Head down to Bermondsey in South London, and you’ll find plenty of home design stores stocked with everything you need to revamp your flat. From tables made out of reclaimed wood, to handmade candles and contemporary folk art. Read our guide to the best home design stores in this part of the capital.
Bermondsey Furniture Project | Courtesy of Bermondsey Furniture Project
Have a look inside the Bermondsey Furniture Project, which sells reclaimed goods sourced from flea markets across the UK and France. Everything in the store has been ‘upcycled’ or, in other words, carefully renovated through processes such as sanding, painting or waxing. It has a great selection of furniture, including sets of dining chairs, bar stools, cabinets and bedside tables. The shop also sells mirrors, paintings and home accessories, such as an adorable ‘trio’ of multicoloured enamel jugs.
167 Bermondsey's products | Courtesy of 167 Bermondsey
Set up in 2007, 167 Bermondsey combines the Irish and South American roots of its founders Michael McGrath and Alessandro Palhares. The lifestyle store sells homeware – including furniture, lighting, artwork and decorative items – as well as clothing. Current stock includes a table made from reclaimed scrap wood, folding chairs, table lamps crafted out of old industrial metal and artistic prints of Tower Bridge. Products here are both stylish and subtle.
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Try this quaint store for all things Britain – all of its products are sourced from British designers, artists and small independent businesses. You’ll find retro furniture, handmade candles, artwork, photography and collectibles. The shop sells a lot of one-off items, so be sure to pop in regularly for the best finds.
One for the foodies – this shop in Borough Market sells a wide range of kitchen tools and tableware. Stock is carefully selected based on functionality, performance and quality, and is sourced from specialist brands across the world. It’s the perfect place to get new knives, pots and pans, trays, crockery, and blenders. Make sure you combine your trip with a bite to eat at one of Borough Market‘s food stalls.
The Flea at Flat Iron Square is just down the road from Borough Market, among some railway arches. It sells furniture, ceramics, magazines, books and vinyls. There’s also vintage clothing, as well as great street food and live music.
Bermondsey Fayre is a great place to buy bits and bobs for your home. You can buy candles made from plant wax and essential oils, as well as a selection of room diffusers, so your flat will always smell lovely.
The London Architectural Salvage and Supply Co. (Lassco) is well-known for its architectural antiques and vintage furniture. Shop here for limestone and marble fireplaces, garden statues, ornate chandeliers and reclaimed oak flooring. As well as its Bermondsey shop, Lassco has another South London store in Brunswick House, and a branch in Oxford.
You’ll find the best bargains at this antiques market early in the morning. Nestled beside a car boot sale, this market has been going since the 1950s (although it has moved from its old spot in Caledonian Road) and the antiques traders here have good knowledge. Shop here for second-hand goods to decorate your home, from vintage kitchenware to retro ornaments. The market’s eye-watering 6am start is allegedly a reflection of the ancient law of marché ouvert,abolished in 1995, when stolen goods were legally allowed to be sold between sunrise and sunset.
This quaint shop in Tower Bridge specialises in folk art, both contemporary and antique, from Europe and farther afield. With new stock arriving daily, make sure you pop in regularly to get the best pieces to decorate your flat.