Shop ‘til you drop: Unique boutiques in London
London has a fair share of boutiques dotted across the city, but finding something that is uniquely #LdnOnt is hard to do when you are new to the city. This is a list of shops that you should visit to get a true sense Forest City style.
Curiosities Gift Shop
174 1/2 Wortley Rd.
Looking for something to quench your eccentric tastes? Tucked away in Wortley Village, this quaint shop has a collection of knickknacks, clothing and greeting cards. Most of the goods are Canadian-made, along with some local London products. Check out Miik, a Montreal-based clothing line the shop carries that uses unconventional materials such as eucalyptus and milk as fabric. A strong advocate for sustainable lifestyle, this line tries to minimize their carbon footprint by milling their own fabric and assembling all their products locally.
Filthy Rebena Vintage
177 Dundas St.
The staff of Filthy Rebena post their stock list online for anyone interested in purchasing their products. They pride themselves on making the environment better by upcycling used clothing. Check out their Etsy shop for a short list of products they carry in their store. Occasionally, they host sales to clear their inventory and reduce their prices by 50 per cent. Check out the store’s social media for all of the latest updates.
Grow & Bloom Co.
569 Richmond St.
Home of the floral goddess workshop (where participants create beautifully intricate floral arrangements on goddess heads), this boutique florist has the most Instagram-friendly décor and aesthetically pleasing social media. Surprise your special someone with something special: a ceramic Frida Kahlo piece, a candle or any of their lovely artsy jewelry.
The Market at the Western Fair District
900 King St.
Home to over 100 vendors and buskers, the market comes alive every weekend. From brunch to whimsical home décor, the market is a space to explore and find new trinkets. Check out the Purple Moose Sock Company to find some quirky socks: corgi, space and cat prints are all available upon request. Other interesting stalls to check out are Liberty and Love (a steampunk, art nouveau jewelry maker), Birdhouse Classics (fun garden furniture), and Oaza (essential oils and skin care).
The Pristine Olive Tasting Bar
884 Adelaide St. N.
With over 60 different premium oils and balsamic vinegars to choose from, this store encourages healthy cooking. They regularly post new recipes on their websites with interesting recipes like truffled deviled eggs, smoked salmon and avocado crostinis and fresh shrimp spring rolls. This quaint shop also hosts tasting classes where people can sample all of their oils with a selection of finger foods. Don’t have time to devote yourself to a tasting? The Pristine Olive Tasting Bar website has a chart that delineates all of the olive oil and balsamic pairings.