Lakeland: http://www.lakeland.co.uk; Tel: 015394 88100
Lakeland is the one-stop UK internet shop for all your kitchen needs. Order online and make things even easier. If you must check out a shop, you will need to travel a bit outside of London. The online shop has everything from basic spoons to ice-cream scoops and yoghurt makers. Need a grater, skewer or sieve? This is your place. The selection is very impressive and prices are affordable.
This extremely popular Japanese retailer is huge in London and there are branches everywhere. The shop offers a huge array of household items, including dishes, glassware, cooking utensils and Japanese-style tea mugs. All your kitchenware can be purchased from Muji affordably.
Habitat has branches around the capital. It is similar to Ikea but slightly more expensive. It is, however, easily accessible. Plates, cups, glassware and cutlery are good things to pick up at Habitiat. Prices are moderate.
John Lewis: http://www.johnlewis.com
John Lewis is a London institution and the place to go for all your household needs. A massive kitchenware department occupies the lower floor of the Oxford Street headquarters and has everything you need. If you’re looking for that pink toaster, you will also find it at John Lewis! Prices are moderate.
Conran Shop: http://www.conranshop.co.uk 81 Fulham Road SW3 – Kensington tube- The Conran Shop is forever associated to “lifestyle” and there is something for everybody. Prices are high but then this is the Conran shop.
Gill Wing Cook Shop: http://www.gillwing.co.uk/kitchen; 190 Upper Street; N1 1RQ
Fine knives, glassware, saucepans and China are a few of the products for sale at Gill Wing. Gill Wing is a small shop packed very tightly so the selection is actually huge. There is also a branch in Crouch End in North London but the Upper Street branch is the original. Prices are moderate.
Maisonette: 79 Chamberlayne Road, London, NW10 3ND – This shop is bold and fabulous, very well known locally and among London’s foodies, well worth a visit especially if you need to renew your plates and glasses.
Casa Mexico: 1 Winkley Street E2 – Add spice to your decor – this shop has a huge range of quality crafts and homewares from the Guadalajara, a city famed for its artisans.
Local markets all have stores with kitchen and dining equipment, check Stree sensation’s London map of markets for central London: http://www.streetsensation.co.uk/markets.htm