Five sites to help you seek out the best of London's shops

Planning your trip is half the fun of going on holiday, don't you think? The anticipation builds and, by the time you're ready to board your plane, your list of must-sees can be taking up valuable room in your carry-on luggage. 

Here at Silkbody we are keen travellers and keen researchers pre-trip - always! Before a recent family visit to the UK this year, we got carried away looking at cool London shops. Of course, there was not the time to visit everything on the list, but we thought we'd share some of the inspirational sites we discovered and the shops they recommend. You'll notice a homewares theme. You'll not need to go shopping for clothes because you'll be wearing Silkbody! 

1. Melting Butter recommends Native & Co

Melting Butter is "the online source for curated travel hotspots for the aesthetically inclined, cultivated traveler."
Melting Butter recommends Native & Co
This zen store in Notting Hill specialises in locally sourced homeware by small suppliers and specialist workshops in Japan and Taiwan (photo courtesy of Native & Co).

2. HipShops recommends Hoxton St Monster Supplies

HipShops gather different types of interesting places to shop from around the world, whether they're selling clothes, electronic gadgets or fine cheese. On this site you can create shop lists, then share them with friends or simply print them.
HipShops recommends Hoxton St Monster Supplies

A wonderful, quirky store that you could only find in London! Bespoke and everyday items for the the living, dead and undead - recently voted 'No. 1 Kids' Shop in London' by Time Out Magazine (photo courtesy of Hoxton St Monster Supplies).

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3. Petite Passport recommends Unto this Last

Petite Passport recommends Unto this Last
Blogger Pauline Egge collects all the nicest (design) places on Earth and writes about them because "the more people I can make happy with fantastic addresses, the better."

Unto this Last is a beautiful furniture store with a workshop next door in Shoreditch, also selling smaller timber items like platters and children's toys (photo courtesy of Petite Passport).

4. 12 Hours recommends Labour and Wait

12 Hours offers travel guides off the beaten paths, filled with secret spots, flavour and design. The format presents 12-hour-long itineraries that boil down the best a place has to offer in one handy schedule.
12 Hours recommends Labour and Wait
In their "12 hours in East London Guide", they single out Labour and Wait, a shop of household items that, they say, manages to make "the most mundane things look special." This shop is just along from Allpress coffee (a New Zealand import, which means you'll be able to get a proper coffee!).

5. Selvedge magazine recommends Forest + Found

Selvedge Magazine recommends Forest + Found
Selvedge is my favourite magazine of all time. In their words, Selvedge is a magazine that "acknowledges the significance of textiles as a part of everyone’s story.  We are surrounded by cloth from the cradle to the grave and by exploring our universal emotional connection to fibre we share the stories and values that mean the most to us." Their own store in Tottenham is a haven of rarified textiles and esoteric treasures that aims to nurture the designers and makers that inspire them.

Among the other stores they recommend are Forest + Found. For the designers from Forest + Found, a deep understanding of living in their East London community coexists alongside foraging excursions in nearby Epping Forest. Their wares are available at various exhibitions around the city, which are listed on their website (photo courtesy of Forest + Found).

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