Macho men go shopping, too

Martin Waller is the MD and design 'eye' of London's most masculine fabric-and-furniture store. Caroline Phillips finds out where he shops
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Once described as "the place to shop until your jaw drops" (American Express), Waller's own store, Andrew Martin, is one of the largest fabric and furniture retailers in the UK, selling everything from sofas to fabric for curtains. Find Andrew Martin at 200 Walton Street, SW3 (020 7225 5100;

Portobello Road market, Notting Hill, W11 (, is a market for all antiquities from textiles through to ancient jewellery.

For 20th Century nostalgia, including posters, magazines and toys (1920s to 1970s), try Rin-Tin-Tin, 34 North Road, Brighton (01273 672424).

Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair, Ardingly Village, West Sussex ( is one of the UK's biggest and best antiques fairs, offering antiques and collectables from up to 1,700 stalls.

Peter Harrington Books, 100 Fulham Road, Chelsea, SW3 (020 7591 0220; is an antiquarian bookshop stocking more than 20,000 rare books over four floors.

Karen Howes and Gail Taylor run an interior-design agency in London and are also winners of the Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of The Year Award this year. Taylor Howes Designs is at 29 Fernshaw Road, SW3 (020 7349 9017;

Ikea is great for basics on a budget — its sisal rugs are good, as well as its accessories, such as tea lights and picture frames (0845 355 1144; ).

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