25 London Shop Fronts

Time for another dose of London’s shop fronts, a great insight into any town or city. It’s interesting not only to see the names, but the window displays and what’s been placed outside as well. Walking down the street, it’s easy to walk right past some of these places without a second glance but when they are isolated in photographs like these that were contributed to the Flickr pool, the little things start to come out and I find myself looking twice.

Fiskeskaere Køkken & Sushi SchoolPhoto by Steve Reed

MayflowerPhoto by Steve Reed

Photo by Steve Reed

Thai DreamPhoto by Steve Reed

ButtyboysPhoto by Steve Reed

La ProvencePhoto by Steve Reed

The Breakfast Club @ LondonPhoto by Amyq

BarberPhoto by Steve Reed

Tooting Video CentrePhoto by Steve Reed


Last Place on EarthPhoto by Steve Reed

Smokey JerkeyPhoto by Steve Reed

Curl Up and DryPhoto by Steve Reed

SnookerPhoto by Steve Reed

FurniturePhoto by Steve Reed

SouvenirsPhoto by Steve Reed

Electronics & FashionsPhoto by Steve Reed

Big BenPhoto by Steve Reed

Mona'sPhoto by Steve Reed

San-MoniquePhoto by Steve Reed

Cricklewood HalalPhoto by Steve Reed

EuroScrews & Colourbox
Photo by Steve Reed

East African FashionsPhoto by Steve Reed

BucovinaPhoto by Steve Reed

Hard Work CafePhoto by Steve Reed

Mama CassPhoto by Steve Reed

How many locations can you guess? Leave your answers in the comments!

9 More London Shop Front Photographs

Since I last posted photographs of London shop fronts a few weeks ago, quite a few more images have been added to the Flickr pool. Today is the day for sharing!


E&OPhoto by SReed99342


Spicy LeapPhoto by SReed99342


ABCPhoto by SReed99342


Eye LevelPhoto by SReed99342


Institute Of English Medicine Next DoorPhoto by John Kortland


Clapham DIYPhoto by SReed99342


Control Tower Take AwayPhoto by SReed99342


ProfilePhoto by SReed99342


Butler & WilsonPhoto by Iris Jones

Know where all of them are? List it in the comments… 🙂

London Shop Fronts

Just a short stroll through the city’s streets reveals some of the unusual shop names and architecture of London, the many layers of history and irony that are contained here. These photos have been added to the Flickr pool by a few photographers with an eye for detail. Reminds me of the Who’d a Thought It? Any interesting shop names near you?

A1 Fresh Meats Photo taken in Kilburn by SReed99342

FamishedPhoto taken in Kilburn by SReed99342

Long Established Gentlemens HairdresserPhoto by John Kortland

Not Romeo And Juliet Either ! Photo by John Kortland

Ministry of Waxing in Covent GardenPhoto taken in Covent Garden by GediUK

a place for posh dogs Photo taken in Camden by Dixon1919

And an interesting building in Bethnal Green. Anyone know what´s inside?

InterestingnessPhoto by The Photo School

Listen to a Londoner: Emily Webber

Listen to a Londoner is a weekly interview post with people who live (or have lived for a while) in London. If you fit the bill and want to be interviewed, give me a shout at littlelondonobservationist@hotmail.co.uk. Always looking for new volunteers.   

Emily Webber,
(Photo by Mike Laurie)   

Emily is a native Londoner. You’ll most likely find her cruising around London on her bright green Vespa seeking out cool photos for her blog London Shop Fronts.

LLO: How long have you lived in London?
I was born in London, so pretty much all my life. I grew up in the south east but crossed north of the river to east London.   

LLO: What gave you the idea to start your blog, London Shop Fronts?
 It started when I was taking photos of my local area in 2004. I always found them fascinating and an interesting insight into an area, its history of affluence and diaspora. In 2008, I finally put some online, which sparked my interest to take more. Shop fronts are fascinating for so many reasons and as the collection gets bigger it only gets more interesting.       

LLO: Which shop front that you’ve captured is your favourite so far?
I couldn’t choose just one. I have so many I like for many different reasons. The first photo I posted on my blog was Get Stuffed (taxidermy) in Islington and probably my favourite types are Cafes, Launderettes and Chinese takeaways. These seem to have the most original signage and layering of history.  



LLO: Favourite place in London to take your camera?
I am never without my camera, so everywhere! But I’m most excited when I find a new street full of independent shops that I haven’t been to before.  

LLO: Somewhere in London you’d like to explore but haven’t had a chance yet?
  I’d love to get the chance to see some of secret London, the places that are locked most of the time like the closed underground stations (see http://underground-history.co.uk). Last year I got the chance to explore Savoy Cafe (http://www.flickr.com/photos/emilywebber/sets/72157619950686676/detail/) which has been closed since the 80s, it was an amazing chance to see something that has hardly changed since the 50s.

LLO: Loving the bright green Vespa! Have you found it to be the best way to get around the city?
I love my vespa for many reasons and it really is a great way to get around. It beats sitting on a bus or a tube and of course looks great.

LLO: Best London discovery?
London has so much to offer once you start exploring, I love summer walks along the canal to the parks and marshes around Hackney and Walthamstow.    

LLO: What’s your favourite London shop?
I do a lot of my shopping online and I particularly love finding unique stuff on Etsy and eBay.    

LLO: If I only had one night in London, where would you tell me to eat and drink?
  Cocktails at Saf then dinner and drinks at Bistrotheque.

LLO: Describe your perfect Saturday in London.
Probably start with brunch in Springfield Park cafe if it’s warm and sunny, then out (on the vespa) for some photo taking, then back to Hackney’s numerous pubs for some drinks with friends. 

Thanks Emily!  

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