Clothing, Waterproofs, Hiking Equipment

Mountain Warehouse

3 Southampton St, London WC2E 7HA, UK – 020 7379 1414

Went there with a friend who needed a new backpack. The staff at the counter were extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Explaining, in detail, all of the bags many pockets/pouches/features. They also explained how to adjust and fit the bag properly and how to releave weight on certain areas. From what I was expecting (for a shop in central London) they went well above and beyond. It really shows these guys not only enjoy their work but also are interested in the great outdoors.

It has a lot of things for excursions and very good deals can be found

Blacks

4, Juxon House, St Pauls Churchyard, London, St Paul's EC4M 8AY, UK – 020 3675 8797

Got a wide selection of winter wear and sport equipment for winter climate. Would go here again. I danced in the store and not one person asked me to leave. It was a good time

Bought a few bits and pieces from this branch over the years. The service has always been friendly and knowledgeable

Blacks

Westgate House, 10-11 Holborn, London EC1N 2LL, UK – 020 7167 6791

Good store. However, it would make sense to buy items online and collect in store.

Visited this store on the weekend. Whilst it took a while for a sales assistant to ask whether I needed help, when he did it was great! Really friendly, helpful, and knowledgable young man. Gave me a lot of information about the walking boot, options to get a better fit, and brought me lots of different sizes to try on. Whilst he was young and maybe less experienced with hiking and backpacking, he tried his best and it was very appreciated as a first-time backpacker myself. Good stock range but the other staff were a bit grumpy and a lot less forthcoming.

Camping Equipment, Tents,

Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports

6 Cheapside Passage, One New Change, London EC2V 6AF, UK – 020 3170 8746

Excellent service and very knowledgeable personnel. Every single person that assisted me in this shop gave me valuable information and good advise. I had my trekking boots fitting here and I'm extremely happy with my purchase.

Excellent service - had my ski boots fitted here and Mark, Andreas and Jose were extremely competent and helpful

Waterloo Camping

37 The Cut, London SE1 8LF, UK – 020 7928 4110

Really good quality and reasonable priced clothing, general camping and walking gear. I visited the shop in Victoria in 1998. I still have the back pack, shoes and trousers. All in good order. Visited today, same owner and bought some more trousers. Very helpful and easy location.

Really great surplus store. Was a pleasure to rummage through great piles of authentic military stuff. Very reasonable prices. Got a great old gas mask bag for around town. Loads of proper stuff! 👍

Cotswold Outdoor London - Covent Garden

8 Southampton St, London WC2E 7HA, UK – 020 7379 3060

The staff are either really passionate and a bit OTT with the detail or seem sleepy and disinterested. The shop itself has a decent amount of outdoor gear tho it seems like it could be better laid out as the bags are almost hidden away and the women's/men's clothing blends into one.

When they are good they are very very good, but when they are bad I go to Ellis Brigham (almost next-door) instead. Variable levels of customer advice/service. Probably depends on how busy they are, or who you get. They have lost a lot of business from me by not giving me enough attention. Their loss is Ellis Brigham's gain.