Hip home design: 15% discount
Swinging London was born in Carnaby Street (and the King's Road) 40 years ago. What goes around comes around, and it's all hip here once again, with a raft of cutting-edge fashion and beauty shops, just off Oxford Street.
A cute store called Lifestylebazaar has the same take on home design. This is a fabulous find for furnishings, sourced by its indefatigable and enthusiastic owners, Chris Curtis and Laurent Nurisso. Originality is of the essence - they do have the knack of getting things first from the big shows in Paris and Milan.
Until 31 March, they are offering a 15 per cent discount especially for our readers on their newly launched website (www.lifestylebazaar.com) - enter code ES1 in your "shopping basket" (or print this page and bring it to the store).
For example, the latest Bouroullec Brothers' Papyrus chair (in eight seductive colours) from Kartell, new from Paris, is down from £158 to £134.50. Other design bargains include French Ibride's crazy animal furniture, plus surrealistic printed trays - and china, textiles, glass and more from a sterling stable of the brightest Brits. The witty Shed hook by Domesticity is £6.80, down from £8. And the cheerful London tray is reduced from £28 to £23.80.
10 Newburgh Street, W1; 020 7734 9970; www.lifestylebazaar.com; www.carnaby.co.uk.
Cutting edge design: gifts and furniture clearance
Christian Hawley set up his website Nest.co.uk six years ago to sell design at the cutting edge, from gifts to furniture. Inside news is the clearance section - updated daily.
Find iconic pieces lurking amid 20 per cent off bargains. For example, the ballsy Vitra Charles Eames Hang It All coat rack, down to £134.32 from £167.90; and the divinely translucent Kartell Bourgie table lamp in crystal, down to £129.60 from £162.
Click Clearance at www.nest.co.uk.
Upmarket brands on the cheap
The "gasworks" itself is still working and a Fulham landmark. But one warehouse on this trading estate is full of secret bargains, a 13,000sq ft depository, with a second floor newly opened, for "sample products, discontinued and slightly damaged stock" from very upmarket brands.
This clearance store was founded firstly by and for Lombok, with its signature-style furniture in dark woods. To join them came The White Company for posh neutral linens and accessories, plus Julian Chichester (glam designer furniture and lighting), The Nine Schools (Chinese treasures), and Trowbridge (gallery pictures and prints). Expansion last autumn brought Joanna Wood (the last word in interior decorator gifts and accessories) and And So to Bed.
There are discounts of up to 70 per cent with each unique item individually priced.
Open: Thursday to Saturday (10am-6pm) and Sunday (11am-5pm). The Gasworks Clearance Store, Unit 2, The Gasworks, 2 Michael Road, SW6; 020 7751 8550; www.lombok.co.uk.
20% off hand-thrown textured pottery
Newly arrived on the South Bank is potter Sotis Filippides, with his studio The Wheel.
His textured pots, bowls and vases are thrown by hand and fired in the on-site kiln. Filippides is inspired by trees, dry leaves, roots and volcanic rock, and he uses fine clay from Stoke-on-Trent and copper and iron oxide glazes with earthy hues. He is offering 20 per cent off until the end of February.
16 Gabriel's Wharf, 56 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1; 020 7582 0980; www.sotis.co.uk.
Since 1920, The General Trading Company has trawled the world's treasures for its Chelsea emporium - earning itself three royal warrants in the process. It has now knocked back the prices on its exclusive stock, from vintage, Danish and oriental one-offs to elegant modern designs. ‘And we're flexible on price' - so try an offer.
Chinese trunks, all different, down to £225 from £450; "butterfly" bedside cabinets, down to £195 from £250. Plus 20 per cent off all made-to-measure upholstery (offer extended from January). For example, the very popular Milton medium-sized sofa was £1,995, now £1595
2-6 Symons Street, Sloane Square, SW3; 020 7730 041; www.generaltradingcompany.co.uk.
Homeware bargains in souped-up sheds
From market stall to national chain in 50 years, Dunelm Mill is a family-run store that sells homeware bargains in souped-up sheds. Its latest promotion is Miss It, Miss Out - go get before it's gone. And, yes, 10 energy-saving light bulbs are £1 (previously 99p each). They are 8w compact fluorescents - that's 40w in old money. Not brilliant bright, but good for table lamps and so on.
Also "hotel" high-quality king-size bed linen sets (400 thread count) are £27.99, down from £34.99; a Venetian mirror is down from £29.99 to £22.49; chenille cushions (43cm square) are only £2.99 (complete with pad). Offers are constantly updated.
The three stores closest to London are at Unit 2, Northolt Road, South Harrow (020 8869 0300); Eastern Avenue West, Romford, Essex (01708 732077); and Unit 1, London Road, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire (01442 214222). General enquiries: 0845 165 6565; www.dunelm-mill.com.
It really is a buyer's market - just click on the DIY websites
B&Q (www.diy.com) has 10 litres of Crown white matt emulsion for £10. Loft insulation for a three-bedroom house is down to £198 from £448 - professionally installed, with similar prices for cavity-wall insulation. A "web exclusive" bathroom suite is £249.
At Homebase (www.homebase.co.uk), kitchen units are half-price - plus an extra 30 per cent off. That's £1,856 down to £649, for example. Plus buy two tins of Dulux paint and get one free. It also has 40 per cent off bathroom suites, and "introductory offers" on furniture - such as an oak extending dining table and eight upholstered dining chairs for £720.95 (a web exclusive offer). A solid-wood dining table and four ladder-backed chairs are £195.69.
Do More Pay Less is the slogan at Focus (www.focusdiy.co.uk) - with a pack to paint a room for £24.95 (5l of Crown emulsion in matt or silk, 750ml of non-drip gloss, and three paintbrushes.
News just in is of juicy "mid-season" deals at Dwell, the modern furniture store, with its flagship at Westfield. Some goods are half-price.
An ultra slim-line glass-and-aluminium extending dining table is down to £225 from £465. A king-size oak bed with illuminated headboard is down to £345 from £595 - and the whole base has a handy lift-up action for storage. A compact little shelving unit (in oak), with four compartments and castors, is down to £65 from £115. Neat notion for a small space is a smart round dining table with four pull-out stools, down to £249 from £495.
Dwell London stores are at Westfield, Ariel Way, W12; 264 Balham High Road, SW17; 20-32 Pentonville Road, N1; 83-84 George Street, Richmond, Surrey. For all enquiries, call 0845 675 9090, www.dwell.co.uk.