South-east London’s premier treasure trove of furniture is easy to spot from the road – the lifesize metallic model of Predator is a slight giveaway. Inside what feels like a giant shed hang a variety of chandeliers. The far back wall, covered by stacks upon stacks of paintings and prints in mismatched frames, can’t be seen from the doorway because of the sheer volume of wing-backed chairs and dressers. The further you venture into the cave, the more your jaw will drop as you become surrounded by what looks like every chair that has ever been manufactured, rows of sinks, antique fireplaces, Victorian radiators and an array of outdoor furniture sets. Even if you have no intention of going to buy anything, you should still go to see if you can spot the ice cream machine, the seesaw and the gymnast’s vaulting horse.
|Venue name:||Aladdin's Cave||Contact:|
72 Loampit Hill
|Opening hours:||9am-6pm Mon-Sun|
Average User Rating
4 / 5
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There are treasures to be found in this esoteric shop just around the corner from St Johns station. From first appearances it may seem like a jungle of lost and forgotten items, but if you delve a little deeper you may just find that hidden gem. Reasonable prices, and with no fixed prices be prepared to barter a little. From other comments on here it appears that someone has removed a message relating to the attitude of the women who works there. Now as much as I love this place I think it's fair to say she is indeed not the friendliest individual, and rude and obnoxious would be an accurate discription. However, don't let this put you off, it's still a cool place.
Would like to say I am a regular customer at aladdins cave and always get a great bargain and a warm welcome,as for the lady who works there chris I find it hard to believe she was rude ,and not up for a barter to anyone who is looking for anything out of the ordinary and not top end salvage yard prices pay a visit you will be amazed !!! Love this place never know what you are going to find but always come away happy .
Its a real treasure trove and my husband and I have been so many times trying to guess where certain things have come from, from old art spiegalman books to garden benches, to gilt mirrors, art deco candleabras, to sinks, tiles, masks, door knobs...there's nothing this place doesn't have! The items can be quite pricey, the lady in charge, who by the way works there 7 days a week although she doesn't own the shop, allows for a good bargain, and if you buy several items, will give you a good price. I was really surprised to see the review below---we've done two big shops there since we started going to the shop in the last 3-4 months and Chris (the lady) has been very good to deal with, chatty and always helpful.