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The London specialist stores we love

From watches to spectacles, we’ve picked five of our favourite specialist boutiques in London, all of which have made the bold decision to do one thing and do it amazingly well

Hannah Lewis / © Katie Wilson-Ells
City Guide
Hannah Lewis,

There is something particularly charming about a boutique that focuses one just one thing. Stores that offer a range of products are a fantastic place to while the hours away but, when you’re after that specific perfect purchase, why not head to a specialist? We’ve picked five of our favourite specialist stores in London, offering classic staples including beautiful watches, or the perfect souvenir, such as a handmade candle.

For candles
Tucked away down a quaint little side street, not far from famous department store Harrods, Rachel Vosper’s Belgravia candle boutique offers a peaceful retreat from London’s busy shopping streets. The front of the shop displays a selection of beautiful vessels, hand-filled by Vosper and her highly trained team with an array of fragrant waxes. In the back of the shop you will often find Vosper and her assistants busy working on special orders and bespoke creations for a loyal customer base of luxury brands and discerning individuals alike. The boutique offers a refill service, or you can choose any suitable container and take it in to be turned into a candle, safe in the knowledge that the perfect wick-to-wax ratio will be used to ensure an even, smoke-free burn.

Rachel Vosper, 69 Kinnerton Street, London SW1X 8ED, +44 (0)20 7235 9666

For interiors
Interior designer Eliská Sapera is known for her ability to mix contemporary style with antique finds and, at her Eliská boutique, the rest of us can learn how to do this, too. The elegant Mayfair boutique offers bespoke pieces alongside the Eliská range of scented candles, cosy cashmere throws and fabulous bed linen, in addition to striking pieces sourced internationally. Those looking for an interior overhaul will be pleased to learn that a complete design service is also available.

Eliská, 16A New Quebec Street, London W1H 7RU, +44 (0)20 7723 5521

For diamonds
Van Leles Diamonds, owned by West African designer Vania Leles, has opened a flagship atelier in Mayfair. The fine-jewellery boutique is open by appointment only and the debut collection was inspired by the founder’s passions: diamonds and precious gemstones. Jewellery lovers can expect showstopping pieces that effortlessly combine femininity, natural beauty and rare gemstones, made by expert craftsmen in London, Florence and Paris. Visit the luxurious and serene London store to browse the range or commission a very special bespoke design.

Van Leles Diamonds, 174 New Bond Street, London W1S 4RG, +44 (0)20 7409 1081

For eyewear
Eyewear Concierge, a leading specialist in handmade glasses and sunglasses from independent eyewear brands, has just opened its first bricks-and-mortar store, in London’s well-known Soho district. The company offers a wide and stylish range of opticals, including small and large glasses and sunglasses, as well as a bespoke service to ensure each client leaves with the perfect fit. The service in-store is exceptional, with each visitor attended by an eyewear concierge who provides expert style advice.

Eyewear Concierge, 2 Denman Place, London W1D 7AH, +44 (0)20 8133 9835

For watches
The London flagship of luxury Swiss watchmaker IWC offers the brand’s most exceptional pieces from its current collections, and features a special-edition Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar, designed exclusively for the new boutique. Portofino Midsize, IWC’s newly launched diamond collection, is also available in its entirety. The two-storey space follows a new design concept with an art deco exterior, making it different from any other IWC shop worldwide. The store also offers several distinctive features which give it extra appeal, such as maintenance servicing, bespoke VIP services and a lounge experience in the style of a member’s club.

IWC, 138 New Bond Street, London W1S 2TJ, +44 (0)20 3618 3900



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