Goldhawk Road in West London aside, the fabric shops in London are one of the best-kept secrets in the capital and Culture Trip has the inside scoop. Read on for the best places to shop for everything from simple cotton to toile and luxe fabrics, plus Liberty prints at a fraction of the prices at the department store.
Looking for quality African textiles? Head to Vogue Fabrics on Middlesex Street in central London. This retail and wholesale business, established in 1970, imports fine fabrics from across Africa. Drop in or browse online to discover an ever-changing selection of colourful materials that range from lace and brocades to damask fabrics and head ties. You can shop for top brands here, including Julius Holland and Vlisco.
You’ll find Tayo Fashions and Textiles on Wentworth Street in the heart of London. Loved by locals, the store has been selling authentic African textiles since 1997, as well as a selection of quality wigs. Fabrics include lace with embroidery stones, printed block wax and signature Nigerian patterned fabrics. Come to Tayo for the range of vibrant Nigerian auto gele headwear and traditional jewellery, which includes beaded necklaces and earrings.
Amy Blyth contributed additional reporting to this article