Finding a special gift at Christmas can be tricky with so many similar stores and recognisable brands, but if you’re looking to take to the streets of London to find something entirely unique, you won’t have to look far. One of the world’s shopping capitals, London is packed with recognisable designers, high street favourites and more, but there are also plenty of unique and independent boutiques where you’ll find something extra special this Christmas. We’re exploring just a few of them below:
Curated with love, the oddities and original artefacts in Brixi are a real wonder. Set in the hustle and bustle of Brixton Village Market you’ll find a real treasure trove of junk shop wonders. Beautifully made objects take centre stage on every shelf and platform throughout the shop. Shop owner, Emy Gray, supports local makers, artists and graduates as well as heading off on travels around the world to bring unique goodies back to sell to her customers.
An internationally renowned brand with a huge online presence, there is still something quirky and fun about Tatty Devine and their Brick Lane store. Visitors come from around the world to see their bright and fun shop front. The flagship store is packed with colourful handmade jewellery with statement pieces, including their statement Perspex name necklaces, alongside more delicate creations. They have a huge range of Christmas-inspired pieces, from sparkling stars to tree brooches, snowman earrings and more.
Covent Garden is home to London’s only Moomin Shop. Tove Jansson’s fun little characters come to life and you can buy everything from the original stories to beautiful homewares and of course, toys. Everything is displayed in little Scandinavian-inspired houses and there are plenty of Christmassy themed goodies including wintery stories such as Moominland Midwinter and festive dinnerware.
Fee Fee La Fou
You can’t miss Fee Fee’s colourful emporium in Stoke Newington and it has the fun quirk of selling practically everything you see in the shop. With a fun, circus theme everything has been artfully mismatched to create a kaleidoscope of fun and colour. From homewares to original prints and jewellery to clown-inspired chandeliers, very few places do unique as well as Fee Fee La Fou. Look out for art installations and original pieces by local and emerging artists too.
G Baldwin and Co
Open on the Walworth Road since 1844, Baldwin’s is a traditional apothecary which specialises in keeping things natural. From their own balms and creams to fresh herbs and all manner of natural health remedies, Baldwin’s keeps things traditional and it has a fantastic old-world atmosphere. Health tinctures sit alongside barks and flower remedies and there are plenty of fun gifts from soap-making kits to Baldwin’s own bases which can be used to create your own perfumed gels, shampoos and creams.
Beloved by children (and parents) since they first became popular in the 1980s, the Sylvanian Families shop is a nostalgic trip down memory lane and a chance to surprise and delight any younger family members this Christmas. The latest Sylvanian creations sit alongside retro and limited edition pieces and all sixty Sylvanian animal families are there too. The shop in Highbury stocks plenty of discontinued rarities and many Christmas accessories so your Sylvanian houses can be lit up in style for the festive period.
London has many hidden gems where you’ll find something perfect for everyone. Specialist stores are tucked behind designer outlets and quirky boutiques sit next to discount shops, making it the ideal shopping haven for everyone.