The loveliest independent shops in the UK to order from now

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Now that all but the essential stores on our high streets are (temporarily) shut and the majority of us are cooped up inside, the sheer joy that comes from a bricks-and-mortar buying experience has been put on pause. But just because you can’t physically pop in to see your favourite independent shopkeeper – perhaps browsing the shelves for a new cosy wool blanket, gorgeous hand-thrown pot or pair of khaki workwear dungarees – that doesn’t mean they aren’t still open for business online. Some champion British makers, others source from the most talented artisans they’ve discovered around the globe. Whether you’re looking for a pick me-up present or a treat for yourself, these are the shops worth filling a virtual basket at now.

  • The loveliest independent shops in the UK to order from now

    Ryder & Hope

    Friends Alice Meller and Michelle Blyth had no real intention of opening a shop when, curiosity piqued, they went to view a retail space that had become available on Lyme Regis high street. That was five years ago and since then Ryder & Hope has become a much-loved fixture, known for selling homeware produced by local makers – wooden trugs from carpenter Adrian Janssen, cushions by Bonfield Block Printers, candlesticks originally designed by Meller’s grandfather 50 years ago, which have been replicated by a local boat builder – and a cherry-picked selection of items from around the world.

    Top pick: Cap bottle opener by Shane Schneck for Hay, £12


    Website: ryderandhope.com

  • The loveliest independent shops in the UK to order from now

    Midgley Green, Clevedon, Somerset

    What began as a shoestring business operating out of Katherine Midgley and Seamus Green’s spare room has evolved into a contemporary crafts and homewares shop near Clevedon pier. It’s a platform for products made primarily by British artisans, such as natural sheepskin throws, wooden-handled cheese knives hand-turned in Somerset and Carmarthenshire pottery pourers, ideal for a milky morning-coffee ritual.

    Top pick: Animal wooden stacking toys, handmade in the same Czech factory since 1940, £14 each


    Website: midgleygreen.com

  • The loveliest independent shops in the UK to order from now

    Wattle & Daub, Godalming, Surrey

    Vintage wooden chests and mid-century chairs, oversized metal urns of gorgeous dried flowers and wooden shelves filled with room scents and ceramics all sit together in Gemma Lewis’s meticulously curated lifestyle store, housed in a Tudor building on Church Street. There’s a workshop space at the back too, where under usual circumstances creative classes are regularly held on everything from macramé to modern calligraphy.

  • The loveliest independent shops in the UK to order from now

    Maud & Mabel, London

    Inspired by the Japanese design principle of shibumi – which is based on unobtrusive beauty and purity – former stylist Karen Whiteley founded Maud & Mabel eight years ago.The shop sells pieces made by a selection of global artists, all working in clay, wood, cloth and precious metals and stones. From decorative objects to jewellery, cool cotton dresses to ceramic wall art, everything has a simple, grounding aesthetic.

    Top pick: The For You tea set by Swedish ceramic artist Anna Lerinder, £650


    Website: maudandmabel.com

  • The loveliest independent shops in the UK to order from now

    Keep It Living, Hove, East Sussex

    Shopkeeper Simone Newman has always been drawn to ceramic vessels and coloured glassware, which are artfully arranged on top of mid-century sideboards and a central dining table in her living room-like space. There are also velvet armchairs dotted about, tapered candles in seagrass bowls, round gold mirrors and stacks of groovy stationery. Many of the smaller items are also available from her online shop.

    Native & Co, London

    This Notting Hill store and design studio specialises in contemporary tableware and homeware produced by traditional makers from Japan and Taiwan – and it’s all available to buy online. Glazed matcha bowls with a handy pouring spout, copper omelette pans (typically used for whipping up tamagoyaki, a Japanese-style omelette made from rolled layers of fried egg) and globe lanterns made from washi paper are all made by under-the-radar craftsmen whose handiwork you’re unlikely to find anywhere else in the UK.

  • The loveliest independent shops in the UK to order from now

    A New Tribe, London

    Four years ago A New Tribe began with Ella Jones’s love of handmade Beni Ourain, Azilal and Boucherouite Moroccan rugs. Now her Hackney Road shop sells these (some she designs herself) plus a selection of her favourite cult homeware finds: ceramics by Marrakech-based brand LRNCE, cushions and blankets by Californian company BFGF inspired by tropical and desert landscapes and abstract bathmats by Brooklyn’s Cold Picnic.

    Top pick: Huge sculptural bowl on stand with pink edge, £360 by LRNCE


    Website: anewtribe.co.uk

  • The loveliest independent shops in the UK to order from now

    House by Betty, Carmarthen, Wales

    Last year House by Betty reopened in a new, bigger, two-floor outlet as a lifestyle store, coffee shop and cool creative workspace rolled into one. Colourful rugs block-printed in India, fig-scented Marseille soaps and terracotta plant pots decorated with a white geometric design, informed by African tribal patterns, are just some of what’s currently for sale.

    Top pick: Blockprint Aztec Indian rug with embroidery, £68


    Website: housebybetty.com

  • The loveliest independent shops in the UK to order from now

    Objects of Use, Oxford

    Billing itself as a ‘modern-day hardware store’ this is the place to find everyday household items, from German-made steel embroidery scissors to splatter-pattern soap dishes produced by sister design duo Bornn in Istanbul and Spanish garden hoes. Especially useful for those spring cleaning and getting stuck into household chores

    Top pick: Table dustpan and brush by Iris Hantverk, £27.50


    Website: objectsofuse.com

  • The loveliest independent shops in the UK to order from now

    Freight HHG, Lewes, East Sussex

    Timeless, simple designs, made to last: that’s the ethos behind the practical products – brass pepper mills and cast-iron frying pans; cotton-drill dungarees and cable-knit lambswool jumpers; lemon-infused extra virgin olive oil – at Freight HHG. It’s run by mother and daughter Helene and Adele Adamczewski, who design the majority of their goods directly with makers and manufacturers across the UK.

    Top pick: Colomba all’albicocca Easter cake, made by a family-run bakery in Verona, £25


    Website: freightstore.co.uk

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