Thanks to pretty market towns like Oakham and Uppingham, England’s smallest historic county is spoilt with independent boutiques and antique shops.
Make your first stop the pretty market town of Oakham, home to a number of specialist shops and independent boutiques, most of which are peppered along its high street or tucked down the many side streets.
Look out for Swans of Oakham in Mill Street, for its antique collection of French beds. On the same street you will find Heidi Kjeldsen, who specialises in fine handmade jewellery studded with diamonds, pearls, emeralds and sapphires.
The smaller town of Uppingham is celebrated for its tearooms, bookshops, fine art and antique galleries, and its honey-coloured buildings make for a distinctly charming sight when searching for unique finds.
Head to Uppingham Antique Centre on the high street, where over 70 dealers present their wares in an elegant Georgian building. Uppingham is also known for its specialty shops and traditional retailers, many of which are family owned and run.