NOTTING HILL SHOPS
BANK CARDS AT THE READY
After some retail therapy? Notting Hill is the one.
From quirky boutiques to one of the best charity shops in the surrounding area, it’s disgustingly easy to leave with bags worth of stuff. To help you out along the way, we’ve listed our favourite Notting Hill shops, along with some tips.
Let us know how you get on.
NOTTING HILL CLOTHING STORES
A SLICE OF THE HIGHLANDS
Offering a slice of Scotland in the heart of Notting Hill, Highland Store is your gateway to Tartan delights. Established in 1998, the brand’s mantra is simple: deliver beautiful items woven and stitched in Scotland to a deserved audience in the South.
The quality of these items is remarkable: from the likes of blankets and scarves to kilts and unique knitwear, everything is oh-so-satisfying.
What started off as a small fashion label (and a successful one at that, having been stocked at the likes of Harrods and Selfridges), Sub Couture has firmly established itself as Notting Hill’s most beloved boutique store.
Stocking the Sub Couture label alongside an ever-changing lineup of complementary labels, paired with Louise’s talent for curating and styling, you’ll struggle to walk out feeling anything but fabulous.
To reiterate: this isn’t a ‘pop in and maybe something will suit’ store – this is a space that prides itself on personal service and, if we’re being honest, it’s an art that is fast becoming lost.
A proper gem and loved by many, none more so than Sub Couture’s loyal client base, many of whom have been visiting for over 20 years, this is a must-visit Notting Hill shop.
Stumper & Fielding
FOR A TRUE GENTLEMEN
Stumper & Fielding is a gentleman’s boutique specialising in the traditional with a contemporary twist. Think English country pursuits of a London hipster.
It’s a great experience. Darren, the owner, is extremely laid-back and offers great conversation. He’ll talk you through his items and explain why they’re in his store. Expect beautiful jackets, blazers and knitwear – in other words, a big hit of the good stuff. I intended to only have a browse but ended up leaving with 3 items – I can’t say much more than that.
The store offers a unique experience and you won’t feel pressurised to purchase anything – definitely check it out.
Couverture & The Garbstore
FOR THE RENEGADES
Operating as two independent stores located in the same three-story townhouse, Couverture & The Garbstore share the same philosophy: abstain from the mainstream and champion innovators. This mantra results in a home to the unique; an abode to the daring; to those you won’t see on your local high street.
Upstairs sits Coverture, where you’ll find all things womenswear, accessories, jewellery, homeware and beauty.
Downstairs plays home to Garbstore, one of the most popular spots for menswear in the area. Again, you won’t find mainstream items but brands like Brain Dead, Real Bad Man and Story MFG, among many others.
The staff are incredibly passionate and teeming with knowledge – so be sure to ask them a thing or two.
Native & Co
Native & Co is one of those stores that you could easily miss, but armed with the knowledge of what lies inside, it’s nigh-on impossible to not nip in.
This isn’t just an independent homeware shop in Notting Hill, Native & Co has a reputation for being a grandmaster of fine detail. Their products – some designed in-house, others curated – are simple in nature but complex in thought. They’re minimalist and precise; a blend of superior functionality and style.
Their items include everything from kitchenware, tableware, bath goods, with some candles thrown into a mix. It’s all of the highest quality and sourced from Japan and Taiwan.
Honest, simple and pure. Be sure to pay her a visit.
JEWELLERY FOR THE HOME
Something at Chloe Alberry is bound to take your fancy – it’s an Aladdin’s Cave of beautifully-crafted door furniture and interior decor.
The ethos is quite simple: why can’t interior fittings be viewed like jewellery? Something elegant, eye-catching and worthy of your possession. With this comes the use of unique materials, textures and colours across a vast range of items. Think door handles, knockers and cabinet knobs, not to mention a vast array of vintage tiles, enamelware and antiques.
A proper London gem.
BOOK SHOPS IN NOTTING HILL
The Notting Hill Book Shop
First off, there will be crowds if you’re going on a weekend – it’s famous after all. But this Notting Hill shop is far more than a movie scene; it’s a wonderful bookshop.
Offering a great selection of books, postcards, prints, and some movie memorabilia, The Notting Hill Bookshop is small but mighty.
They even offer a ‘Blind Date with a Book’ – books are wrapped in paper with story details inked on the front. Fancy the sound of it? Buy and take it away. You might have pulled yourself a keeper.
Books for Cooks
A UNIQUE BOOKSTORE
A place for foodies to rejoice, Books for Cooks is a cookbook shop come lunchtime cafe. They pride themselves on serving recipes featured in the books they’re testing, so expect an ever-changing featured dish.
Pick a book, jump on the sofa for a long read and enjoy this unique Notting Hill shop.
NOTTING HILL CHARITY SHOPS
Royal Trinity Hospice
A BOUTIQUE CHARITY SHOP
Probably our favourite charity shop in Notting Hill and beyond, this Royal Trinity Hospice Shop has an eclectic mix of designer gems, high-street goodies and sustainable delights.
This is a space where your custom truly makes a difference: proceeds go towards the Royal Trinity Hospice.
It’s a unique charity shop, in that it feels like a boutique focused on sustainability – the shop’s motto, ‘reuse, rewear, relove’, is testament to this – it doesn’t feel any different from many of its independent neighbours.
Set up as a response to witnessing the cruelty of state-run orphanages in Romania during the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceaușescu, FARA helps to transform the lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people in Romania.
Their Notting Hill branch offers a range of clothing, some homeware and occasional electrical goods. Being in Notting Hill, it’s safe to say fashionable items are a given.
A great cause and a great charity shop in Notting Hill.
British Red Cross
This is a classic Red Cross charity shop in that it really is luck of the draw. That said, being in Notting Hill, en-vogue vintage pieces often come through the door – you’ve just got to time in right.
Stop by and see if anything catches your eye – it’s for a great cause.
With over £30m distributed to sight loss organisations, Vision Foundation is London’s leading sight loss charity.
Honest Jon’s Records
A PIECE OF HISTORY
Behind an unassuming facade lies one of the most influential and loved music institutions in the capital, Honest Jon’s.
The space has evolved in its time: starting off as a single shop, growing into a small network and, more recently, a record label run in conjunction with Damon Albarn.
The shop itself specialises in jazz, blues, reggae, soul, folk and outernational – it’s like stepping back into the days when searching for music was really something. We adore it.
Let us know of any other Notting Hill shops worthy of this list in the comments below.
And if you’re after more of Notting Hill, be sure to check out our guide to the best Notting Hill coffee shops, breakfast and brunch in Notting Hill, as well as Greek restaurants in the area. And for those who fancy a tipple, our guide to Notting Hill pubs should stand you in good stead.