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87 S. Lambeth Road
London, EN SW8 1RN
Phone: (44) 207 7359494
Fax: (44) 207 7351001
87 S. Lambeth Road, London, EN, GB, SW8 1RN
- Phone: (44) 207 7359494
- Fax: (44) 207 7351001
If you are looking for a special Spanish gift for an bookworm, or you yourself are interested in old or out of print books, Paul Orssich may have what you're looking for. This specialist bookshop stocks maps and antique books from Spain, Morocco and Latin America. Books on Hispanic studies are also available. If they don't have what you want, the staff may be able to give you information about other out-of-print sources. A mail order facility and catalog are also available.
New Covent Garden Market is a thriving spot of market traders; and it has been so since the 17th Century. A serious business point, only wholesale items are found here. However if you would love to see Britain's main distribution point of fruit, vegetables and flowers in action, then this place is a must visit. And a visit here means you'll have to wake up early, for the scents at the flower market are amazing and enticing.
This open-fronted shop is the only specialist poultry butcher remaining in a market famed for its poultry since the Middle Ages. Established in 1881, the current owner, Mr Butcher (naturally), is proud of his unusual selection of game, which includes wigeon, woodcock, mallard, guinea fowl and rabbit when in season (August to February). Wild bore is sold marinated and diced and there are haunches of venison wrapped in bacon, ready to be thrown straight into the oven.
Independent bookshops offering unique character and an element of unpredictability amongst their shelves seem few and far between these days. Kennington boasts a welcome reprieve in the shape of The Kennington Book Shop, a spacious store with imaginative displays of thoughtfully selected reading. It is easy to be tempted in by its large window displays and end up losing an hour browsing the tables and shelves. -Stephen Chappell
Declared by English comedian Alan Carr to be the "Harvey Nichols of charity shops", Crusaid really does live up to the hype. There is lots of great secondhand clothing, branded or otherwise, to choose from. There is a vast array of jeans and cotton shirts on offer, at prices that are nothing like the ones at the upscale department store to which this little charity shop has been compared. Some of the brands that donate their wares to this store are Ralph Lauren, Hackett and Nicole Farhi.
Delicatessen, pâtisserie and chocolatier all rolled into one, this shop stocks products of only the highest quality. Whether you're looking for cold meats, salads, sauces, chocolates or French food, the House of Albert Roux will not disappoint. The chocolates are made from hand-picked beans and the truffles are to die for.
The Powerhouse G holds a treasure of chic clothes for children and teens. Get those in-your-face teenagers along, and let them chase away their blues by shopping at this fashionable outlet. Kids no longer need to look tacky in rebellious rags. Instead, let them pick up something that will preserve their individuality without compromising on class! Call for opening hours and additional information
Shepherds Bookbinders, a bindery with a store on Rochester Row, is the place to go to, if you need to bind, conserve or restore a book. You can choose to get your binding done in either the contemporary or the traditional style. Check out the bookbinding materials and the classics at the store. The craftsmen there will bind your books in the leather of your choice. In 1998, Shepherds teamed with two major bookbinders; Zaehnsdorf, which was set up in 1842, and Sangorski & Sutcliffe, founded in 1901. With such experts to tend to your work, you are assured that your books are in safe hands.
Truly overflowing with intriguing garments, most of which appear to be Miss Havisham's cast-offs, the Cornucopia shop is chock-a-block. Choose from vintage, floaty, or white numbers that resemble bridal-wear. The assemblage is so vast that the rails cannot possibly contain them all and floral dresses hang from the ceiling, and piles of clothing litter the floor. Be careful if you're catching a train at Victoria, as hours can pass quickly in transfixed time-wrap.
As you can guess from the name, this unique museum's amusing displays of mechanical toys and sculptures border on the bizarre but it isn't really cabaret. What started out as a quirky crafts shop in Cornwall evolved into a popular exhibition of coin-operated mechanical toys. Described by the founders as the amalgam of art, craft and business, the shop sells handmade automata, mechanical wooden kits, books and videos.
Soma Books earns its bread and butter by churning out some of the most interesting books by Indian publishers. The works of writers from the Asian subcontinent are featured and some very hard-to-find titles with an Asian focus are also up for grabs. African writers are similarly prominent in this small but very diverse bookshop.
Sainsbury is a popular and large empire, and this branch is popular with both the international South Kensington community and the young Earl's Court contingent. With supermarkets all over the country, it is fitting that they often use celebrities to promote their chain. John Cleese and Jane Asher are just two who have publicly given this store their seal of approval. If it's good enough for them, it's good enough for us, so stock up your refrigerators, freezers and cupboards with food and wine from Sainsbury; 'where good food costs less'.