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London shopping: what you can't get online

Published March 29th, 2016

In today’s global marketplace, shopping online is a gangster’s paradise, with your only handicap being the Aussie dollar. When it comes to shopping up a storm on-ground overseas, you’ve got to be selective. Even more so nowadays with so many international big brands launching flagship stores on Aussie shores. So, when it comes to shopping in London, what can’t you get online?


The monolith high street stores along Oxford Street are certainly worth your time for a day of retail therapy. But forget H&M, Topshop and Forever 21. Here’s where you’ll pick up serious ‘I-got-it-in-London’ brag-worthy buys.


Shipping from the States and the UK is expensive, making a visit to Anthropologie Regent Street is must, if only to window-shop. Admire the living plant wall and all the pretty, shiny things. Might as well check out the sale rack while you're there.


One of London’s most adored department stores, Selfridges comes with a colourful history. Enjoy a scone and tea at Dollys Café or sample your way through the food hall before shopping up a storm within Selfridges well-curated walls.

& Other Stories

H&M’s stylish older sister, & Other Stories is concept-store heaven. Check out the bold fashion designs and limited edition collaborations with designers from Rodarte to Nike at affordable prices. You can style an outfit here from matching socks to eye shadow and everything in-between.


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If & Other Stories is H&M’s grown-up sister, Monki is it’s fun cousin. Here you’ll find fast fashion with a difference, think sleek Scandi minimalism blended with quirky Asian street style. Plenty of bang for your buck too.

James Smith & Sons

If you’re going to be in London for any length of time, lets face it, you’re going to want a good umbrella. James Smith & Sons have been making umbrellas built to last for over 150 years, while the store might look old-timey, the umbrella peddling hipsters inside will give advice you never knew you needed on how to care for your umbrella.

Dover Street Market

If you’ve been saving for a timeless wardrobe piece or accessory, Dover Street Market is the place to drop some serious pounds on the latest COMME des GARÇONS. Soften the blow with a cake from Rose Bakery on the fourth floor.


Forget the Harrods shopping bag, what you really want something with the iconic Liberty London print on it. Pick out a quintessential scarf, coin purse or some signature stationary.


If you don’t live in Sydney or Melbourne and aren’t planning a trip to Japan anytime soon, the next best place to pick up the finest in Japanese lifestyle items is London. MUJI is heaven for travel accessories, quality basics and their pens are a league of their own, yes the pens.

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In the suburbs

Labour & Wait

So many useful items you didn’t realise you needed until now. This Shoreditch homewares store makes the everyday more functional. With a focus on well-crafted goods, pick out a handy Swiss multi-tool knife or a waxed cotton duffel bag.


This Brick Lane vintage and second hand institution takes op shopping to the next level with an in-store café and colour-by-numbers approach to finding that perfect vintage denim jacket or fluoro-eighties windbreaker.


If you find yourself Stoke Newington way, which you should, the ‘Melbourne-like’ Church Street has a bevy of kitsch and cool independent stores. For quality minimal basics and accessories head to Hub and pick up a pair Dr Denim dungarees, essential for summer fun riding bikes and picnicking in parks all over the city.


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Rachel Surgeoner

A self-confessed 'food-tourist', I take hunting for the world's greatest sandwich very seriously, my quest has taken me from Berlin to Hoboken. Stopping off only for vintage shopping, craft beers and Mediterranean sunsets.