London’s retail riches

Soho, London

London’s retail riches

Have your appetite – and your wallet – at the ready as you uncover London’s best independent shops with retail expert Ben Leask.

Leaving the world of mass production and chain stores behind, you’ll discover the kind of businesses that London was built on – independent retailers with a story to tell.

Starting with an espresso from the oldest coffee supplier in the city, you’ll make your way to some of the city’s oldest and most important vendors, learning about London’s retail heritage and sampling gourmet delights along the way.

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From £265 for 2 people

Ben Leask

Your insider

Ben Leask

Shopkeeper and retail expert

Ben Leask is a retailer through and through. His love of shopkeeping began behind the counter at his father’s jewellery shop, in turn leading to positions at a host of London retailers including a celebrated cheesemonger and chocolatier. Drawing on his wealth of experience, he then opened his own shop, only stocking products made in London. When he’s not running or developing new businesses, Ben writes about retail and good shopkeeping for the Evening Standard.

Rediscover the joy of shopping at London’s best retailers, a hidden web of independent stores aimed at bon vivants.

3 hours
Start Time
Tours run between the hours of 10:00 and 15:00
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Where you'll go
You’ll meet on Old Compton street in Soho, beginning your tour with a coffee from the oldest supplier in London. You’ll make your way through the lively streets of Soho, passing ultra-modern Dover Street Market before turning onto legendary Jermyn Street, awash with historic plaques and heritage outfitters. The tour usually finishes with a glass of wine at Berry Bros & Rudd, Britain’s second oldest shop, or a cigar at luxury tobacconist Davidoff.
What you'll sample
Ben's passion for shopkeeping means he knows all the best food, wine and fashion shops in the city, meaning you’ll come away with fascinating insight into London’s oft-hidden commercial heart. It’s a tour for foodies, too, so you’ll get to browse and try all sorts of gourmet goodness, including products made within the city limits.
Experience location
You’ll be meeting Ben at a bar in Soho; we’ll send you the details in your confirmation.