London Shopping Guide
It’s a tale of two neighborhoods: Mayfair, borough of fancy boutiques and High Street finds, and the suddenly cool (and thoroughly Olympic-centric) Shoreditch.
The playfully opulent interior (lamps made from bowler hats, neon furniture) at this new shop run by a pair of Russian sisters and ex–Central Saint Martins students plays second svirel to the way-glam shoes and accessories. Find vintage-silk-scarf sneakers by Russy Valenki and dramatic sunglasses, plus Swarovski-studded Ugg boots. 45 Maddox St., 44-207-499-4277, theboxboutique.com
Come on a Saturday, when people-watching is at its peak. Queue up for Violet’s éclairs, then peruse the handmade knickers, Karin Andreasson’s delicate, ’20s-era jewelry and Kate Sheridan’s bright canvas carryalls. Broadway Market, broadwaymarket.co.uk