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London shopping

For fabulous one-off fashion, chic homewares, sophisticated design and furniture, and killer art, you can't do better than multicultural London. Fashion in this city is all about taking risks, and Londoners know how to mix and match cheap and chic to perfection. They buy their clothes from the midprice-to-expensive chain stores and fashion megastores of Oxford Street and Regent Street and from vintage boutiques or quirky independent shops in less central neighborhoods. For gorgeous homewares, furniture, and fashions, head to Marylebone High Road, Westbourne Grove (in Notting Hill), Islington's Upper Street, and Bloomsbury's Lamb's Conduit Street. For edgier design wares, gifts, and art, make for trendy Shoreditch and Brick Lane. Foodie travelers will delight in the sheer panoply of gourmet offerings at the excellent historic markets of Broadway and Borough, and shoppers seeking traditional, classic British tailors, cobblers, shirtmakers, and milliners will find several places to part with their cash in the posh central enclave of Mayfair. Several new shopping centers have opened in recent years. One of them—the designer mall Westfield, in West London—is well worth the detour for its elegant interiors and impressive selection of stores and eateries. For a heady melange of tradition and cutting-edge style, try Liberty or Selfridges department stores.

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Mar Mar Co., London

In the happening environs of Brick Lane, you'll find the second act—or side project, given that his band's still alive—of Mark Bedford, the bassist...more

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Mary Moore, London

Ms. Moore, the sculptor Henry Moore's only offspring, has had a lifelong habit of collecting vintage clothes, and this chic and funky boutique is the...more

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Matches, London

If you're keen to spend top dollar on high-end labels, then this stylish boutique, frequented by the likes of Kate Moss and Sienna Miller, provides a chilled...more

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Oki-Ni, London

Don't expect to walk into Oki-ni and leave with what you've bought. That kind of behavior is for regular people shopping in regular stores. Oki-ni, meaning...more

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Paul Smith's Furniture and Curiosity Shop, London

Paul Smith's Mayfair showroom sells the very best of the curios the designer finds on his travels. Italian ebonized-wood and bone chairs from the 1870s sit...more

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Selfridges, London

A big, big store that's well worth braving jam-packed Oxford Street for, Selfridges' late–20th-century reinvention as a fashion destination was total, and...more

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Start, London

Start, in Shoreditch, is part of a mini fashion empire run by Philip Start (founder of Woodhouse menswear) and wife Brix Smith-Start (former guitarist with the...more

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Steinberg & Tolkien, London

This place predates the vintage craze by just about forever, but still hits the spot. At first glance it's overwhelming—and at second and third,...more

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Topshop, London

This gigantic, frenetic store evolved a few years ago from behind-the-times high-street retailer to directional innovator with the mostest. Not only is it first...more

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Virginia, London

"Treasure trove" is a term bandied about all too often when it comes to vintage shops, but Virginia deserves it more than most. The presentation of exquisite...more

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