London's best furniture shops

Get inspired with the capital's finest interior and homeware shops

Does your home look more flatpack than fabulous? You don't need an interior designer on hand to turn your pad into a showhome. Trick it out with a few key pieces from these unusual furniture stores, including antique shops and indie homeware boutiques

  • Alfies Antique Market

    13-25 Church St, London, NW8 8DT

    At Alfies Antique Market your vintage handbag comes with a few words about its provenance, and a spot of gentle hunting is often rewarded with a genuinely rare piece of furniture. A rambling network of four floors, the indoor market houses some 75 clued-up sellers providing a discerning selection of jewellery, clothing, homeware and decorative items predominantly from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. View the Alfies Antique Market listing

  • Aladdin's Cave

    72 Loampit Hill, London, SE13 7SX

    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. View the Aladdin's Cave listing

  • Ben Pentreath

    Rugby Street, London, WC1N 3QT

    It's always a tight squeeze in this petite boutique just off Lamb's Conduit Street. But despite its diminutive scale, there's plenty packed in at Ben Pentreath, from kitchenware and stationery, to cushions and candles. True, this place is an ideal gift destination, but as you're buying your mate a gorgeous glass tray lacquered with a vintage map of London, you just might find yourself stocking up on those trendy Kilner jars you suddenly need. View the Ben Pentreath listing

  • Crystal Palace Antiques & Modern

    Imperial House, Jasper Rd , London, SE19 1SJ

    There are more than 15 dealers selling across four storeys at this warehouse-style showroom. Each floor has its own character: if you like artily arranged mid-twentieth-century furniture, head down to the basement; if its Victorian antiques you're after, negotiate the tangle of chests, tables and accessories on the first floor. View the Crystal Palace Antiques & Modern listing

  • Decoratum

    31-33 Church St, London, NW8 8ES

    A stone's throw from Regent's Park, Decoratum has often been described as a museum or a gallery purely because of the its attention to detail in regards to the layout of the store. Aesthetically pleasing, Decoratum showcases some of the best quality original vintage furniture from the '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s, and is a favourite among interior designers and private collectors. View the Decoratum listing

  • Do Shop

    34 Short's Gardens, London, WC2H 9PX

    A bright, sunny shop in the heart of Covent Garden, selling a mix of contemporary homewares from a wide range of up-and-coming designers. The owners support young designers through their 'Do Masters' programme, which handpicks design school graduates to sell through the store, and gives them a generous profit return. View the Do Shop listing

  • Dog & Wardrobe

    Unit 3B Regent Studios, 8 Andrew's Road, London, E8 4QN

    This tiny retro furniture and design emporium is hidden just past Broadway Market and beside the canal, in a ground-floor unit of artists hub Regent Studios. Crammed with artfully presented vintage furniture and curios such as retro alarm clocks, desk lamps, stylish coat stands, framed insects, animal skulls, shopkeepers' display cabinets, classic tins and bottles, old typewriters, as well as a selection of framed contemporary art. View the Dog & Wardrobe listing

  • East London Furniture

    151 Hoxton St, London, N1 6JP

    This recently opened Hoxton store recycles locally sourced wood and furniture, to make rustic-looking new pieces. Everything on sale represents something diverted from landfill, but you wouldn't necessarily know it - a styish floor lamp (£180) is made from a doorframe, a hip little block lamp (£55) is made from an old pallet. There are cheap buys too - a simple book stand is just £8. View the East London Furniture listing

  • Heal's

    196 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7LQ

    Heal's may be the grand old dame of interiors stores, but its happy combination of excellent sourcing, helpful staff and a layout that's constantly being reinvented means it manages to stay relevant. Heal's commitment to sourcing new designers is impressive, while established names such as Orla Kiely, Clarissa Hulse, LSA and the Designers Guild are also well represented among the mirrors, rugs, bedlinen, clocks, cushions, art and photography available. View the Heal's listing

  • Labour and Wait

    85 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DJ

    This store sells the sort of things everybody would have had in their kitchen or pantry 60 years ago: functional domestic goods. There is also a small range of classic vintage clothing (work jackets, aprons) and some old-fashioned gifts for children, such as a pinhole camera kit and vintage-style satchels, plus a range of notebooks. Labour & Wait also has a small concession inside Dover Street Market. View the Labour and Wait listing

  • Little Paris

    Park Road, London, N8 8TE

    A Francophile's delight. Little Paris's buyers hop over the Channel every three weeks to bring you vintage French posters, battered signage and ephemera. The showroom at the back has some quirkier items including the front grille of a classic Citroën Avant and medical posters from the 1950s. There are larger furniture items too, from beautiful wooden cabinets to sandblasted metal pieces. View the Little Paris listing

  • Oscars Interiors

    Chershire Street, London, E2 6EH

    If you've seen enough teak sideboards to last you a lifetime, but still fancy injecting a little vintage chic into your home, Oscars is the place. You may have to brace your bank manager, but what you'll get in return is a truly unique piece for your home, be it up-cycled church masonary and chapel windows transformed into a dining table, or sofa throws made from fashion's (Gucci et al) offcuts of rabbit fur. View the Oscars Interiors listing

  • Other Criteria

    Hinde Street, London, W1U 3BG

    The shop element of Damien Hirst, Hugh Allan, Frank Dunphy and Jason Beard's publishing company Other Criteria focuses aptly on unique, arty products. Prints, T-shirts, jewellery and an eclectic range of gift items from a 4X4 wheel cover to a back gamon set - all limited editions, of course. Price tags can run into the hundreds, if not thousands and there's plenty for Hirst fans in particular. View the Other Criteria listing

  • Pitfield London

    Pitfield Street, London, N1 6HB

    Stylish and accessible interiors shop Pitfield London is spread across a big double-fronted former office block, and is the retail arm of celebrated interior designer Shaun Clarkson. Clarkson (and business partner Paul Brewster) fill the space with pieces procured at home and abroad (the resourceful pair travel every month and raid local markets and manufacturers). View the Pitfield London listing

  • Tom Dixon Shop

    Wharf Building, Portobello Dock, Ladbroke Grove, London, W10 5BU

    This canal-side store showcases furniture and homeware by Britain's maverick industrial designer Tom Dixon as well as an exclusive selection of pieces by Dixon-approved design brands. The former head of Habitat likes to keep the space dynamic with pop-up events and regularly updated collections. View the Tom Dixon Shop listing

  • Retrouvius

    2a Kensal Green, London, NW10 5NR

    In the secret address book of many interior designers, Retrouvius is a salvage shop that specialises in sourcing quirky reclaimed goods. A batch of 50 French school chairs (£39 each, with discounts for bulk buys), a perfectly preserved lute, and a painted timber surveyor's pole were all available at last visit. View the Retrouvius listing

  • SCP

    135-139 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3BX

    SCP attempts to showcase the very best of contemporary furniture, lighting and homewares. Overseeing it is Sheridan Coakley, who sources globally and stocks a clutch of respected designers - among them Robin Day, Terence Woodgate, Matthew Hilton, Konstantin Grcic, Donna Wilson and Michael Marriott. View the SCP listing

  • The Old Cinema

    160 Chiswick High Rd, London, W4 1PR

    Housed in a former 1890s cinema, this vintage and antiques store is a great spot for finding striking furniture pieces; think utilitarian lockers, steel desks or mid-twentieth century sideboards, as well as smaller items including battered old trunks and Anglepoise lamps. There's plenty here for Danish design lovers. View the The Old Cinema listing

  • Unto This Last

    230 Brick Lane, London, E2 7EB

    Nestled snugly in an old East End workshop that exudes Dickensian quaintness, this small furniture maker produces a distinctive range of birch plywood and laminate pieces, transforming raw materials into decidedly modern furniture. Named after the 1862 John Ruskin book advocating the principles of local craftsmanship, Unto This Last does exactly that. View the Unto This Last listing