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Top of the Shops: London


Selfridges_Oxfordstreet_LondonFashion stores dominate the 2014 list, with iconic department store Selfridges (pictured right) topping the list, closely followed by English treasure Liberty (2) and hipster favourite House of Hackney (3).

Selfridges, a London icon, with its concession boutiques, exclusive events and collections from the hottest new brands has been awarded the esteemed top title, climbing three spots since last year. However independent shops receive the most recognition, making up over half of the list, with high-end boutiques such as The Shop at Bluebird on the Kings Road and Celestine Eleven in Shoreditch at numbers seven and eleven respectively. Of the top 100, nearly 1 in 5 were British designers including Paul Smith (10), Stella McCartney (44) and Alexander McQueen (55).

The list was compiled by staff at Time Out, retail experts, designers, and a vast network of Londoners who judged stores on their exclusivity, individuality, value and service. Big names such as Topshop, Oxford Circus and Burberry, Regent Street were given special mention for providing customers with a unique experience that sets them apart from their sister stores.

Time Out London’s Top 10 Best Shops are:

1.              Selfridges

2.              Liberty

3.              House of Hackney

4.              Rough Trade East

5.              & Other Stories

6.              Dover Street Market

7.              The Shop at Bluebird

8.              Topshop, Oxford Circus

9.              Blitz Vintage

10.           Paul Smith, Albermale Street

house_of_hackneyVintage and retro stores still rule, making up 15 per cent of shops including Blitz Vintage (9), Beyond Retro (22), Vintage Showroom (29) and Pitfield London (38). The majority of the best vintage boutiques in the capital are located in East London, helping it creep closer to its rivals in the West as a shopping hot spot.

The arty six-story designer space Dover Street Market came in at number six, establishing itself as a go-to destination for London fashionistas looking for something a bit different, including Jeremy Scott, Chloe Sevigny and Leigh Clark. Style icon Chloe Sevigny explains, “I love Dover Street Market – it’s where I always get my sunnies. They have the hugest, most expansive range there!”

The Time Out annual list included all shops in London, including:

Best One Stop Shop – Selfridges (1)

Best Independent Boutique – House of Hackney (3) (pictured right)

Best High Street Store – & Other Stories (5)

Best New Store – & Other Stories (5)

Best Service – John Lewis (13)

Best for Gifts – Selfridges (1)

Best for Music – Rough Trade East (4)

Best for Lingerie – Coco De Mer (37)

Best for Home – Present (17)

Best for Kids – J Crew (26)

Best for Cigars – JJ Fox (24)

Katie Dailey, Shopping and Fashion Editor at Time Out London said, “The list reveals just how unique London’s shopping scene is, from the expansive selection in Selfridges to the personal service at our amazing specialist boutiques. We have placed a high value on individuality and exclusivity, so that small independents appear alongside titan department stores. And we’ve made sure that new stores like House of Hackney and Universal Works make an appearance alongside the old greats. Only in London could we come up with such a diverse list – it just proves that London really is the shopping capital of the world.”

The full Top 100 will be revealed online (timeout.com/100bestshops) and in Time Out London magazine, distributed across London.


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