Below is my updated list of all that fabric and haberdashery shops that I’ve found in London. I’ve tried to include shops for all tastes and budgets.
Shops in Central London tend to be on the pricier side, as you would expect, but you can find some beautiful, unique and high-quality fabrics and trimmings in these stores. It’s great for any fashion students doing fabric research, even if you can’t afford to buy the fabric, it’s good to have a look at what’s available and see if you can find a cheaper alternative elsewhere. Don’t be afraid to ask for samples either! Some shops have a 3 sample limit, but some may be willing to give you a bit extra.
Address: Berwick Street Market, 16 Berwick St, London W1F 0HP
A friendly fabric store in Soho. The staff here at Borovick Fabrics are very friendly and willing to help. They have a good range of fabrics and a small selection of haberdashery products. From my experience, they are willing to give fabric samples to students.
Address: Berwick Street, London W1F 8SJ
Cloth House is a very nice, well-presented fabric shop in Soho. They have some really great unique fabrics here. From my experience, they do offer fabric samples for research.
Address: 4 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0DR
A great fabric shop in Soho, there are two other Misan stores on Berwick Street (Misan Brothers for tailoring fabrics and Misan Textiles for technical fabrics). The fabrics in all Misan stores are of very high quality, and they also willing to give away samples of their fabrics for your research from my experience.
Address: 31 Smiths Court, London W1D 7DP
A lovely shop in central London, near to Piccadilly Circus station. They sell a huge range of beads, sequins, and jewels as well as a selection of specialist equipment for jewellery making. It’s a very friendly and modern shop, and their prices are fair. You can also shop Creative Beadcraft online.
Macculloch & Wallis
Address: 25-26 Poland Street London W1F 8QN
A fabric and haberdashery shop in Soho. They have a huge range of haberdashery products and a selection fabrics of good quality. They also offer fabric samples for research. You can also shop Macculloch & Wallis online.
Fan New Trimmings
Address: 14-18 Great Titchfield Street London W1W 8BD
A small trimmings shop in Central London. They have a great range of unique trimmings including feathers, jewels, and fringing.
Address: 5 Noel St, Soho, London W1F 8GD
Kleins is an established haberdashery shop in London’s Soho. They have a good range of zippers and trimmings. You can also shop Kleins online.
Barnett Lawson Trimmings
Address: 16-17 Little Portland St, Marylebone, London W1W 8NE
Barnett Lawson Trimmings is a trimmings shop found just behind Oxford Street. They have a huge selection of trimmings including fringing, elastics, buttons, lace and more.
Address: 56 Great Titchfield St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7DF
Morplan is a shop found off Oxford Street that sell sewing and dressmaking supplies such as fabric scissors, pattern cutting paper, pattern masters and more. This is a great shop to buy all your pattern cutting equipment. You can also shop Morplan online.
West London’s Shepherd’s Bush is home to dozens of fabric and haberdashery shops, all on Goldhawk Road. Just a short walk away from Shepherd’s Bush Station and Westfield London. Most shops on Goldhawk Road are very affordable and student friendly, some are willing to give fabric samples if you ask for them.
Address: 50-52 Goldhawk Rd, London W12 8DH
Probably one of the bigger shops along Goldhawk Road, A-One Fabrics have a good range of affordable fabrics. It tends to get quite busy in the afternoon, so I suggest heading there in the morning to have a good look around.
Address: 28 Goldhawk Rd, London W12 8DH
A few doors down from A-One Fabrics you’ll find Unique Fabrics. Here you’ll see some beautiful, good quality fabrics at great prices and in an array of colours. The best thing about this shop for fashion students is that they give unlimited samples of any of their fabrics! The staff here are also very friendly and helpful.
Shepherd’s Bush Market
Address: Shepherd’s Bush Market White City, London W12
Just around the corner from A-One Fabrics is Shepherd’s Bush Market, there are a few fabric and haberdashery stalls along this road that have extremely cheap trimmings and fabrics – again a very student friendly place to shop.
Address: 21-23 Goldhawk Road, London W12 8QQ
Another Misan chain, Misan West has some great, high-quality fabrics slightly cheaper than the Misan stores in Soho. They also have a section on the second floor that has discounted fabrics and trimmings.
Address: 6 Well St, London E9 7PX
A huge warehouse in Hackney, Woolcrest Textiles sell a massive range of fabrics at very cheap prices. Again, I would definitely recommend this to fashion students, or any home sewers looking for cheap fabrics.
Fabians Haberdashery Trimmings
Address: Unit 110 Railway Arches, Cannon Street Road, London E1 2LY
Fabians Trimmings is a great wholesale haberdashery hidden in the arches near to Shadwell station. They have a great selection of haberdashery products, I recommend looking here for zippers and threads especially.
Address: 41 Quaker St, London E1 6SN
Just a short walk from Shoreditch High Street Station, Crescent Trading has a great selection of high-quality suitings, wools, and silks. They staff here are very knowledgeable about their fabrics. They also offer fabric samples.
Rolls and Rems
Address: 111 Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, London SE13 6AT
Rolls and Rems have a good range of fabrics at fair prices along Lewisham Market. A very friendly shop, I would definitely pop by if you are in the Lewisham area.
Sewing & Craft Superstore
Address: 292-312 Balham High Road, London SW17 7AA
A lovely sewing and craft shop only a few minutes walk away from Tooting Bec station. Their prices are fair and they have a great range of fabrics and haberdashery products, as well as craft supplies. They also sell sewing and embroidery machines as well as sewing patterns.
Address: 52-, 54 Lavender Hill, London SW11 5RH
A great, friendly fabric shop in Battersea, a short walk or bus ride from Clapham Junction and Clapham Common stations. They have a great range of high-quality fabrics and some lovely printed fabrics from places like Liberty’s. You can also shop Fabrics Galore online.
Lewisham and Deptford Sewing Machines
Address: 181 Deptford High St, London SE8 3NT
This isn’t a fabric shop, but I really wanted to include this shop on my list. This is the shop that I have bought all my sewing and specialist machines from over the years. They have extremely good prices and are very knowledgeable about all types of machines. They are also a great place to go to if you are having any problems with your machine as they also offer sewing machine servicing. Although not exclusively a haberdashery shop, they do have a small range of haberdashery products and a good range of sewing machine accessories. I would definitely recommend here if you are looking to buy a new sewing machine.
There are so many great shops to discover in London, if you know of any other fabric and haberdashery shops that should be on this list, please let me know through my contact page, on Twitter, or Instagram.