Independent optical shops is always the best place to get a great pair of glasses from the customer service to the years of knowledge passed down through generations about lenses and techniques. If you’re ever in London Town, here are 10 of the most historical opticians with great service and curated selection of designs of frames and sunglasses.
The Eye Place
Carefully created over the last 10 years, Alex has created a custom level of eye examinations which is now The Eye Place standard, taking place in The Eye Place Eye Lab. Experience either the Advanced Eye Examination or upgrade to the Comprehensive Eye Examination which harnesses the full power of specialist eye health technology and the knowledge of our Optometrists. With a focus on amazing design which starts at the shop door we have some of North London’s most beautiful eyewear.
Address: The Eye Place, Belsize Park, 153 Haverstock Hill, London
Brands Available: Matsuda Eyewear Collection, Moscot, MYKITA, Orgreen, Tom Davies, Rolf Spectacles, Cutler and Gross, Garrett Leight California Optical
Contemporary Fashion meets Exceptional Eye-Care, Oco Glasses aim to provide a unique customer experience by combining our vast knowledge of the optical industry with the latest technology, in a friendly atmosphere.
Address: 28 Hanbury Street, Spitalfields, London
Brands Available: Garrett Leight, Oliver Peoples, Ray-Ban, William Morris, Dior, Tom Ford, Oliver Goldsmith, Claire Goldsmith, Ted Baker, DITA, Smoke x Mirrors, Céline, Thom Browne, Orgreen and Götti.
A View Opticians
At A View we believe that your glasses should be comfortable, stylish and most importantly, suited to you and your needs. We hand pick every frame to create the most diverse and up to date collections available. We are always looking for new trends and fashions to ensure our range incorporates the very latest designs and materials from all around the world. Most frames are hand made in a wide range of materials from more traditional acetates to titanium.
We also offer a bespoke design service designed for you by us in collaboration with Tom Davies, Lindberg and Feb 31st producing frames from natural materials such as gold, platinum, wood and horn.
Address: 6 Crouch End Hill, London
Brands Available : Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, Tom Ford, Persol, Claire Goldsmith, Initium, Anglo American, Anne Et Valentin, Zoobug, Etnia Barcelona, Young Wills, Lafont, Dita, Thom Browne, Andy Wolf, Anne Et Valentine, Cutler And Gross, Mikli, Stark
We are inspired by the vibrant and creative energy that surrounds us. For that reason, we discover and carefully select authentic and independant eyewear brands. All of our brands are unique in their shapes, mission and the people behind them.
Address: Boxpark Unit 13, Bethnal Green Road 2-4, London E1 6GY
Stock Brands Like: Vasuma, BAARS Eyewear, Paname, Laveta, Framers, Pawaka
Burnett Hodd & Tam Optometry
The practice is world famous for being able to help those with the most complex eye conditions. Our specialist optometrists and dispensing opticians ensure that our knowledge and technology is kept up-to-date, maintaining our position as one of the foremost practices in the country.
We take the opportunity to attend either as delegates or speakers to the most important international conferences and optical shows. We seek out the best possible products for our patients from all over the world and, because of our reputation, new products and materials are frequently made available to us before they are available to other practices.
Address: 7 Devonshire Street, London
Stock Brands Like : Sunday Somewhere, Lucas De Stael, William Morris, Caroline Abram
Bowing Opticians have always supplied top quality frames. They generally avoid ‘designers’ who pronounce themselves on every pair of glasses they make, in rather large lettering. Oddly, these are the glasses for which those ‘designers’ have had precious little, if any, personal input into those designs. The ability to make beautiful perfume doesn’t really qualify someone as a ‘spectacle designer’.
Bowing Opticians select ranges of frames that are simply stylish, beautiful, always superbly manufactured and we glaze them with the world’s best lenses. Again, why would you want anything but the best? Particularly as its often no more expensive than a poorer imitation.
Address: 58 Fleet Street, The City, London, EC4Y 1JU
Brands Available: Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, IC Berlin, Dita, Claire Goldsmith, Anne et Valentine, Tom Ford, Cutler & Gross, Lindberg
The Eye Company
As one of the new wave of independent opticians, the creative spirit and personality of our clients has always inspired us to provide the exceptional, the individual and – above all – the wearable. Based in the heart of London’s Soho for over twenty-five years, we offer an outstanding range of services and a personal approach.
‘We bring the most distinct and glamorous styles to the UK and challenge the conformity of the big chains’. Drawing on our wealth of design knowledge, we can match the personality of any client. Customers greatly value The Eye Company’s attention to detail and aesthetic sensibility, sense of poise and balance. Specialists in vintage, custom and bespoke eyewear, we have iconic and innovative frames for every look, from elegant sophistication to flamboyant chic. Our collections are sourced from leading designers around the world.
Address 159 Wardour St, London, W1F 8WH
Brands Available: Hoet, Anne et Valentin, Orgreen, L.G.R, MYKITA, Thom Browne
Roger Pope & Partners Opticians
In this unique independent practice, situated in the Harley Street area of London, we aim to create a warm and welcoming environment within the traditionally furnished surroundings.
Emphasis is placed on personal service, correctly fitted frames and accurately dispensed lenses.
In a market dominated by larger optical groups here is a practice dedicated to providing clients with a reassuring, individual and professional service.
Address: 41 New Cavendish Street, London
Brands Available: SALT, Sama Eyewear, Face ȧ Face, Masunaga
Eyeworks London first opened it’s doors in the summer of 2010. With a fresh approach to optometry in mind we have created a boutique optician practice. At Eyeworks London our main focus is on contemporary hand-made eyewear and attentive informative eye examinations. We have travelled the world to source our customers unique glasses not found in usual high street stores. As well as catering for adults we also believe that children deserve great eye care and eyewear too.
Address: 44 Gloucester Road, London, SW7 4QT
Brands Available: Kirk & Kirk, Cutler and Gross, MYKITA, DITA Eyewear, FEB31st, Caroline Abram, Filao, LINDBERG, Oliver Peoples Eyewear
Mallon + Taub
Mallon + Taub is an award winning optical boutique located on Paddington Street, Marylebone, in Central London.
Winner of the “Fashion Eyewear Practice Of The Year” award and listed in Time Out magazine’s “Top 100 Shops & Services In London”. Optometrists Joan Mallon and Shanah Taub opened the boutique in 2003. The idea for the boutique was inspired by a visit to an eyewear fashion show in Milan. Impressed by the style and variety of the eyewear collections available, they made a plan to open our own store.
Address: 63 Paddington Street, London, United Kingdom
Brands Available: Orgreen, Gold And Wood, Oga, Harry Lary’s, , Chrome Hearts, Oliver Peoples, Lunor, Tom Ford, La Eyeworks, Oliver Goldsmith, Mykita, Maui Jim, Barton Perreira, Orgreen, Oliver Goldsmith
Built upon the tenets of exceptional service and traditional craftsmanship, E.B. Meyrowitz holds its philosophy at the very heart of its ethos as an optical atelier. Driven by the desire to fashion exceptional pieces of handcrafted spectacles within a environment of ease and comfort, the artisan endeavours to grant patrons not only a piece of eyewear but an experience both enjoyable and memorable for years to come.
Address: 6 The Royal Arcade, 28 Old Bond Street, London, W1S 4SF
Established in 1962, David Clulow has built a strong reputation for providing the highest standard of optical care and services, including sight tests, contact lens fittings, spectacles, sunglasses and prescription sunglasses. David Clulow Opticians is the destination store for contemporary designer eyewear. From the latest sunglasses to designer glasses,
David Clulow carries the widest choice for the discerning customer. This year we launched our Quality Promise, which includes a 30-day exchange guarantee plus many more benefits, ensuring we offer premium optical care time after time.
Address: 6 Neal Street, Covent Garden, London
Brands Available:Chrome Hearts, LA Eyeworks, Philippe Starck, Prada, Chanel, Ray-Ban, Oakley, Persol, Tom Ford, Oliver Peoples, Chloe, Versace, Marc Jacobs, Alain Mikli, Miu Miu, Giorgio Armani