Shopping

Shopping

Shopping

Shopping

The joy of the Northbank is being in the know about shops you won't find anywhere else. Carrying a superb range of illustrated subjects - architecture, interiors, photography, graphic-design and fashion, the UK's only Rizzoli Bookshop is at Somerset House.

At 399 The Strand is Stanley Gibbons, the world’s biggest stamp shop. With over 3,000,000 stamps in stock philatelists are in paradise. Whether you’re after a rare Prussian Blue or you’re just getting started, this shop has everything you will ever need to build your own collection of tiny works of art. At number 216 is Twinings Tea Shop, a mecca for the drink that keeps Britain going. Opened in 1706, it has been trading in tea on the same site for 300 years. With a small museum too, this lovely heritage shop celebrates a huge variety of delicious teas so pop in and they’ll get the kettle on.

If you’re stagestruck by the surrounding theatres, Charles H Fox on Tavistock St will make a showgirl of anyone – even the boys. A treasure box of wild eyelashes, exotic lip colours and crazy hair colour this is where the professionals stock up on high quality make-up. The special effects products are fantastic – the secret supplier for air-brushed goddesses! Now you’re ready to party you’ll need Mad World Fancy Dress on The Strand. Over 35,000 costumes for hire and a gorgeous array of stunning Venetian masks make Mad World the one-stop shop for anyone who wants to have a ball. If you’re celebrating in style, don’t forget to take home a delectably sweet something from Paul where the cakes never fail to impress.

For essentials, The Northbank has good, useful shops too. You can pick up a few groceries at Tesco, Spar or Sainsbury. If you forget your toothbrush you can nip into Boots or Superdrug. Allow yourself to be tempted by Apple’s latest innovations in the i-Store, find a new outfit in Top Shop or spoil yourself at Hotel Chocolat. Men about town can smarten up at The Savoy Tailors’ Guild which stocks designers like Hugo Boss and Paul Smith. Escape the crowd and make this the year to discover the city’s lesser known shopping streets.

On The Northbank