The countdown to the 2015 London Design Festival has begun – the fun starts in less than a month. In anticipation of the festival we’ve carefully selected the most inspiring design stores in London, helping you make the most of your visit. From uber cool showrooms showcasing stylish homeware and concept stores to upcycling warehouses – we’ve trawled through our little black book and narrowed it all down to create the ultimate list of PENSON’s top 5 shops for design geeks in London.
Jasper Morrison, Shoreditch
24 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8DA
Shoreditch has long been renowned for its flurry of hip bars but it’s also been carving out a name for itself as a shopping destination of high repute. Tucked away behind a jet-black gate, Jasper Morrison’s store features displays of the everyday homeware essentials: rows of products cling to the wall and whether its ceramic doorknobs, chic staplers or sleek bottle openers Jasper Morrison’s look is unmistakable in all of them. The shop brings together one-off pieces either collected or created by Jasper Morrison himself and thanks to this unique approach to buying, there’s a rapid turnover of products, so you’ll always find something new there.
19 Greek St, Soho
19 Greek St, London W1D 4DT
Where do you go in this city when you need to be uplifted by browsing through genuinely brilliant design? Based in a Victorian townhouse 19 Greek Street showcases more interesting designs across six floors giving exposure to established and up and coming designers alike. It’s also an events space curating exhibitions on regular basis. It’s not a shop, neither a gallery – it’s a design hub doing something different.
2 North Terrace, London SW3 2BA
Located at the entrance to a quiet mews in Knightsbridge, Mint’s location is telling of what you’ll find beyond its facade. It’s a shrine to the beautiful and the bold: it displays a carefully curated collection handpicked by the owner and interior expert Lina Kanafani. You come to Mint to spoil yourself and your home and you’ll quickly find yourself getting lost amongst the array or cushions, armchairs and examples of more conceptual designs.
Retrouvius, Kensal Green
1016 Harrow Rd, London NW10 5NS
Retrouvius the interior design world’s best-kept secret. Tucked away on the outskirts of London they specialise in reclamation of architectural salvage and unwanted items. There’s always something unique as stock is constantly changing, and there’s no telling what curiosities will greet your from one week to the next. You can pick up everything from vintage furniture, lamps and frames, to reclaimed wall tiles and hardwood tops.
13 Camden Passage, Islington, London N1 8EA
Ever thought what it’d feel like to run your own shop selling the prettiest things around? Lizzie Evans did just that with her cute shop in Camden Passage stretched over three floors. It’s filled with stationery, books, cushions, small furniture items, textile, prints, in-house designed, specially sourced items and everything in between. The product selection is stylish and contributes to the overall atmosphere of unpretentious retro-chic.