1. Refill Therapy
61-63 Wallis Road, London E9 5LH
One of the largest refill stores in London, Refill Therapy prides itself on selling “practically anything” (hello frozen cinnamon swirls), effectively trying to have the variety of a supermarket but without wasteful packaging. As well as your classic dried goods, you’ll find teas, coffees, oils, organic fruit & veg, vegan sweets and chocolates, dog treats, cleaning products and more. Just don’t forget to stock up on their chilli sauce.
2. Clapton Craft
97 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0NP
This craft beer retailer has taken London by storm, with stores in Kentish Town, Walthamstow, Finsbury Park, Balham, Forest Hill and the original Clapton space. As well as selling natural wine, cider and local spirits, each store has a refill station so you can fill your own growler with the rolling beer on tap. Their pressure system ensures sealed beers stay fresh for up to two weeks in the fridge.
3. Crouch End Candles
via Fridge of Plenty, 132 Crouch Hill, London N8 9DX
Candles are all very hygge … until you think about where the empty tins and pots end up once the flames are out. Enter Jenny Freebury, founder of Crouch End Candles, who will refill just about any receptacle that was once a candle with her amazing hand-poured natural wax candles. Just pick which scent you’d like and get your labelled vessel to Jenny, either by post or by dropping it off at Fridge of Plenty on Crouch Hill.
4. The Walkthrough
Jubilee House, Haynes Lane, London SE19 3AN
The Walkthrough’s USP is its range of raw ingredients to enable customers to make their own cleaning and beauty products (although if you need to pick up some tea or lentils then they have lots of dried staples too). Staff are on hand to guide you through the bits you need, not least essential oils to make it all smell great, so whether you want to tackle limescale or create your own make-up remover, this is the place.
5. Liberté Chérie
291 Portobello Road, London W10 5TD
Refill stores are a good looking bunch but few compare to Liberté Chérie, which takes things to a whole new level with its apothecary-eque rows of gorgeous glass jars. Founded by Charles Pelletier, this Notting Hill store aims to offer the same high quality ingredients Pelletier would source for the Michelin-starred restaurants he once owned. Spices aside, just about everything else originates in England as part of Pelletier’s attempt to be local first.
518 Holloway Road, London N7 6JD
Kilo takes the pay-by-weight concept to the next level with its handy app that remembers how heavy your containers are so they can be easily deducted from the price you pay each time you shop. And if you’re having a busy week, Kilo’s jar drop service is for you. Just place a “click and collect” order online, select “jar drop” at checkout, drop your containers off at the store then head back when you’re ready to pick everything up.
7. Borough Wines
Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TL
One of London’s first wine refill spots, Borough Wines has top-up stations in both its Borough Market and Hackney stores which offer rosé, white and red wines from independent UK producers for just £6.50 a bottle. Kudos to Borough Wines for also developing a sustainability scheme for the wine trade which includes a bottle return programme and wine on tap using reusable kegs.
Hackney Downs Studios, 17 Amhurst Terrace, London E8 2BT
A short walk from the hustle and bustle of Ridley Road market is Hackney Downs Studios, an old printworks that now houses creative studios, workspaces and its very own refill store. Make a trip of it by signing up for a yoga session at the Well Garden next door or checking out the current exhibition at the Public Gallery then head to Re:Store to restock your cupboard before ending up in Brunswick East cafe for a well-deserved slice of cake.
795 Fulham Road, London SW6 5HD
Nut butter lover? Head to Bygram to have your peanut, almond and cashew butters made right there and then. From their clotted cream fudge to their Rubies in the Rubble ketchup, Bygram prioritises small local makers and businesses with sustainability at the heart of what they do, and its wide range of products makes it a perfect spot to do your weekly shop.
10. Art of Zero Living
7A Greenwich Market, London SE10 9HZ
For those who’ve switched to oat milk to reduce their environmental impact, the pile-up of packaging if your local area doesn’t recycle Tetra Paks can feel a bit galling. Enter oat milk refill stations such as that found at Art of Zero Living (and increasingly dotted elsewhere around London too). And if you turn up to this Greenwich Market store only to realise you’ve forgotten your containers, this place has got you covered with its pile of washed and sterilised donated jars and bottles waiting to be filled with whatever you desire.