10 unique shops to visit in London

photo: drink.shop.do
photo: drink.shop.do

London has some truly strange shops out there. Check out this selection we have made of the ten most unusual places in the city. Who knows, you might find something you want to buy, like cane stool that becomes a Viking costume, fairy dust or monster products. Don’t stay at home, go visit them. They’re unique!

1. James Smith & Sons

This shop comes in handy on a rainy day. James Smith & Sons is a provider of umbrellas and walking sticks. Located in West End, in New Oxford Street, the company has been selling umbrellas for 175 years. It also sells seatsticks: folding canes that become a stool, ideal for those who can’t spend much time standing. Be prepared to spend money because some things can be expensive.

photo: Steven Vacher

2. Viktor Wynd’s Little Shop of Horrors

You will realise that you are in a strange place when you see the first things that greet you as you enter are taxidermied heads and African masks. It is a curiosity shop from the XVII century. If you’re looking for something unusual, you’ll find it at Viktor Wynd. They’ve got fossils, skulls, old medical equipment, and so on.

3. Mystical Fairies

The perfect shop if you believe in fairies. Even if you do not believe in them, after setting foot in this store in Hampstead, you will begin to. As expected, everything in this store is out of a fairy tale. They sell everything fairy-related, from statues, costumes, fairy dust, and cosmetics to party supplies. Not only do they sell items aimed at children, they also offer adult costumes. On the other hand, if you plan to organise a birthday party for children, it can be truly memorable. You can hire the artists of the shop to make your child’s party truly magical.

4. Farm:shop

Another strange place. This shop is located in Dalston and its main characteristic is its multiple fish tanks, which are connected by pipes in all rooms and receive rainwater from the roof (pumps are used to prevent water from flowing from one tank to another). In this store you can find green products: fresh food brought straight from the farm. The store also has a cafe that serves some of the foods they grow there.

5. Daunt Books

This bookstore is located in an old building with oak columns and skylights that provide natural lighting. When you enter, you smell that characteristic library scent. Lots to see here: travel books, fiction and nonfiction for all tastes.

6. Drink, Shop, & Do

Tea shop in the day and fun bar at night, DSD provides afternoon tea on Saturdays and Sundays. The rest of the week is a fun coffee shop where you can have lunch and play board games with friends. Friday and Saturday evenings are devoted to dance parties where old hits are played. They also sell ornaments and artwork.

7. The Viking Store

Feel like a little Viking. The Viking Store, in Walthamstow, has Nordic and fantasy articles. In addition to selling Viking objects, the store sells items from The Lord of the Rings and materials for role playing. It also has jewellery and even Star Wars costumes. This impressive store has everything.

8. Namco Funscape

This place is near the London Eye. Advertised as the largest entertainment centre in London, it has everything, including games, bumper cars, pool, table tennis, karaoke and bowling.

9. Hoxton Street Monster Supplies

This shop resembles a place in Brooklyn called The Superhero Supply Company, and it provides you with everything you need to make your monster fantasies come true. Like its American cousin, the profits of the store fund creative writing programs in local schools.

10. Stumper & Fielding

Located in Portobello Road, here you can find not only riding coats, but also many other quintessentially British articles. They also have women’s clothing.

Our favourite is number 2. What’s yours? 🙂

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