London's Most Brilliant Concept Stores
London, like any cosmopolitan metropolis, has an eclectic shopping scene. And it’s Londoners’ hunger for independent and designer-focused boutiques keep things fresh year after year.
But with most of these beautiful stores tucked away from the obvious locations, it's challenging for those visiting the city to find them. Don’t worry -- we've researched so you don’t have to.
From all-encompassing lifestyle concept stores to a cafe that is also mid-century furniture purveyor, here are 5 London stores we absolutely love.
1. Present and Correct: A Stationary Heaven
23 Arlington Way, Clerkenwell
Present and Correct was born out of the love for sharing designs and vintage items on Instagram. But, the carefully curated selection of papers and office items eventually took physical form and became a store.
From composition books from the 1950s to letterpress postcards, books of labels and brass paperclips in all shapes and forms, each object found at Present and Correct – P&C for friends – sparks the distant memory of childhood painted in Wes Anderson’s color palette.
2. Goodhood: Lifestyle goals
Curtain Rd, Shoreditch
To call Goodhood anything other than London’s concept store by excellence would be criminal. With more than ten years of existence, this East London institution not only curates a beautiful selection of homeware items but also stocks men and womenswear.
Focused more on culturally relevant products, Goodhood avoids the trends dictated by the fashion industry and manages to create an idea of an effortless lifestyle.
We love the colorful ceramic bowls from Studio Arhoj, the always on point sneaker selection and the small, but perfectly curated, magazine selection. If they say it’s cool, it is cool!
3. The Peanut Vendor: Mid Century design and good coffee
6 Gunmakers Lane, Bow
Located on an unassuming corner just outside Victoria Park, The Peanut Vendor is a surprise in all aspects. The store focuses predominantly on 20th Century furniture, and it's possible on any given day to find a mid-century Modern couch with some Art Deco-inspired pillows on it next to a Hollywood Regency era coffee table.
Besides the larger – and less carry-on friendly – pieces, The Peanut Vendor also stocks an abundance of gifts, homewares, and plants.
The interior design is so atmospheric and inviting that indulging in a slice of cake and a flat white from their small coffee bar is a must, too.
4. The Mercantile: Contemporary brands living in a vintage environment
17 Lamb Street London E1 6EA
In one of Spitalfields' market many stores, there’s a place that successfully combines a relaxed and vintage atmosphere with a great display of contemporary brands. Mercantile’s philosophy and aesthetic are what separates them from all the other boutiques.
From stunning jewelry pieces made by talented independent designers to clothes from Scandi-cool brands like Second Female, quality and value for money are a mantra that this store takes seriously.
Oh, if our word is not enough, then know that to Refinery29, Mercantile is the raddest clothing store in London.
5. Labour and Wait: Classics never go out of style
85 Redchurch St, Shoreditch
Owned by former menswear designers Rachel Wythe-Morand and Simon Watkins, Labour and Wait stocks some incredible timeless products like Japanese stainless steel kettles and lavender water.
The store, with a deep green tilled façade, is a haven for those in search of functional design pieces with some history, but still have a place in today’s daily life. Our favorite item? The indigo blue Japanese apron with a print of Mt. Fuji.