Don’t let the past month of Christmas shopping squeeze the fun out of the festive season. When our Shopping team recently compiled a list of the 100 best shops in London they quizzed experts from designers and fashion editors to bloggers and artists on the capital’s retail hotspots. We ask Brix Smith-Start, ex-The Fall guitarist and now TV presenter and co-founder of the Start boutique empire, for a little inspiration on where to buy luxury and quirky gifts this Yuletide.
Dover Street Market 17-18 Dover Street, W1S 4LT
‘It’s like a department store-cum-art installation – there’s something to inspire your imagination and whet your appetite at every glance. I love eating lunch in Rose Bakery and meandering from the top of the building downwards.’
Rellik 8 Golborne Road, W10 5NW
‘The back room at Rellik is where the magic happens vintage-wise.’
Ralph Lauren 1 New Bond Street,W1S 3RL
‘For the sheer poetry of its merchandising.’
Harrods 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL
‘Old-school opulence and decadence mean the products are the finest money can buy and the word “No” has been taken out of existence. For example, “I would like to buy a life-size chocolate African elephant please.” “Yes, Mrs Start.”‘
Labour and Wait 18 Cheshire Street, E2 6EH
‘This store truly creates a unique retail environment and an amazing atmosphere that you want to buy into. It has a fantastic collection of lovingly chosen bric-a-brac.’
For more inspiration, see Time Out’s round up of the 100 best shops in London.