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Stylist's Top UK boutiques

03 May 2013

50 of the most inspiring independent shops in the UK

Boutique culture is thriving in Britain and nothing beats the feeling when you make your own local discovery. Here the Stylist team round-up 50 of their favourites - from small family-run businesses and denim meccas to sleek modern emporiums devoted to the latest fashion trends...

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  • The Hambledon

    The Hambledon

    Overlooking the beautiful Winchester cathedral,… More details

    The Hambledon

    The Hambledon

    Overlooking the beautiful Winchester cathedral, The Hambledon is our favourite destination for luxurious basics, from American Vintage marl tees to Chinti and Parker cashmere. It also stocks an impressive collection of British beauty brands too (hello Miller Harris) - perfect for those last minute gift ideas

    [[http://www.thehambledon.com/ The Hambledon]], 10 The Square, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9ES

  • Cricket

    Cricket

    This Merseyside institution, set up in 1991 by… More details

    Cricket

    Cricket

    This Merseyside institution, set up in 1991 by Justine Mills and Gerry Mannix, has developed a cult following for its bang on-trend collections and championing European megabrands such as Celine, Carven and Saint Laurent Paris

    Cricket, 9 Cavern Walks, Matthew Street, Liverpool, L2 6RE

  • Hervia Bazaar

    Hervia Bazaar

    One the Manchester’s most loved boutiques,… More details

    Hervia Bazaar

    Hervia Bazaar

    One the Manchester’s most loved boutiques, Hervia Bazaar prides itself on stocking some of the best young British designers – think Christopher Raeburn and Osman Yousefzada – and also does a fine line in niche jewellery brands too

    Hervia Bazaar, 40 Spring Gardens, Manchester, M2 1EN

  • Tribeca

    Tribeca

    Looking to perfect your scandi-chic by the… More details

    Tribeca

    Tribeca

    Looking to perfect your scandi-chic by the seaside? Brighton’s Tribeca boutique might be just the ticket, with its carefully curated collection of scandi favourites that include Vanessa Bruno and Isabel Marant.

    Tribeca, 21 Bond Street, Brighton, BN1 1RD

  • Bernard Boutique

    Bernard Boutique

    Styled as ‘one of Surrey’s most important… More details

    Bernard Boutique

    Bernard Boutique

    Styled as ‘one of Surrey’s most important destinations’, Bernard leads the Esher boutiques with its directional fashion collections – from the likes of Stella McCartney and Maison Margiela - hot off the catwalks

    Bernard Boutique, 4-6 High Street Esher, Surrey, KT10 9RT

  • Room 7

    Room 7

    Inspired by the success of Brown’s boutique in… More details

    Room 7

    Room 7

    Inspired by the success of Brown’s boutique in London, Carol Bradbury open Room 7 back in 1981 as the choice destination for designer ladieswear in Leeds. Today it boasts of a wide collection of wearable separates from Joseph and Alexander Wang, as well as an agency that buys and sells pre-owned designer bags and accessories

    Room 7, 64 Street Lane, Roundhay, Leeds, LS8 2DQ

  • The Goodhood Store

    The Goodhood Store

    Ensconced near London’s trendy Hoxton Square,… More details

    The Goodhood Store

    The Goodhood Store

    Ensconced near London’s trendy Hoxton Square, The Goodhood Store is a favourite for those fans of minimalist fashion and design-focused accessories, with beautifully tailored Antipodium shirts sitting alongside rainbow coloured Comme Des Garcons wallets. The store has a natty website too.

    The Goodhood Store, 41 Coronet Street, London, N1 6HD

  • Bottega

    Bottega

    This eclectic boutique has all the chintz and… More details

    Bottega

    Bottega

    This eclectic boutique has all the chintz and charm of a true Cheshire boutique. Snack at the in-house Birdcage café before browsing the store’s stellar denim collection from the likes of Wildfox and Donna Ida

    Bottega, 67 The High Street, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 0DP

  • Poste Mistress

    Poste Mistress

    An interesting offshoot from sister brand Office,… More details

    Poste Mistress

    Poste Mistress

    An interesting offshoot from sister brand Office, Poste Mistress prides itself on stocking uber-lux yet affordable footwear. Labels in-store include Robert Clergerie and Minna Parikka (it’s the only London stockist) as well as cult classics from Acne and Brit favourite Grenson

    Poste Mistress, 61 – 63 Monmouth Street, Londonn, WC2H 9EP

  • Hannah Zakari

    Hannah Zakari

    Named after the Japanese term for blooming,… More details

    Hannah Zakari

    Hannah Zakari

    Named after the Japanese term for blooming, Hannah Zakari is a warm and friendly Edinburgh boutique that specialises in quirky handmade jewellery and has a roster of some of the UK’s best independent jewellery designers (we’re currently coveting the maximalist pieces by Louise Pringle for Ecelectic Shock). Blooming marvellous we say.

    Hannah Zakari, 43 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, EH1 2QB

  • WilliamVintage

    WilliamVintage

    A favourite of the celebrity crowd,… More details

    WilliamVintage

    WilliamVintage

    A favourite of the celebrity crowd, WilliamVintage has one of the country’s finest selections of vintage haute couture. 1920s Chanel flapper dresses are flanked by iconic Ossie Clark and Yves Saint Laurent creations, showing owner William Banks-Blaney’s magpie-like eye for timeless classics.

    www.williamvintage.com William Vintage, 2 Marylebone Street, London, W1G 8JQ

  • Pollyanna

    Pollyanna

    Closeted in an old Georgian townhouse is one… More details

    Pollyanna

    Pollyanna

    Closeted in an old Georgian townhouse is one Yorkshire’s oldest fashion boutiques. Now in its 46th year, Pollyanna excels in low-key separates: indulge in a buttery soft Rick Owens leather jacket or a cocoon summer shift from the in-house label Nomad

    www.pollyanna.com Polyanna, 14-16 Market Hill, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S70 2QE

  • HUB

    HUB

    The Hub is one of north London’s most loved… More details

    HUB

    HUB

    The Hub is one of north London’s most loved boutiques, with a brother branch catering for men down the road. Though it boasts of a healthy smattering of European brands – Acne, Swedish Hasbeens, YMC – it’s the young London labels that is the biggest draw

    www.hubshop.co.uk Hub, 49 Stoke Newington Church St London, Greater London N16 0AP

  • Zapatos

    Zapatos

    Nestled within the historic town of Knutsford,… More details

    Zapatos

    Zapatos

    Nestled within the historic town of Knutsford, Zapatos is a small family-run business that excels in quality Italian footwear. Customers are invited to relax on plush leather sofas or road-test shoes on the shop’s walnut ‘catwalk’ while sales assistants tend to your every need.

    Zapatos, 19 Regent Street, Knutsford, WA16 6GR

  • Couverture

    Couverture

    Emily Dyson’s Couverture operates a ‘strictly… More details

    Couverture

    Couverture

    Emily Dyson’s Couverture operates a ‘strictly independent’ policy – eschewing mainstream brands for womenswear pieces from young up-and-coming labels. The scandi-aesthetic rules here, with sexy boyfriend shirts from Steven Alan and rock-and-roll tailoring from Rachel Comey (a favourite of David Bowie)

    Couverture, 188 Kensington Park Rd London W11 2ES

  • DARKROOM

    DARKROOM

    The geometric interior of this Bloomsbury… More details

    DARKROOM

    DARKROOM

    The geometric interior of this Bloomsbury accessories boutique betrays the flavour of its jewellery pieces: bold, colourful and conversation starters. It’s not all gold and silver trinkets, though – owners have a particular soft spot for African art and textiles so keep an eye out for these covetable pieces

    Darkroom, 52 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3LL

  • The Editeur

    The Editeur

    The e-store might be every fashion insider’s… More details

    The Editeur

    The Editeur

    The e-store might be every fashion insider’s guilty pleasure but The Editeur’s flagship Chester boutique every bit as addictive. Housed in a Tudor-style building, it’s the huge range of sizes and styles in their lingerie collection that really make it worth the visit.

    The Editeur, 36 Bridge Street Row West, Chester, CH1 1NN

  • The Dressing Room

    The Dressing Room

    The Dressing Room has always been a loved for… More details

    The Dressing Room

    The Dressing Room

    The Dressing Room has always been a loved for it’s understated yet fashion forward collections, thanks to the clever team of buyers and retail experts behind it. The boutique’s biggest USP is undoubtedly its collection of premium denim, stocking everything from J Brand and Hudson jeans to Paige Denim and Current/Elliott

    The Dressing Room, 6-8 High Street, St Albans, Herts. AL3 4EL

  • Jules B

    Jules B

    Institutions in the north, the three Jules B… More details

    Jules B

    Jules B

    Institutions in the north, the three Jules B boutiques are synonymous with luxury staples, cleverly mixing young brands such as MSGM and Hoss Intropia, with more established names

    Jules B, 50-54 Acorn Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE2 2DJ

  • Club

    Club

    Lara Bohinc, Alex Monroe, Tom Ford Eyewear –… More details

    Club

    Club

    Lara Bohinc, Alex Monroe, Tom Ford Eyewear – Club might have a healthy spread of contemporary designer labels, but it’s their stellar roster of accessory brands that really catches the eye. An attentive in-house personal styling team also adds little extra sparkle to the experience.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/CLUB-Esher-Designer-Boutique Club, 83 High St, Esher KT10 9QA

  • Changing Room

    Changing Room

    Changing Room has long been the choice… More details

    Changing Room

    Changing Room

    Changing Room has long been the choice destination for Kent’s bright young things, this boutique has a razor sharp focus on daywear and accessories, with pieces from Marni, Lanvin and Chloe. The buyers’ soft spot for Isabel Marant already has us in thrall

    Changing Room, 8 High St Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1UX

  • The Village Bicycle

    The Village Bicycle

    The wares at this Notting Hill boutique are just… More details

    The Village Bicycle

    The Village Bicycle

    The wares at this Notting Hill boutique are just as tongue-in-cheek as the name: filled with kitsch 90s ephemera, expect staples from House of Hackney, Mark Fast and sequin king Ashish. Their blog is a fun read too.

    The Village Bicycle, 79 – 81 Ledbury Road, London, W11 2AG

  • Browns

    Browns

    This venerable boutique on South Molton street is… More details

    Browns

    Browns

    This venerable boutique on South Molton street is one of London's most historic and important fashion boutiques, having been an early champion of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano. With a smart edit of each season's latest trends, the store has a sister branch, Browns Focus, which targets a younger style-savvy market

    Browns, 27 South Molton Street, London, W1K 5RD

  • LN-CC

    LN-CC

    Tucked away in a basement on Dalston’s… More details

    LN-CC

    LN-CC

    Tucked away in a basement on Dalston’s Shacklewell Lane is the underground boutique LN-CC. “This isn’t a walk in off the street. We wanted to keep the store as tight and special as possible” says co-founder Dan Mitchell. Through the futuristic tunnel entrance, you’ll find a space curated with directional pieces from Haider Ackerman and Central St Martins graduates

    LN-CC, The Basement 18 Shacklewell Lane Dalston London E8 2EZ

  • Square

    Square

    Split over two floors, this Bath boutique has… More details

    Square

    Square

    Split over two floors, this Bath boutique has quickly built up a reputation for spotting the latest must-have designer labels. Where the ground floor offers more affordable brands, head upstairs for your Acne and Alexander McQueen fix

    21. Square, 15 New Bond St, Bath BA1 1BP (01225 464997)

  • Feathers

    Feathers

    Before Browns, the Burstein fashion dynasty had… More details

    Feathers

    Feathers

    Before Browns, the Burstein fashion dynasty had Feathers. Today, the Knightsbridge boutique houses a curated collection of pieces the brightest young British talent and is a good one for spotting the next big thing in fashion

    Feathers, 42 Hans Crescent, London SW1X 0LZ

  • Coggles

    Coggles

    Since opening in the 1970s, Coggles has always… More details

    Coggles

    Coggles

    Since opening in the 1970s, Coggles has always been a progressive boutique, with it’s unisex changing rooms and named after the founder’s husband’s mistress, it’s still raising eyebrows – but for all the right reasons. Expect rails to be stocked with some of the best urban wares, including selections from Sessun, Sophie Hulme and Victoria Beckham

    Coggles, 91-93 Low Petergate, York, North Yorkshire YO1 7HY

  • Pam Jenkins

    Pam Jenkins

    One of the UK’s best designer footwear… More details

    Pam Jenkins

    Pam Jenkins

    One of the UK’s best designer footwear boutiques, Pam Jenkins knows how to spot what’s going to be shaping the footwear trends each season, as well as stocking Brit classics like Rupert Sanderson and Pretty Ballerinas. It’s small but well worth sharpening those elbows for.

    Pam Jenkins, 41 Thistle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DY

  • Garment Quarter

    Garment Quarter

    Launched three years ago, Garment Quarter has… More details

    Garment Quarter

    Garment Quarter

    Launched three years ago, Garment Quarter has quickly established itself as a hub for stocking some of the best international diffusion brands and accessories labels, including the Victoria, Victoria Beckham and Comme Des Garcons PLAY lines

    '''Garment Quarter, 25 Penn Street, Bristol, BS1 3AU

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  • Oxygen Boutique

    Oxygen Boutique

    Leave behind the noise and hullabaloo of Oxford… More details

    Oxygen Boutique

    Oxygen Boutique

    Leave behind the noise and hullabaloo of Oxford Street and nip down to the Oxygen Boutique, where founder Joanna Nicola is known for sourcing those hard-to-find US labels - think Zimmermann and Mara Hoffman

    Oxygen Boutique, 51 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8EB

  • ANNA

    ANNA

    Catering to Burnham Market’s… More details

    ANNA

    ANNA

    Catering to Burnham Market’s ‘Chelsea-on-sea’ crowd is clearly working: 16 years after opening ANNA now has 6 other outlets, and is our favourite for luxury basics from Maison Scotch or a last-minute Anya Hindmarch clutch

    ANNA, Market Place, Burnham Market, King's Lynn PE31 8HE

  • Dover Street Market

    Dover Street Market

    With outposts in Ginza and New York, this London… More details

    Dover Street Market

    Dover Street Market

    With outposts in Ginza and New York, this London design boutique (brainchild of Commes des Garcons founder Rei Kawakubo) stretches over an impressive six floors and is peppered with design-led pieces from Delfina Dellatrex, CdG and Husam el Odeh

    Dover Street Market, 17 – 18 Dover Street, London W1S 4LT

  • Lissom & Muster

    Lissom & Muster

    You might not always have the time for country… More details

    Lissom & Muster

    Lissom & Muster

    You might not always have the time for country pursuits but drop into Lissom & Muster and you’ll certainly have the kit. Ditch the Barbour and treat yourself to one of their chic Fjällräven wax jackets or a comforting cashmere scarf from Wallace Sewell. We won’t tell if you don’t.

    Lissom & Muster, 14 Tib Lane, Manchester, M2 4JA

  • Fifi Wilson

    Fifi Wilson

    The pieces on offer at Fifi Wilson's Chelsea… More details

    Fifi Wilson

    Fifi Wilson

    The pieces on offer at Fifi Wilson's Chelsea boutique have a distinctly French flavour: Manoush, See by Chloe and By Malene. Head straight here if you are on the hunt for that perfect white summer dress

    Fifi Wilson, Chelsea Green, 1 Godfrey Street, London SW3 3TA

  • Mrs Jones

    Mrs Jones

    A gem in the charming town of Holt, Mrs Jones is… More details

    Mrs Jones

    Mrs Jones

    A gem in the charming town of Holt, Mrs Jones is a great pit stop for off duty, luxury casuals and has a loyal local following. Brands include Annina Vogel, See by Chloe and the own-brand label Mrs Jones Cashmere

    Mrs Jones, 7 Fish Hill, Holt, NR25 6BD

  • Odyssey

    Odyssey

    Nicknamed ‘the boudoir queen’ Sarah… More details

    Odyssey

    Odyssey

    Nicknamed ‘the boudoir queen’ Sarah Connelly’s Edinburgh boutique is a unique shopping destination for lingerie. Inside the hot pink store, customers can browse the latest collections from Stella McCartney and Heidi Klein before nipping to the in-house beauty salon for a depilation treatment or express spray tan to show off their latest purchase

    Odyssey boutique, 39-41 William St New Town, Edinburgh EH3 7LW

  • Doyles

    Doyles

    Known for spotting ‘under-the-radar brands’,… More details

    Doyles

    Doyles

    Known for spotting ‘under-the-radar brands’, Doyles houses over 60 labels in its Leicestershire boutique – new names for this season include Peter Pilotto and 360 sweater

    Doyles, The Old Town Hall, Church Street, Market Harborough, LEICS, LE16 7AA

  • ROCCA

    ROCCA

    ROCCA might have a minimalist interior but the… More details

    ROCCA

    ROCCA

    ROCCA might have a minimalist interior but the whitewashed walls and walnut floor provide the perfect platform to showcase fashion from the young rising stars of London Fashion Week, courtesy of Jonathan Saunders and Roksanda Illincic

    ROCCA, 32 Montpellier Parade, Harrogate, HG1 2TG

  • The Shop at Bluebird

    The Shop at Bluebird

    This enormous 10,000ft space aims to capture the… More details

    The Shop at Bluebird

    The Shop at Bluebird

    This enormous 10,000ft space aims to capture the spirit of the Kings Road in the 60s and serve as a melting pot for a rangr of contemporary designer. We have our eye on their growing swimwear collection and wouldn’t mind a treatment or two at the in-house spa to get beach ready

    The Shop at the Bluebird, 350 Kings Road, London, SW3 5UU

  • Flannels

    Flannels

    Flannels has been doing business for over 35… More details

    Flannels

    Flannels

    Flannels has been doing business for over 35 years in Manchester’s city centre and has helped to cement its reputation as one of the UK fashion capitals. For summer 2013, customers can expect fresh offerings from Marcus Lupfer and McQueen, as well as an impressive selection of designer footwear

    Flannels, The Avenue, Crown Square, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3FL

  • Cruise

    Cruise

    With eight sister branches, it’s the Glasgow… More details

    Cruise

    Cruise

    With eight sister branches, it’s the Glasgow original that’s is still our favourite shopping destination. A sleek, modern interior hosts collections from international brands that include Lanvin and Valentino, while their concept department showcases some of the best trainer collaborations of the season

    Cruise, 180 Ingram St, Glasgow G1 1DN

  • START London

    START London

    Start is a Shoreditch landmark, as founder Brix… More details

    START London

    START London

    Start is a Shoreditch landmark, as founder Brix Smith-Start has fashioned a boutique with a razor sharp focus on the latest trends straight from the international catwalks. Highlights of the boutique include their stellar collection of handbags and totes, as well as their resident pugs Gladys and Pixie

    START London, 2-44 Rivington St London EC2A 3QP

  • KJ's Laundry

    KJ's Laundry

    This minimalist boutique found in the heart of… More details

    KJ's Laundry

    KJ's Laundry

    This minimalist boutique found in the heart of London's Marylebone has a team of buyers with a keen eye for off-duty American and Scandinavian brands - a good spot to stock up on those holiday basics

    KJ's Laundry, 74 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2PW

  • Arkangel & Felon

    Arkangel & Felon

    This eclectic Edinburgh boutique sit’s in the… More details

    Arkangel & Felon

    Arkangel & Felon

    This eclectic Edinburgh boutique sit’s in the city’s fashionable West End village and is headed up by stylist Sarah Cosgrove. It’s relaxed aesthetic make it a favourite destination for wearable brands like Day Birger et Mikkelson and Goat – a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge

    Arkangel and Felon, 4 William Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7NH

  • Nola

    Nola

    Sitting on Brighton's eclectic North Laine, the… More details

    Nola

    Nola

    Sitting on Brighton's eclectic North Laine, the laid-back atmosphere is reflected in the brands available on the rails inside. Browse lightweight classics from Vanessa Bruno Athe or invest in some quality cashmere from Chinti and Parker

    Nola, 42 Gardner St, BN1 1UN; nolaboutique.co.uk

  • Seasons

    Seasons

    The founders of this Leeds boutique are smart… More details

    Seasons

    Seasons

    The founders of this Leeds boutique are smart when it comes to buying each season's edit: the store might be located in the city's historic Victoria Quarter, but the offering here are for the style-conscious urbanites who want to stock up goodies from Belstaff and Equipment clothing

    Seasons Clothing, 7- 11 Cross Arcade, Victoria Quarter, Leeds, LS1 6AZ

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