Nestled in the heart of bustling Soho, Carnaby Street is one of London’s most vibrant shopping destinations. A pedestrianised network of 14 tiny streets which came to fruition during the Swinging Sixties, Carnaby Street is now home to over 100 shops and 60 eateries. You’ll find British heritage labels, independent boutiques, one-off concepts, beauty emporiums and bespoke jewellery specialists
Have a browse of the current packages on Paddington hotels and turn your trip into a shopping experience by checking out the 12 best shops on Carnaby Street!
1) We Built This City
If you’re looking for a revolutionary, off-the-wall souvenir – look no further than quirky independent gift shop, We Built This City! You’ll find a bit of everything in here, and it’s much more exciting than your typical fridge magnet. Browse funky wall prints and homeware, ranging from David Bowie tea towels to London Brick vases. They stock tote bags, graphic scarves, statement pieces of jewellery and alternative new books hot off the press. You can find something for everyone, yourself included!
MUJI is a Japanese lifestyle store where the emphasis is on simple, functional design, reliable quality and value for money. The Carnaby Street branch offers a unique range of furniture, fashion, stationery and homeware. Its the kind of shop you walk into and find exactly what you were always looking for, without even knowing what it was. Their motto is that you can wear MUJI, work with MUJI, eat with MUJI and sleep with MUJI.
TOMS stock seasonal footwear and sunglasses for women, men and children. With every purchase, TOMS pledge to help a person in need from a network of over 70 global countries. They stock a range of boots, sneakers and slip-ons. Their signature item is their classic alpargatas. These lightweight, canvas slip-ons come in a variety of colours and are ideal for your spring and summer wardrobe. Discover how comfortable they are by breaking them in at your room at the Paddington Court Hotel London.
Our other pick for shoe shops on Carnaby Street is Superga; a small boutique with a huge history. It begun in Turin, Italy, over a century ago as a factory that produced shoes with vulcanised rubber soles. After closing during the war, the factory reopened and blossomed – with their 2760 shoe becoming an icon of Italian footwear. The Superga branch in Carnby Street stocks a range of styles for women, men and children in a range of colours and prints.
5) Soho Grind
If between trying on footwear and browsing interesting gift-shops you need a caffeine fix, then let yourself be tempted by the Soho Grind. Besides lattes, cappuccinos and espressos, they also mix a mean Espresso Martini which will be sure to keep your energy levels going until your dinner reservation at the Grand Court Restaurant.
6) Liars & Lovers
Liars & Lovers are a British originated, trend-led jewellery boutique with striking pieces at very affordable prices. Ranging from earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets, materials used to create their designs include pearl, wood, rhinestone, shell and precious gems. Each piece is guaranteed to turn a few heads, and make the wearer feel thoroughly special. Liars & Lovers also have a clean, professional ear-piercing studio at their Carnaby Street branch.
Spa and beauty brand Cowshed have created an inviting and fun shopping environment where you can opt for an express treatment whilst you shop. The philosophy of their products is based on the therapeutic nature of botanical essential oils. Their personal care range includes bathing and facial beauty, and for the home you can pick up candles and diffusers. Treat yourself and sample the goods in your Paddington hotel package room!
Monki strive to bring personality, independence and creativity to their collections of womenswear. Their designs flirt between the directional Scandinavian look and modern street style. As much as style is key, comfort is paramount and all fashion at Monki is highly wearable. You’ll find maxi dresses, button-up shirts and smocks, wide leg and tapered trousers, and jumpsuits that you’ll never want to take off.
9) Skinny Dip
You won’t miss the window display for Skinny Dip, nor will you be disappointed by the contents of this accessory shop who create tongue in cheek fashion for women. They stock cosy yet cool loungewear, slick beauty products and an impressive collection of all kinds of bags. Their eye-catching range of modern accessories ranging from pastel headphones, fruity phone cases and printed water bottles will surely have something to appease whoever you’re shopping for.
Let the bright yellow storefront tempt you inside to discover timeless style for men. The Albam principle is premium cuts and materials which features the modern essentials every contemporary man should have. Clothing is simple yet undeniably stylish and trendy. They stock shirts, trousers, jeans and jackets as well as casual footwear and seasonal accessories.
Established in 1979, Sherry’s is Carnaby Street’s longest serving independent retailer who recently celebrated their 40th anniversary! Among the years, this clothing outlet has gained some famous patrons including Paul Weller, Whoopi Goldberg and Liam Gallagher. Their clothing range for men and women is British MOD and only stock small run items and limited edition garments from a small supply of boutique brands as well as their own two collections per year. They also offer a tailoring service. Definitely fun to browse, at the very least!
12) Jack Wills
Jack Wills is a British clothing brand which caters for women and men, known for its distinctive pheasant with a top hat and cane logo. The quality of the fashion is unparalleled and the style is unquestionable. During winter you can get your hands on chunky knitwear, staunch winter coats and quirky beanies. During summer, you’ll find a range of shorts, tee-shirts and dresses for women. Dress like a Londoner and feel assured your garments will see you safely through many seasons.