14 of the best independent shops in London for some last-minute Christmas shopping

Written by Lauren Geall

As Stylist’s digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and women’s issues. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time. You can find her on Twitter at @laurenjanegeall.

Taking a trip to London for a spot of last-minute Christmas shopping? Why not pay one of these brilliant independent shops a visit.

As much as we love perusing the latest offerings from our favourite brands, there’s something extra special about exploring the hidden treasures of an independent shop.

The last couple of years have seen a boom in the number of people setting up their own small businesses, and as a result, there’s never been a better time to familiarise yourself with everything the UK’s independent shops and boutiques have to offer.

There are plenty of ways to do this without leaving the comfort of your own home – The Drop by Stylist is home to a wide range of independent brands – but if you want to grab some last-minute gifts, then taking a trip to London is a great place to start.  

Alongside the big names, the capital is awash with plenty of brilliant independent shops and boutiques just waiting to be discovered, selling everything from artisan chocolates to stationery and sustainable fashion. The only problem is knowing where to start – and that’s where this article comes in.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite independent shops across the city to get you started. Happy shopping! 

Please note: the opening hours displayed below are based on a stereotypical week. Check each shop’s social media for up-to-date Christmas opening hours.

North London

  • The Pantry Underwear

    The Pantry Underwear’s flagship store in Islington.

    Located in Islington, The Pantry Underwear’s flagship store is a haven for underwear lovers. Offering a selection of bras, underwear, pyjamas and swimwear from both household names and British female-founded independent brands, the shop has a bright and airy feel that’s a joy to browse.

    Location: Unit 14A, North Mall, Islington Square, 129K Upper Street, London N1 1QP

    Opening Hours: Mon, Fri & Sat 10am-6pm, Tues-Thurs 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm


  • Dar Leone

    Dar Leone’s shop in Islington.

    We’re big fans of Dar Leone’s vibrant and colourful homeware and jewellery here at Stylist, so we had to include the brand’s physical shop on this list. Founded by Sierra Leonean-American Isatu Funna, Dar Leone sells a range of items including jewellery, textiles, wallpaper, cushions and objects, all inspired by Funna’s travels around the world and her childhood memories in Freetown. 

    Location: 42 Cross St, London N1 2BA

    Opening Hours: Mon 11pm-5pm, Tue-Sun 10pm-6pm , Sunday 12pm-5pm


  • BookBar

    BookBar’s storefront on Blackstock road.

    A bookshop, events and social space all in one, BookBar is the perfect place to sip on a glass of wine while you pick up a gift for the resident book lover in your life. You could even time your visit to make the most of one of the shop’s Christmas events. 

    Location: 166 Blackstock Road, London N5 1HA

    Opening Hours: Sun & Tue 10am-6pm, Wed-Sat 10am-9pm, Mon closed


  • Pop London

    The inside of the Pop London boutique in Wood Green.

    This sustainable fashion boutique is home to a wide range of items. Produced entirely from surplus or deadstock fabric, Pop London’s products are made with sustainability and ethics at their core. Whether you’re buying for yourself or a fashion lover in your life, you’re sure to find something you love.

    Location: 43 Ebury Bridge Road, London, SW1W 8DX

    Opening Hours: Wed, Fri & Sat 11am-6:30pm, Thursday 11am-7:30pm, Sun 12pm-5pm, Mon & Tue closed


East London

  • Jen’s Plants and Florist

    Jen’s Plants and Florist is a haven for plant lovers.

    Located in the middle of Brick Lane, this independent plant shop and florist is simply a joy to visit. Full to bursting with healthy plants, Jen set up the shop after she left behind her career in investment banking to embrace her love for interiors. Alongside all the live plants and flowers, Jen’s Plants and Florist is also home to a brilliant range of pots as well as dried flower arrangements. 

    Location: 106a Brick Lane, London E1 6RL

    Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10:30am-6pm


  • The Every Space

    If you’re not sure what you want to get your loved ones this Christmas, The Every Space is a good place to start. The gift, homeware and house plant shop stocks a broad range of products from a selection of independent makers and designers from around the country and beyond, including stationery, jewellery and accessories for around the home. 

    Location: 5-6 Central Parade, 137 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London E17 4RT

    Opening Hours: vary, as the gift shop and plant shop operate separately. You can find the full list on The Every Space website.


  • Dark Sugars Chocolates

    On top of being the home of one of London’s best hot chocolates, Dark Sugars stocks a wide range of delicious handmade chocolates for you to buy (including vegan options), with flavours ranging from mint and prosecco to pistachio and orange. All its products are made from the finest Ghanaian chocolate, sourced by the shop’s owner, Fatou Mendy, on her travels.

    Location: 141 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB

    Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-8pm


  • Triangle

    Stocking everything from candles and tableware to clothes and jewellery, Triangle – located in east London’s Lower Clapton – is a store dedicated to the pursuit of “conscious consumption”. The calming, laid back vibe you get from its website translates to its physical store, making for a truly relaxing browsing experience.

    Location: 81 Chatsworth Road, Lower Clapton, London E5 0LH     

    Opening Hours: Tue-Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm, Mon closed


South London

  • Maison Curate

    Inside the front door of Maison Curate on Battersea’s Northcote Road.

    Nestled amongst the busyness of Battersea’s Northcote Road lies Maison Curate, a peaceful home and lifestyle store full of lovely pieces. Products on sale range from houseplants and home accessories to books, games and jewellery.

    Location: 61 Northcote Road, Battersea, London SW11 1NP

    Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5:30pm, Sun 11am-5pm


  • Wine & Such

    The interior of Wine & Such’s Lewisham shop.

    A neighbourhood wine shop focusing on natural wines, traditional ciders and craft vermouths, Wine & Such is a must-visit for anyone looking to elevate their wine collection this Christmas. Plus, with most of the wines priced between £10-£20, you won’t have to break the bank to enjoy something special. 

    Location: 17 Burnt Ash Hill, London SE12 0AA

    Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 4pm-8pm, Sat 11am-6pm


  • D.A.Y Boutique

    D.A.Y is home to a range of Scandi-inspired products.

    Founded by sisters Disha, Apee and Yukti in 2018, D.A.Y is a Peckham-based boutique offering Scandi-inspired clothing and accessories from around the world. Built from the sisters’ love for independent retail, the shop is home to a broad range of brands, each of which have been handpicked by one of the trio.

    Location: 143 Bellenden Road, Peckham, London SE15 4DH

    Opening Hours: Mon 10:30am-2:30pm, Tue-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm


West London

  • Papersmiths

    The interior of the Papersmiths store in Chelsea.

    One of three Papersmiths stores across the country, this blood orange-themed boutique on Chelsea’s Pavilion Road is a stationery lover’s heaven. Inside, you’ll find an exciting range of notebooks, pens and stationery products from cult brands and independent designers alike.

    Location: 170 Pavilion Road, London SW1X 0AW

    Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 10am-6pm


  • Tada & Toy

    Tada & Toy’s Portobello Road boutique.

    If you’re a fan of dainty, intricate jewellery, then you’ll want to pay Tada & Toy’s Portobello Road boutique a visit. The brand, which was founded by young designers and friends Tansy Aspinall and Victoria Van Holthe, offers a range of playful, chic jewellery designed to “love, layer and last”. 

    Location: 341 Portobello Road, London W10 5SA

    Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun closed


  • Onolla

    The outside of the Onolla store on White Hart Lane.

    Founded by health and beauty journalist and editor Suzanne Duckett, Onolla is a plant-based health and beauty hub that stocks a selection of brands that bring together science and nature. It’s the ideal place to buy a gift for a friend who’s in desperate need of some self-care, or treat yourself to products which will help you thrive throughout the festive season.

    Location: 54 White Hart Lane, Barnes, London SW13 0PZ     

    Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 11am-5pm, Sun closed


Images: courtesy of brands, except as follows

BookBar: Martin Nosak

Papersmiths: Max McClure

D.A.Y Boutique: JoJoMead Photography

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