The Christmas party has resulted in a rip on the sleeve of my suit jacket. Any where decent to get it repaired/replaced?
London's best repair shops
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Psubliminal Bike Shop
Class Chandeliers London
This reputable shop restores, cleans and rewires chandeliers.
Christopher Close, Rotherhithe, SE16 6PN (07506 775 478/www.classchandeliers.com).
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.
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
I too am looking for somewhere to repair a table lamp and find a new retro clip on shade to go with it
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.
i need my leather jacket restore smaller..Does anybody know locate will do for me? i live in Bexley.south east london
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
Still no one has found me a specialist lamp/electrical shop in London that can mend my (false) 'Arco' floor lamp.
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,
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
i have scratches and tears on the heel of my patent silver mules. is there any place i can have it repaired?
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!
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Does anybody know of an invisible mender in South London i.e. Clapham/Balham/Tooting/Wandsworth/Battersea area?
First Tailors on lower sloane streets provide shoddy alterations and charge a fortune- they tried to charge me Â£600 when they had quoted me Â£150 to alter a dress.
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.
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.
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
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!
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 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
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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.
I use KG shoes on Eversholt Street, near Mornington Crescent. Have found them to be good for shoe repairs and reasonably priced.
And another great shoemender is Elias in Chiswick, W4. Been there for years right near Turnham Green tube
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!!
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
How about luggages? Can anyone tell me where in London I can have the wheel of my Samsonite luggage replaced/repaired? Thanks!
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.
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
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!