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by Sue Lancaster (subscribe)
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Published August 19th 2014
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East Sheen's "town centre" consists of a line of shops that run along the Upper Richmond Road and spill up into Sheen Lane. There are quite a few well-known names such as WHSmith, Robert Dyas, Cargo, Boots and Whistles, but there are also a surprising number of little independent shops, that sell an array of interesting one-of-a-kind products. Now, I'm as guilty as the rest when it comes to seeking out bargains on the internet, however there's something deeply satisfying about browsing in an actual shop - seeing the product, smelling it, feeling it in your hands - that you can't get online. With more and more shops closing down at the hands of the economy, I think it's time we support our high street, even if it does mean spending a little more. Christmas is creeping up on us already (yes I did mention the C-word) and now's the perfect time to start thinking about gifts. So, in no particular order, here's a list of my top 10 independent shops in East Sheen.

1. Oh Darling!

A lovely independently-owned boutique selling a range of beauty products, gifts, clothes, cards, books and more. The owner and her friendly dog are more than happy to help!

Where: 226 Upper Richmond Road, East Sheen
When: Mon - Fri: 09:30 - 19:00, Sat: 09:00 - 17:00
Telephone: 020 8876 7226

2. Sheen Bookshop

Sheen Bookshop's shelves are squeezed full of new releases, bestsellers, old classics, local authors, children's books and small toys. It also stocks cards, gifts and wrapping paper.

Where: 375 Upper Richmond Road, East Sheen
When: Mon - Sat: 09:30 - 17.30, Sun: 11:00 - 17.00
Telephone: 020 8876 1717

3. Oliver Bonas

OK, so this one's a chain, but a relatively small chain so I thought it deserved a place in my top 10. This delightful shop sells clothing, jewellery, accessories, furniture, cards, gifts and lots more.

Where: 315 Upper Richmond Road, East Sheen
When: Mon - Fri: 09:30 - 18.00, Sat: 10:00 - 18.00, Sun: 11:00 - 17.00
Telephone: 020 8487 5914

4. Sheen Living

A furniture boutique stocking bucket-loads of interesting things for the home. It's a great place to find a unique housewarming, birthday or Christmas gift for someone special.

Where: 321 Upper Richmond Road, East Sheen
When: Mon - Sat: 10:30 - 17.30, Sun: 11:00 - 16.00
Telephone: 0208 876 7203

5. Butikken

This Scandinavian shop stocks a selection of stylish products by Scandinavian designers. From candles to cushions, ceramics to scarves, it is a real treasure trove of Danish delights.

Where: 200 Upper Richmond Road, East Sheen
When: Mon - Fri: 10:00 - 17.30, Sat: 10:00 - 18:00
Telephone: 0208 876 1322

6. Nom de Plume

A boutique clothes shop for men and women, Nom de Plume has an excellent range of quality labels and fashionable designer brands such as Dries Van Noten and Marithé Francois Girbaud.

Where: 198 Upper Richmond Road, East Sheen
When: Tues - Fri: 10:00 - 17.30, Sat: 10:00 - 18:00
Telephone: 020 8878 7077

7. Classic Collections

An award-winning independent card and gift shop that is bursting at the seams with cards for all occasions, along with party accessories, fab presents, wrapping paper and gift bags.

Where: 379 Upper Richmond Road, East Sheen
When: Mon - Sat: 10:00 - 17.00, Sun: 10:00 - 16:00
Telephone: 0208 876 5769

8. The Long Room

A little shop packed full of original, unique vintage gifts, furniture and home decorations. The Long Room is a pleasure to browse around with temptations at every turn.

Where: 111 Sheen Lane, East Sheen
When: Tues - Sat: 11:30 - 17.30
Telephone: 020 8392 4966

9. Pandemonium

Everything you could possibly want from a toy shop - floor to ceiling shelves crammed full of books, games, toys and puzzles. Catering for all ages and price ranges.

Where: 125 Sheen Lane, East Sheen
When: Mon - Sat: 09:30 - 18.00
Telephone: 020 8878 0866

10. A Party Palace

Slightly further along the Upper Richmond Road, but definitely not one to be missed. It's your one-stop-shop for all things party from helium-filled balloons to fancy dress costumes.

Where: 487-493 Upper Richmond Road, East Sheen
When: Mon - Sat: 09:00 - 18.00
Telephone: 0208 487 8260

The nearest train station to all of these shops is Mortlake on Sheen Lane. There are also regular buses that run along Upper Richmond Road heading towards Putney or Richmond and beyond.
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