Shopping in the Square Mile
The Square Mile’s luxury shopping destination, offering an unrivalled collection of boutique shopping within one of London’s most iconic buildings. Opened by Queen Victoria in 1844, brokers and traders met here on a daily basis putting the Exchange at the centre of the UK’s industry. Today this striking building and its beautiful covered courtyard is home to many fashion and lifestyle brands. Fashion aficionados will find their fix at Hermés, Paul Smith, Orlebar Brown and Thomas Pink while those in search for a special gift or a luxury treat should head to Smythson, Jo Malone London or Boodles.
Designed by award-winning architect Jean Nouvel, One New Change overlooks St Paul’s Cathedral and is a one-stop destination for fashion, food and drink. There is something for everyone, from women’s fashion at LK Bennett and All Saints and luxe sportswear at Sweaty Betty to the art of barbering at Teds’ Grooming Room or gifts at Oliver Bonas. Stop for a slice of cake at Bea’s or take in the spectacular views of the London skyline from the public Roof Terrace.
Under the elegant Victorian roof of Leadenhall Market are shops and stalls selling everything from British cheeses to books. Head to Barbour to purchase one of the British brand’s iconic Commander jackets, find your perfect fragrance at Diptyque, peruse books at Waterstones or try the men’s fashion at Oliver Sweeney.
Independent boutiques sit alongside famous names in and around Spitalfields Market. From women’s fashion at Whistles or MCQ by McQueen to men’s fashion at Belstaff, iconic cycling gear at Rapha and eyewear at British brand Cutler and Gross there is plenty to keep shopping fans entertained. Take a break at the Department of Coffee or opt for something a little stronger at Vagabond Wines.
A short walk from Spitalfields and just outside the boundaries of the Square Mile, those in search of independent boutiques, interior design and concept stores will find everything they need on this two mile stretch. Pick up utilitarian, timeless home goods at Labour and Wait, get your caffeine fix at Modern Society while perusing a curated selection of goods, stop by Aesop for the cult brand’s beautifully scented lotions or try the chocolate concoctions at the London outpost of Brooklyn-based Mast Brothers.