Oh, if only I'd had this guide when my husband and I visited London! I had a basic guide from Threads magazine, but it wasn't very detailed. I managed to visit M&W, though the stairs just about killed me. I'd forgotten to write down my corset busk size, and I didn't know you had to ask to see the fine laces, so I came away with nothing but some corset lacing. Then we went to Goldhawk Rd and perused all the Indian fabric shops. I didn't find what I was looking for, but it's just as well--I wouldn't have had room in my suitcase! We're planning to return to London either this year or next, so I will definitely save this article. Thank you!
Oh I am glad the article will be of use in the future and that you enjoyed it, I hope you have lots of suitcase space in the future. Constance
There is an awesome shop on Berwick Street called "Biddle Sawyer Silks" They have a lot of silk there (obviously haha) but many of the silks are ones they have dyed themselves and you can't find them elsewhere. Most of their stock is made in England as well, which is nice. At the moment (Jan 2014) they have some Silk satin reduced from £100 a meter to £50 a meter and some silk taffeta reduced from £50 to £6 a meter. Thought it was worth a mention as I got a lot of brilliant stuff there recently and found the staff to be really lovely and helpful.
Biddle Sawyer Silks
Thank you,I don't know this one it sounds great I will definetly have a look next time, also since doing my reserch for the article I found another shop of Brick Lane that is fantastic for wool suiting and linings and as reasonalbly prices as Goldhawk rd.
re: Fabric Shopping in London F.A.O. Constance & co
As a resident North Londoner ( I live in Hampstead not too far Kenwood House where current period film Belle is set), I can not only vouch for Goldhawk Road in terms of sheer depth of selection, but Berwick Street isn't as hot anymore. However, may I direct you all to Dalston Mills, on Riley Road (Dalston Kingsland Overground station: come out look across road, Bingo! walk through fruit market and keeps open on the last side of the road!
Now this shop has THE MOST amazing selection of materials & All things haberdasher. The back is a heavy fabrics goldmine!
Thank you very much I will go and explore next time I am near by, it must be near William Gee as well. Constance
I enjoyed your article immensely even though I would be afraid to go near these shops, as they all sound so mouth-watering!! Thank you for the exceedingly detailed research you've done; what a wonderful resource for those lucky enough to be able to "shop London" ...