As mentioned in the recent tool sightings post, I had visited London this past July. The trip was quite leisurely paced, so I had time to scout out a few tool shops, the first of which was The Tool Shop in Victoria.
Overall the store was a rather disappointing and bland experience. Following are the notes I jotted down immediately after leaving the store, raw with disappointment.
The Tool Shop sucked. Lots of “CK” imported tools, Stanley, Draper, and similar. USA-made vise grips for £35 ($59 USD!!). Some Knipex, very few Wiha, many unmarked/unbranded tools. Several tools had no COO (country of origin) info.
Ouch. I was way tougher on them in my notes than I remember being. In their defense, The Tool Shop seems like a decent DIY or hardware store. Still, with a name like theirs, we had expected a more elaborate and less grungy tool selection.
In case you were wondering what the flyer on the window says, it was advertising their “specail offer.”
Summary: The Tool Shop is sufficient for everyday DIY and repair needs, terrible for trans-atlantic travelling tool enthusiasts.