When shopping is your cardio, you need to refuel. Thankfully, London’s hippest boutiques have got your back, with cool café and restaurant spaces in which to relax, and recaffeinate before you get started on round two (or three).


Where the food is as on-trend as the fashion

  • Modern Society

    33 Redchurch Street, E2 7DJ

    by Emma Howarth

    Once you’re done cribbing interior design ideas (the floor tiles are divine), you’ll find a perfectly pitched edit of niche brands (Re/Done, Salt Surf, Être Cécile), cool collaborations and top-notch own-brand basics at this Shoreditch boutique. Coffee is king at the small but chic on-site café.

    Insider tip: Order the delicious house granola zinging with fresh fruit and coconut yoghurt.

  • Paper Dress Vintage

    352a Mare Street, E8 1HR

    More than just a prime spot for a down-the-decades vintage rummage, this well-stocked boutique also serves up first-rate coffee (courtesy of local artisan roaster Climpson & Sons) and cakes before transforming into a buzzy bar, music and events space come sundown.

    Insider tip: Don’t miss the after-hours live music sessions.

  • Rose Bakery at Dover Street Market

    18-22 Haymarket, SW1Y 4DG

    Buzzy Haymarket is a fitting location for the latest incarnation of Rei Kawakubo’s edgy fashion hub. Immerse yourself in five floors of high-end design, rarefied street style, big hitters and emerging brands before settling into the third-floor Rose Bakery for an exquisitely presented lunch.

    Insider tip: Make sure your weekend brunch choice features its sublime sourdough bread.

  • Thomas’s at Burberry

    5 Vigo Street, W1S 3HA

    There’s a relaxed vibe to the Burberry flagship’s in-store café, making it the ideal spot for pondering purchases or waiting for on-site monogramming to be completed. The menu has a refined but low-key British vibe: think shepherd’s pie or tea with scones ‘from the Aga’.

    Insider tip: Head to the exclusive gifting area to stock up on stylish stationery and scented candles.

  • 202

    202 Westbourne Grove, W11 2SB

    This trailblazing boutique-café has been serving up swanky brunches to Notting Hill’s fashion crowds since 2003 and is still going strong today. Formerly part of the Nicole Farhi empire, the downstairs showroom now focuses on niche – mostly Italian – brands such as Erika Cavallini, Lost & Found and No.21.

    Insider tip: It’s all about the delectable French toast.

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