Our favourite London designer boutiques

Get the best from one of the world's top centres of fashion.

London is one of the globe's leading fashion cities. We produce great designers, who produce great clothes and these clothes are worn by some damned pretty people. Yes, that's you. (Oh the flattery.)

In amongst the masses of high street brands it's not always easy to find the emporiums of designer labels, be they high end, couture or up and coming names. So we've helped out with our list of best shops for picking up your designer threads...

Late Night Chameleon Cafe
18 Shacklewell Lane Dalston E8 2EZ
Region: Dalston
Nearest Station: Dalston Kingsland (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: As if fashion weren’t enough for it, LNCC also excels with music, art and literature. The Dalston boutique is part boutique-part installation and you’ll find brands like Anne Demeulemeester, Lanvin, Rick Owens and Givenchy catering for both men and women.

Dover Street Market
17-18 Dover Street Mayfair W1S 4LS
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Green Park (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Brought to London by Commes Des Garcons boss Rei Kawakubo, Dover Street Market offers six storeys of fashion and lifestyle luxury. Among the installations you’ll find labels like Comme Des Garcons, YSL, Supreme and Adam kimmel. Cutting edge fashion is what it does best.

  • USERS 8/10
Liberty & Co
Liberty 210-220 Regent Street Mayfair W1B 5AH
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus

AIL Says: No matter how fashion changes, Liberty remains up to date and in the know. Foisting its prints into the work of numerous designers, the Regent Street store is a true gem. Classic fashion and contemporary design sit side by side in the multistory mock Tudor boutique department store.

  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
Number Six
The Old Truman Brewery 6 Dray Walk Shadwell E1 6QL
Region: Shadwell
Nearest Station: Shoreditch

AIL Says: Classic cuts, well selected garments and contemporary tailoring come together to make a menswear shop with panache. Number 6 stocks everything from Barbour to nouveau Scandinavian design in the form of Norse Products et al. Always worth a look for the stylish male.

  • USERS 9/10
Kokon To Zai
57 Greek Street Soho W1D 3DX
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Kokon To Zai was the store that supported the likes of Gareth Pugh when he was creating twisted, grunge get-ups that might not have fitted in anywhere else. True to its past, the Greek Street boutique still offers some of the weirdest, most wonderful, abstract clothing out there.

Future Vintage
98 Columbia Road Bethnal Green E2 7QB
Region: Bethnal Green
Nearest Station: Hoxton (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: So you want designer but you don’t want to pay top dollar for it – what to do? Simple, head to Future Vintage on Columbia Road and hunt through the garments that have been put back into play by fashion editors and the privileged few whose collections outgrow their wardrobes. Marni, YSL, McQueen and Chanel are all to be found in the Columbia Road shop.

60-64 Ledbury Road Notting Hill W11 2AJ
Region: Notting Hill
Nearest Station: Westbourne Park (0.4 miles)

AIL Says: Matches is a stalwart of the London designer scene and with stores in Marylebone, Notting Hill, Richmond and Wimbledon, isn’t short of a well-heeled location or two. The well-curated boutiques are filled with the cream of the international fashion world. Think Erdem, Givenchy, Balenciaga and Chloe.

Sefton Menswear
196 Upper Street Islington N1 1RQ
Region: Islington
Nearest Station: Highbury & Islington (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Sefton is located on Islington’s Upper Street. Having launched its own eponymous label in 2010, the store displays its collection of knitwear, boots, coats and blazers. Alongside Sefton, men will also discover contemporary designers like Christopher Raeburn, Moncler, Baracuta, Sunspel and Norse Projects.

57 Rivington Street The City EC2A 3AY
Region: The City
Nearest Station: Bethnal Green (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: If you like your fashion with a story then Start is the pace to go. Co-owned by Brix Start, former guitarist in post-punk band The Fall, it is a riot of new labels and classic brands. Dresses, skirts, shoes, bags; you name it and Start will have it. The excellent selection of labels includes Acne, Cutler and Gross, Gloverall and Vivienne Westwood.

  • USERS 8/10
Present London
140 Shoreditch High Street Shoreditch E1 6JE
Region: Shoreditch
Nearest Station: Bethnal Green (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: The Shoreditch menswear scene is lead by Present. Maybe that’s because it has a delightful little coffee counter in the front or maybe it’s the carefully considered stock aimed to appeal to the contemporary gentleman. It’s all in the mix whether it’s the classic overcoats in winter from Filson or Hawaiian shirts from Monitaly in summer.

  • USERS 9/10

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