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An open-air market that takes place between 10a and 5p every Sunday, Bayswater Road Art Market plays host to numerous art exhibitions. There are regular exhibitions by as many as 300 artists, during which you will find paintings hanging from Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens' railings. You can pick up many souvenirs, among which paintings of Big Ben are extremely popular. You will find pieces that can be for nothing more than show, while you discover some that will make value additions to your collection.
This Praed Street bookstore stocks the reading requirements of academics, students, techies and businessmen. Its staple offerings are medical (for the medics at the nearby St. Mary's Hospital), engineering, telecommunication and computing books. There's also a selection of business and reference titles.
ME&EM is one-of-a-kind fashion outlet. Not only have they re-branded Pyjama Room, they have also raised the level of luxury lounge wear beyond pyjamas, by offering versatile clothes for day-to-day use under their label. Besides, the boutique also offers other accessories from well known partner brands like MiH jeans, Monica Vinader jewelery and Pantheralla cashmere socks. All these come in short, medium and long sizes. Stop by and check out the perfect cuts, stitching and a velvety experience. For more information call +44 845 680 0975 or visit their website.
A huge, domed building with three vast floors of shops that stock clothes, shoes, mountaineering equipment, records, books and household goods, Whiteleys is a sheltered alternative to your local high street. There is a fairly large Marks and Spencer branch here, as well as high street stores such as Aftershock, Gap and the Body Shop. The second floor has a good choice of food venues. You can catch the latest movie at Odeon. Whiteleys is regularly used to film daytime TV programs. A limited amount of parking is available on the roof.
This market dates back to the 1830s, when it only sold produce. Today the Edgware Road side sells simple everyday clothes (T-shirts, pyjamas, lingerie), DIY, and food. The Lisson Grove side is more stylish, with the famous Alfie's Antique Centre offering great antiques in all areas: jewelry, collectibles, bags, vintage clothes and more. Stop by the well-known Sea Shell on Lisson Grove for a one of the best fish and chips in London.
If you wish to give your home a new look, the mostly 20th Century furniture and antiques from Andrew Nebbett Antiques will assist you greatly. Specializing in metal and woodwork, the store gives you a lot of options for home decoration. Swedish Chesterfield chairs from the 1800s, window mirrors from the 19th Century and majestic oak paneled bookcases are some of the furnishings to be had. Antique items like champagne coolers and silver plated trays are also popular.
The Girl Can't Help It has been in existence for over 20 years. It stocks 1930's, 1940's and 1950's items in excellent condition. It has a wide range of women's clothes and dresses, including cocktail dresses, evening gowns, Hawaiian outfits, satins, chiffon, hand beaded items, Mexican hand-painted skirts, sequined circle skirts, velvets, hats, stilettos, carved wooden mules, jewelery and lingerie. It claims to have one of the largest mint-condition specialty lingerie collections in the world. Menswear includes Hawaiian shirts, Hollywood jackets, tailored suits, cuff-links, hand-painted ties and spit-polished shoes. In addition, there is a wide range of collectibles. Definitely the place to go for high-quality vintage items.
Saltwater is a fresh and chic boutique. The casual wear and accessories are trendy and innovative, and somehow resist the short fashion shelf life. Knitwear, tees, silk jackets, sweatshirts, funky skirts, and more, draw public attention with the innovative window displays.
The first London branch of the German-owned Koenig Books was this one, at the Serpentine Gallery. This independent bookstore has a vast collection of titles on art, architecture and photography. If you don't find the volumes the store stocks to be enough, you can order from Cologne's Buchhandlung Walther Koenig, which will be sure to have what you want.
With just about everything you need to get you through the trials of babydom, Mothercare is a lifesaver for the busy parent. Stocking all the essentials such as clothes, nursery equipment, nappies and toys at affordable prices, they also comes up with the goods you never knew existed before the patter of tiny feet came along. From potty seats to baby banjos, Mothercare has got it all covered. Part of a reliable high street chain, this branch is conveniently located close to the Marble Arch subway station and is open on all days. Call +0845 365 0515 for more information.
This must be heaven! Have a shot of wheat grass at the juice bar before passing from beautiful flowers to a fabulous and adventurous selection of fruit and veg. This is probably the largest health food store in London, where celebrities abound. There's an absolutely superb range of produce, including meats, poultry, game and wines, books and magazines. Staff are friendly and informative. Planet Organic is further enhanced by a bicycle delivery service, which is available for deliveries within a five mile radius of the shop. If you leave further afield, then a taxi delivery can be arranged. It also has branches in the same city.
Despite having lovely canals, a wonderful array of local restaurants and unique one-off boutiques, Little Venice is one of those undiscovered and unspoiled neighborhoods of London. Fashion Gallery is shop-owner Susan Munceys shrine to all that's wacky and cute about fashion. An art gallery on the first floor showcases fashion related contemporary art, and there's a designer clothing boutique on the ground floor. If you like romantic dresses, paisley chiffon skirts, velvet, cashmere and the rest of the feminine repertoire, you must come here to see scrumptious pieces by Gharani Strok and Christa Davies, among others. Online ordering is available.