You could spend days pouring over the antiques spread over four floors of stalls in Marylebone. You'll find everything from classic cocktail shakers to Victorian jewelry, Art Deco furniture, old steamer trunks, and vintage clothing.
The striking flagship shop consists of interconnected townhouses and a covered atrium. The collections are shown in small rooms that are gracefully linked. Of special note are the old books and prints.
Built in 1819, this was England's first shopping arcade, so think of it as the proto-mall. A mix of antiques, jewlery shops, and modern luxury brands like Penhaligon's, Vilebrequin, and Larduree. (Here's a map.) The grand shopping continues across the street at Piccadilly Arcade.
The short shopping strip is sleepy or closed early in the week, and thriving from Thursday to Sunday. Charming shops sell antiques, housewares, jewelry, and garden gear, most notably Vintage Heaven (#82), Far (#124), and Three Letter Man (#146). Yes, there are galleries, too, and watering holes like Campania Gastronomia. On Sundays, the bustling Flower Market lining the street makes it a lively, boho destination.
Daunt has branches throughout London, but the two-storefront Edwardian location in Marylebone is the one to visit for the skylights, endless oak shelves, three floors, atrium, stained glass windows, and, yes, books, including a vast travel section.
Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo's retail concept includes six floors of well-known and emerging designers. An edgy sensibility is evident in all the clothes, accessories, and products. There's a lovely cafe on the top floor.
Old and new England meet in the Tudor-style building, which make this more charming than any of the Oxford Street department stores nearby. New designers and beauty products sell as well as the classic dressmaking fabrics and haberdashery.
Online, it's a platform for emerging men's and women's fashion, music, and books. In the physical world, the recently refurbished edgy Dalston shop is a boutique, a record store, a performance space, a library, and a club. They like to keep it loose at the Late Night Chameleon Cafe. Entry is by appointment only and is easy to arrange by phone or email to email@example.com.
It opened in 1876 as an underground storage facility for the wealthy. Over time, the families moved out and the silver dealers moved in. In addition to silver, the collections include Old Sheffield Plate, modern silver, jewelry, and watches.
Much more than a record store, it's a center for discovering new and alternative music from all over the world. Its history can be traced to the influential label of the same name, though now the focus is retail, with listening stations, in-store gigs, books, movies, gadgets, and a cafe.