If you're looking to get some materials there is plenty of choice in and around London. Here's a selection of our favourite London and Local art suppliers! 

This is my personal favourite; a hidden warehouse on Highbury Street near Brick Lane that offers 10% student discount! It is SO worthwhile going to for the competitive prices if you're buying paint, paper etc or for just the pleasure of walking around this wonderful place. You can also order online if you can't make the journey. Please click here to view their catalogue.

This is what an art shop should be like. AP Fitzpatrick is a painters dream. They sell products specifically for painters and carry only the best products available.. Lascaux acrylics, mediums by Kremer and oils by Sax and Blockx. They make great bespoke canvases too.

CASS ART "Lets fill this town with artists"
Cass Arts are dedicated to finding you the best range of quality fine art materials at affordable prices. Their confident that their prices can't be beaten. If you find an identical item bought in an Cass Art store cheaper in another store in the London postcode area then they will match it. They offer convenient locations in Islingston, Hampstead, Charing X, Soho and Kensington. Look out for their 'specials' which are often a good buy.

Cowling & Wilcox are more of a 'modern' art suppliers rather than a specialist one. You can find them in Camberwell, Soho (Near Cass Art) and Shoreditch. They stock the basic art, graphics and crafts supplies that you would need to use on your course. There are always great deals to be found around the shop and they offer a large range of professional quality inkjet papers and inks. They offer a 10% student discount and also courier and local deliveries if requested.
For our budding painters.. "If you find a better price online for paint which is not part of a Clearance Sale, please let us know and we'll be happy to improve on this price by 10%." Not bad eh?

Green & Stone's independent status has meant that it has consistently striven to offer the finest artist's materials available today. There is a technical drawing department which covers all materials for use in garden design, architecture and botanical illustration, including, scale rules, compasses, portfolios, foam core display boards and clutch pencils. There is always something for those who want to begin to draw or paint and advice from the staff about what to buy. Green & Stone also have a craft department on the lower ground floor, which carries a wide range of materials for modelling and card making.

HobbyCraft is the UK's leading art and craft retailer. You'll find everything you'll ever need to be creative all under one roof including: specialist craft materials, free project sheets full of new and exciting ideas, a wide range of videos and books to help fire your imagination and craft demonstrations to help get you started. They also have an online shop.

Down the road from Tate Modern is Intaglio's, a small shop crammed with printmaking supplies, including a range of printmaking papers. View their catalogue here to see the products that they offer. You can also order online.



Cornelissen has been in business since 1855 and you can't beat the shop for character, with its shelves stacked with bottles of pigments and little packets of all sorts of traditional artist's materials. Don't be intimidated by it looking like a shop for professional artists only. Word has it this is a shop that Damien Hirst often visits for his art supplies. Yes, Cornelissen's prices aren't as cheap as some of the others on this page but if you're looking for a specific art material then it's the place to go.

A well stocked art shop in Covent Garden which is also a great place to find art-related gifts such as mugs, pencil cases and quirky sketchbooks. You can also order online and get same day delivery in London if you spend over £10. As a student you can get a 15% discount online and in store too.

Paperchase is the UK's top destination for innovative, design-led stationary, cards and gift-wrap.

This shop is better known as Falkiner Fine Papers but it still contains the endless supplies of paper, paper and more paper... from blotting paper to the finest artist's paper, plus related supplies such as bookbinding and printing materials, sketchbooks, and notebooks, that's what makes Falkiner's so fine. To view their catalogue click here.

Loop is an amazing knitting shop located in Islington along Camden Passage - which also has some great independent galleries, cafes, vintage shops and antique market stalls along it! Loop stock a great selection of yarns from across the world as well as a wonderful selection of knitting/crochet patterns. 

I knit is a 'club, shop and sanctuary for knitters!' They stock a great range of yarns, needles, books, patterns as well as hosting regular knitting and spinning clubs in the shop. They also put on the amazing I knit weekender once a year which brings together yarn companies and artists and is a wonderful chance to do a bit of shopping and get some inspiration along the way! 

Drink, shop & do is a design shop and cafe bar that sells work by emerging designers alongside vintage furniture and homeware. They host a variety of free craft activities in the shop almost every evening from around 7.30pm. Whilst you're there I recommend getting a cup of tea, they have an amazing selection of tea - all of which is served in beautiful vintage tea sets!

Fabrications is an independent shop and gallery that showcases emerging designers alongside the most wonderful haberdashery selection in East London, from diy kits and recycled fabrics to giant knitting needles!  Check out their blog for regular updates about what's happening! 

Prick Your Finger is a gallery and shop all in one. The yarns stocked are incredible as well as being ethical! Half the the stuff is spun in the shop and the rest is from small farms who are doing it for themselves. They also have an amazing range of patterns both current and vintage. The gallery space is constantly changing and always inspiring! 

This website also has a good listing of some additional London Fabric stores.

HobbyCraft is the UK's leading art and craft retailer. You'll find everything you'll ever need to be creative all under one roof including: specialist craft materials, free project sheets full of new and exciting ideas, a wide range of videos and books to fire your imagination and craft demonstrations to help get you started. They also have an online shop

Thread Bear is a wonderful shop in South Croydon that's great for all things knitting, needlework, quilting and patchwork. The staff are amazingly helpful and they also run workshops is you want to learn some new skills!

Cute local knitting, fabric and haberdashery shop up on West Wickham high street. They also hold a regular knitting club at the shop.

Avicraft is probably a one of a kind shop - a combination of a model aeroplane and a knitting shop! Definitely worth a visit if only for that! 

Getting Samples
Most fabric shops will let you have free samples - all you need to do is ask! The following fabric shops are my recommendations for collecting samples you can order online or go up in person! 

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