Local Finds

Nappy Valley is a treasure trove of eclectic interiors, homeware shops and galleries. Whether your style is classic or cutting-edge, there is something for everyone on our doorstep. Dina Shoukry unpicks a few of our best finds

CLAPHAM OLD TOWN

Clapham Old Town is the epitome of cool. It’s retained its ‘urban’ feel with many independent restaurants, bars, a theatre, a Picturehouse and a Michelinstarred restaurant. The Old Town has had a facelift in recent years and is looking super-smart with some seriously chic places to shop for your home.

Common

Beautifully curated, this eco-lifestyle shop, café and zero waste station, is quite literally a breath of fresh air. Common sells sustainable homeware and quirky gifts ranging from blankets and umbrellas made from recycled plastics to bamboo kitchenware.

Tommy Clarke

Studio Lose yourself in one of Tommy Clarke’s coastal and seascape prints. Tommy has made a career of hanging out of planes taking aerial shots from Cornwall to Mexico and the results are stunning.

Nousha

Husband and wife team Lionel and Claire Cherruault, specialise in family photography, capturing the very essence of childhood in their beautiful black and white portraits. Their photos are a work of art for families to cherish forever.

Birksen

Pick your way through this emporium of sensational cut flowers and find the shelves laden with gorgeous plates, vases, plant pots, candles and orchids to brighten up your home.

ABBEVILLE VILLAGE

Locals adore Abbeville Village for its sweet high street and foodie status resplendent with fantastic restaurants, delis, pubs, a wine merchant and a cheese shop.

Grand Passion

Visit Grand Passion for quirky and colourful pieces from cowhides to picture frames, mirrors and humorous mugs adding splashes of happiness to your home.

BATTERSEA PARK RD

You can’t go shopping for interiors without visiting Battersea Park Road, well-established in the interiors world and bursting with upholstery, carpet and furniture shops – bespoke, antique and upcycled.

New Vintage
Sustainable production is what this vintage furniture store is all about. The team at New Vintage rework and customise pre-loved items and transform them into glorious oneoff pieces.

Marmorea and Circa
Marmorea is renowned for its antique and reproduction stone and marble fireplaces but if it’s furniture you are after, the inhouse design brand, Circa, offers a selection of high-quality, mid-twentieth-century furniture and lighting including tables, chairs, storage, lighting and mirrors from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

W.E. Interiors
Walk into this oak emporium for simple, modern ready-made and bespoke furniture made from sustainable timber. This is also the place to shop for funky and characterful accessories such as a banana lamp or a concrete bowler hat planter.

Battersea Flower Station
A magical urban garden and former stables for the horses of Battersea Park, this is a mecca for all things green. Window boxes, house plants, pots, and flowers galore coupled with friendly expert advice, home consultations and same-day local delivery.

QUEENSTOWN ROAD

Queenstown Road has an eclectic mix of shops, from a bespoke milliner to a traditional men’s shoe shop and a topend bathroom showroom dispersed among restaurants and cafés. Well worth the visit if you are looking for high-end design at affordable prices

Cult Furniture
Head down Queenstown Road towards Clapham Common and you’ll find Cult Furniture on Wandsworth Road. If you want high-end contemporary cutting-edge design at affordable prices, then look no further. Fall in love with their bold colours and striking iconic mid-century designs. Lighting, chairs, sofas, dining tables, beds and desks – they have it all!

Decara Home
Owner and designer Angie Pinkney focuses on attractive pieces that exhibit calm and timeless elegance. Her style ranges from classic British to French country house chic. Let your eyes wander amongst the tranquil white and grey hues of the shop, picking out gorgeous pieces of furniture, vases, bed linens and gifts.

Loaf
They are not called the ‘sultans of snug’ for nothing. Sink into one of Loaf’s squishy sofas or snuggle up on their super-comfy beds for the epitome of laid back and relaxed with beautiful designs and old fashioned quality craftmanship. There is even a kids’ corner so you can shop in peace!

BELLEVUE ROAD

Overlooking Wandsworth Common, Bellevue Road is the model of laidback chic, from boho-style clothes boutiques to trendy cafés, this place oozes a quiet confidence and calm. Slow down, take your time and enjoy its hidden gems.

Oliver Contemporary
Having spent over 30 years in the art world with the last 18 at this lovely spot overlooking the common, founder Carolyn Oliver brings together new and established British contemporary artists and sculptors in her eye-catching gallery. Pop in and spark your imagination.

Olivier’s Lounge
A clothes shop first and foremost, Olivier’s Lounge has a stylish range of vases, photo frames, mugs, home scents and ornaments in Scandi whites and greys inspiring a timeless elegance and a touch of class in your home.

BALHAM

Balham has trumped Clapham in the coolness ratings. Relaxed and welcoming with a real community vibe, many independents have been here for decades so pick up your purses and shop locally

Balham Paint
At the far end of Hildreth Street, the shop sells the obvious paint and hardware but lots more besides, including everything from clocks and baskets to cushions and doormats. Definitely worth a look.

Gallery Midnight
Local artist, Johnny Midnight brings a splash of colour to Balham with his scenes of snowcapped mountains, juxtaposed with island life from the Caribbean alongside iconic South London sites. Johnny also runs art classes for adults and children.

Mimi V. Artworks
Formerly known as Ian’s Artwork, Mimi V. Artworks is a firm favourite amongst locals offering vibrant affordable art and a bespoke framing service.

Quirky Dovetail
This gorgeous little furniture shop nestled in the heart of the Heaver Estate specialises in beautifully painted, upcycled vintage and contemporary furniture. You can buy one-off pieces here or bring in your own furniture for reupholstering, repainting and a whole new lease of life.

NORTHCOTE ROAD

This, the heart of Nappy Valley, is heaving with interiors stores. Walk the length of Northcote Road and don’t forget to nip up the side roads too to discover tucked away art galleries and cute cafés.

Wallace Cotton
This Kiwi company brings naturally luxurious and impeccably crafted bed linen inspired by the relaxed Antipodean lifestyle and breathtaking island landscape to southwest London. Their sheets are just dreamy!

The Paint House
A stalwart on Northcote Road, residents have been putting their trust and their homes in The Paint House’s hands for decades. Offering interior styling, decorating, joinery, curtains and upholstery with a selection of soft furnishings and accessories in-store, the team is always on hand to provide expert advice and guidance.

Northcote Gallery
If it’s contemporary art that you are after, then the Northcote Gallery is for you, featuring beautifully curated and unique paintings and sculptures to wow both you and your guests.

Maison Curate
Ex-fashion buyer Emma Sullam has successfully brought the outside in, replacing the stress of shopping with a relaxing and joyful experience. Be inspired to create this look at home with her lights, plants, earthenware, glassware and candles bringing a touch of nature to your interiors

Lords
A mecca for all things kitchen and dining – cookware, bakeware, glassware, candles, electrics, laundry and gifts – this is the perfect place to get all the accessories you need for your home.

Northcote Road Antiques Market
Finally, you can’t visit Northcote Road without having a good root around this large indoor market. It houses over 30 dealers selling antiques, vintage, retro, and collectables ranging from furniture and home accessories to art, jewellery and silverware. From classic to kitsch, this place is forever evolving.

WEBB’S ROAD

Running parallel to Northcote Road is Webb’s Road. Dotted with high-end furniture shops, art galleries, a luxury stationery shop, great cafés and a deli, it’s definitely worth the detour.

Blackbird Bespoke
For truly one-off pieces, visit Blackbird Bespoke, specialists in handcrafted metal furniture. They sculpt authentic and highspec tables, chairs, mirrors and lamps. Customise an existing design or commission a new piece entirely – either way it will be a limited edition of one just for you.

The Last Supper
For thought-provoking art, let your curiosity take you to The Last Supper. The founder, Andrew Wenrick curates works of conceptual and contemporary art with an emphasis on craft and minimalism from artists all over the world.

Webb’s Fine Art Gallery
If your taste in art is more classic, visit Webb’s Fine Art Gallery for breathtaking landscape impressionist paintings. The rooms in the gallery simulate a real home environment so you can imagine the pictures hanging on your own walls. Owner, Liz Cranwell-Ward also offers a home consultation service to make sure you buy a piece of art you will love forever.

TOOTING

You can’t go to Tooting without visiting Tooting Market. Established for over 80 years, it has become one of London’s trendiest places. Perhaps better known for its bars and restaurants, let yourself get lost in here for upholstery, art, upcycled furniture and even a Moroccan bazaar

Boho Homes
If shopping ethically is your thing look up Boho Homes, an online social enterprise run by local resident, Tullika Bhalla. Tullika sources sustainable and handmade homeware and gifts from India paying fair prices and investing in local artisan communities. One of our firm favourites are the cosy lightweight cotton-filled quilts from Jaipur. You’ll thank us later!