London's 5 Best Boutiques to buy Sunglasses

Sunglasses are a great way to update your look and now with the sun back on the sky they are the must-have fashion accessory. Luckily London offers a range of excellent boutiques stocking unusual frames and stand-out pieces.

Luxury sunglasses in emerald green with leopard detail at Box Boutique

Anna-Karin Karlsson's rose embelished sunglasses at Box Boutique

Box Boutique
Mayfair based Box boutique made its name as a shoe boutique but also stocks an exciting range of accessories. They offer a diverse mix of avant-garde and glamourous shades that you won't find anywhere else. Highlights are Rose et la Mer's emerald glasses with a leopard sitting on top of it or Anna-Karin Karlsson's white pair with roses.

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General Eyewear is located in a brick lined Victorian railway arch

General Eyewear's sunglasses collaboration with IF/Itokawa FILM

General Eyewear
The store looks like a museum and the range of carefully curated frames and sunglasses from 1750-1995 is well worth the visit. From historical catwalk pieces, limited edition designer collaborations to made-to-order sunglasses in any colour or effect, this is your boutique if you’re after stand-out pieces like no other.

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The Bespoke Service Mirrored Room

Cutler and Gross Blue Turtle Round Sunglasses / Get it here

Cutler and Gross Vintage
Vintage designer frames are becoming increasingly popular and Cutler and Gross Vintage is the name to watch out for. With a vast collection of eyewear sourced from around the world since the late 50s the store boasts of frames in a heady mix of colours, materials, shapes and eccentricity. The quality, design and customer service is second to none.

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EyeSpex at Spex in The City

Spex & The City
Spex and city is a beautiful small boutique in Seven Dials and the place to go if you're looking for unusual sunglasses. They have a superb collection of frames and the likelyhood that you meet someone wearing the same ones goes to zero. The staff is skilled, extremely friendly and super helpful when it comes to deciding which model to go for.

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Sunglasses by Oliver Peoples / Get them here

Adam Simmonds
I like Adam Simmonds’ mission to be different from the big chain stores and to not offer the same designer labels like everyone else. He encourages and promotes smaller, individual frame designers to assure good quality and travels around the world to source his glasses. In his store you’ll get competent and friendly service and a great choice of affordable sunglasses.

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If you want a quick fix and don't have much time check out Liberty, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Harrods, . They all offer a wide selection of designer glasses of commonly known brands such as Prada, Celine, Dior, RayBan or Tom Ford. At Liberty you'll also find Linda Farrow, Oliver Peoples or Sherrif & Cherry.

Wolf & Badger, Start, LN-CC, Browns and Matchesfashion are fantastic high-end multi brand stores stocking a wide selection of sunglasses that are not your average model.

And if you're after a real bargain have a look at street markets like Portobello Portobello where you'll find a huge selection of plastic-fantastic sunglasses for less than £10, UV protection not (!) guaranteed.

What's your favourite boutique? Did I miss a good shop? Let me know

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