London is filled with ultra-trendy and offbeat stores, offering visitors the chance to find the perfect gift for the hipsters in their life this Christmas. Read on for our brief guide to Christmas hipster shopping during your festive break in the city…
Brick Lane Market
The market at Brick Lane is world-famous and with good reason. Located within easy reach of the Montcalm Shoreditch, this market encompasses a seemingly endless array of different stalls selling everything from antique furniture to records and jewellery to handmade clothing. It’s the ideal venue for finding that quirky gift to suit more unconventional tastes.
The market is particularly magical in the lead-up to Christmas, with events and special offers helping to make each Brick Lane Market Christmas unique.
There aren’t many shops where you need to book an appointment just to look around, but LN-CC takes a distinctly original approach to everything it does. From the impressively offbeat décor which makes the location look a little like a sci-fi treehouse, to the range of themed ‘zones’ created within, there’s lots of variety here from a special in-house discotheque to a record store and plentiful clothing, all great for preparing for a Shoreditch Christmas.
Dover Street Market
This six-floor retail concept in Mayfair offers a carefully curated mixture of avant-garde fashion, new design and quirky art, all the pet projects of some of the world’s finest designers. If budget is no constraint, then visiting this market is one of the best ways to ensure you don’t leave empty-handed. It will appeal particularly to those with a taste for the finer things in life, as exclusive lines by the likes of Lavin and Givenchy are all in stock – alongside departments specifically dedicated to brands like McQueen and Celine.
Rough Trade East
Located in Brick Lane and beloved by music fans of all stripes, this store has it all – including gigs, a stage and a cafe, meaning you can treat a hipster loved one to a night out as their Christmas gift. Or, if you prefer to buy them something they can keep, then you can always browse the records on offer here and grab something they’re sure to love.
Know someone who loves skate culture? Then this London branch of legendary New York skate shop Supreme is a must-visit. The venue sells much more than just skateboards (although there’re plenty of those available, too). There’s also a wide range of memorabilia and the result of partnerships with skating stars, musicians and designers, creating a unique space to find the perfect gift.