1. Grace and Thorn Hackney
From Terrarium Tuesdays to The Don Bouquet and everything in-between, spend hours scouring through the best pots and plants at Grace and Thorn to help you green up your festive decoration or compliment the perfect gifts.
338 Hackney Road
2. Pictures on Walls
Pictures On Walls is screen print emporium founded by artists who were fed up with the pretention of the mainstream art world. They collaborate with many young artists, and print and sell their work for affordable prices, ensuring the money goes straight back into the creative community. Their state-of-the-art production facilities is the only venue to buy a real Banksy screenprint.
46-48 Commercial Street E1
For all the creative souls out there. Buy anything you want at this Brick Lane venue filled to the brim with thousands of tubes of paint covering a wide variety of quality and prices, as well as the paper of every texture and hue, tools, brushes, pens, pencils, crayons, solvents, spray paints, glues, canvases, stretchers, easels, frames and portfolios.
Britannia House, 68-80 Hanbury Street, London, E1 5JL
4. Spun Candy Masterclass Store
Diets are off during holidays season so give yourself all the sugar you’ve been craving and go to this sweet shop and masterclass studio on Wentworth Street, East London.
5. Compendia Traditional Games
Selling a fantastic range of traditional games (non-battery/electrically powered), the shop's sole aim is to encourage people, particularly families, to play games. Truth is, everyone loves playing games and they are the perfect entertainment for holiday season gathering. Moreover, an interesting and nostalgic gift to someone special can be easily picked there
10 The Market SE10
6. Modern Society
Shop Modern Society’s eponymous unisex label, which focuses on quality, wearability and modern simplicity. Simultaneously scour more notable brands including Rejina Pyo and Chimi Eyewear before recharging over a flat white at the front of the store and watch the foot traffic on Red Church Street go by.
33 Redchurch Street
7. Luis Fernando Habanos
This specialist has top-quality cigars, smoking paraphernalia and collectables and on sunny days this shop's friendly proprietor can be found playing the bongos by the front door while sipping a glass of rum. What a better day to celebrate your days off?
53a Stoke Newington High St, London, N16 8EL
8. BLITZ London
BLITZ London is one of our favourite vintage stores, with unique hand-selected items covering five rooms and spread over two floors. Here you’ll find everything from clothes to watches and even furniture. Set in an old warehouse, make sure you don’t miss the mini-bookstore and café.
55-59 Hanbury Street
9. Davenports Magic Shop
It shouldn’t surprise you that the world’s oldest family-run magic business (est 1898) is virtually invisible to muggles. It’s located under Charing Cross Station, and the mysteriously dark interior gives the impression it’s closed even during office hours. You can even learn a few magic tricks yourself thanks to the man educational materials that are provided in the shop.
7 Charing Cross Underground Arcade
10. Westfield Stratford City
If you are more of a ‘buy everything in one go’ type of a person then this is the right place for you to do your last-minute Christmas shopping, even if it is a late-night one too. Regardless of who your buying gifts for, there is everything from high-street stalwarts to luxury brands