When embarking on a new extension, loft conversion, basement build or all three, you want to be able to fill your house with unique furnishings. London is full of independent shops, where you can find inexpensive treasures as well as budget-busting statement pieces. Below, we’ve listed our favourite places to find unique furniture in London.
Aladdin’s Cave, St Johns, South East London
Aladdin’s Cave is a warren of a shop, located on Loampit Hill in the South East London area of St Johns, close to Lewisham. Aladdin’s Cave is full to the rafters with preloved furniture, building materials and household items – with many of their wares spilling out onto the pavement area out front too. Only a stone’s throw away from Brockley Market, this curiosity shop is the place to go if you are renovating a Victorian property and want to keep a house’s character, or put it back in after previous owners have stripped it out. You can find a vast choice of wing-backed chairs, antique fireplaces, Victorian radiators and even a gymnast’s vaulting horse.
Do Shop, Covent Gardens
The Do Shop on Shorts Gardens, in the heart of London’s West End, is a design lover’s dream. The shop sells a mix of contemporary unique homewares from up and coming designers. The owners of this one-of-a-kind store support young designers with the ‘Do Masters’ programme, which handpicks design school graduates and sells their wares through its stores – making sure the graduates also get a fair cut.
Decoratum. Regent’s Park
If you love mid-twentieth century design then Decoratum is the place to go. This furniture shop is one of Europe’s largest commercial galleries and features furniture and lighting from, the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. They also stock a small amount of contemporary design furniture from some of today’s most talented designers. Decoratum is often described as a museum and, while their display is impeccable, the main difference is that everything is for sale and the layout changes from one month to the next.
Crystal Palace Antique and Modern
Billing itself as London’s leading Antique and modern design warehouse, Crystal Palace Antique and Modern is housed in a former textile warehouse and spread over four huge floors. With twenty dealers, you can find authentic antique homewares as well as design classics, ranging from art deco to mid-century modern.
Buy and sell apps
We are in the era of online shopping and we all know some of the best bargains out there are on the web. If you are on a budget or looking for items to upcycle, then buy and sell apps are a great place to look. You are mostly dealing with individuals selling their personal possessions, so you can find some real bargains. Some of the best out there are local Facebook buy and sell groups, Preloved, Gumtree and Shpock. It is also worth keeping an eye on your local Freecycle.
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