Known for its low prices and thus much loved by impecunious artists and designers (there’s a discount for those with student cards), Cass Art stocks a stellar array of artistic materials in its outlets across the capital. Its flagship store in Islington, tucked just behind the Islington Green end of Essex Road, spans three large floors and sells everything from sketchbooks, moleskin notebooks, sheet paper and brushes to easels, wooden mannequins, canvases and portfolios, in a browser-friendly setting. There are inks, markers, oils, acrylics, watercolours and pastels in every conceivable colour and a good crafts section downstairs.
Cass Art is number 99 in our list of the 100 best shops in London.
Branches 58-62 Heath Street, NW3 1EN (7435 5479); 13 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0EP (7930 9940); 24 Berwick Street, W1F 8RD (7287 8504); 220 Kensington High Street, W8 7RG (7937 6506)