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Top 10 Secret London Fashion Boutiques

14Nov

Love shopping but looking for something unique or unconventional? Then check out our shortlist of under-the-radar London boutiques (strictly no big department stores) where you’ll find an outfit to make your friends and loved ones say “wow”!

Here is our rundown of 10 of the best shops in central London carrying some of the world’s most stylish designers and iconic brands – all within easy reach of Montagu Place. So why not make a weekend of it with our special 15% discount offer?

All information was correct at the time of going to press:

AIME’

Open since March 1999, Aimé defines itself as unique and you’ll feel a different vibe as soon as you walk in. The owners, two half-French half-Cambodian sisters Val and Vanda Heng-Vong, select exclusively French designers or other European names that are creating a buzz like Italian brand Forte Forte. It has a children’s store next door with a further branch in Shoreditch. If you like to buy beautiful things that you won’t see everywhere else, then it’s well worth checking out!

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Address: 32 Ledbury Road, W11 

Website: aimelondon.com

ANYA HINDMARCH BESPOKE

Anya Hindmarch Bespoke is a wonderful retro space launched in 2009 on Pont Street. At this unconventional store they’ll inscribe your bag with individual initials making your bespoke piece even more unique. This exclusive piece of workmanship can be executed either on the little inside pocket of a chosen bag or on its outside flap.

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Address: 15-17 Pont Street,SW1X 9EH: 

Website: anyahindmarch.com

 

A LA MODE

Well-known for selling beautiful clothes from world-famous international designers ranging from Nina Ricci to Marni, this chic store was created in 1986 by Peter and Josephine Turner who are renowned for using their personal judgement to discover up-and-coming labels to showcase within their boutique, including the likes of Peter Pilotto and more.

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Address: 10 Symons Street, SW3

Website:  @alamode_london

BLACKOUT II

In the heart of Covent Garden, this vintage store quickly established a reputation as one of the top vintage destinations in London; it stocks apparel, accessories and costume jewelry from the 1920s to the 1980s offering the option both to buy and hire.

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Address: 51 Endell Street, WC2

Website: blackout2.com

DOVER STREET MARKET

This multi-brand and concept store was created 12 years ago by Comme des Garçons’ designer Rei Kawabuco; it’s currently one of the most desirable shopping destinations in Mayfair and one the most influential stores in the world. It consists of 5 floors dedicated to the most important and exclusive labels in the fashion world, providing a true fashion immersion experience with an atmosphere inspired by the theme of “Beautiful Chaos”.

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Address: 18-22 Haymarket,W1

Website: doverstreetmarket.com

 KABIRI

Launched in 2004, Kabiri leads the way in contemporary designer Jewellery offering both own-range pieces designed by its owner Nathalie Kabiri and fine jewellery ranging from fashion pieces to more classical ones. This is one of the most diverse jewellery destinations in London and is just a short walk from Montagu Place.

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Address: 37 Marylebone High Street, W1

Website: kabiri.co.uk

 

JOSEPH

This multi brand boutique has always been a destination for its impressive range of international labels, from Celine to Lanvin, alongside the eponymous collections. It was the first to sell Prada in London and brought Kenzo to the world’s attention. This boutique  has create a new way to experience both shopping and fashion itself.

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Address: 315 Brompton Road, SW3

Website: joseph-fashion.com

 

THE BOX BOUTIQUE

In the heart of Chelsea, this concept store has quickly become the shopping hotspot for London’s top celebs and fashionistas. It offers hi-tech toys and cold pressed juices alongside its collection of haute couture garments which will leave you speechless. Seeing is believing!

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Address: 104 Draycott Avenue, SW3

Website: theboxboutique.com

 

TATTY DEVINE

Founded in 1999 by two schoolmates Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden; Tatty Devine is an independent British jewellery company whose funny and colorful collections are mostly hand made using unconventional materials such as perspex, wool and anything else that has caught designers’ eye.

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Address: 44 Monmouth Street

Website: tattydevine.com

 

THE SHOP AT THE BLUEBIRD

Owned and curated by Belle Robinson, this boutique provides a unique luxury shopping experience; with items covering select womenswear and menswear ranges as well as beauty and lifestyle items, showcasing international collections and up-and-coming labels. This huge store also collaborates with talented artists by hosting events throughout the year, so that every time you visit you feel part of something new.

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Address: 350 King’s Road,SW3

Website: theshopatbluebird.com

 

Planning a London shopping weekend for Christmas shopping or the January sales? Contact us directly at the hotel via stay@montagu-place.co.uk or by phoning +44 (0)207 4672 777 with your requirements and we’ll be happy to map out your dream shopping itinerary, ready for when you arrive at the hotel.

Happy shopping!

 

Post written and images selected by Francesca Sandrone

Photo (C) José María Mateos

Top 10 Sherlock Holmes Attractions

08May

Are you a Sherlock Holmes fan? Then this post is for you! We will highlight the best Sherlock Holmes attractions all over London near Baker Street, the fictional home of the great detective (round the corner from Montagu Place). So pull out your deerstalker hat and tobacco pipe — let’s investigate the locations frequented by the world’s most famous detective!

Sherlock Holmes has been a popular fictional character since the release of A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887. Readers quickly grew to love this super sleuth with uncanny observational skills, forensic knowledge, and logical reasoning.

As the years have passed, Sherlock has only become more popular and is now one of the most well-known literary characters in the world. The character has gone on to appear in dozens of films and television series. In fact, Sherlock Holmes has been in more films than any other literary character!

Today, Sherlock Holmes fans can enjoy seeing the detective in the very successful BBC series, Sherlock, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. The film franchise is equally popular and stars the charismatic Robert Downey Jr as Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as Dr Watson.

Here are some of the locations which share a connection with the literary, film or television versions of this genius detective!

Take a Stroll Down Baker Street
Baker Street is synonymous with Sherlock Holmes and has appeared in many of the character’s films and television series. It is the location of 221b Baker Street — Sherlock’s apartment and laboratory.

There are many Sherlock Holmes-related sights on Baker Street including a nine-foot bronze statue of the character and Sherlock Holmes lookalikes. You might have to do some detective work to find 221b Baker Street though — it is located between 241 and 237 Baker street.

Make it happen: It is a very short walk to Baker Street from the hotel (0.3 miles) — simply head east along Montagu Place until you reach Baker Street. Alternatively, if you are elsewhere in the city, take the train to the Baker Street underground station. The best time to visit is during the day or early evening. Keep an eye out for Sherlock artwork — he is everywhere!

The Sherlock Holmes Museum
Once you find 221b Baker Street, you will discover it is actually a Sherlock Holmes Museum. The ground floor is filled with various antiques and knick knacks from around London while the top floor contains a huge amount of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia. The property is kept as it was in Victorian times when the first book was released. It is a fantastic first stop for Sherlock fans.

Make it happen: Simply walk a few minutes from the hotel (head east) or take the train to Baker Street tube station from anywhere in London. The museum is open 9.30 am — 6pm with Admission costing Adult £15 Child £10 (under 16yrs). Learn more about the Museum.

Madame Tussauds
This world famous wax museum contains two different versions of Sherlock Holmes. It has a wax figure of Robert Downey Jr’s version of Sherlock Holmes and one of Benedict Cumberbatch, from the BBC television series. It gives Sherlock Holmes fans a great opportunity to take their photo alongside their favourite version of the character!

Make it happen: If you are on foot, simply continue east from the end of Baker Street towards the University of Westminster. Madame Tussauds is close to the University. It is approximately 0.5 miles from the hotel (11 minutes on foot). Tickets are currently £31.00 for adults and £25.00 for children. The museum is open 09.30 to 17.30 seven days a week. Learn more about Madame Tussauds.

Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour
This 2-hour tour is an excellent way to see the most important Sherlock Holmes sights in a short space of time. It departs from the former site of the Criterion restaurant (now the Savini restaurant) on Piccadilly Circus and ends at The Strand.

Make it happen: If you are feeling fit, the walk to the Criterion restaurant is lovely, taking in both Hyde park and Green Park. There are also buses, trains and taxis to get you to the starting point of the tour. The tour is £12 for adults and £10 for children. The schedule changes throughout the year — learn more about the Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour.

The Sherlock Holmes Pub
This beautiful old pub has retained many of the features of a traditional Victorian-era tavern. It serves some of the best pub food in London and is a perfect place for Sherlock Holmes fans to have lunch or dinner. To go along with the food, the pub serves some lovely traditional English ales and ciders.

The Sherlock Holmes Pub also features some rooms with Sherlock Holmes memorabilia and clues from a few of his most famous cases!

Make it happen: The Sherlock Holmes Pub is located at 10-11 Northumberland Street, Westminster, approximately 2.7 miles from the hotel. If you are feeling fit, you could walk there for lunch, take a bus, the tube to Charing Cross or a taxi. Learn more about the Sherlock Holmes Pub.

Visit the Lyceum Theatre
This is a great place to visit after having lunch at the Sherlock Holmes Pub! This 2,100-seat West End theatre was featured in the Sherlock Holmes book The Sign of the Four, published in 1890. Miss Morstan takes Watson and Homes to the theatre after receiving a note saying: “be at the third pillar from the left at The Lyceum Theatre at seven o’clock”. The theatre was also the location for a number of Sherlock Holmes plays.

Make it happen: The Lyceum Theatre is located at 21 Wellington St, London. You can walk there from the Sherlock Holmes pub, take a taxi, take a bus or the train. Learn more about the Lyceum Theatre.

Speedy’s Cafe
If you are a fan of the recent BBC series, you may already know that it is not filmed on Baker Street — it is filmed nearby on North Gower Street. In the BBC television series Holmes and Watson often frequent a cafe on the street called Speedy’s Cafe. It has become a popular spot for fans of the series and they make some Sherlock Holmes themed food!

Make it happen: North Gower Street is located 1.4 miles north-east of Montagu Place. Learn more about Speedy’s Cafe.

The Savini Restaurant in Piccadilly
The Criterion restaurant was replaced by Savini in 2015. This Milanese restaurant offers exceptional food and one of the best fine dining experiences in London. While at the restaurant check out the plaque which commemorates the spot where Holmes and Watson first met in the books!

Make it happen: As mentioned previously, it is a lovely walk from Montagu Place to the restaurant, but buses, trains and taxis are also available. Learn more about Savini.

The St Barts Hospital
This hospital is featured twice in the BBC adaptation of Sherlock Holmes. In season 1, it is the location where Sherlock and Holmes first meet. In season 2, it is the building from which Sherlock Holmes seemingly falls to his death. This beautiful hospital was built in 1123 and features some incredible architecture!

Make it happen: St Barts is located approximately 3.3 miles from Montagu Place. There are plenty of ways to get there including a regular bus service.

Café Royal
In the book The Adventure of the Illustrious Client, Sherlock Holmes almost loses his life outside this café. He is attacked by two men with sticks but Sherlock manages to fight them off! This venue has a long and illustrious history, attracting many famous writers over the years including Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw.

Make it happen: The Café Royal is close to the Savini restaurant in Piccadilly. You could stop there for a coffee after enjoying lunch at the Savini. Lean more about the Café Royal.

Remember we are big Sherlock Holmes fans at Montagu Place and can help you come up with a bespoke detective-themed itinerary during your stay with us! Do contact us to find out more or take advantage of our great special offers.

5 Lovely Independent Shops on Marylebone High Street

16Dec

 

5187726233_5e53383f08_bLondon is often described as one of the best shopping cities in the world and our own Marylebone neighbourhood has some of the most intriguing shops in the city, without having to fight through the crowds (though we are fortunate in that you can also walk to Oxford Street’s world-famous department stores from our doorstep).

The eclectic range of shopping opportunities nearby means you don’t have to travel far to find a range of unforgettable gifts for your nearest and dearest.