansive and clean Covent Garden setting.
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