Getting something repaired is always better than going on to buy a new one. Whether it furniture, electronic devices or even sports equipment, you can always find good repair service providers in town and save yourself the expense of buying new things.
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
Fifth Avenue Shoe Repairers are absolutely not to be recommended! They perform an incredibly poor service and are aggressive towards their customers who dare to complain, and to top it off they resort to verbal abuse. Shocking! They broke my watch and blamed it on me, and when I asked the owner just to look at it, he yelled at me saying "This is not America!", referring to my accent and refused any compensation, including the money I had paid for a battery, me left with the watch stuck at the wrong time and £18 poorer. Absolutely disgusted!
The Master Cobbler is not recommended. They told me I could get my shoes repaired for £25 each. Way to expensive for what I wanted to have done. Just 5 minutes walk from there I could get them repaired for £9 for both shoes, and they did an excellent job! I use my shoes everyday. And it also saved me £41! The staff at The Master Cobbler were very rude too.
We have written to you several times over the years about possibly being placed in your list of shops but with no success. We've been going for about 15 years now and do have a good following of clients and our point of difference is the experience of the shop where we try to make the client feel like they are in a similar shop to the ones where they bought the item, rather than get changed under the stairs and get pinned in the shop window as in some many alteration places. Anyway if you could include us, we'\d appreciate it. Nicola Donati Tailoring www.nicoladonati.co.uk tel 0207 245 6414
Anyone know if it's even possible to take in a down coat? Looking for a good tailor or seamstress who is willing to perform without charging the Earth!
@Madeleine Are you going to tell us what this apparently amazing other place is called? Not much good to anyone otherwise!