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Shop till you drop! Best children's clothes shops in North London

Children and shopping seem to go hand in hand so why not indulge in some of the gorgeous children's boutiques in North London (after all- if you have to shop....). Here are a few of North London Mums' favourites...

Olive Loves Alfie, on Stoke Newington Church Street, is in our view a North London Mum's shopping paradise!

The store features children's clothing, homewares, toys, games and books, all of which are chosen for their quality and design and are intended to have hand me down potential or to become "modern heirlooms". The store showcases a unique range of inspiring products from handpicked designers making it difficult to just browse! Clothing designers range from the fab skinny jeans line Monkey Jeans, to the bright colours of Mini Rodini. We love that Olive Loves Alfie doesn't conform to the blue/pink ranges that we find in so many stores.

You may not know: Olive Loves Alfie was Highly Commended in the category of Best Independent Fashion Retailer 2011 in the Junior Design Awards.

JoJo Maman Bebe has several stores around north London, including Crouch End, Muswell Hill and Temple Fortune. A key part of JoJo's brand image is the nautical theme, influenced by traditional French nautical clothing loved by the founder, Laura Tenison. The shops stock a range of good quality children's clothing, at reasonable prices, with lots of choice for both girls and boys. JoJo deliberately avoids lots of pink sparkles and mini adult designs for girls- a choice we love, and also offers a broad range of colours for boys. Maternity wear is another staple of the stores,  as well as classic, well made toys and gifts and a range of accessories for feeding and travel etc.

You may not know:  JoJo reinvests profits into to support the charity Nema, which works in rural Northern Mozambique to relieve child poverty and enable the local communities.

Merry-Go-Round is a new and nearly new Children's boutique in Whetstone, N20. The boutique carefully vets its stock, offering only high quality items, and all at reasonable prices.  The stock is always changing, but you can be guaranteed to find good quality clothing (no supermarket brands), toys and pushchairs.

You may not know: Merry-Go-Round is run by 3 single mums with children under 6, who decided that if they had items their chldren had never worn or played with, other parents would too.

notsobig, in Highgate, is a tiny, child-friendly boutique which stocks independently sourced clothing for children which is stylish but also appropriate and above all fun! In addition, the boutique displays a range of unique toys (many handmade). notsobig is also exclusive UK children’s wear stockist for the luxury clothing brand, Woolrich. We love the enthusiastic and knowledgeable team on hand to help with choosing clothes or gifts.

You may not know: notsobig is named after Roald Dahl's imaginary crocodile.

O Baby, in Muswell Hill, N10, specialises in eco-friendly and fairly traded clothing, toys and accessories and every day essentials for 0-4 years. All of the brands stocked are screened to ensure their eco and fair trade credentials. We love that O Baby chooses bright colours rather than the bland pastels we are often subjected to in the high street. The shop features brands including MinyMo, Green Baby, MeeToo and El Sikke Lej.

And if you're too busy to hit the shops...

We love Babyccinokids, a beautiful website which offers a curated selection of children’s boutique webshops, organised into relevant categories and highlighted by key products, making it easy to find the perfect webshop for your shopping needs. Whether you’re looking for wooden toys, children’s decor, or even maternity wear, Babyccinokids offers a selection of the best and most unique online shops, all displayed in an inspiring, easy to navigate site.

You may not know: you can become a member of Babyccino Kids and gain exclusive access to discounts and promotions as well as the chance to win products and prizes.

We'd love to hear your recommendations of other local children's boutiques that you love! Happy shopping!


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