After watching the opening ceremony of the London Olympics last night, I found myself diving into our Marketplace archives in search of British shops. After all, if I can't visit London, at least I can shop from there. As I perused, I started to note a quirky sensibility as a common theme from Brit boutiques…
• InSpitalfields features affordable antiques, vintage inspired furnishings, and a vast range of design-worthy home accessories. A web store is reportedly coming soon.
• Hidden Art is a non-profit online store with a mission to help independent designers get their products out in the market.
Jeeves & Wooster pendant lights, £182
• Howkapow There are new quirky and colorful pieces in store every season from a regularly changing collection of jewellery, homewares accessories, furniture and illustration.
Glove and Cake Oven Glove Set, £24
• The Lollipop Shoppe provides a carefully chosen range of outstandingly conceived and crafted furniture and accessories.
Vintage Polish Fashion Fair Poster 1971, £75
• Pinch Designs is the work of husband and wife team Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon.
Marlow Armoire, starting at £3550
• Amara was created to showcase some of the World's finest luxury gift suggestions.
Missoni Home Spool Table, £820
• Squint Limited is the creation of Lisa Whatmough, who through her passion for textiles and with a very British design sensibility has created a world of richly decorative home wares which are a fusion of fashion and the decorative arts, each UK made item becoming a piece of contemporary art work.
The Selkirk Chair, £ 2,800
• The ladies behind Bodie & Fou, sisters Elodie and Karine, have an eye for inspiring European design, often with a sense of humor.
One Must Dash Print, £35
For a look at many more stores, in London and beyond, dive into Apartment Therapy's Marketplace, our online source for shoppers that will help you make your home more beautiful, organized and healthy.
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