Baar & Bass
336 King's Rd., Chelsea
Fashion giants, like Dover Street Market, Matches, and Selfridges, may have every sartorial desire covered, but it’s the smaller, more intimate stores that are the backbone of London. Baar & Baas on the King's Road is the perfect example. Maddie Chesterton’s edit is arty and quirky: silky Rixo tea dresses, striped Bella Freud knits and flared pants, retro Terry de Havilland platforms, and the most sublime Sophie Lis jewelry are just a few of the special offerings. It’s all luxuriously bohemian and ’60s-inspired. And the selection of cookbooks, candles, and cards solves virtually every gift buying dilemma, every time.
Cabbages and Roses
121-123 Sydney St., Chelsea
With its subtle florals, washed-out colors, antique furniture, and loose, billowy fashion line, Cabbages and Roses feels very English countryside (in the best possible way). Owner Christina Strutt's store started as a line of fabrics for interiors (and they remain the backbone of her business), and she brings the same vintage-inspired aesthetic to the homewares, accessories, and clothing in her cozy Chelsea boutique.
112 Old Church St., Chelsea
There's a good chance you would find De Gournay without a heads up from us, if only because it's nearly impossible to walk by its windows without getting drawn into the elegant showroom. It offers fabrics, furniture, plates, and custom design services, but De Gournay's true specialty is luxury hand-painted wallpapers in Chinoiserie patterns. Owner Claud Cecil Gurney seeks out painters who have been in the business for generations, and the wallpapers are indisputably the best in this increasingly rare trade.
Design Centre Chelsea Harbour
Lots Rd., Chelsea
With ninety showrooms of some of the biggest names in design, this is not for the faint-hearted, so think about enlisting the personal shopping service, which makes the massive space and selection a bit easier to take on. Don't miss Cole & Son, Edelman Leather, Tai Ping, The Nanz Company, and Stark Carpet and Fabric, to name a very few.
587-589 King's Rd., Chelsea
From chairs to ottomans, couches to chaise lounges, everything here is upholstered, and handcrafted in the store's own workshops. A majority of the designs (many of which are George Smith's originals) are centuries old and very traditional, but when paired with the right fabrics, they can add a bit of classic elegance to a contemporary interior.
10 Blacklands Terrace, Chelsea
Here, you'll find around 25,000 books piled on every imaginable surface, from tabletops to the staircase. The shop has a literary slant but stocks all sorts of titles, from architecture tomes to cookbooks to thrillers.
27 Duke of York Sq., Chelsea
Nicky Kinnaird's beauty emporium has launched more than one of the best skin-care brands known today. Lines like Tata Harper, Laura Mercier, and Eve Lom were virtually unknown before winning shelf space here. If you're looking for some skin-care advice, Space NK is a good place to mix up your beauty regimen. There are locations throughout the city.
The Conran Shop
81 Fulham Rd., Chelsea
Terence Conran of Habitat fame is one of the—if not the—most prominent figures in British design, and his legendary shop is just one of his many legacies. His son Jasper is heir to his throne: He's recently overhauled the store's layout, style, and feel. Mixing furniture into realistic and enticing homelike vignettes, the shop is now a source of inspiration as much as it is the place to buy twentieth-century design large and small. Along with all the Eames, Saarinens, and van der Rohes—not to mention Donald Judd's furniture designs, for which Conran has the exclusive—the knickknacks, stationery, and design books are unparalleled, making it hard to walk out empty-handed. There is also another location in Marylebone.
The Organic Pharmacy
396 Kings Rd., Chelsea
The Organic Pharmacy specializes in herbal and homeopathic treatments and supplements and is a place where you can get a custom mix made according to your specific needs. You'll also find a great range of beauty and skincare products that you can buy on goop. There are locations throughout the city in Chelsea, Covent Garden, Kensington, Soho, and Hampstead.
Wild at Heart
30A Pimlico Road, Chelsea
Nikki Tibbles' flower emporium is over twenty years strong, making her a household name and her shops—a concession at the entrance to Liberty, a landmarked turquoise street island in Notting Hill, and a formal Chelsea boutique—an institution. You can count on Wild at Heart for their signature graphic bouquets which make perfect gifts no matter what the occasion. Their seasonal jam jar arrangements make a particularly thoughtful gift for the host as they're so easy to throw on the table or mantle for quick dinnertime decor.
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