The world of electronic cigarettes has exploded in the UK during the last decade. No more so than in the capital where vape shops are springing up like garden gnomes.
Originally, visiting a vape shop ‘London ways’ was a daunting task. But as the movement has grown vape shops are common on high streets across the city. Staff are typically friendly offering impressive products and high quality advice.
What’s more impressive, is how visiting local stores has become an experience rather than a commerce. A place to chat about products or life depending on what you’re feeling.
If you’ve got a free day to spend in a vape shop, London has a wealth of options.
Vape Shop London: Shoreditch, E1
Shoreditch is at the heart of London’s vape community. Home of UK pioneers Shoreditch Vape and Noble Vaping. The stores here are among the first to offer beginner’s workshops and all-day experiences. If you’re looking for a high quality vape shop, Shoreditch has it all.
Noble Vaping are front-runners in the vape industry and have built close ties with local manufacturers like Shoreditch Vape. Their story is a family affair that began in 2014 with two brothers: Sal and Sunny.
The idea was to educate smokers about a new, healthier alternative to tobacco: electronic cigarettes. But that idea soon morphed into a community hub for beginners and experts alike. Inside their flagship vape shop, Shoreditch style reigns supreme.
The counters inside are oak. There’s a vapers’ bar as well as comfortable seating and a coffee shop. What’s so cool about this place is that you can hang out there all day without feeling unwelcome. Staff are always happy to chat about their wide range of products or what mech is best suited to your atomizer. They even stock locally made eLiquids.
Noble Vaping, Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3ES. Get Directions
House of Vapes
Got a few hours to kill, or want to experiment with that famous Shoreditch vape? House of Vapes is well worth a visit. Situated in the heart of Shoreditch, this vape shop has a wide range of liquids as well as a beautifully designed Fleur-de-Lys interior.
Staff are well-versed in the high quality products they sell, but what stands out is their commitment to teaching. Beginners can book in to vape workshops to learn the basics. Experts can attend a special workshop to learn about coils, custom upgrades or home-made eLiquids.
House of Vapes, 232 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6PJ. Get Directions
Smokium was launched in 2014 and has served over 10,000 customers with high quality electronic cigarettes and liquids. They were also one of the first to use a bar style layout which has since become a signature of the Shoreditch vape scene.
If you want an original vape shop, Shoreditch’s Smokium is the place to go. Ask for new liquids to make the most of their wide range and expertise.
Smokium, 17 Cheshire St, London E2 6EL. Get Directions
Vape Shop London: Camden, NW1
Looking for a North London-based vape shop? Camden is the hotspot. The vibe is different to Shoreditch but there’s a lot of high quality products on offer if you know where to look.
Vape and Volts
Complete with neon cyber punk interior and lightning style graffiti, this is a one-of-a-kind vape shop. Camden based Vape and Volts is owned and run by Michiel Carmen. He’s been in the vape scene since the beginning, starting his first vaping business way back in 2009.
Michiel still works in the shop, offering high quality help and advice to beginner’s and experts alike. There’s a wide range in store with a try-before-you-buy policy and a punch card system for one-to-one chats.
Vape and Volts, 30 Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AJ. Get Directions
Le-Vap own a couple of vape shops in London starting with their Barnet-based branch. By expanding into Camden they’ve built on an already glowing reputation. The store is surprisingly narrow but absolutely packed with electronic cigarettes, liquids and mods.
Le-Vap, 49 Camden High St, London NW1 7JH. Get Directions
London Vape Company
When it comes to judging a vape shop, Camden’s London Vape Company sets the bar. They’ve opted for a café style layout with ample seating and vaping bar. The standout feature though, is their garden. A large wooden floored patio that is perfect for vaping on a warm sunny day.
London Vape Company, 54 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7AH. Get Directions
Vape Shop London: Oxford Street, W1D
Avant Garde eLiquids
Near one of the busiest commerce streets in the world is a bespoke vape shop, London’s very own Avant Garde eLiquids. They’re known for making their own eLiquids but stock a wide range of electronic cigarettes and mods too.
Expect to pay premium prices, here. All of their ingredients are sourced and produced in the UK. I’ve put them on this list because they deliver a unique service. Tell them your favourite flavours and they’ll make your very own, personalised eLiquid.
Avant Garde eLiquids, 72 Wells St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3QF. Get Directions
Vape Shop London: Holland Park, W11 and Islington, N1
Chelsea vape shops are few and far between. But Vapourcore’s funky yellow with white brick décor proves quality is more important than quantity. That’s not to say they don’t have a wide range though.
A visit to Vapourcore is always a warm experience where beginner’s can receive expert advice or just hang out at the bar. West London’s standout store.
Vapourcore, 6 Ladbroke Grove, London W11 3BG. Get Directions
A short walk from Highbury and Islington station is F&S. A small vape shop with an extensive selection of electronic cigarettes, liquids and mods. You can try before you buy, soak up the atmosphere or even get repairs done on expensive mods. A nice stopover between Camden and Shoreditch.
F&S, 276 Caledonian Rd, London N1 1BA. Get Directions