5 of the most useful shops in London

1) Nook

Not the biggest shop, but they have certainly found a gap in the market for retailing beautifully well-designed objects that have utility in the home and also work perfectly as gifts. Items for sale include crafted chopping boards, oven gloves, soaps, tea towels, brushes, ceramics and stationery items.

home decoration store Nook

153 Stoke Newington Church Street, Hackney

+44 (0)20 7249 9436

http://www.nookshop.co.uk

2) Labour and Wait

One of the first shops to open in the regenerating Redchurch Street, this store sells timeless functional products for everyday life, sourced from specialist makers around the world. Their goods are a range of hardware household items, celebrating simple utility in design.

products at Labour and Wait store

3) Romanys

This ironmongery shop with its historic shopfront has been a fixture in the heart of Soho since 1925. It’s packed to the rafters with thousands of densely wellorganised products. It is heartening to know that even in rapidly modernising Soho there is still somewhere to buy essentials.

4) Gardners'

Established in 1870 Gardners’ is a fourth generation family business that specialises in supplying paper bags and other sundry items, most frequently to the market traders at the nearby Old Spitalfields Market. The interior is atmospheric and certainly chaotic, with stocks stacked up in steepling piles that teeter in every direction.

Gardner's London

5) London Undercover

This upmarket little shop, founded in 2008, produces and sells a large range of handcrafted designer umbrellas in modern yet classic fashions. They also sell essential gentleman’s accessories and have recently started a small line of outerwear and raincoats. Precise, smart and a celebration of a particularly British style.

London Undercover umbrella store

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