We love amazing homewares. There’s nothing quite like having a home to call your own and being able to find fun, unusual and beautiful things to fill it with. In London, we’re so lucky to have so many talented independent makers who produce unique items: things you genuinely can’t find anywhere else. Here are a few of our favourites…

Hokolo

Hokolo, led by designer Jen Taylor, is all about bright and bold patterns and colours. Hokolo’s fun designs include stackable ceramic mugs, throw cushions and crockery as well as furniture and fabrics. And they sell gift cards, just saying.

20 Seventh Letter

April Christopher first got into print design while studying at Nottingham Trent University. Now based in London, her brand 20Seventh Letter is all about style and luxury. All materials are sourced in the UK and April’s unique prints are all made in London. Her homeware products range from cushions to wall paper, but she also makes little luxuries too including cute coin purses and make-up bags.

Olive Jennings

We love the simple functional Scandi-inspired designs of Olive Jennings. As well as durable furniture, such as this side table made from plywood and metal, she also works with concrete to make industrial styled beautiful small homewares including coasters and hanging planters.

London Cloth Company

The London Cloth Company is London’s first micro-mill. They make high quality materials created on restored shuttle looms from the 1870s. Most of their work is bespoke but they offer a small range of blankets and wool by the meter on their website. And if you’re on a bit of a budget (or just looking for a little house warming gift for somebody) they also sell mugs featuring prints of some of their classic wool blends.

The Botanical Boys


The Botanical Boys are Ben and Darren, who got into terrariums big time after moving into a garden flat in East London in 2009. They transformed the dilapidated garden of the flat into a thing of beauty – gaining attention from national newspapers along the way. Now, they create gardens on a mini-scale: terrariums, which mean anyone can enjoy plants in their house whether they have outside space or not. As well as selling complete terrariums on their website, they also run workshops so you can learn how to do it yourself.

The London Refinery

Lucy Heale uses all natural essential oils and soy wax to make luxurious candles inspired by moods. Scent blends including ‘Inspire’ and ‘Relax’ are available in different sizes. Based out of Ealing, everything at the London Refinery is hand made and they run candle making workshops around East London – you can even hire them for private events.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional pub or a secret cocktail club, Angel has more to offer than you might expect. Away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Shoreditch or the City, Angel has loads of great bars and restaurants, whatever your style…

Gallipoli

Gallipoli offers a Turkish and Mediterranean menu and has a cosy family-run mood, with hanging lanterns and mismatched framed prints all over the walls. They know how to bring the party too, offering belly dancing performances for birthdays, hen dos and other special occasions alongside a special party menu. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, their lunch offer isn’t to be missed if you work nearby. Turkish Tuesdays, anyone?

John Salt

A chilled cocktail bar open late, John Salt has the look and feel of a 90s loft apartment with events to match; play Mario Kart on Retro Gaming Night and inflict your guilty pleasure tunes on your mates on Bring Your Own Vinyl night, all while tucking into chicken wings, onion rings and juicy burgers (veggie and vegan options too). Their cocktail menu offers all the classics alongside some more unusual creations, such as Wasabi Kick and the Juicy ‘Dillemma’.

Ladybird

Opposite Islington Green on Upper Street, Ladybird is a speakeasy featuring four separate rooms and bookable bar booths for special occasions. You’ll find a long cocktail list, including sharing pitchers, sours and prosecco by the glass. Happy hour runs Sunday – Friday 5pm – 9pm, making the Ladybird a great choice for either a big party or a cocktail before dinner.

Oldroyd

Self-titled restaurant Oldroyd is the brainchild of former Polpo top-dog Tom Oldroyd. The daily changing menu draws its focus and inspiration from seasonal British ingredients given a European twist, with dishes such as beef tartare with smoked eel mayo, cuttlefish with squid ink bortolli beans and sides including grilled sweetcorn with lavender butter. Oldroyd is at 344 Upper Street.

Vivo

Looking for that summer sun trap to catch some rays with a glass of wine? Vivo’s the place for you. Beautiful Italian food in a casual setting, Vivo also has a deli counter. Catch up with friends for a cocktail, a light bite, lazy dinner or lunch on the go at this gem of Upper Street – find it at 57/58.

Prawn on the Lawn

Prawn on the Lawn is something of an institution in Islington. A fishmonger and seafood bar, for sea food lovers it shouldn’t be missed. The menu includes small hot and cold plates, to be enjoyed with a glass of something from the brilliantly paired wine list. For bigger groups (or bigger appetites) there’s also platters including crab and lobster and whole fish by the kg. The menu changes daily, dependent on the catch, so you know it’s seriously fresh.

Moving house or redecorating can be a stressful experience, especially when you don’t know what it will look like until it’s all done. These apps, however, can help make everything a lot easier – from colour testing paint to measuring the best sunlight spots, there’s an app for that. Here’s our pick of the best:

1. Houzz

Winner of the “Best App” award at the inaugural Google Play Awards, Houzz is a game changer in home design. Like a combination of lots of other apps doing similar things on the market, Houzz lets you get inspiration for your room design, browse products, and then try them out in your home simply by taking a photo of the room. It also has an advice section where you can get opinions and help from the Houzz community on your ideas.

2. Sun Seeker

The Sun Seeker app is great for photographers and architects alike – but also for those who like to have a lot of sunlight in their home. The ‘map view’ on the app will track the sun’s rays across a certain geographical point, like your home, so you can see which parts of the house will get the best light.

 

3. Dulux Visualiser App

This app’s colour picker technology matches colours from photos you take with their paints. You can then try out these colours on the walls of your home. They also offer suggested colour schemes to accompany your new paint choice, and deliver the paints or colour testers to your door.

4. Homestyler

Homestyler rebuilds your home as a 3D playground for you to experiment with – just with one snap of the room. You can test out real furniture as 3D models in the room, test out light fixtures, and see how furnishings and colour schemes will look in your space. You can also browse the Design Stream for inspiration, share your designs with your family and friends through Facebook and email, and comment and “heart” other peoples’ designs. For more inspiration you can also browse through portfolios of professional designers in your local area.

5. Art Beamer

ArtBeamer is also an augmented reality app that lets you preview how artwork will look on your wall. Artists using the app will give a specific code to their pieces, which you can find either from the website, or asking at the gallery/exhibition. Simply type the code into the app and you will be able to “beam” the artwork onto your wall.

6. LikeThat Décor

This app allows you to shop for furniture on the go, by taking inspiration from things you see around you. Snap a photo of a piece of furniture you like, and the app will show you thousands of similar and complementary products, with details on where to shop for them.

7. Photo Measures

Photo Measures is a great way to keep track of your home’s measurements, allowing you to note dimensions down on photos of your rooms, to remember the exact layout and size of all the different spaces in the house.