Stuck for gift ideas for a keen cook or houseproud hostess? The ritzy, central neighbourhood of Marylebone is a haven of small, specialist shops and upmarket department stores stocking a great range of individual homeware and kitchen gadgets. Here's Time Out's pick of the best
Table design for people who don’t cook. A great selection of candlesticks, big fruit bowls, cake stands, Riedel glasses, Sophie Conran countrified tableware, place mats, cocktail shakers, plus a few more utilitarian items such as Microplane graters and over-engineered bottle openers.
Top-quality kitchen equipment, for people who love to cook. Several leading brands of stainless steel cookware, knives including Global and Kyocera, Perfex pepper mills, a few styles of Italian tableware, cafetieres – and even that classic British teapot design, the ‘Brown Betty’ (from around £8). Lots of cooking classes too.
Still the first choice for wedding lists, and it’s easy to see why. The range of stock is huge, and it comprehensively covers good-value and mid-range kitchen and tableware of all styles. The glassware and crockery are particularly good, but the kitchen utensils are also reliably good quality.
London’s most fashionable department store has an outstanding selection of home and kitchenware in the basement. Mixers, espresso machines, pasta rollers, the new – if it’s well-designed and in vogue, Selfridges will have it. Take a look at the first-floor food hall too while you’re here.
Scandinavian and Nordic tableware. Among the many covetable items are Arabesque coloured glass goblets from Iitala, Moomin-character bowls and mugs from Hackman, sleek stainless-steel cutlery from Georg Jensen, Stelton vacuum flasks, and even packets of salmiakki sweets (the ‘salty liquorice’ that Finns and Swedes love).