London is filled with interesting shops selling weird, wonderful and downright useful things - so why do we keep staring at the same old shopfronts?
As our internet history will no doubt attest, we’re all guilty of beating a digital path to popular websites for everything from fresh bedsheets, to new glassware for your drinks trolley. But it’s time to shake things up with shiny new entrants.
As part of Shop London, we’re encouraging you to take your mouse - and money - elsewhere. Support local businesses hit hardest by the pandemic and you’ll discover new stores, full of new things to give your home an effortless update.
Apart from supporting small, indie brands, you’re also more likely to find gems that your lesser informed pals won’t have. Our homes should reflect our personalities, tastes and interests so it’s a minor horror to spend months carefully curating your home only to discover your friend has the exact same statement rug.
To avoid such unspeakable home decor faux pas, but mostly to encourage you to shop local in an effort to support new business, boost the local economy and fill your home with lovely, wonderful things, we’ve selected our most-wanted pieces from Shop London’s homeware emporiums.
It’s time to get out of your online shopping rut. It’s time to Shop London.
See our favourites below
Freddie XL Freddie Mercury Screen Print
Want retina-searing prints that will pop off the walls? Make a virtual beeline for Tiny Riot where prints of pop legends like Freddie Mercury, Amy Winehouse and Madonna have been given a right royal spin. It’s certainly got our stamp of approval.
Available with or without frames.
20's Art Deco Amber Vanity Tray
In a golden amber hue, this Art Deco-style tray is the perfect home for wandering bits and pieces, like keys and jewellery. This is a true vintage from over a 100 years ago - there’s a minor chip as proof but it doesn’t take away from the beauty of the piece.
Ferm Living Anse Vase
We love a good vase and this one looks great with or without flowers - we quite like the idea of filling it with a dried bouquet. The simple conical shape and twin handles are crafted from a rustic clay which gives the vase its raw sand colour and rough texture.
Mela weighted blanket
If you’ve been having trouble nodding off (thanks 2020), it may be time to invest in a weighted blanket - and Mela’s is the best around. Available in a single, double and king size, the key is to pick one that’s 10 per cent off your body weight to properly feel the calming, anxiety-busting effects.
Bonam Kim Hannah Candle
Celebrating the female form, this candle is almost too pretty to burn - but if you do decide to light it you can expect eight hours of gorgeous glow. Hand poured in Brooklyn, it’s made from 100 per cent organic mixture of bee and soy wax.
Build Your Own Scottish Christmas Hamper
With Christmas here, it’s time to start thinking about gifts. A hamper is a fool-proof idea, and this one from The Tartan Blanket Co. gives you the option to build a box with extras like proper Scottish shortbread, candles, a wooden Christmas decoration, warming drink and socks. All this will be sent alongside the star product, the softest lambswool or cashmere blanket in a block colour or checked pattern.
Moanna & Co Alani Vintage Floor Cushion
Crafted from a vintage Moroccan berber rug, this gorgeous ochre floor cushion cover will brighten up the place as well as give you somewhere new to sit. Best of all, all the pieces are one-offs so there’s no chance of coming across it anywhere else.
Victoria’s Stories Magnificent Manarola photo print
We doubt the view outside your window has changed very much in the past year. While there’s nothing we can do about that, Victoria Metaxas’ vibrant travel photography can transport you to sunnier, happier climes without setting foot out of your front door. This cheerful print of Italy’s famous Cinque Terre village comes in a variety of sizes and won’t fail to brighten up your interiors.
Trove Madeleine Stool
An Empire-inspired stool given a brassy barmaid makeover with handmade upholstery, we’re wild about this footstool/ chair. It’s the ultimate union of glamorous and kitsch, but if its too Pat Butcher for your liking, the cushions come in a range of other patterns too.
Herston Hero Desk Lamp
Form meets function in Herson’s LED desk lamp, the perfect addition to your home workspace. The self-balancing lamp uses weights to smoothly and effortlessly glide into any position, while the gleaming brass hardware adds a touch of elegance.