Homegirl London’s Shop Snoop: Aladdin’s Furniture and Antiques Shop. Tucked around a corner just off Hornsey Rise you’ll find this delightful second hand store. It’s a great place to rummage for antique furniture, vintage suitcases, retro typewriters, curiosities and unique objects. In amongst the antiques you’ll find a café serving breakfast, cakes, coffee and tea. Join me in a snoop around Aladdin’s Furniture and Antiques Shop.
Shop and Cafe Interior
Aladdin’s Furniture and Antiques Shop Stock
Just as the name implies, this shop is an Aladdin’s cave of eclectic and interesting second hand furniture and antiques. Past the café at the front of the store and down a little slope and you enter an intriguing world of other people’s junk. This makes for a fascinating rummage because you never know what you might come across. As you wander down the little pathway carved out down the middle of the store, you’ll need to pay attention in case you miss a real gem. Move slowly so you don’t knock anything over and don’t forget to look up at the ceiling where you will see a selection of lights dangling down. There will also be piles of vintage suitcases balanced on top of wardrobes.
The first part of your journey in this ‘cave’ you will see a selection of new gift items. Your eyes will be drawn to the colourful patterned Ballonet Socks which are unisex. The stationery notebooks have bright covers with witty sayings like ‘Shoulda Woulda Coulda’ which are fun. You can pick up a pretty scarf for yourself and greeting cards for forthcoming birthdays.
Moving on towards the jumble of glistening intrigue, a few objects caught my eye were…. A distressed metal wire bird cage featuring tropical palm trees. This would make the perfect decorative object for fans of exotic interiors.
Metal Tropical Bird Cage
I loved the black and red 1980s retro Philips Discoverer Television in a space helmet design. This is the ideal gift for a gadget geek or eighties fanatic.
Philips Discoverer Television Space Helmet
Every creative collector would want the 1960s Smith Corona Sterling typewriter. It comes complete with a handy carry case. This model was one of the leading portable machines of its time.
Smith Corona Sterling Typewriter
Old fashion radios, like this Ferguson model from the 1960s which is a must for music lovers.
Curiosity collectors might be interested in the black frame fish tank with a silver bream fish inside.
Silver Bream in Fish Tank
Anyone who suffers from wanderlust will appreciate the spinning globe with brass stand and frame.
Globe on Brass Stand
Other items spotted included colourful Victorian fabric tassel trimmed lampshades, antique vanity sets, model aeroplanes, retro lamps, old fashioned sewing boxes, mirrors in all shapes and sizes and piles of antique plates along with cups and saucers.
You will also find a selection of furniture which includes antique period pieces, many of which are restored. The items range from wardrobes, chests of drawers, coffee tables and storage units. They will often have reupholstered sofas and armchairs including Ercol. I spotted a piano in the shop on my visit. Modern pine furniture is also available.
Aladdin’s Furniture and Antiques Shop Cafe
If it’s a sunny day, you’ll see an eclectic mix of armchairs and dining chairs located outside on the pavement and to the side. These are ready and waiting for customers who are buying refreshments from the café. If the weather isn’t great you can wander inside where they have tables and chairs surrounded by interesting curiosities and objects.
Apple Pie and Coffee
You can order toast with preserves, scrambled egg, cheese, smashed avocado or choose a cooked breakfast. Alternatively, you can be healthy organic granola instead. They have a great selection of cakes, pastries and croissants which you can enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee. I tucked into a piece of apple pie on my visit. All that antiques shopping make you hungry! Well, that was my excuse!
Aladdin’s Furniture and Antiques Shop Cafe Information
To find out more about this store you can refer to the Aladdin’s Furniture and Antiques Website. The address is 1 Hazellville Road, Hornsey, London N19 3LW. The nearest stations are Archway (Northern Line Underground), Crouch Hill (Overground) or Upper Holloway (Overground). Current opening times are Monday to Saturday 9am until 5pm with later opening until 7pm on The Thursday. Sunday is 10am until 4pm. You can pop into the shop to discuss furniture restoration and house clearance. They also hire out period furniture for photoshoots, videos and film projects. Enjoy your shop snoop and make sure you have a sit down and order something from the café, go on, you deserve it!
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London.