New Year’s Resolutions? Shop small, shop ethically in 2023

Image of Matt Foster creating jewellery in his studio.

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

Perhaps you would like to support independent retailers and small businesses more? If so, Gabriel’s Wharf is the perfect place for you.

Home to a variety of independent shops, ranging from knitwear to jewellery, skincare and art, Gabriel’s Wharf provides any visitor to London’s South Bank with a unique shopping experience.

By purchasing a handmade product from one of our independent boutiques, not only will you be shopping ethically, but you can be sure to receive a high-quality, bespoke product, made with care and made to last.

Explore the variety of our independent boutiques below!

Image of Joanne Plumb Knitwear's shop displaying her knitwear.

1. Joanne Plumb Knitwear

Joanne Plumb Knitwear has been a small business owner at Gabriel’s Wharf for over 20 years, designing and creating women’s everyday knitwear.

Joanne sells tops, dresses, trousers, hats, scarves, and coats in the season’s colours featuring eye-catching finishing touches. Every garment by Joanne is individually handmade using wool, cotton and cashmere yarns woven and stitched.

Collage of a football T-shirt and Harry from Hartex standing outside his studio.

2. Hartex

Hartex is a vintage clothing store at Gabriel’s Wharf specialising in sports memorabilia, uniquely branded merchandise, and more.

A small business selling one-of-a-kind pieces such as t-shirts, jackets, and scarves, Hartex wants to bring people together over a common love and interest in sports, music, politics, and film. Everyone is welcome to have a browse, a chat, or a drink.

Matt Foster creating jewellery in his studio.

3. X by Matt Foster London

Matt Foster has launched X by Matt Foster London in Gabriel’s Wharf after 15 years of creating bespoke jewellery for private clients.

From his atelier, Matt is taking on fine jewellery commissions from engagement rings to eclectic one-off pieces in silver, gold, and platinum. Working closely with his clients, Matt listens to their desires for the piece and tells their story through metal.

Drop into X by Matt Foster London to commission your own bespoke jewellery piece, made with quality and made with care.

Image of beauty products by Blomma Beauty.

4. Blomma Beauty

At Blomma Beauty you will find organic, vegan, and cruelty-free beauty from independent brands that are handmade in the UK.

Blomma Beauty is passionate about helping you make informed and conscious choices about your beauty and wellbeing regime. You can be sure to find the best handmade and organic skincare, cosmetics and wellbeing products in the UK that have been personally tested and chosen for their quality, sustainability, and ethical credentials.

Image of Karine standing in her shop.

5. Nordic Nic Nac

Karine Gulliksen at Nordic Nic Nac offers unique handmade clothes and accessories for children and adults inspired by Scandinavia from her Gabriel’s Wharf boutique.

Nordic Nic Nac’s clothing range is environmentally friendly, largely made with natural fibres. Karine hand knits and sews each piece, with a huge selection of children’s and babies’ clothing available in store. Nordic Nic Nac also offers a special collection of Scandinavian homeware and gifts, including candles, mugs, and jewellery.

Image of Heads Rule Heart's store.

6. Heads Rule Hearts

Janice Bocquillon, owner of Heads Rule Hearts, is another long-term member of our Gabriel’s Wharf community. Heads Rule Hearts sells a range of products from women’s clothes to hats and children’s clothes.

Janice’s designs are all made by hand and span a variety of styles to suit all kinds of occasions, both casual and formal. By using offcuts and recycled materials for the fabrics of her products, Janice creates sustainable bespoke items with zero waste.

Always showcasing something genuinely unique, Heads Rule Hearts is the perfect place to visit for anyone interested in contemporary handmade fashion made with care and attention.

Image of a bouquet of flowers.

7. Ray Ray’s Flowers

Ray Ray’s Flowers, an independent florist from South London, is the latest addition to our arty enclave.

Rachel Thom, owner of Ray Ray’s Flowers, creates Ray Ray’s signature style in her flower bouquets – born from her love of wild meadows, which are reflected in her wild and natural style bouquets.

Ray Ray’s Flowers take inspiration from the changing seasons, using seasonal flowers and sourcing locally grown British flowers wherever possible.

Image of the artwork on display at Skylark Galleries.

8. Skylark Galleries

Skylark Galleries is a vibrant collective of 21 artists who work together to deliver a variety of original art, both via their online shop and from their gallery at Gabriel’s Wharf. Gabriel’s Wharf has been home to Skylark for 30 years.

Each artist has a unique inspiration and process behind their art, so you will always find a rich mix of exciting artworks to browse through and enjoy.

Picture of the gallery at Southbank Printmakers.

9. Southbank Printmakers

Southbank Printmakers is an independent co-operative gallery, celebrating their 23rd anniversary in Gabriel’s Wharf this year!

Made up of 40 independent established artists, the gallery exhibits a variety of printmaking in different styles and techniques, such as etching, screen-printing, and lithography.

The gallery is frequently re-hung with new exhibitions on display every two months.

Image of a woman holding up a necklace.

10. Studio ½

As an independent studio, Studio ½ offers an exciting range of handmade wine and champagne glasses, shot glasses, decanters, perfume bottles and more.

Each item is uniquely crafted and can be customised and hand-painted to individual requirements, so you are guaranteed to find something special, original, and different each time you visit.

Image showing a row of sunglasses in a shop.

11. Sugar + Style

Sugar + Style is an independent, female-owned womenswear boutique focused on supporting creatives by stocking on-trend clothes, accessories, and home décor.

Proud to be an independent small business, Sugar + Style is your destination for beautiful and feminine yet edgy pieces.

The team creates each fashion and homeware piece themselves, carefully curated at affordable prices without compromising on quality.

Alongside their main collection, the boutique has a rotation of pieces on display from independent London designers.

Image of the Vendula London shop.

12. Vendula London

Vendula London is an original bag and accessories boutique with one guiding philosophy – to make people ask the wearer, “Where did you get that bag?”

The Vendula team designs and produces original and quirky handbags that complete any look, inspired by everyday beauty from animals to shop fronts, scrapbooks and vintage style.

Made from animal-friendly materials, rest assured that Vendula London is an ethical shopping destination as their bags are fully Vegan Approved by the Vegetarian Society. Explore their full collection available in-store.

Visit us at Gabriel’s Wharf to support small business owners and independent retailers who create high-quality, environmentally friendly jewellery, art, fashion and more.