Really useful ideas & bargains

Alison Cork finds bargain-priced presents in Covent Garden, a Moroccan Bazaar in West London, and at a gasworks in Chelsea
Moroccan Bazaar

15% off the treasures of Morocco

Moroccan Bazaar
Offering traditional and contemporary furnishings, from lighting to homeware accessories, Moroccan Bazaar has a huge 6,000sq ft showroom in West London that is packed with North African-inspired products, created by the craftspeople of Morocco.

Bejewelled boxes, glorious rugs, chairs and lighting come in spades at fantastic prices. The showroom is open to the public on Sundays, but go online any time to browse or buy at

Special offer: Moroccan Bazaar is offering Homes & Property readers a 15 per cent discount on its entire range until 19 December 2008. To claim your discount, either visit the showroom or go online and enter ESAC08 at the checkout. For more information, call 020 8575 1818.

Little Blue Sheep Gifts

Shopping - but not as we know it

Little Blue Sheep Gifts
A great website, called Little Blue Sheep Gifts, is packed with suggestions for unusual and affordable gifts. A favourite is the Driver’s Glovebox (left), a practical gift for any car owner. At £9.95 the kit fits in the glovebox and includes an ice-scraper and hand-warmer.

The ribbon watch, by contrast, from Two’s Company, is also popular. The watch, which is only £15, comes beautifully boxed and with a host of different-coloured straps so that it can match any outfit. It is an ideal present for a teenager or adult. Visit

Partners desk, Lombok (£500)

These deals are a gas

Gasworks Clearance Store
Find stylish bargains with big discounts at the new Lombok and the White Company Gasworks Clearance Store in SW6 . There will be other companies joining them at the 13,000sq ft site, including Trowbridge, Julian Chichester and Nine Schools.

The Partners desk from Lombok (right) was £1,195 but is now only £500. Open Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm, and Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Visit the Gasworks Clearance Store at Unit 2 The Gasworks, 2 Michael Road, SW6.
For more details, call 020 7751 8550.

Christmas Delights in Covent Garden

Christmas is a delight

Covent Garden
Get into the festive spirit in Covent Garden and save some cash, too. Christmas Delights, a six-week run of events until 2 January 2009, will include a thrift shop, called The Shop of Delights, which will offer a series of workshops, changing weekly, showing shoppers how to create their own festive items. Find out more at

Double glazed, half the trouble

Paxton Restoration
Paxton Restoration
It can be difficult to update fine period windows because most new double-glazing has to be fitted into comparatively heavy frames. However, specialist period-windows renovator Paxton Restoration has come up with a new product - narrow-profile double-glazing units that are made from timber.

Its new design means it is possible to fit double glazing to the majority of existing box frame and sash windows, saving thousands of pounds on the usual cost of full replacement.

The double-glazed units retain warmth and your home’s character, comply with building regulations and do their bit for the environment. Paxton also specialises in low-cost draughtproofing, which also helps to reduce sound penetration by about 15 decibels, while also cutting window rattle and dust problems.

Special offer: Paxton is offering Homes & Property readers a 15 per cent discount on its narrow-profile double-glazed units until 28 February 2009. For more information about Paxton Restoration, or this offer, call 08700 278 424, or visit

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