Clothing, Waterproofs, Hiking Equipment

Blacks

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

Good outdoor shop carries reasonable selection of gear, staff friendly but not always knowledgeable about their own products.

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

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.

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

Camping Equipment, Tents,

Cotswold Outdoor London - Leyden St

St Clements House, Leyden St, London E1 7LL, UK – 020 7655 4660

Nice shop where you can find lots of stuff for the outdoors. The shop is a bit hidden in a block that's not a main street but just a few minutes away from Liverpool Street Station or Aldgate. If you also like cycling, you may as well take advantage of your visit to the area with the 2 cycling shops on the same block.

The staff in the store were very helpful explaining the various options for layering jackets and talking me through several of their products. Great service.

Cotswold Outdoor London - Covent Garden

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

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.

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.

Waterloo Camping

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

Really great shop with so much in it, it is actually packed to the walls. The staff are really great and helpful. I hardly purchased a pair of trousers and the zipper was broken. They replaced it with no questions asked. I would recommend anyone looking for surplus or camping supplies to stop in here. You will be surprised when you can find.

A good shop, and helpful staff but, the staff seem to just make the prices up, the quality is okay, not the best but it's good as a last resort if you need last minute things that you cannot order before your trip