7
Nov
2010

London’s Top Five…Obscure Shops

Part of London’s charm is the labyrinth of hidden weird and wonderful shops. So The London Word has selected some of the best tucked away secrets, to create London’s five most obscure retail offerings…

Viktor Wynd’s Little Shop of Horrors
Technically it’s not the sort of place where you’re going to have a huge splurge, but it is still a unique shopping experience. Right next to London Fields on Hackney’s Mare Street, this is one of the most unique shopping experiences you will find in London. 

Viktor Wynd’s Little Shop of Horrors is a cavernous hideaway with curious oddities reminiscent of a bygone Victorian boutique. If you fancy purchases of such delights as human foetuses, shrunken heads and carniverous plants, then this Hackney haunt is definitely right up your street.
   
Viktor Wynd’s Little Shop of Horrors
11 Mare Street
Hackney
E8 4RP

Vx
It seems so wrong to have a vegan mecca like Vx (pronounced ‘V cross’) sat right next to a shop priding itself on dead stuffed animals. But Vx provides everything necessary to indulge in the vegan lifestyle, from groceries to clothing. 

Vx
73 Caledonian Road
Kings Cross
N1 9BT

Tel: 0207 833 2315

Duke of Uke
For all manner of stringed instruments head down to Hanbury to strum to your heart’s content. Eccentric owner Matthew Reynolds has managed to kit out his whole shop with ukeleles (plus variations on banjos, guitars and harmonicas).

Duke of Uke
22 Hanbury Street
Brick Lane
E1 6QR

Tel: 020 7247 7924
 
L Cornelissen & Sons
This shop will transport you straight into a Charles Dickens novel. I very much doubt that this place has changed at all since it first opened in 1855. It is an utterly beautiful little boutique catering for very specific artistic needs. Floor-to-ceiling shelves stock all manner of goods, from paints in every colour to very specialist art supplies. 

L Cornelissen & Sons
105 Great Russell Street
Covent Garden
WC1B 3RY

Tel: 020 7636 1045
 
Loop
With the likes of Stitch London and celebrities endorsing your gran’s favourite hobby, knitting is very much in vogue. This little haven contains absolutely everything you could possible need to become hot property in the knitting world.

Loop
15 Camden Passage
Islington
N1 8AE

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2 Responses

  1. very good choices, another might be theworldthewayiwantit where you can find real dead spies or real dead flies in a way that could make you want to buy them…. 73, Redchurch street, Shoreditch, E2 (opposite Aubin & Wills)

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