12 Best Stationery Shops in London.
We love stationery. Whether it’s a cheap notebook to scribble down the Monday meeting notes or a leather-bound 160gsm journal to document your life plans and memories, a bitten-down Bic or a Montblanc fountain, it is something we use every day. There are few greater satisfactions than getting your hands on some fresh new note-taking materials.
National Stationery Week this week (24-30 April) has prompted us to treat ourselves. Our team have their favourites, including online retailers Moo, who have just launched a lay-flat notebook, Baron Fig and Best Self. But sometimes it’s just nice to leave the office, so we asked the team where their favourite places were in London to pick up their essential items and listed them below, from niche boutiques that have been there for years to brand new openings and famous department stores. Some are affordable favourites that we all rely on to stock our desks. We’ve raised our concerns about how much some people get paid for the others, but only because we’re jealous of their personalised pads.
With a wealth of pens and paper on offer, as well as in-store calligraphy and lettering workshops, this Clerkenwell outpost offers anything from wax seals to birthday cards, with an even bigger range online.
quilllondon.com 37 Amwell St, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 1UR
From novelty pens to grown-up journals, this antipodean retailer’s first London store will stock your pencil case in inimitable tongue-in-cheek fashion.
typo.com/UK Westfield Stratford, London E20 1EJ
Simple, beautiful design is all we’d expect from the magazine’s stationery offer online and in its Marylebone store, and it definitely delivers. Expect quality pieces in subtle colours and great collaborations.
monocle.com/shop 2 George St, Marylebone, London W1U 3QS
No compilation of stationery suppliers would be complete without our Japanese go-to. The company’s offer of everyday items, from candles to soap dispensers and dressing gowns to double beds, also includes a complete and versatile range of high quality stationery in a pleasingly minimal style.
Muji.eu 187 Oxford Street, London W1D 2JY and other locations
A range of fun, bright stationery, gifts and accessories that are sure to brighten up your desk, Kikki K offers it all. As well as having a home in John Lewis across the country, their flagship can be found in Covent Garden.
Kikki-k.com 5-6 James St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8BH and other locations
PRESENT & CORRECT
This east London favourite has a focus on vintage Seventies office objects for some homework nostalgia. Their throwback-heavy range is complemented with modern styles. There’s nothing there that you would want to hide in a drawer.
Presentandcorrect.com 23 Arlington Way, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 1UY
MOUNT STREET PRINTERS
The off-the-shelf range from this Mayfair stationer that has been trading since 1981 provides leather notebooks, headed paper, cards and other stationery items that scream quality and style. The store holds a royal warrant and its neighbours do include the likes of Balenciaga and Céline, after all. The bespoke offer, however, is what they really do best. From wedding invites to the most Patrick Bateman-worthy business cards, printing and Christmas cards, this is where stationery peaks.
Mountstreetprinters.com 4 Mount Street, London W1K 3LW
This Columbia Road store is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, meaning that it is open when the road’s famous East London flower market is in its Sunday bloom. Find some chill inside, away from the crowded market, and in doing so be pleasantly confronted with a beautiful selection of stationery including leather goods, pen pots, tapes and office supplies, as well as colourful scribblers and grown-up desk decoration.
Choosingkeeping.com 128 Columbia Road, London E2 7RG
Probably the most well-known on our list, you’ll have to dig deep in your pockets to afford one of the British brand’s notebooks, complete with quirky slogan, but you get what you pay for, as they say. Our personal favourite is the mid-year diaries and the boss’s favourite is this.
Smythson.com 40 New Bond Street, London W1S 2DE and other locations
Paperchase’s Tottenham Court Road store eclipses most of its other smaller outposts found in train stations and shopping centres around the country. With an in-store café and brands including Comme des Garçons and Fjallraven, this isn’t just cards and wrap. Pens from Lamy and Parker, books and an extensive selection of paper and notebooks are on offer here, as well as the brand’s better-known novelty items.
Paperchase.co.uk 213 – 215 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7PS
There really is nothing that the massive Oxford Street department store doesn’t do excellently. Stationery is no exception. In the store’s basement you will find all the usual suspects – Moleskines, Parkers, Filofax – as well as more exclusive selections from the likes of Danish design favourite Hay, Montegrappa, Tom Dixon and Montblanc. You’ll also find Smythson, Paperchase, Kikki K, Lamy and Moleskine, if the above list sounds like too much traipsing around.
Selfridges.com 400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB
Through the corner entrance of the hallowed department store you will find arguably London’s most charming stationery department that feels like a cosy boutique. From wrapping paper and cards to Christian Lacroix notepaper and an extensive selection of Moleskine, it’s class and quality the whole way through.
Libertylondon.com Great Marlborough Street, London W1B 5AH