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Sprawled along Regent’s Canal in north London, Camden Lock Market (camdenlockmarket.com) is a favorite with locals, who come for high-quality crafts, vintage clothing, Asian food, funky furnishings … you name it. You'll find more stalls on weekends, but good shops are open every day. On Saturdays, Portobello Road (portobelloroad.co.uk) hosts the world’s largest antiques market. Bring your grandma's brooch if you want to get it professionally restored. Every Friday—the only day it's open—dealers of small antiques converge on Tower Bridge Road for the Bermondsey Market. Come before dawn if you want to find bargains. Hippest at the moment is Old Spitalfields Market (visitspitalfields.com), on the East End, near Petticoat Lane. Daily, you'll find cool urban design shops; on Sunday, everything from retro clothing to crafts turns up.
PERFUME & COSMETICS
The namesake founder of Floris (89 Jermyn St.; 44-20-7930-2885; florislondon.com) was a barber when he opened his ultra-elegant St. James shop in 1730, so it still sells men's aftershaves as well as some fine perfumes. Come here too for body lotions, candles, cut-glass bottles and combs—or just to see the premises, a converted family home. Another venerable (1872) London perfumer with his-and-hers products, Penhaligon's (flagship: 41 Wellington St., Covent Garden; 44-20-7836-2150; penhaligons.co.uk) sells creamy leather vanity cases and gleaming shaving kits alongside its seductive scents.