Warrington Crescent in London’s popular Westminster area is perhaps not the first place that comes to mind when you are thinking about places to go shopping in the capital. Indeed, the likes of Oxford Street, Bond Street and Covent Garden are perhaps the first destinations you will want to head to. However, located just a short walk from the Warwick Avenue Underground Station, spending an afternoon strolling down and around Warrington Crescent can be the most rewarding shopping experience you will have in London. With a wealth of unique shops that you wouldn’t necessarily find on the high street, it is certainly less crowded than other shopping areas in the city, and the walk itself along the road can be very enjoyable. With that in mind, here is a look at some of the shops you can expect to find close to Warrington Crescent.
Located on Westbourne Park Villas, a mere 12 minute walk from Warrington Crescent, lies Appleby. Make this your first stop if you are looking for a new vintage outfit. While the shop doesn’t stock a massive selection, what they do have is of the best quality and the one-of-a-kind pieces are bound to have any shopaholic excited. The shop caters for women’s clothes only, although it doesn’t mean that men can’t appreciate the beautiful pieces. Appleby isn’t the cheapest shop to visit, so make sure you come with plenty of money in your purse if you are hoping to pick up a new piece.
The Girl Can’t Help It
Another vintage treasure chest, The Girl Can’t Help It can be found on the ground floor of Alfie’s Antique Market, which is again only 12 minute away from Warrington Crescent. Many of the pieces have their tags still attached, and the quality and selection of vintage goods is just amazing. Expect to see some rare items from the 30s, 40s, and 50s, and unlike Appleby, The Girl Can’t Help It caters for men as well as women, with a few items for the home thrown in.
For all of your swimwear needs, head over to Pistol Panties on Westbourne Park Grove. Even if it is raining or snowing outside, the moment you walk in you will feel like you are in a tropical paradise. Paris-born, yet Miami-raised designer, Deborah Fleming, has created the bikinis which are on trend yet have a wonderful vintage feel to them. Expect lots of bows, polka dots and frills. Found the perfect bikini but need some accessories to go with it? You are in the right place as there are so many bags, kaftans and sunglasses to choose from, that you may just find yourself booking a beach break the moment you leave the shop.
Should you not find everything you need in Pistol Panties, head over to Heidi Klein where you will find some exquisite pieces of swimwear. If you are heading to Heathrow to jet off on holiday within the next few days and happen to be looking for some last-minute items, then you can get all of your beautifying from tanning to waxing and manicures/pedicures done here too. Perfect!
L’Artisan du Chocolat
We couldn’t bypass this little treasure! Chocoholics rejoice and gather on Westbourne Grove at L’Artisan du Chocolat where you will try some of the most delicious Belgian chocolate. If you are looking for a fun, quirky gift for someone, then the unusual flavours of chocolate on offer are a great idea. If you are lucky you may get to try some samples before buying, although we can guarantee you won’t be disappointed either way.
Now you have your chocolate all bought, head over to The Winery on Clifton Road to find an accompanying beverage. The shop itself is pretty amazing and was originally a Victorian pharmacy. The wooden shelves are filled to the brim with bottles of wine which have all been sourced by the owner. Expect some beauties from smaller producers who you wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere in the country and who knows, you may just find yourself a collectable item.
You have your wine and your chocolate, so why not head to Haminados for some tasty Greek and Mediterranean goodies? The deli is run by its owner Joseph, a chef who really is the master of his craft. Whether or not you fancy some salad, moussaka or a slice of pizza, whatever you desire, you will find it at Haminados.
Whether you are looking for a gift or fancy a new scent, Miller Harris specialises in bespoke perfumes, making luxurious scents for each customer. Regardless of what your personal preference is, you will be more than pleased with your purchase as you walk away with an intricate bottle filled with your own customised perfume inside.
Alfie’s Antique Market
One of the largest indoor markets in London, Alfie’s has some of the most wonderful antique furniture you could ever hope to find. While it is mainly focused towards dealers, the public are more than welcome to have a gander and it really is so interesting seeing those who trade in antiques professionally in their element. Who knows what you will leave with – just make sure to keep an eye out for any collectibles you may find!
A household name, Anya Hindmarch designs some of the most wonderful bags you will ever lay your eyes upon, all of which are recognisable by their trademark bow. From fun and modern bags to smaller, evening purses and everything in between, all of your bag wishes will come true at Anya Hindmarch. It’s not just bags either, as there are a selection of shoes also available as well as some comfy cashmere knits.
Another great fashion designer, Alice Temperley has created some of the greatest dresses favoured by women all over the country. Her store in Notting Hill is the place to head to if you would like to see some Temperley in your wardrobe. Be warned that the dresses come with a hefty price tag, but they certainly are worth the cost. After all, she is a favourite of the likes of Kate Middleton, Scarlett Johansson and Sarah Jessica Parker, so you will be in good company. If you are looking for a hotel near Warrington Crescent, The Colonnade is one to look out for. Located by Regents Canal, it is within walking distance of some of the city’s greatest spots.