If you plan on staying at any of our hotels in West End London England, there are so many great shops all conveniently located just within walking distance. Here a few unique shops that are a must see while staying at the West End.
Mrs. Kibble’s Olde Sweet Shoppe -Like something out of a Roald Dahl book, Mrs. Kibble’s Olde Sweet Shoppe is a sweet tooth’s paradise. First opening in 2006 on Brewer Street in London, near Piccadilly Circus, Mrs. Kibble has been serving happy customers old fashioned sweets, which is her passion. Her shop was the first traditional sweet shop of its kind in London. Specializing in old fashioned and retro sweet, Mrs. Kibble’s family owned business opened a second London sweet shop located just off of London’s most famous bustling shopping destinations, Oxford Street on St. Christopher’s Place. This shoppe has it all! Think rhubarb, custard, fruit salad chews, liquorice, bon bons, candy canes, lollipops, marzipan, and fresh fudge counter to melt for. As if that is not enough, Mrs. Kibble now offers an online sweet shop so customers can purchase their sugar fix from all over the country.
I Camisa and Sons– A small, family run Italian grocery store in Soho is a favorite for locals. This authentic Italian store is full of Italian pastas, cakes, coffee, sauces, and Italian meats and cheeses. Hanging from the ceiling is Parma ham and salamis and behind the counter is freshly made pastas, Italian sausages, sundried tomatoes, olives, and mushrooms. There is also a selection of freshly baked bread which can be used to make the ultimate Italian sandwich. If you come during lunch be prepared for a long queue, as it is the go to spot for locals to grab a quick bit. If you are looking for authentic Italian ingredients served by real Italians, this is the best that London has to offer.
Lillywhite’s– The landmark sport shop located in Piccadilly Circus has a remarkable heritage. Founded by the Lillywhite family, it holds a solid place in cricketing folklore. James Lillywhite was the captain of the England XI and actually personally financed a trip to play the first test match with Australia. The first Lillywhite’s shop opened on Haymarket in 1863 and was the first sport store to offer a range of sporting goods. They imported the first diving fins in 1947 and since then have been built up by the Sport Football Empire. Today the store has expanded to over six floors and is filled with bargains for every sport enthusiast. They moved to their current location in Piccadilly Circus in 1925.
Supreme London– Featuring a full range of high end skate wear, skateboards, and accessories, local fans can be found queuing around the block to get a look at the cult skate Supreme store. After opening its first store in Soho, New York, seventeen years later the store arrived in Soho, London. The Supreme brand is renowned for creating hip street wear worn by rappers, pop stars, and skaters. Collaborators include big names such as Larry Clark, Jeff Koons, and Damien Hirst which have all small editions of skate decks which have gone on to be sold at auctions for large sums of money. The London store is a two story shop featuring large photo collages taken by photographer Art Marcopoulos and a sculpture by skateboarder and artists Mark Gonzales. The opening of the London store has created a bit of controversy saying the store has moved away from its New York origins, but overall fans have been happy to have a shop for Supreme on this side of the pond.
Stanfords– Well known for the best selection of maps and travel books, Stanford’s should be the first stop for any explorer. The company was started in 1853 by Edward Stanford and it first opened its doors in 1901. The store was fully stocked with a massive range of maps, book, and travel related goods. The first floor of this store is covered with a large scale map of London and some famous trailblazers have found themselves wandering into the store. Such explorers as David Livingston, Scott of the Antarctic, Ernest Shackleton, Florence Nightingale, Ranulph Fiennes, Billy Bryson, and Michael Palin, also in the book “Hound of Baskervilles” Sherlock goes to Stanford to buy a map.