Best outdoor stores in London

Discussion in 'Shopping' started by Ken T., Jun 20, 2018.

  1. Ken T.

    Ken T. Section Hiker

    I’ll be in London late October. Would like to stop in a couple of stores. Any little place I should not miss?
  2. ColinHawke

    ColinHawke Ultralighter

    Most of the big stores are all in Covent Garden - Cotswold, Ellis-Brigham, Snow & Rock, Rohan, yada yada. Not sure about little places ..
  3. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    There are no little places, or not that I know about, except army surplus shops. Paramo is middle size and have left Covent Garden and gone to Marylebone high street.
  4. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Stanfords In Covent Garden is worth a look. A nice place if you like maps. You can also buy a map there to show you the quickest way out of London. :)
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  5. ColinHawke

    ColinHawke Ultralighter

    Yes Stanfords is good, it's where I got all my Hindu Kush & Karakoram maps - all made by the British back 100 years ago and were still very useful.
  6. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    As said, covent garden is the main place but it's all full price and few bargains due to the expensive location.

    Arcteryx have a store on picadilly.

    I have not been (so assume it's pretty new) but appears there is an official Haglöfs Store at 249-251 Regent St.. it's shared with Aisics so that may be why I have not noticed it.

    Run and become are near Victoria station stock inov-8 and some other trail shoes and lightweight running orientated gear including Montane and OMM. They are very helpful, did a little consultation via phone /email and recommend some shoes for me to try and then made sure they had my sizes in stock for when I called in.

    There are some runners need stores as well, also stocking trail shoes and running orientated gear.

    Sadly pattagonia closed their covent garden store last year.

    Vivobarefoot have a store on Neal st, covent garden.

    There are lots of other running shops that often have lightweight goodies.

    There is an altberg dealer out Kingston way that does boot fitting, can't recall the name.

    I can't think of a single place to get lightweight (by TL standards) tents or cooking gear.
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2018
  7. snow

    snow Trail Blazer

    The central shops are fairly rubbish, best of the bunch is Ellis Brigham in Covent Garden imo. As said mostly full price stuff and not that much of the really serious kit, more fashion-y.

    Need to go up to the mountainy areas for good shops.
  8. Daymoth

    Daymoth Ultralighter

    I like Ellis Bingham in covent garden the best from the lot in London.
    But other than mountaineering and climbing gear, for UL hiking there isnt much to see in London.
  9. Ken T.

    Ken T. Section Hiker

    Thanks everyone!
  10. benp1

    benp1 Summit Camper

    Covent Garden is still the best option. Lots of options but nothing fancy or specialist. it's catering for a London market

    Ellis Brigham (with an ice wall)
    TNF (branch of the above), have a sale on every now and then with good priced samples to be had
    Mountain Warehouse
    Snow Rock
    Jack Wolfskin

    The first 5 are south of the square, the other 3 are north but it's all quite close

    Used to have a field and trek but that's now gone. I think the Kathmandu has gone now as well
  11. snow

    snow Trail Blazer

    Arc’teryx Covent Garden store closed as well, only the one next to Piccadilly Circus now.
  12. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    We had a mooch about between trains the other week.

    As folk say, thought Ellis Brigham the best overall.

    Cotswolds are definitely using more space catering towards the fashion stuff these days. Similarly at my local. The structural overhaul and change of climate last year drove the local management to leave the company by all accounts.

    Only bought a shirt from the Rohan shop.
    Being from the US Ken, you may not know Rohan? Worth checking out. Very good quality travel clothing made of technical fabrics which look smart, and more traditional looking outdoor clothing. Problem is, the shops often only stock seasonal gear nit everything in the range, and they often change or don't do certain models consistently every year. But often, they get it just right.

    Also, if after something different, it might be worth you visiting the Paramo shop. They've definitely got their own approach to clothing solutions!
  13. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    I went to the haglofs store today, it's a bit pants as it's just a section of the basement in the ASICS store.
    Staff are fairly knowledgable but there is not much stock.
    There were some discounts though.

    I was having trouser envy after my soaking above patterdale and had been coveting @NEEpps panatloons so i went in to look for some of the 2.5 layer l.i.m overtrousers. Alas they don't stock them but they did have 40% off the goretex version and several other bits.

    I ended up with an extremely comfortable but slightly overweight 25L day pack as I will actually have some daywalks this year.
  14. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    Can't remember the last time I bought anything from a store, all purchases seem to be online (unfortunately)
  15. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

  16. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    My last boots were instore 4 years ago?...I just stock up on same shoes when they appear in the online sales, Salomon mainly...Sportiva..

    That said, I tried on a pair of Salomon today half a size bigger and they seemed to fit better...:confused:...the plot thickens with my recurring bruised and blistered toes...:banghead: :pigeon:
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  17. Ken T.

    Ken T. Section Hiker

    Store shopping will be a novelty. As will be flying, international travel, jet lag, public transport, being in a city, etc, etc...
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  18. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    There’s an eBay seller who has masses and masses of lightly used Rohan stuff. All sizes, styles, previous versions. She’s really good.
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  19. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    And open to offers even tho' there is no "offers" on the listing :D.
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  20. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    It’s you?!
  21. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    No, I just made a cheeky offer on two items I wanted but thought were overpriced (to my values) and she accepted pronto :thumbsup:.
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  22. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    Good to know.
  23. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Linky ? :)
  24. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

  25. Ken T.

    Ken T. Section Hiker

    Yep, that is a brand I have not seen here.

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