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I am planning a short stay in London, it is out of question that I will spend some time fabric-hunting…. Can any one give me advice on nice (and cheap, if possible) fabric shops? Any favourite?



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    May 30, 2013, 12.23 PMby janelee1984

    Apologies if I double posted this, something weird happened when I tried to post this comment before. It all depends on where you’re staying because London, whilst having an awesome transport system, is not a fun city for if you’re traveling from one end to the other. So if you are staying central and you’re doing all the museum stuff, you are best sticking with the shops on Berwick Street, and swinging by Macullough and Wallace in Oxford Circus, even though they are super expensive. The fabrics are still gorgeous, and you will have a fun time exploring. If you are in the East End you can head down the bottom end of Brick Lane (White Chapel End) and go to the slightly weird but cheap fabric shops down there, there’s also places on White Chapel Hight Street that do cool Sari fabric. If African Fabric is your thing there’s quite a few shops off Petticoat Lane that do cool wax print stuff, and there’s a market on Sundays (I actually find the market a bit disappointing so haven’t been for ages). If you like a walk you could then walk down towards Shadwell to Watney Market. On Saturdays Paul’s Fabrics do a sale of loads of discontinued stuff, and it’s all around £2 a metre. Also slightly north in Hackney there’s Dalston Mill Fabrics which is basically just loads and loads of random fabrics of varying qualities, be prepared to really hunt for bargains. If you like more civilised shopping there’s Sew Over It in Clapham, Ray Stitch in Islington and Wansted Fabric Merchants in Wansted. These are more boutiquey fabric shops, but they have lovely things. At Sew Over I and Ray Stitch you can get cake whilst you shop, always fun. If for some reason you go to Brighton for the day (lots of tourists do), be sure to pop into Ditto Fabrics, they have ex designer stock. Happy hunting, and always check opening times etc before you go. These places tend to have shorter hours than other London shops.

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      Jun 1, 2013, 07.44 AMby dgprado

      Wowww!!! Tons of information… Thank you very much. This kind of things make the difference between Madrid and elsewhere…

      Thanks a lot!!!

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    Jun 21, 2013, 06.23 PMby Louiseoflondon

    There’s also Goldhawk Road, super cheap and many shops in the same road.

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    Feb 18, 2016, 01.37 PMby susan2016

    Thanks for the information. I am also looking for the same.

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