THE GOOD SHOPPER
1. Daunt Books
Exceptionally well-stocked and beautifully laid out, this local Edwardian landmark is as much library as it is bookstore. With its long oak galleries and elegant skylights, it’s the sort of place you could while away an afternoon, browsing, reading, discovering. Be it fiction or non-fiction, contemporary or classic, there’s plenty here to rekindle and nourish a love of the written word. The store’s regular events and author talks are an added draw to this literary haven, the flagship of what has become a cult classic among London’s intelligentsia.
Daunt Books, 83 Marylebone High St, London W1U 4QW
2. The Conran Shop
Sir Terence Conran’s witty approach to design made interiors aspirational for a whole generation. He was also one of the first to spot the potential of Marylebone High Street; the addition of The Conran Shop in what was originally a stables at the northern end of the road kickstarted its regeneration into the thriving, upscale shopping district we see today. The colourful store frontage hints at the treasures within – three floors of interiors inspiration spanning contemporary furnishings, classic designs, one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, fashion accessories, innovative gifts and much more. Above the shop is Conran’s acclaimed Orrery restaurant.
The Conran Shop, 55 Marylebone High St, London W1U 5HS
3. Emma Bridgewater
Everyone likes their own mug, so to stop any squabbling about whose is whose, it’s always worth having a few personalised ones. Emma Bridgewater has been one of the nation’s go-to suppliers of personalised crockery and pottery since the ‘80s. The brand’s signature polka dots and hearts are easily recognisable, whether they’re on egg cups, vases or ‘hens on nests’, and the classic Toast & Marmalade collection has continued to be a hit for the last 30 years.
Emma Bridgewater, 81A Marylebone High St, London W1U 4QL
4. Frescobol Carioca
Named after the bat and ball game born on Copacabana beach in the 1940s, Frescobol Carioca started off handmaking skateboards, surfboards and frescobol bats from hand-collected driftwood and hardwood offcuts. It still does that, but has since added a range of beach and leisurewear – from swim shorts and printed T-shirts featuring interpretations of Brazilian beach life to luxury men’s shirting, cotton and jersey polos, linen trousers and chinos, canvas bags and sunglasses. The brand is stocked by over 250 retailers worldwide, and has collaborated with Louise Vuitton and the Hotel Eden Rock, but this is one of only three stores in the UK.
Frescobol Carioca, 47 Blandford St, London W1U 7HQ
The first Diptyque store opened in Paris in 1961, since when the brand has cornered a unique space in the world of personal and home fragrance with a supremely upscale collection of candles, perfumes and bath and body kit. All its products harness the power nature through the use of rare raw materials in fragrances and a blend of first-class waxes in candles. Its Marylebone boutique is typically stylish, and allows customers to compose their own olfactory creation by blending from Diptyque’s existing range.
Diptyque, 68 Marylebone High St, London W1U 5JH
With the homeliness and service of an independent boutique, but stocking an array of brands, Kabiri brings the best of both worlds to jewellery lovers. It specialises in those characterful, out-of-the-ordinary designs that can’t be found on the high-street – bold and stylish creations from both fine and fashion jewellery that will have people stopping you and asking, “Where DID you get that necklace?” Of particular interest to those with an eye for design, the store also offers a bespoke service whereby clients can commission pieces to their own vision and tastes. All in all, a wonderful hidden gem.
Kabiri, 94 Marylebone Lane, London, W1U 2PZ