The 50 World best interiors shops

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19 Greek Street

See where the future of product design is heading at this space in Soho. As much an incubator of new talent and a testing space for cutting-edge technology as a shop, it has the feel of a contemporary art gallery. Limited-edition pieces and a new design café are two good reasons to visit regularly. Greek Street, London

19 Greek Street interior design

AG Hendy & Co Home Store

Ever fancied stepping downstairs at Downton? With brushes, enamelware and china in the kitchen, and vintage tools in the utility area, this outfit apes prewar hardware-store style. 36 High Street, Hastings, East Sussex

Alfies Antique Market

Set aside a full day to browse the four floors of this central London stalwart. It is strong on 20th-century design, and there is a haphazard, car-boot-sale feel to the place, as if you might stumble upon a gem – and often you do. 13-25 Church Street, London

Teacup and saucer from alfies antique market

Alternative Flooring

Don’t panic, Alternative Flooring isn’t too alternative. Stocked nationwide, including at John Lewis stores, it is particularly good for natural floor coverings. Sisal, jute and seagrass matting are on offer, at reasonable prices.


Mark and Sally Bailey say they “love things that are well designed, well made and not too complicated or fussy – old or new”, which sums up the look of their ever-evolving stock of apple crates, recycled-wood bath trays and distressed metal furniture. It’s a rustic, eco affair. Whitecross Farm, Bridstow, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire

Bert & May

We adore this tile shop, which runs the gamut from reclaimed Victorian to a modern twist on Moroccan encaustic tiles. There’s a good eye at work in this east London space, with no dud designs among the stacks of tiles, and if you can’t find an old design you like, they can distress brand-new tiles for you. 67 Vyner Street, London E2

tiles by bert and may

BHS Furniture

Our prize for best high-street lighting goes to BHS, for its range of incredibly cheap interpretations of design classics. The furniture’s good-looking too, with some smart sideboards and dining-tables. Check out the Oslo and Honley ranges.

Blodwen’s General Stores

There’s no smarter way to stay warm in the winter months than under a traditional Welsh blanket. The bold, geometric patterns might look modern, but they’re based on designs woven in the valleys since the 18th

British Standard

The simple lines and solid craftsmanship of a Plain English kitchen are what those in the know hanker after, but they don’t come cheap. That’s where its sister company, British Standard, comes in. Simple instructions walk you through how to measure up, design, order, collect and fit its “no-frills” wooden cupboards and worktops.41 Hoxton Square, London N1


Ready-made curtains sound like a disaster, but Caravane’s are both understated and chic. As you might expect from the London outpost of a hit Parisian store. 38-40 New Cavendish Street, London W1

caravane ready made curtains

Cath Kidston

The megalith of kitsch homeware needs no introduction. Some might argue that it’s ubiquitous, and there’s no doubt Cath K has conquered the world. We say there’s nothing wrong with that when the bright oilcloths pack a punch. Branches nationwide, and a factory shop at 1A Alpha Drive, Eaton Socon,

cach kidston homeware

Christopher Farr

You’ll keep a rug with you forever, however many times you move, so it’s a good investment. Christopher Farr’s collection with Gary Hume is the closest most of us will come to owning a piece of YBA art. 6 Burnsall Street, London SW3

The Cloth Shop

The new collection of washed linens in 10 spot-on, low-key colours is reason enough to visit this temple to cloth. Cotton prints, wools, muslins and, crucially, double-width fabrics for curtains can be found here, as well as a selection of blankets and pots. 290 Portobello Road, London W10

Cole & Son

Paint dominates over wallpaper these days, but for a small space, such as an understairs loo, something bold and colourful from Cole is a realistic option. Try Macchine Volanti, a riot of hot-air balloons from its Fornasetti collection, or Vivienne Westwood’s Squiggle.Unit 10G, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, London SW10

cole and son wallpaper

The Conran Shop

Conran’s position in postwar design can’t be overestimated. Where others might have run out of steam after so long, it powers on under Sir Terence’s son Jasper, who has injected new life into the stores since taking charge in 2012. It’s still the place to go for modern furniture but it’s the kitchenware we lust after. 81 Fulham Road, London SW3, and 55 Marylebone High Street, London

David Village Lighting

Sheffield shoppers are spoiled for choice at this showroom of ultra-modern lighting, including Foscarini and Artemide. It also offers a full home-lighting design service. 180 West Street,

Dorton Reclaim

Rock-bottom prices for salvage – before it gets cleaned up for the urban market – lure intrepid shoppers to this reclamation yard. Subscribers to its mailing list receive notice of the best finds before they’ve even been removed from demolition sites. Station Goods Yard, Station Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex

Fired Earth Factory Shop

Sort your bathroom and kitchen in one fell swoop at this factory shop. Lavatories, basins, baths, taps and tiles are stylish and well made rather than revolutionary. Modish metro tiles abound.Twyford Mill, Oxford Road, Adderbury,

fired earth factory shop tiles

Garden Trading

Don’t let the name fool you into thinking that this online shop caters only for outdoors. As well as smart garden furniture and tools, there are simple items for stylish indoor organisation in natural colours and materials. Think wooden drying racks and powder-coated steel storage bins for every conceivable domestic need. Warehouse sales take place three times a

Georgian Antiques

Mahogany furniture is deeply unfashionable at the moment, so invest now in solidly built pieces in mint condition at this 50,000sq ft former whisky bond in Leith. 10 Pattison Street, Leith Links, Edinburgh

God’s Own Junkyard

If it’s neon, lights up and looks quirky, chances are it’s the work of Chris Bracey, who’s been in the neon sign business for 37 years. Long enough to have changed a lot of flashing lightbulbs. Unit 12 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, London

god's own junkyard neon lights


Of the furniture chains, Habitat carries the largest stock, and with concessions in Homebase is hugely accessible. Classic stackable dining-chairs and clever storage options have a Scandi feel. Stores nationwide

habitat lightbulb


We get the feeling that the Heal’s design team has thought about how most of us actually live, assembling pieces that they themselves want. The result is an intelligently curated collection, cleverly displayed. Six branches nationwide and online.

Hector Finch

What’s not to love about lights that look far more expensive than they are? Kit your house out at this endlessly inspiring shop, with the sort of pieces your friend with the impeccably interior-designed house might find, from lanterns to picture lights to table lamps. 90 Wandsworth Bridge Road, London SW6


Bargain-bucket prices for colourful, well-designed basics from this Holland-based megalith. Branches in London, Bromley and Kingston upon Thames.

hema vase

John Julian

We’re convinced that food tastes better eaten off one of Julian Sainsbury’s handmade classical dinner plates with their smart cobalt-blue line around the rim. Guest artists are invited to produce distinctive one-off collections.

john julian dinnerware


By combining showroom with restaurant, the Oxfordshire outpost of this architectural-salvage outfit repeats the trick of its Vauxhall location. It is also the place to find unusual items, such as a Victorian pulpit, among the fittings, fixtures and furniture. London Road, Milton Common, Oxfordshire

Looking Glass of Bath

Thirty-five years and still going strong… Mirrors large and small, old and new are what this Bath institution, with its bright-blue façade, does best. It will also make pieces to commission and can antique a piece of new mirror glass cut to fit a particular spot. 96 Walcot Street, Bath

looking glass of bath interior design

The Lollipop Shoppe

Find big names at this big-hitter on the design-shop scene, which now has a brand-new space on Brighton seafront. Lighting and table settings with a strong modern aesthetic rub shoulders with Danish mid-century chairs from the likes of Carl Hansen. The whole lot is simply but beautifully curated. 54-55 Kings Road Arches, Brighton

Marks & Spencer

It might be best known for being the nation’s underwear provider, but let’s not forget that M&S is also pretty strong on the furniture front. From the new autumn collection, we have our eye on the Marcel Mona dressing-table and stool, and the Padstow larder, which is as smart as its green paint.

marks and spencer jug

Mandarin Stone

Simply the best selection of terracotta, limestone, marble, granite etc. You name it, they’ve got it. And at prices that won’t leave you reeling. 10 showrooms nationwide

Marianna Kennedy

Proof positive that it’s better to do a few things well, Marianna Kennedy’s shop in the heart of Huguenot Spitalfields sells mirrors, resin lamps, bronze sconces and round-top tables. They’re pricey, but just one of these items will make a room. 3 Fournier Street, London E1

Modern Shows

Keep an eye on the website for up-to-date information on these fairs in Dulwich and Haggerston in London (with additional pop-ups), which bring together mid-century modern dealers for one day only, four times a year. Disciples of mid-century modern design (and their numbers are ever growing) know to arrive early for the best

modern shows chair

Miles and Wilde

Ceiling moulds and cornices for our Victorian and Georgian housing stock are what these plaster perfectionists do best. Visitors to the monumental dining-room at Berners Street Hotel in London will have seen their work in all its glory. Unit A, Arch 110, Astbury Business Park, London SE15

The New England Shutter Company

Does exactly what it says on the tin. Five styles of shutter, both solid and tilting, made from wood from environmentally responsible suppliers. You can’t go wrong. 16 Jaggard Way, London

the new england shutter company


A visit to one of the 11 Oka showrooms nationwide will leave even the pokiest bedsit decked out like a comfortable Cotswold pile. The signature look is slightly Sloaney furnishings that might have been handed down through the generations. Would make a great alternative to a department-store wedding list.

oka interiors dining room

Original BTC

Handmade in Oxford, these table, floor, pendant and wall lights in metal, bone china and prismatic glass are a modern take on elegantly curvy 20th-century designs, at reasonable prices. Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, London SW10

Pentreath & Hall

Ben Pentreath and Bridie Hall’s bijou shop is so elegantly kitted out in their twist on the traditional English look that we’d happily move in. There’s upholstered furniture, but it’s the finishing touches – vases, trays, linen napkins and the like – that are the real draw. Those unable to visit can follow Pentreath on his blog. 17 Rugby Street, London WC1

pentreath hall interior design

Pitfield London

Pick up a coffee and a slice of cake at the café on one side of this treasure-trove of vases, candlesticks, teapots and tankards. The buyers’ clever clustering of objects makes for a visual feast. Leave one hand free to grab a bunch from the florist just outside. 31-35 Pitfield Street, London N1

Redbrick Mill

Quite simply the best all-round interiors destination outside London, with four floors of the best in the business: sofas from Conran and, Feather & Black beds and Calligaris tables. There’s also a spa for the end of a long day’s shopping. 218 Bradford Road, Batley, West Yorkshire

Redloh House

A number of textile tastemakers show their collections in this mews house tucked away behind the King’s Road, from Vanderhurd to Jennifer Shorto to Bird in the Hand. Good for prints-piration. The Old Gasworks, 2 Michael Road, London

redloh house fabric prints

Design Centre Chelsea Harbour

A Mecca for interior designers, the 100 showrooms at DCCH also welcome the general public. Fabrics are a particular strength. Our favourite is Tissus d’Hélène, but other options include Colefax and Fowler, Lewis & Wood and Turnell & Gigon. Lots Road, London SW10

Dickinson’s Period House Shops

Sticklers for period detail will appreciate the Bakelite light switches and replica Victorian airing racks at these two Shropshire shops. If they haven’t got what you’re after, their experienced restorers will help you hunt it down. 141 Corve Street, Ludlow, and 65 Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury


Ultra cool Danish design brand HAY has a pop-up store in Bath. Currently in collaboration with cool Scandi clothes store COS, its design philosophy is rooted in democracy. You can kit out every inch of your house with HAY – from kitchen bits and bobs to storage solutions and you can even customize your own lamps. 36-37 Milsom St, Bath BA1 1DN,


Wooden worktops, windows, slabs of marble and furniture – they’re all to be found in this cavernous warehouse of modish salvage. Look out for hand-dyed velvet cushions by Kirsten Hecktermann.1,016 Harrow Road, London NW10

retrouvius lampshade

Tim Page Carpets

Anyone traumatised by 1970s carpet squares will be reassured by the tasteful carpets, rugs and runners to be found here. A full installation service will take away headaches, or have the company make something to the correct size for you and lay it yourself.Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, London

surface view wall hanging


Ticking stripes? Check. Checks? Er, check. Sturdy fabrics and Irish linens for smart curtains and upholstery abound here. Lighting and artists’ prints complete the line-up. Tinsmiths Alley, 8A High Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire

West Elm

High-end New York style at reasonable prices. The rugs and dhurries are particularly good value compared with similar styles elsewhere. Think wood and steel finishes for furniture and neutral textiles. 209 Tottenham Court Road, London W1

Willow & Stone

Once you’ve covered the glamorous bits (sofas, rugs, dining-table) you’re still going to need the less sexy stuff – door knobs, hooks, towel runners and the like. This shop should furnish you with the lot. 18 Arwenack Street, Falmouth, Cornwall

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