Our favourite homeware and design shops in London and beyond

Kate Worthington
·5-min read
Photo credit: Veerle Evens
Photo credit: Veerle Evens

Whether you're about to start a decorating project or looking for a quick home update, these renowned furniture and design shops are destinations in their own right, offering the best brands, inspiring displays and the latest looks for your space. Oh, how we've missed them…

Photo credit: Heal's
Photo credit: Heal's

Heal’s

The much-loved home department store has always been a byword for quality and timeless style, and its iconic Tottenham Court Road flagship is as much a part of the fabric of the country’s design heritage as the furniture designs within. As well as its assured in-house lines, there’s a generous spread of brands to suit every type of contemporary home, from Ligne Roset and Ercol to Tom Dixon.

Look out for: Home office and outdoor updates from the just-launched spring/summer collections, including the ‘Petra’ outdoor furniture and new desks ‘Reveal’ and ‘Flette’.

Need to know: Get 15% off all furniture by Heal’s until 3 May.

Branches at Tottenham Court Road, Westfield White City, Kingston Upon Thames, West Yorkshire and Brighton

heals.com

Photo credit: Designers Guild
Photo credit: Designers Guild

Designers Guild

An essential destination for interior designers and decorating mavens alike, Designers Guild is a source of inspiration and a one-stop shop for fabrics, wallpapers, paints and homeware. What customers have no doubt missed most over lockdown though, is access to its team of experts with their wealth of knowledge on every aspect of realising a scheme.

Look out for: New displays in store showing how to use the brand’s vibrant spring/summer ‘21 collections at home, plus new ceramics from Ali Hewson and a fresh restock of vintage Danish desks.

Need to know: Designers Guild is currently offering 20% off upholstery orders at their King’s Road and Marylebone High Street stores for a limited time.

Branches at King’s Road and Marylebone High Street, London

designersguild.com

Photo credit: Veerle Evens
Photo credit: Veerle Evens

Aram Store

Founded in 1964 by the late Zeev Aram, Aram Store is widely credited with introducing furniture from the likes of Bauhaus alumni Marcel Breuer and Modernist architect Le Corbusier to the UK. Since its early days, it has curated the very best in contemporary design, from perennial favourites such as Eames chairs, to exciting new work from rising talents and specialist brands that you’re unlikely to find elsewhere.

Look out for: New displays with dedicated areas to the latest collections from Acerbis, Gubi and MDF Italia – Acerbis’ ‘Storet’ chest of drawers are a particular standout.

Need to know: Occupying a Victorian warehouse building in Covent Garden, Aram Store’s 20,000 square feet of showroom space is spread over five floors, so leave plenty of time to peruse.

Drury Lane, Covent Garden

aram.co.uk

Photo credit: The Conran Shop
Photo credit: The Conran Shop

The Conran Shop

Whether you’ve a particular purchase in mind or are just in the market for window shopping, The Conran Shop always delivers. With a keen eye for tracking down interesting independents from around the world, a crack in-house design team and a knack for bringing it all together in store with a roster of design classics and vintage pieces, a visit will always leave you feeling inspired, if not weighed down with bags.

Look out for: The new spring outdoor edit and freshly installed window displays, plus new lighting by Gubi and Martinelli Luce; the latter's '685 Elmetto' table lamp designed in 1976 is a gem.

Need to know: The store has just officially launched its Styling Service. Led by the brand's former Head of Creative Betsy Smith, the team will work with customers to curate a scheme that best suits their home and needs. Initial consultations can be booked online.

Branches on Fulham Road and Marylebone High Street

conranshop.co.uk

Photo credit: Chaplins
Photo credit: Chaplins

Chaplins

With over 180 designer brands under one roof, Chaplins truly has something for every home or project, whether you’re looking for the latest modular sofa that will stand the test of time, or striking lighting to make a statement. Its 25,000 square foot space is divided up into carefully curated ‘studios’ to showcase selected brands and help customers envisage pieces in situ.

Look out for: Mario Belini’s iconic ‘Camaleonda’ sofa, newly reissued by B&B Italia, Ligne Roset’s new ‘Pukka’ seating collection and Lema’s ‘LT40’ system, part of Chaplins’ new Lema fitted furniture studio.

Need to know: Book a showroom appointment online ahead of time to get the best out of your visit and to make the most of the store’s expert staff.

Hatch End, Middlesex

chaplins.co.uk

Photo credit: Loaf
Photo credit: Loaf

Loaf

Although Loaf was one of the first to make buying upholstery online seamless and stress-free, its squishy sofas and cosy beds are too inviting not to test them out in person first. Now customers will be able to resume doing just that from one of the brand's eight Loaf ‘Shacks’.

Look out for: New pieces from the spring/summer collection, including the ‘Smithy’ sofa and ‘Flip-Flop’ footstools.

Need to know: Loaf’s in-store fabric swatch stations will also be open so visitors can take away free samples to peruse at home.

Branches in Battersea, Notting Hill, Spitalfields, Guildford, St Albans, Wilmslow, Bristol and Solihull

loaf.com

Photo credit: Simon Kennedy
Photo credit: Simon Kennedy

Vivense

A recent addition to our high street having only opened at the end of 2020, Vivense’s Borough showroom hasn’t yet had its moment in the spotlight, but it’s sure to be on the hit list of design-savvy customers this year. Hailing from Turkey, the brand combines clean and contemporary design by up-and-coming names with affordable prices – think compact storage, elegant upholstery and industrial lighting.

Look out for: There’s a lot of newness to love, but the ‘Nala’ rattan bookshelf looks to become a bestseller, as does the brand’s range of shapely plant pots and decorative accessories.

Need to know: Vivense’s flagship is set to be followed by two additional stores in 2021 – proof that the brand is set for big things.

Borough High Street

vivenselondon.com

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