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    My first time in London

    My husband and I are now on “holiday” for our first time in London. Undoubtedly, there is so much to see and enjoy but if anyone knows of any quaint little quilt or haberdashery shops...I would love to hear your recommendations. Although my suitcase was packed to the brim for our 20 days of travel between London and Scotland, there’s room in my DH’s suitcase for fabric.
    attitude is everything...the rest will fall into place.

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    Only quilt shop I know is in Birmingham UK, www.cottonpatch.co.uk I got it from asking about buying batting in EU/UK someone at Craftster.org buys there and says they have lots of quilt products.Maybe they ship to hotel address.

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    Google search brings up www.tikkilondon.com but is limited opening hours and is in Kew Gardens.
    I visited London long ago in 1994 and distances are big and if you are new tourist is big distance between shops and shopping areas and travel to it . Quilt prices are higher than US and I guess you would be looking for UK fabric brands.
    Like www.makoweruk.com/collections/

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    Go to liberty, if no other reason than just to see the quilts hanging in there. Lush

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    Thank you...I did see Tikki London and I think it’s a short train outside the city. I’ll google Liberty for sure.
    attitude is everything...the rest will fall into place.

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    I live in/around London and to be honest compared to USA you will be disappointed for quilting fabric. Most big shops are up north where space is cheaper! Liberties of London will be worth a visit to look at the fabrics (beware of the price tag!) London is fun for lots of other things...

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    A friend of mine just got back from a trip that included London. She said their hotel was out in the boonies and it was quite a walk/ride to get anywhere, but she got me some fabrics. The bag they were in says York Minster, and gives the website yorkminster.org. but I didn't find any fabric there itself, maybe it is a separate shop in the area. Still there is contact info at the website and maybe they know.

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    Quilt shops in the UK are few and far between. When I am in London, one of the places I go for specialist fabrics and trims is Berwick Street. Although the famous Berwick Street Market is mostly street food now, there are a lot of shops with wonderful silks and trimmings for the fashion industry. MacCulloch and Wallis on Poland Street is a proper haberdasher. I am not a fan of Liberty fabric but the shop itself is a delight. All three of these places are within walking distance of each other.

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    See www.mandors.co.uk they are in Glasgow Scotland.

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    UK has magazine Quilt Now see it at www.moremags.com/ the freebie included with the latest magazine issue nr 54 is a diamond ruler.

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    If you are heading towards Oxford or Milton Keynes and will have a car, I can look up the names and directions of the ones I went to while we lived there.

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    Thank you HettyB, I will add the Berwick Market to my Liberty of London field trip and hope to get there tomorrow. Nery’s thank you for the Glasgow information as we will be heading to Scotland (via the train to Waverly to pick up a car) next week.

    RJLinkletter, I agree that London is full of other wonderful things but I thought I might find something interesting for a Christmas exchange gift.

    thank you all
    attitude is everything...the rest will fall into place.

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    I do hope you get to go to a shop. Ten years ago I was in London and accidently found a place that was selling flat folds and had a wonderful time choosing and talking and looking! Yes maybe they were a bit more money but it was well worth it! Enjoy your journey. Safe travels!

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    My suggestiond also.

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    Had a couple of extra hours to kick around this afternoon after our Westminster Abbey Tour so got on the Tube to Oxford Circle...found Liberty of London and MacColloch and Wallis quite easily. Picked up a few pincushions for Christmas gifts. Name:  27D68D0B-AFA1-4F4D-82A6-C463836734D6.jpeg
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Size:  168.2 KBThank you for your suggestions.
    attitude is everything...the rest will fall into place.

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    Thanks for the pictures but my goodness there does not seem to be much fabric to choose from.

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    I hope you had a chance to look at Liberty’s button wall. I found their collection inspiring. I also liked looking at all their fabric, especially for home decor. My favorite quilt shop was a tiny one in Winchester. They had adorable fabric and it was so tiny and quaint.

    Hope you are having a fabulous time.

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    London is such a great city, I cannot wait to go back! I've never been to the shop in person but I've ordered fabric from the UK from Lovely Jubbly Fabrics on Etsy.

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