No doubt every nest-building lovely in London has heard of Pedlars; the small (but perfectly stocked) shop in Notting Hill is a bit of a London institution. The wares remind me of an Andy Warhol quote:
“Let things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you”
Almost always primarily functional, but with a quirky twist, usually industrial and witty with a little bit of cute! The shop has a mission statement written above their tills which sums it up better than I can:
Stuff we love that you’ll love too
At Pedlars we love stuff. And our aim is to offer our customers the absolutely best that we can find, anyway. It doesn’t matter what it is, provided it does exactly what it should do. And provided it makes life richer, more inspiring and more fun.
Many of our products are exclusive to us. Lots are made just for us, in Great Britain. We’ve got hundreds of one-offs; and loads of things we’re certain you won’t see anywhere else.
You know you’re in a good shop when you can immediately imagine how the things will fit into your life (or the life that you want to live!) Serving afternoon tea on the cake stand assembled from vintage tableware would promote my ploy to persuade my mum that I am finally domesticated. The rusty Anglepoise would inject a bit of testosterone into my ever-so-slightly too feminine bedroom.
Pedlars also stock some of my favourite kitchenware: Seletti Daily Aesthetics ceramics and glass which mimic plastic cups and pop bottles and aluminium cans (it’s so backwards – love!) and Joseph Joseph’s colourful herb chopper and spaghetti measurer. My pick of the day was a fun print by Jim Datz which cleverly merges an old fashioned sign post with a map of London.
A little café has recently opened in the Notting Hill store so you can now take a slow peruse around the rooms whilst sipping a skinny latte = a perfect afternoon!
Interested about the Pedlars story? I found a very informative article here.
128 Talbot Road, Notting Hill, W11 1JA
Nearest tube: Ladbroke Grove