Loved for its picturesque towns, hidden coffee shops and sense of escapism, North London is one of the few areas of the city where you can go and feel a real detachment from the rest of the city. From established luxury labels to stores that house something a little more niche, we round up the top 10 womenswear boutiques in the area that will make adding shopping to your to-do list all the more appealing.
Stocking and celebrating some of London’s youngest labels alongside the likes of more established brands such as Acne Studios and YMC, Hub in Stoke Newington is the place to go if you’re looking for something slightly more contemporary than you might find in some of the city’s larger, more centralised chains. What makes it stand out from the crowd is its menswear counterpart, located just a stone’s throw from the original store. The boutique’s own label, Allsea, focuses on premium fabrications, offering simple, functional pieces in clean, minimalistic silhouettes. Make it your go-to for off-duty staples with a luxurious edge.
Anna Park’s namesake business started in Burnham Market, Norfolk as a one-of-a-kind boutique offering a personally selected edit of clothing from both national and international designer labels. Now an established addition to the Primrose Hill shopping spectrum, it deserves its spot in our list of must-visit womenswear stores in the North of the city. Expect pieces from premium labels such as Woolrich and Isabel Marant Étoile as well as lower price point items by the likes of Selected Femme and Maison Labiche. Constantly evolving its brand offering with a focus on fresh, innovative style, there’s something new to be found upon each visit.
When former model Phoebe Pring and former Vogue chief sub-editor, Lucy Olivier launched Lark London, their choice of the store’s Kensal Rise location caused controversy amongst their West London style set. Three years on and the business-savvy duo have proven just how successful a boutique of this nature can perform in North London. The aim was to provide the area’s fashion-aware creatives with an alternative to online shopping, presenting an edit of aspirational pieces from luxe but affordable labels. Visit and you’ll find hand-picked pieces from the likes of Wildfox, Finders Keepers and Yolke – all brands with an easy aesthetic that will breathe fresh perspective into city life.
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Keturah Brown founder and owner, Goug Wilcox, believes that every woman has beautiful features and that with the right lingerie, can feel confident. This is the notion that inspired her to launch her North London boutique, which also stocks swim and nightwear from the likes of Mimi Holliday as well as bespoke, own-label designs. Specialising in fit as well as style, the store offers a truly bespoke experience.
Question Air boutiques are dotted around some of the most affluent areas of London and its most northern plot in the city is in prime location in Hampstead. Stocked with an eclectic mix off high-end labels such as Vivienne Westwood and Paul & Joe Sister as well as newly discovered brands that you might not have come across, there’s something for every fashion conscious woman in this North London treasure trove. There’s a strong focus on denim and the store staff are trained in fits to ensure you find the right shape for your body. Not only an in-store experience but expanding outside the bricks and mortar building, Question Air’s transactional website and instagram profile help communicate the aesthetic of this brands ever-growing presence.
Hampstead Bazaar originated in Scandinavia in 1969 but it presents a very different aesthetic to the pared-back minimalism that we typically associate with this corner of the world today. The collection uses luxe silk and cashmere fabrications and it features bold, colourful prints that add bohemian charm to the offering. Designs focus on comfort and freedom of movement and silhouettes are therefore suitably oversized, resulting in something effortless yet elevated.
You may already know Diverse as an Upper Street favourite, but its recent re-location to Tufnell Park has re-established this 25-year strong retailer. Lit mostly by natural light and decorated with house plants, there’s a modern yet homely feel to the space. Of course, its signature luxury accessories’ collection still stands, and the likes of Céline and Opening Ceremony suit their new surroundings quite nicely. What gives it a unique spin, however, is the fact that you could almost re-stock your entire wardrobe there, as the stock spans everything from trophy pieces to office-appropriate separates. In the words of owner, Saskia Lamche; ‘There is room for a little bit of everything here’.
Bringing a laidback aesthetic to the streets of North London, Studio 8 is the ideal shopping spot for off-duty separates with staying power. From the perfect pair of J Brand jeans to that nautical Comme des Garçons T-shirt that’s been on your wishlist for seasons, this small but well-curated boutique presents timeless pieces that you’ll wear time and time again.