London's best repair shops

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Don't throw it away - get it fixed! In these economically and environmentally fragile times, there's no need to buy new when you can make-do-and-mend. Time Out hunts down the best loved repair shops London has to offer, for clothes, shoes and other items

  • London's best repair shops

    Julia Surnina, Artel House © Josh Kearns


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    Clothing repair shops in London


    British Invisible Mending Service

    For 70 years, this family business has been perfecting its reweaving techniques (threads are extracted from a hidden section of the garment). From £40 per hole (plus VAT).
    32 Thayer Street, W1U 2QT (7935 2487/www.invisible-mending.co.uk). Bond St tube. 8.30am-5.30pm.

    Designer Alterations
    Julia Dee’s 15-year-old company employs some 20 tailors to restyle, alter and repair your favourite items. A wardrobe ‘rehab’ service is also offered (from £20).
    220a Queenstown Road, SW8 4LP (7498 4360/www.designeralterations.com). Queenstown Rd rail. 9am-6pm Mon-Wed, Fri; 9am-8pm Thur; 10am-4pm Sat.

    First Tailored Alterations
    This traditional tailor is particularly good with delicate fabrics like chiffon and silk.
    85 Lower Sloane Street, SW1W 8DA (7730 1400). Sloane Square tube. 9am-6pm Mon-Sat.

    KS Tailoring Services
    Known for its alteration of suits and shirts.
    Lower Ground Floor, 13 Savile Row, W1S 3NE (7437 9345). Green Park or Piccadilly Circus tube. 9.30am-5.30pm Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm Sat.

    Manuela Alterations
    Regulars are full of praise for the speedy, good-value shortening and hemming services offered here.
    Oriel Court, Heath St, NW3 6TE (7431 9283). Hampstead tube. 10am-6pm Mon-Fri; 10am-5pm Sat.

    Stitchcraft
    Alterations, tailoring, remodelling – you name it, it does it. Reasonable rates too.
    3rd Floor, 7 South Molton Street, W1K 5QG (7629 7919/www.stitchcraftalterations.co.uk). Bond St tube. 9am-5pm Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm Sat.

    Invisible Menders of Knightsbridge

    West London's most thriving invisible menders. Nina Rayit will take on anything from a mink coat to a ski jacket – things many other menders don't take. Customers include the Duchess of York and Simon Cowell.
    161 Gloucester Rd, SW7 4TH (7373 0514). Gloucester Rd tube. 9am-6pm Mon-Sat.

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    Specialist repair shops in London

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    Jackie Electronics
    This south London electrical repair shop specialises in TV and hi-fi with prices starting at £20.
    1 Fernlea Road, SW12 9RT (8675 2777). Balham tube. 10am-6pm Mon-Sat.

    Micro Mend
    Specialising in Mac and PC repairs, including hard-drive replacement, water damage and data recovery.
    3 Tottenham St, W1T 2AF (7636 6667) Goodge St tube. 10am-7pm Mon-Fri, noon-5pm Sat.

    General Leather Company
    Designer and manufacturer offering tailoring and repairs, plus leather wall tiles.
    56 Chiltern Street, W1U 7QY (7935 1041/www.generalleather.co.uk). Baker St tube/rail. 10am-6pm Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm Sat.

    Chapman Sewing Machine Co

    Established in 1937 by Mr Chapman, who still runs the shop, all sewing machines from old-fashioned treadle machines to modern electric machines are fixed here. Repairs from £25. Free estimates and two-year guarantees.
    80 Parkway, NW1 7AN (7485 0140) Camden Town tube. 9.30am-5.30pm Mon-Fri, 10.30am-5.30pm Sat.

    Artel House

    Julia Surnina set up her Islington upholstery business last May. She'll repair and restore anything from Louis XV furniture to your favourite sofa.
    34a St Peters St, N1 8JT (www.artelhouse.co.uk) Angel tube. By appointment.

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    Class Chandeliers London
    This reputable shop restores, cleans and rewires chandeliers.
    Christopher Close,  Rotherhithe,  SE16 6PN (07506 775 478/www.classchandeliers.com).

    Sendean Cameras

    The Demetriou clan has been running this Soho shop for the past three decades. They'll repair everything to do with cameras, from lenses to the flashes. Average price to repair a camera £50. They also buy second-hand cameras for cash.
    Shop 2, 9-12 St Ann's Court, W1F 0BB (0871 750 2463/www.sendeancameras.co.uk). Tottenham Court Road tube. 10.30am-6pm Mon-Fri.

    Psubliminal Bike Shop

    Opened 12 years ago and still going strong, Psubliminal provides a speedy, well-priced repair service tackling anything from puncture repairs to same-day servicing and pumping up tyres free of charge. They even offer on-the-spot puncture repairs for buggies.
    17 Balham High Rd, SW12 9AJ (8772 0707/www.psubliminal.co.uk). Balham tube/rail. 9am-6.30pm Mon-Sat, Thur until 7pm.

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    Shoe repair shops in London


    Fifth Avenue Shoe Repairers

    Shoe and bag mending, as well as key cutting in a traditional environment.
    41 Goodge St, W1T 2PY (7636 6705). Goodge St tube. 8am-6.30pm Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm Sat.


    The Master Cobbler

    Popular with north London shoemakers and residents alike, the Master Cobbler charges from £5.99 to re-heel a stiletto.
    183 Upper St, N1 1RQ (7226 8126). Highbury & Islington tube/rail. 8.30am-6pm Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm Sat.

    Well Heeled

    Proprietor Ken Holmes is strictly a needle and thread man – you won’t catch him solving problems with a slick of glue. Great-value service, too.
    443 Bethnal Green Rd, E2 9QH (7739 3608). Bethnal Green tube. 7am-5pm Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm Sat.

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This reputable shop restores, cleans and rewires chandeliers. The Demetriou clan has been running this Soho shop for the past three decades. They'll repair everything to do with cameras, from lenses to the flashes. Average price to repair a camera £50. They also buy second-hand cameras for cash. Opened 12 years ago and still going strong, Psubliminal provides a speedy, well-priced repair service tackling anything from puncture repairs to same-day servicing and pumping up tyres free of charge. They even offer on-the-spot puncture repairs for buggies.
Clothing | Specialist | Shoes Shoe and bag mending, as well as key cutting in a traditional environment.Popular with north London shoemakers and residents alike, the Master Cobbler charges from £5.99 to re-heel a stiletto.Proprietor Ken Holmes is strictly a needle and thread man – you won’t catch him solving problems with a slick of glue. Great-value service, too.Clothing | Specialist | Shoes

Users say

41 comments
Nick Henney
Nick Henney

The Christmas party has resulted in a rip on the sleeve of my suit jacket. Any where decent to get it repaired/replaced?

Paul
Paul

I too am looking for somewhere to repair a table lamp and find a new retro clip on shade to go with it

Megan
Megan

Hi Sarah. I am just wondering of you have found somewhere to get your bag fixed as I have the same problem with one of mine. Thanks.

maria roodenburgh
maria roodenburgh

i need my leather jacket restore smaller..Does anybody know locate will do for me? i live in Bexley.south east london

sarah
sarah

does anybody know where i can get my bag repaired from? basically the leather cuff holding the handle has torn off, meaning the handle is only attached on the bag from one side. the handle is fine, i just need somebody to show the handle back on to the bag with a leather patch to hold it in place. Im not sure where to go as i have only recently moved to london. any suggestions would be great, thanks

I. Sale
I. Sale

If you need your lamp repaired you might want to try Class Chandeliers

DIANE BRACE
DIANE BRACE

Still no one has found me a specialist lamp/electrical shop in London that can mend my (false) 'Arco' floor lamp.

Bob
Bob

A really great place for getting your Luggage and travelgoods repaired is ALBA Luggage in Baker St. Accredited repair agents for many brands, they can often repair cases while you wait. Established over 30 years ago, they are the place to go to for Repairs and good no nonsense advice,

BiroPen
BiroPen

Well...... I would just like to recommend a great shoe mender, I have found in North London. I brought in a pair of very expensive brogue shoes into Hoxton Shoe Repairs, Hoxton Street which were wrecked. What I got back was a miracle... They looked brand new.... My girlfriend then returned with 2 x pairs of shoes and a handbag repair...We are very impressed with the service and quality...they even texted us when the repairs were done. This shop needs promotion...... And NO I am not the owner

rodney watts
rodney watts

does anyone know of a good cobbler in muswell hill/hendon/barnet/crouch end/whetstone?

bintu deribe
bintu deribe

i have scratches and tears on the heel of my patent silver mules. is there any place i can have it repaired?

L
L

Hello, does anyone know a dance shoes alteration shop? I need a strap adjusted for my tango shoes and it's more than the average shoe repair shop can do.. Thanks!

Jacob Williams
Jacob Williams

Hey, I did a search on google for the phrase “shoe repair� and saw that your website was ranked low on google. I specialize in getting websites to the top spots on google and I really feel that with the potential that your website has it’s a real shame that it is not ranked higher.

I S
I S

Does anybody know of an invisible mender in South London i.e. Clapham/Balham/Tooting/Wandsworth/Battersea area?

Patricia
Patricia

First Tailors on lower sloane streets provide shoddy alterations and charge a fortune- they tried to charge me £600 when they had quoted me £150 to alter a dress.

JOY
JOY

URGENT WHO CAN SOLDER TOGETHER EACH OF THE SPLIT/BROKEN METAL BUCKLES ON MY UNCLE'S ITALIAN PAIR OF LEATHER SHOES PLEASE. RSVP. THANK YOU.

Isabel
Isabel

I need my very expensive designer leather jacket repaired has a rip right in the middle of the leather. Need a very good place in central London.

sue
sue

need my beige bag redyed. i live in north London

Diane Brace
Diane Brace

I have a large floor lamp - with a marble base and curving steel arm with a lamp on the end. It has half collapsed - now the lamp nearly reaches the floor. I assume it's German - has KARE Reiter & Schonhofen OHG CE on the base. I live in Islingfton , North London. Can anyone locate a repair person? Many thanks

Begum
Begum

does anyone repair luggage (not designer leather!) any more? in London???

Georgina
Georgina

I'd like to get a pair of beige/cream suede shoes dyed black; any ideas where would be best to go for this? Thanks!

Melanie P
Melanie P

Alan P. - Delortae Agency have a great handbag spa and repair service, they also retail products specifically for leather jackets and bags, give them a try www.delortaeagency.co.uk, they did my jacket.

HandbagSpa
HandbagSpa

HandbagSpa is an online repair service and also offers luxurious treatments to protect the longevity of all those important designer leather handbags and other leather items such as luggage and clothing. www.handbagspa.co.uk

Jeff thompson
Jeff thompson

I am wondering if the Sarah Burrows who wants a lamp repairer went to the University of North Wales in the Sixties. If so, would she care to get in touch with me? I can't repair lamps, or much else, I would like to repair a friendship though.

Todor Chakarov
Todor Chakarov

Hi! I am looking for someone to repair my CD Changer SONY. Any ideas about that - if that shop is in North London , will be better for me. Thanks.

Alan P
Alan P

I am looking for a shop that can repair a tear in my leater jacket. Can anyone recommend a good reliable shop that will do this at reasonable rates

Sarah Burrows
Sarah Burrows

Dear S. Foxton - thanx so much for the recommendation - will definitely give them a call....

S. Foxton
S. Foxton

Hi Sarah, Class Chandeliers are based in South London, give them a try. 07506 775 478 There are lots of good reports about them on Touch Local. Report this comment as inappropriate

Sarah Burrows
Sarah Burrows

does anyone know a good lamp repairer in south london? also, i have a small antique lamp that needs putting back together - does anyone know a REASONABLY PRICED renovator who might be able to help? By the way, what a great website!

J. Greenhill
J. Greenhill

What about repairing books! I had this lovely book from my grandma which was falling apart so went to the bindery in Bayswater where I pass everyday to get to work. They repaired it perfectly! It is rare to see bookbinders nowadays. I look forwards to see more features like this one.

sajida
sajida

I am looking for someone to repair my sewing machine and a overlocking machine in west london

Emma
Emma

I use KG shoes on Eversholt Street, near Mornington Crescent. Have found them to be good for shoe repairs and reasonably priced.

Clare O'Brien
Clare O'Brien

And another great shoemender is Elias in Chiswick, W4. Been there for years right near Turnham Green tube

Sarah K
Sarah K

Can anyone recomment a good cobbler for recovering heels? I've destroyed some patent leather heels that I love and need to get them mended!!

Derrick Carter
Derrick Carter

Hi Anna, if your looking for a lamp mender then the best place is probably Class Chandeliers of Rotherhite. They fixed my mates lamps and did an excellent job. Furthermore they pick up from anywhere and are reliable. www.classchandeliers.com Best Regards, Derrick

Anna Blackmre
Anna Blackmre

For luggage try Euston shoes, on Euston Rd, near Warren St tube station.

tanya  thompson
tanya thompson

I am looking for a lamp mender in west london. Any ideas? The last place just shut down.

gh
gh

How about luggages? Can anyone tell me where in London I can have the wheel of my Samsonite luggage replaced/repaired? Thanks!

Colleen Gowlett
Colleen Gowlett

I agree it is a brilliant idea, anything that diverts the masses of things that are needlessly sent to landfill sites each year should be encouraged. Salvo (www.salvoweb.com) have a database on their site of craftspeople and restorers as well as reclamation yards where you can find many interesting items.

Claire Mason
Claire Mason

Does anyone know where I can get some necklaces repaired in London? I'm trying to avoid expensive jewellers as the items aren't worth vrey much

Anna Blackmre
Anna Blackmre

This is a brilliant idea. Why not do regular repair and recycle shop guides for all major cities, as you do with restaurants. It's so hard to find places to get even a vacuum cleaner fixed and such a waste to throw them out. Good repairers are skilled craftspeople - more power to them!