Get our FREE quarterly e-zine Seek Inspire Create
Close this search box.
February 3, 2023 —

Instagrammer’s guide to South London

In our final guide to the best indie shops, cafes and venues in London, photographer Tanya Arya shares her top recommendations south of the river.
the white interior of modern cafe Milk Cafe in south London.
shelving displaying natural coloured homewares and objects in Crystal Palace lifestyle store Elkins
Tanya Arya
Save & share

As I compiled this – the last of my London guides – I reminisced on the time spent curating all of them – East, West, and North – and realised just how many wonderful independent gems there are in this great city. To round it off, here are my favourite discoveries in South London – home to some truly beautiful cafes, shops and more, cementing it as a creative hotspot full of independent retail and hospitality. 

the white interior of modern cafe Milk Cafe in south London. Milk Cafe

Milk is a Balham-based daytime cafe with artisan speciality coffees and innovative brunch cuisine that doubles up as a shop. You can expect stripped back whitewashed brick walls and tiles, complemented with lots of plants. They don’t take bookings so you can also unfortunately expect a queue on weekends! 

18-20 Bedford Hill, London, SW12 9RG

IG: @milkcoffeeldn

interior of London homeware and lifestyle store Maison CurateMaison Curate

Maison Curate is a lifestyle store based on Battersea’s Northcote Road, offering a lovingly-curated range of homewares, gifts and botanicals. Every corner provides you with fresh inspiration for your home. And they’ve recently announced that they are opening up a sister shop in Dulwich Village. 

61 Northcote Rd, London SW11 1NP

IG: @maisoncurate 

Light airy interior of Peckham cafe Nola, an independent coffee shop in London
Photo courtesy of Nola


I truly can’t resist a great coffee shop and Nola is one of them! The minimalist and light wood decor creates a sense of calm throughout. The couple behind the Peckham local work hard to keep their coffees seasonal, and constantly change their selection to bring new coffees to the community.

224 Rye Ln, London SE15 4NL

IG: @drinkatnola 

Interior of Herne Hill lifestyle store Jo's House - vintage furniture displays beautiful homeware and objects from independent brands
Photo: Caroline Rowland

Jo’s House

The ethos of Jo’s House is to provide great, simply designed accessible products, which were handpicked and curated for their enduring quality. It’s hard to resist leaving without a little treat for yourself, whether it’s beeswax candles or a new skincare product to incorporate into your self-care regime (I recommend the Meraki exfoliating bath mitt).

299 Railton Rd, London SE24 0JN

IG: @joshouse299

Beautiful tiles in London restaurant Feeling Food - based in Peckham. Feeling Food 

Just down the road from Nola’s is Feeling Food, an authentic Italian restaurant and shop. You’re pleasantly welcomed by a wonderful selection of fresh focaccia (and other Italian goods) and the beautiful tiles transport you from South London to a European city!

40 Peckham Rye, Peckham, London SE15 4JR

IG: @officialfeelingfood

colourful ceramics and lifestyle goods on display in south London store AlkemiALKEMI  

ALKEMI store is a lifestyle shop that work with lots of independent makers to bring together a beautiful selection of objects for everyday life. I couldn’t resist repurchasing a bottle of Meraki’s Meadow Bliss hand wash – the best I’ve used!

62 Nunhead Ln, London SE15 3QE

IG: @alkemistore 

shelving displaying colourful glassware and other homeware in London store iyoualliyouall 

This shop offers a stunning curation of lifestyle products and the temptation to NOT buy everything was seriously tough. As well as their own brand, you can expect a range of brands such as HAY, Ferm Living and High Tide. They also offer bespoke interior design services and have a furniture showroom in Deptford.

48 East Dulwich Road, London, SE22 9AX


Pottery painting at The Find Store in south London
Photo courtesy of The Find Store

The Find Store

The Find Store started life as a beautiful lifestyle and interiors shop, stocking sustainably-made products. These days, whilst you can still buy an inspiring coffee table book or a house plant for your home, you can now extend your experience by making your own crafty creations in their pottery studio! Or grab a coffee from their in-store café while enjoying the ambience and stylish surroundings.

133 Burnt Ash Rd, London SE12 8RA


shelving displaying natural coloured homewares and objects in Crystal Palace lifestyle store Elkins
Photo: Caroline Rowland


Elkins in Crystal Palace stocks a carefully curated selection of homewares, clothing, jewellery and gifts all under one roof. With everything from woven throws and ceramic egg cups, it’s a little treasure trove in the heart of SE London.

85 Church Rd, London, SE19 2TA 

IG: @elkinsshop

The coffee bar of South London paper craft cafe Paper Stories based in Gipsy HIll. Beautiful monochorme tiles clad the front of the counter.
Photo courtesy of Paper Stories

Paper Stories

A five minute walk from Gipsy Hill station, you’ll find Paper Stories – London’s first paper craft cafe; a unique space to sit down with a coffee, make a collage, and unfold. With regular workshops, you can hone your crafting skills all whilst sipping on delicious coffee and indulging in delicious pastries.

234 Gipsy Road, London, SE27 9RB

IG: @paperstorieslondon 

colourful patterned cushions displayed in south London store LampLamp London

For me, Lamp London is Peckham’s true hidden gem. Their ethos is helping their customers to shop for luxury consciously. They’ve taken the time to learn the stories behind all the brands they stock. Despite the name, you can expect a lot more than just their custom lampshades. They stock stationery, tableware and some vintage goods too. 

20b Maxted Road, London, SE15 4LF

IG: @lamp_london_home

The interior of Hortus, a south Londonstore stocking homewares, lifestyle products and plants. Hortus 

Hortus is a beautiful spot in Blackheath, offering contemporary, design-led accessories for both the home and garden. You will be completely spoilt for choice and fortunately their range caters for all budgets! They also offer bespoke garden design and build services. 

IG: @hortus_london

Sign up for more articles

Join the 91 Magazine mailing list and we’ll send you our favourite articles, updates from our shop, news on the magazine and select promotions & offers.

More stories like this one

Interior of independent cafe The Milkman in Edinburgh, Scotland
The beautiful Scottish city of Edinburgh is filled with delightful independent shops and fabulous places to eat and drink, we share a…

New in 91 Magazine

Vintage dining table and a mint green spiral staircase in a white interior
French couple Marion and Frederick transformed a crumbling old barn into a beautiful gîte to rent out as well as use themselves,…

Shopkeeper Spotlight: & halt

15 inspiring co-working spots for creatives in London

Substack: where creativity meets connection

Home tour: Rachel Ashfield

Recipe: Lemon puddings

91 is reading… Creative Homes

Love What You Do: Flora Roberts

Sneak peek at Volume 17

Shopkeeper Spotlight: Druid

Seek Create Inspire

Subscribe to the 91 Magazine mailing list

Subscribe for our free quarterly e-zine packed independent shops and cafes, interiors ideas, delicious recipes and DIY projects.

We’ll also send you regular articles, offers, shop promotions and competitions (but never spam).