Acne

The quirky Swedish label Acne’s flagship shop sits on Dover Street in Mayfair. Housed in a five-story, 19th-century townhouse, formerly an art gallery, the shop has an arty feel. There’s a grand piano, pine and concrete floors and splashy art on the white walls. The clothes are cool, too. What started out as a denim label in 1996 has grown into a collection of hip urban wear. The space is also characterized by Acne’s distinctive furniture designs and has a sweet roof garden.

Alex Eagle Studio

Designer Alex Eagle’s studio showcases British-made ready-to-wear clothing and jewelry, along with her curated selection of furniture (contemporary and antique) as well as other home goods.

Interior at  Alfred Dunhill, London, England

Alfred Dunhill

Bourdon House, a stately Georgian mansion, once home to the Duke of Westminster, is the Alfred Dunhill flagship store and something of a gentleman’s club. There’s a lovely central courtyard walled off from the street that you pass through to enter the shop. Polished wooden floors, Oriental carpets and handsome brass columns offset the essentials of the well-dressed man that are sold on the main floor. Upstairs, a museum of the company’s artifacts complements the custom leather and menswear. After having a tailor take his measure, a man can also visit the on-site barber. His “shop” is outfitted with wood paneling, caramel-colored leather barber seats and plasma TVs. The basement boasts a bar and one of the sleekest private cinemas in the city. Alfred’s, a private members club in the adjacent wing, features four bedrooms, a stately restaurant and even a chauffeur driven Bentley. Membership is by invitation only.

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Alice Palmer & Co

Interior designer Alice Palmer was frustrated when she couldn't source the right lampshades, so created her own. The fun, pleated shades resemble adorable skirts, and often feature block printing and embroidery, showcasing influences that span the globe. Beyond lampshades, the brand has expanded to other houseware items as well, including cushions, wallpaper, candles, cushions and more.

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Anderson & Sheppard

The menswear store sells a wide array of covetable goodies including 12 types of trousers and 52 types of sweaters.
Interior at  Anya Hindmarch, London, England

Anya Hindmarch

Anya Hindmarch, a favorite of the Camerons, now has an empire boasting four London stores as well as concessions in Harrods, Liberty and Harvey Nichols. The flagship store is on Sloane Street, where you’ll find her smart leather bags and accessories with their understated little black bow logo, and the incredibly useful range of travel and cosmetic bags and pouches with their quirky embossed labels. Much of the collection can be customized with your own photos.

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Anya Hindmarch - The Bespoke Shop

While there are several locations around London— including a small constellation of shops on Pont Street—with bags, fun accessories and home goods ranging from her Life to Labelled collections, Anya Hindmarch Bespoke is the only spot where you can order custom pieces.

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Anya Hindmarch - The Labelled Shop

As the name implies, this is where you can find Anya’s Labelled collection—a system of colored cases and bags whose gold-embossed labels—lotions and potions, girlie stuff, an earphone travel pouch, and an in-flight case—will keep you uber-organized every day and during your travels.

Apparels at Bamford, London, England

Bamford

Lady Bamford sells the kind of gorgeous clothes that she herself likes to wear, and the beautifully-made elegant objects that she chooses to be surrounded by–she is known for her luxurious organic farm, café and retreat center in the Cotswolds. Quality trumps trend here, where materials and lasting beauty are what matter. In fall, you’ll find seriously seductive fur jackets, cashmere wraps and loafers.

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Begg x Co

At its first brick-and-mortar outpost in Mayfair’s Burlington Arcade, Begg x Co sells its own responsible luxe-cashmere sweaters, accessories and throws.

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Bella Freud

London-based fashion designer Bella Freud's boutique sells her eponymous brand’s casual-chic, colorful clothing, including now-iconic “1970” sweaters, as well as other sweaters, dresses, blouses and trousers.

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Bennett Winch

This is the flagship store of Robin Bennett and Robin Winch's high-end British luggage company. The handsome collection—bearing the company's two robin (birds) logo—is made in England with military-grade cotton parachute webbing, solid brass hardware, and Tuscan leather trim. Their cleverly designed suit carrier holdall is a garment bag that wraps around a duffel, and the brand is already becoming a cult favorite among stylish travelers. Its location on Savile Row is perfectly situated since this luggage line is ideal for men who wear bespoke suits.

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Berry Bros. & Rudd

Berry Bros & Rudd claims a Royal Warrant and to be the oldest wine merchants in the city. It opened in its current location just across from St. James Palace in 1698 and contains such historical artifacts as 200-year-old wine bottles, a centuries-old coffee mill and one of the city’s earliest scales along with the recorded weights of many legendary figures. The wine bottles sitting out for purchase range from inexpensive New World whites bearing the Berry Bros. label, for less than 10 pounds a bottle, to Sancerres for more than 3,000 pounds. The greatest treasures, of course, are in the 300-year-old cellars, which extend two floors below the main shop. Private dinners with tutored tastings or walking tastings can be arranged, and there are monthly wine tasting lunches and dinners. Since the shop delivers within London, it is also a good source of last-minute gifts.

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Books For Cooks

A treasure trove of cookery books, old and new, niche and popular. Books for Cooks is a Notting Hill institution and you can settle in for a few hours of browsing on the sofa, fuel up at the café or sign up for one of the regular cooking classes.

Brora

The shops of this Scottish cashmere house are growing in number but each piece remains just as special. The gorgeous cashmere designs come in a range of mouth-watering colors and contemporary styles for men, women and children.

Browns

Founded by Joan and Sydney Burstein in 1970, Browns is truly a fashion institution in London. It was the first boutique in England to sell designers like Alexander McQueen and John Galliano (today you’ll also find Lanvin, Rick Owens and Maison Martin Margiela) and has grown from a small shop to an emporium that includes a bridal gallery, Brown Focus for edgier styles and a new jewelry section. The chic salespeople serve as personal stylists to many loyal customers around the world.

Interiors at  Caramel Baby, London, England

Caramel Baby

These lovely boutiques sell sophisticated children’s clothes, many of which are designed by grown-up fashion stylists, in neutral colors and high-quality fabrics. Unfortunately, the sizes only go up to age 8 so petite moms can’t fit into the collection. Also available in Selfridges and Fenwick.

Shoes at Carréducker, London, England - Photo courtesy of Carreducker

Carréducker

Many of those who want bespoke shoes to go with their bespoke suits just go to cobblers on Savile Row. But those who want to meet the shoe craftsmen in person and see where the leathers are stitched can head to Carréducker. James Ducker apprenticed at John Lobb and makes custom shoes for Gieves and Hawkes. The process involves making a wooden model of your foot and choosing skins and styles and then a few month’s wait. The result is a pair of shoes that will last decades and be so comfortable that it will be hard to go back to store bought.

Interior at Charlotte Olympia, London, England

Charlotte Olympia

At the top of my birthday list is a pair of Charlotte Olympia shoes, ultra-feminine and glamorous creations that evoke 1940’s panache. And with her crimson lipstick and curled copper hair, young London designer Charlotte Olympia Dellal could be a pin-up from that era herself (she hails from a prominent London family; her sister is a model, her brother owns an art gallery and her Brazilian mother is a former model). For her stunning shoe collection, Dellal focuses on motifs like animal prints and motifs and detailing in hardware, beads and stones, as well as bold colors and a signature spider web on the heels (Beyoncé, Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwyneth Paltrow are all fans). Best of all, the shoes are displayed in a gem of a store with hand-carved oak cabinets, an original herringbone floor, abstract Neisha Crossland wallpaper and ‘spider’ fabric blinds to compliment the Eames style sofa and antique brass lamps.

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Cire Trudon

The world’s oldest and most esteemed candle maker opened its first permanent boutique outside of Paris in 2011. The gorgeous shop sells a full range of distinctly scented candles, sprays, gifts and wax busts including one of Napoleon and Marie Antoinette.

Connolly

Beloved luxury fashion and leather goods brand Connolly opened a beautiful shop on Clifford Street in London. Read Indagare's review.

Interiors at Cox & Power, London, England

Cox & Power

This outstanding jewelry shop is a must-visit. While everything looks contemporary, the talented Tony Power and his assistant craft their pieces using traditional techniques. The exquisite wares highlight unusual stones and colors, colored diamond and a variety of tourmalines in different hues and textures.

Interior at Daunt Books, London, England

Daunt Books

Daunt Books is an independent mini-chain: it now has six stores around the city stocked with inspiring collections, focusing on travel but covering all bases. The original Marylebone branch is in a beautiful Edwardian building with the books showcased in long oak galleries, and hosts great literary evenings.

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Deciem

The cult beauty brand Deciem has just opened its first ever brick-and-mortar store in Spitalfields Market, and it’s truly a box of delights. Indagare Review

Divertimenti

Domestic goddesses will adore Divertimenti, a mega kitchen store in Chelsea stocking all the best and most beautiful cookware and kitchenware brands as well as all those tricky to find unusual tools and accessories.

Drake's

This Savile Row menswear and suit shop dates to East London in 1977, and has since expanded internationally. The flagship sells high quality clothing that’s elegant, but relaxed—including full suits, blazers, polos and knitwear.

Edi B Fine Linens

For exquisite lingerie and bed linens—appliquéd and embroidered in every color and design imaginable, from flowers to fleur-de-lis—look no further than E.D.I.B. Fine Linens in Mayfair. It also specializes in custom work.

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