Ollie & Bow
69 Golborne Road Notting Hill London W10 5NP
This dusty den of antiques is typical of the whimsical shops of Notting Hill. The place feels like the costume cupboard of a particularly eccentric dada theatre, and the owner is of course called Mr Ben. You can find almost anything amongst the jumble of aged, interesting and sometimes beautiful furniture, from a growling King Kong to a range of apothecary jars to cranky old pinball machines. You won't find a price tag on anything, but if you're curious or interested enough you can haggle with the staff, who are usually to be found lounging on a sofa outside the shop.