Best Cheese Shops in London
Recommended by Wine Confidante
PAXTON & WHITFIELD, open since 1797
93 Jermyn St, London SW1Y 6JE – Flagship shop
By Appointment to Her Majesty Queen
By Appointment to HRH the Prince of Wales
Also at: 22 Cale Street, London SW3 3QUAnd in Stratford Upon Avon, Bath, Bourton on the WaterThey also work in partnership with Fromagerie ANDROUET, see below.
Pros: Quality young and mature cheeses; good selection of traditional and modern British and French cheeses; good service; a temperature controlled shop; cheese accessories and gifts.
Cons: Italian and Spanish cheeses are not well represented, although traditional types of good quality present; not necessarily cheap; you may queue for Christmas cheeses or place an order in advance.
FORTNUM & MASON Cheese Section (Lower Ground floor) – founded in 1707
181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER
Pros: quality cheeses, some at good prices, good cheese accessories also on the 1st floor.
Cons: limited selection.
HARRODS Cheese Section, Ground Floor
87-135 Brompton Road Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL
Pros: Quality cheeses; good selection of matured cheeses, cheese accessories.
Cons: Limited selection.
LA FROMAGERIE – founded in 1992
Marylebone W1, 2-6 Moxon Street, London W1 4EW
Also: Highbury N5: 30 Highbury Park, London N5 2AA
52 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London WC1N 3LL
Pros: large selection of cheeses; a temperature controlled cheese room; a café; a delicatessen shop and vegetables; a small wine selection and groceries.
Cons: watch out for outdated cheeses.
WHOLEFOODS MARKET – opened in 1997
The Barkers Building, 63-69 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SE
Pros: a very large good selection of cheeses from around the world; a temperature controlled cheese room; a very large good wine selection.
Cons: many cheeses are pre-cut with overly-optimistic “best before” dates.
Borough Market, Three Crown Square section, London SE1 1TL
Pros: a small but good selection of cheeses at good price; good advice given.
Cons: a small selection of cheeses; open on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Old Spitalfields Market, 10a Lamb St, London E1 6EA
Pros: quality cheeses with a small but good selection of French and British cheeses, some popular Italian and Swiss cheeses are also available, as well as a small selection of good bread and wine. There is a small restaurant.
Cons: a small selection, some cheeses at a reduced price of varying quality.
NEAL’S YARD DAIRY – Farmhouse Cheese from the British Isles, since 1979
Borough Market, 6 Park Street, London SE1 9AB
Also in Covent Garden and Bermondsey
Pros: good selection of British cheeses, some good bread, artisan crackers and pickles.
Cons: mainly British cheeses; closed on Sunday.