London is one of the best cities to visit when it comes to streetwear and designer labels. One day of strolling through the streets is definitely not enough when you want to see all the great retail locations the city has to offer. London covers a wide range of tastes, whether you love hardcore streetwear or a more casual look. Here we have selected five stores you must definitely visit when you are on a trip to London.
Dover Street Market
Dover Street Market is the multi-brand retailer in the creative hands of Rei Kawakubo, founder of Commes des Garcons. Dover Street Market also has stores in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and Beijing, with the London store being the first and original store location. Dover Street Market sells all Comme des Garcons brands and other designer labels like Gucci, LOEWE and Vetements.
18-22 Haymarket, London
NikeLab 1948 is Nike’s clubhouse and is located under the railway arches in the Shoreditch neighborhood. The space is made of recycled e-waste and is one of six NikeLabs across the globe. The store launches the brand’s most innovative inventions and releases.
Arches 477-478, Batemans Row, London
LN-CC – Late Night Chameleon Cafe
LN-CC is a retail concept that is pushing the boundaries of traditional retail. The Late Night Chameleon Cafe is a concept store in a futuristic setting. The store functions as an exhibition space and has a library and even a club. LN-CC stocks brands like Balenciaga, Jil Sander, J.W. Anderson and Rick Owens and the brands that hang in store are rotated regularly.
18-24 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London
This 18 Montrose space opened last July in the King Cross area in London. The store covers 5000 square feet of space and is a mix between a gallery, fashion store and visual art. The space consists of three zones where footwear, clothing and design objects from brands like Stone Island, Alexander Wang and Moncler are sold.
6-8 Stable Street, King’s Cross, London
Machine-A is one of London’s must-visit independent boutiques. Machine-A carries a blend of emerging and established brands that are most of the time hard to find elsewhere. Labels range from London’s own designers like Christopher Raeburn and Matthew Miller to international labels like Raf Simons and Maison Margiela.
13 Brewer St, Soho, London