Went to Ikea on the bus from Tottenham Hale. The bus was free and only took five minutes to get straight to Ikea.
Ikea is massive here in Tottenham, the staff are very helpful when needed and the que at the check outs go down very quick.
Pretty easy to get to for us, about 20 minutes by car from East Finchley with no difficult spots to navigate. This was the second trip in a week made by my other half, the first was by public transport (a mixture of buses and train) which is apparently to be avoided.
I'm a Midlands native so normally IKEA Wednesbury is my stomping ground. I'm not sure if it is a good or bad thing but I was comforted that this store was no different than the others I have been to. Although it was strangely empty for a weekend so our amble around was pretty stress free.
What was disappointing is that they were out of stock of several key staples, no drying stands for the sink and no pin boards. In addition, they didn't have the curtains we wanted either and I sympathise with the other reviewers that have commented on the lack of or unhelpful staff. We scoured the curtain department alone to no avail and an employee was standing next to me the whole time I expressed shock at the absence of standard issue pin board with no comment.
We stopped for a coffee in the canteen and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and price. I would skip eating a meal here though, if only to limit the number of hours of your life you will loose. As we then lost a few more going around the Tesco situated next door which is pretty convenient if you're already out in the car and spending money.
Does anyone in the country have a household that is devoid of IKEA items. Whether you have the furniture or just some of those cheap as chips kitchen utensils it seems we all go here for home essentials as soon as we get our own place.
Unfortunately, the quality isn't great and although it does the job for a while. Eventually you will need to replace that sofa/bed/desk with something of better quality.
This store fits the usual IKEA model of showroom and warehouse. You should know what to expect. On this visit, however, I tried the famous meatballs... I was not impressed. Don't eat here. It's cheap and you can taste it.
Hmmm...I am very late to the IKEA party (this was my first visit to 'Skandi-chic' land)
I'm not keen for the following reasons:
- There are just sooo many people! We came just after it opened to avoid the crowds, but it was still a bit manic. Eep.
- Public transport to get here (and then home) was a bit of a nightmare. We ended up walking most of the way carrying our purchases, so at least I toned my arm muscles.
- My family and friends always say the cafeteria/meatballs are amazing, so maybe they put my expectations too high...but they were a little meh-ish.
I do like some of the IKEA bits and bobs, and the prices are amazing if you compare them to habitat/heals. We escaped happy, and I'm glad I finally visited IKEA, but I'm not in a hurry to come back.
Retail parks are interesting things, you trade plush presentation and comfort for price. Ikea in North London have taken this to a whole new level .., without the price change. In contrast to the Wembley branch this is a cramped facsimile that makes no pretence about being just a big warehouse.
The place feels like a crowded warehouse even when empty. It is the rabbit warren of hell, it is the tesco express of ikea. The need to to get out was so distracting that none of the actually quite nice items are bought.
Awful, use the Wembley branch if you can. It's only 15 mins away on the North Circular and you will leave with your sanity (even then be sure to go first or last thing)
If you're headed for Ikea, you know what you're in for. 'Skandi-chic' accessories, (as coined by Thomas A), long lines, absent staff and a maze that somehow seems to always lead to meatballs. Oh, and 7+ hours of your life wasted.
But here's the super secret for success: Hire a Zipcar at 9:30am, get there by 10am, plow through the maze like a rat on adrenaline pills, skip the meatballs (sad face), check out by 10:45am, treat yourself with a 79p ice cream cone, leave happy and Ikea-ed.
Bonus tip: They have £4 orchids that will rock. your. world. It's a complete mystery, but it's true.
Never before have I witnessed such nonchalant staff working in a store. Forgive me for sounding like an old woman but seriously, I can't get over the lack of communication from these guys.
Not only did I trek all the way over there to pick up two items (both which happened to be out of stock), I was also spoken to in a series of grunts and shrugs and a point of a finger. Now I'm a happy shopper, I always am. Give me any excuse to spend money that I don't really have and you have me walking out with a smile on my face and a spring in my step. Not, however at Ikea in east London.
Firstly, when I needed to find some wire to hang up a voile I couldn't find any staff, so I wondered over to fabric area where a man in a yellow shirt was engrossed in his computer screen. "I'm terribly sorry to interrupt but could you show me where the wire to hang voiles is?" The man looked up, and grunted (it could have been a burp but it definitely wasn't a word) and then pointed to the curtain section I'd just come from. I stand still looking at him, like a wide eyed dear awaiting to be helped. Silence as he stares back. "there," That's all I got from him, not even a sentence. I wondered back, looking in vain for something I could not find and in the end, I gave up and moved on.
So after searching for the items I wanted in their pick up area and finding lots of empty shelves, I went to the information table for help. Please help me, I thought, I just need one person to be nice to me. No such luck. "We're out of stock" "Yes I can see that, but do you know when it will be coming it?" I got a shrug... silence. stare... "we don't know that."
YOU DON'T KNOW THAT? Really?!
At the till, the staff member who was free was having a chat, not with a customer, but flirting with a fellow worker. Nothing wrong with that, I love a good flirt myself. I don't however like being seen, smiled at and then ignored! After a few minutes, the exchanged ended and I was watched as I struggled with my purchases onto the till. No one offering to help, even though there were many staff floating around and only me to serve.
So as you can see I am a little bit pissed off, several hours of my morning wasted by lazy people. It's a recession, I can think of at least 5 people I know who would be grateful for a job, any job. And they'd do it a darn site better than this. Come on Ikea, pick up your game.
If you were allowed to sleep in the beds here, you could probably live a pretty comfortable life without ever leaving.
The selection of furniture, kitchen ware, decorative... things and, weirdly, Scandinavian food is just obese. The only possible negative is that it's, if anything, TOO big. The inescapable labyrinth it takes to get out means that it's probably not worth your time if you're just looking to buy a new fork. The set of the store means that, to get to the tills, you have to go past literally EVERYTHING they have for sale. There's no possibility to nip in, get what you need, and nip out. But, that said, who's going to IKEA for just a few bits and bobs?
The restaurant is even weirdly impressive, and very cheap. Far above the usual department store canteen fare.
If you have a day to dedicate to it, and lot of things to by, this place is pretty much perfect, but, if you're in a rush, and just after a few small things, traversing the maze of corridors here probably isn't worth your time, but, if that's the case, what on Earth are you doing in IKEA anyway?
This Ikea is much cleaner and nicer than the Wembley one but a bit more work for those that are taking public transport as you're kind of at the mercy of the shuttle (you had better queue and cut people that try to jump the line, because once that tiny little van fills up, it's off and it only runs every 30 min) or a bus from the tube station. Really, if I had a car, I think any Ikea would be better, but this one especially.
But how I love the skandi-chic accessories and no-nonsense attitude. AAAAnnd they have PEPPARKAKOR cookies! Just in time for holiday! Oh Ikea, I may be Finnish, but you bring out the Swede in me.
Worst Ikea Ever.
This might single handedly be THE WORST Ikea I've ever been to. The place looked like my bedroom on day 7 of a binge-in break-up...crap and disorder everywhere, bare shelves and some poor child screaming in the corner.
I've never been in and out and spent so little. Almost MAKES me WANT to shop online. Alas, wine glasses and every other little annoying necessity can't be shipped and delivered :(
On the plus side...it's making me be very creative and support all those jumble sales, charity shops and sidewalk markets that pop-up around the hood.
I am a big, dorky, Scandinavian design obsessed IKEA fan. I don't care how long it takes to get to this herculean North London homeware store from my tiny East London flat, I simply cannot resist IKEA. I love the little pencils, the strangely named food and the hyper-reality of spending hour upon hour in eerily realistic showrooms. Baudrillard would have a theoretical field day.
Good design, fairly priced has got to be IKEA's modus operandi, and as such, you simply must take a list along with you or you'll end up returning home with so many quirkily named and totally obsolete pieces you'll have to buy one of IKEA's kit-set homes to house them.
I especially like IKEA's reasonably priced bookshelves in bold primary colours that look as if they might just have come from Heals and the slub silk cushion covers available in myriad colours on the ground floor. IKEA's picture frames are also a steal, compared even to those on offer at high street retailers such as Snappy Snaps and their childrens' desks are great for tiny weeny flats and a bargain at about £25. I'm nearing apoplexy just thinking about IKEA, if you haven't been, go!
Sweden is in my blood (no seriously) and I give IKEA as a company a solid FIVE STARS. It's just at this one the service is 1 star and the kitchen section is really just pretty pathetic compared to other IKEAs I've been to, but I still love it.
The showroom is just loads of fun! Walking through mini perfect houses where they've somehow made all the cheap furniture look stylish and beautiful is up their with one of my favourite activities. And the kitchen department... A wok for £2? YES PLEASE. A bottle opener for 50p? Why not! Yes, I've already got 3 at home but this one has a coloured handle!
Also I seem to be a complete genius at building this stuff, why does everyone find it so stressful? Flatpack just doesn't phase me. In fact I love building it.
I totally agree with Lizzie G though, the staff are inconceivably disinterested, they literally could not care less if they didn't help a customer, didn't bother to check they'd scanned all of our items, and managed not to say a single word while they scanned 20 things through their checkout.
Also, bring painkillers, I always forget and the IKEA Headache is a serious illness!
I know I know, stressful! But has to be done!
I have recently had a new kitchen put in and our living room renovated and needed some bare essentials that would not cost the earth.
You may have read about the opening of this store - massive stampeded, people getting trampled on - craziness! It is much smaller compared to its sibling stores but overall does the trick.
I was on a mission for a television unit/stand, coffee table and a few kitchen utensils - chopping board, pot stand etc. I managed to find all.
I am not sure if you know how it all works, but basically iKea is set up like a show room you walk through loads of different kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms and if you like something you take the code for it and find it in the warehouse. Little things like utensils, duvet covers, lights etc you collect as you go.
However when I got to the warehouse, section just before the checkouts, theflat packed box the coffee table had sold out .However I did get a lovely wooden stand with draws for the TV which I varnished to give a darker more antique look to.
Oh the joys of Ikea! From the time I was a child and my mother just left me in the bubble zone to now, my relationship with Ikea has always been one of pure accordance and happiness. I love love love furniture showrooms, and can't help getting very excited by the perfect life-size displays at Ikea.
Let's face it, a day at Ikea is more a 'day out' rather than a purely functional trip. After gliding around the showrooms catalogue in hand, with a little pencil on my ear and a useless paper ruler, I like to stop by the cafe to indulge in those yummy meatballs with that Scandinavian cranberry sauce. Delicious!
The downstairs leaves me slightly less excited, but I still find myself stocking up on this or that useless accessory. My next stop is usually the bed linen area which has a great selection in every colour imaginable. The frames are great as well, but steer clear from those standard poster images that everyone has.
I am of the opinion that it is virtually impossible to leave this shop empty-handed. This is a great shop, no question about it. I am just impatiently waiting for the day when they will be able to create a city version, even if it's a lot smaller, I would love not to have to trek out of town of my favourite shopping experience.
I can't imagine ever wanting, or indeed needing to buy furniture anywhere other than here. The prices are great, the deisigns simple and fashionable.
I love the kitchen ware, really useful for a student like myself, when I love to cook but can't really be affording everything from john lewis. Although, saying that, my wok went really crusty really quickly and I had to get rid of it. It was only £1.99 or something ridiculous.
I also love the blankets and bed linen at ikea, always something to spruce up any bedroom. I have lots of the designs. If you do feel like something a little more luxurious and have the money to spend then you can always go for the silken range- really lovely pieces there.
Aswell as this, the chocolate and almond cake and the meatballs and the hot dogs and all the sweets in the food bit really make a trip to ikea like a big day out. leave a day for it. You will have a good time.
IKEA seems to be a necessary evil of modern living. I can't quite bring myself to give four stars to any branch (and to be honest, if I were parachuted into this one I would not be able to distinguish it from the branch in Croydon), but I have also been back here twice in the past two months, so it must have something going for it.
One thing in this branch's favour is that it is massive (not sure if it's the biggest in London?) so does not feel particularly crowded even on bank holidays. However last time I needed a staff member to do something for me it took a heck of a lot of waiting around.
Still, cheap furniture. Mmm...
I often visit this Ikea, the 95p breakfast is a bargain, and if you have one of the free family cards, your drink is free too!
Its bargain corner is awesome. I have brought £20 picture frames without glass for 20p, last time I brought 75 reels of cotton for £2 - sewing session anyone?
I absolutely hate the experience of being in IKEA after spending an entire day there once, coming home completely drained and having bought more things than I originally intended courtesy of the marketplace.
But you just can't fault them when it comes to what they sell. Flat packed, pretty stylish and cheap, exactly what you're looking for when you want to furnish on a budget. I have to say that some of my stuff from there has far outlasted my more expensive Habitat bits. If you know what you're after then go later in the evening, much quieter and easier to navigate.
This is definitely one of the calmest Ikeas I've been to, but then I've only visited this branch late on weekday evenings; it's open til 10pm. (The down-side being that the regular tannoy announcements of the amount of time til it closes can result in even more indiscriminate purchases than usual.) I'd advise coming with a very specific list and keeping a tally of what you're putting in your trolley, otherwise it's very easy to spend hundreds of pounds without really knowing where it's gone.
As always though, difficult to beat for cheaply kitting out your home, though don't expect to come away with any future family heirlooms.
This is a pretty good IKEA to my mind. Easily accessible location from the North Circular, loads of parking, all the usual IKEA features, restaurant, giant playpen full of coloured balls where you can ditch the kids etc etc.
The restaurant and coffee shop have great views over North East London, as good as they can be anyway. You can marvel at the smoke being thrown out by the Edmonton incinerator, which is just a few hundred metres to the North.
Watch which way the wind is blowing so that you can see whether your home might be in line for some of the 80 or 90 odd kilos of arsenic, cadmium and mercury that the incinerator emits each year, or additional quantities of toxic dioxins.
Thank your lucky stars if you are from somewhere west, north or south, east is not so good as this is the prevailing wind direction. Ironic to think, as you chomp through your meatballs, chips and gravy in this most iconic temple of consumerism, that there's probably plenty of unloved discarded IKEA furniture burning in the incinerator.
Riots accompanied the opening of this branch of IKEA. I think some of the less sophisticated customers at Edmonton have got a taste for blood from the riot and believe that such behaviour is normal and therefore acceptable. One afternoon, long after the opening riot day riot, I had the displeasure to see a yob facing off multiple security guards at the till area, challenging them to come outside, effing and jeffing.
IKEA gets to everybody a bit when it's busy, but relax, have a cheap hotdog and over carbonated soft drink
I can find cheap and simple solutions. But customer service needs to change. You have to take a ticket for customer service returns cue, they show you approximate waiting time, but they couldn't tell what number is next :). Its poor service :(
We bought a wardrobe which has a door that is a mirror. This door comes with a handle however this handle isn't sold seperately. You have to buy the whole door :(
Honestly complaining about Ikea is the most high class problem regarding the cheapest store ever created. When you pay peanuts you get monkeys. Crude but true. Don't expect service or any other semblance of premium shopping. This is jumble sale prices for brand new kit. Heals have good service for about ten times the cost. It surely is as simple as that.
The biggest reason for me dragging my self to IKEA is the cloudberry jam, and the second biggest would be the food store. Third would be the fact if I actually needed something for my home.
Yes I am Scandinavian! And getting those national treats like the jam and salt licorice is worth the trip. It feels like home!
I understand that IKEA is relatively new here but if you go back to North Pole where there hasn't been any other furniture chains, well for as long as I can remember, you can't blame me for not jumping up and down from joy. Because up in the North there still isn't nothing else than IKEA which means everyone's homes looks like the showrooms in this shop. I know there furniture's inside and out and make sure that in here I, finally, stick with the other shops. Hallelujah variety!
However, after saying that, I like the section of smaller items for home. I tend to skip the showrooms and just walk downstairs right a way and supply my home with towels, bedlinen and flowers. This shop is tucked so far away that I really have to be desperate for the jam to go!
Believe it or not, if you are a cheapskate you can actually have a cheap family day out at Ikea. Start the day off at their restaurant for an el cheapo 99p fry up breakfast with hash brown, bacon, eggs and baked beans. If you have an ikea store credit card you even get a free coffee/tea. Then send the kids off to the play area while you explore the 2 levels of furniture madness. Grab lunch back at the restaurant before heading downstairs. Marvel at the long queues at the checkout and discover how much junk you've just bought that you probably don't need. And there's even cheap hot dog chips and ice cream on your way out. Lovely!
Love it or hate it, you have to admit that Ikea is dirt cheap. I managed to pick up a desk, a mirror, a duvet set and a bedside lamp for under £100. Ok, it's a fairly horrific shopping experience, but the value should be obvious to everyone. I could never visit Ikea every weekend, but i can just about stomach it once a year and amazingly i always come out with a smile on my face.
Ikea is a fantastic and humongous store which stocks everything for you home. Their prices are extremely cheap and reasonable. All their stocks are flat packed which makes it easier to transport and move around. They have all the latest furniture and kitchen ware etc for your home. They sell tast snacks near the tills i recommend their daim bars, they are extremely yummy and their crisps. Its like an adventurous maze as you ahve to follow the arrows.
IKEA you'll find it brilliant early in your life and you won't stand the look of it later But you can't beat its convenience and price for value. Though each time I have to go, I got a mental image of the first scene in the movie Fight Club If you haven't seen it, go rent it before going to Ikea!
Ikea has turned into the second home! it has every home accessory possible!! from curtains to tables to beds to decorations for all around the house...and prices range as does quality in the shop! The customer service is brilliant and the cafe, the food store and the quick restaurant are all wicked! i think that its worth going to with the whole family. Theres a kids centre where you can leave the kids and pick them up after your shopping in done! self-service is helpful and because everything is displayed you know what you are buying..even elements of test before you buy! (with beds!) Its just a great place for bargains!
There was a riot here on opening day. Things are calmer now, but it's still a place to avoid at wekends. Best to ring ahead if you want something specific. As with every IKEA, you come out haviing bought something called Elsa or Ilya that you didn't know you wanted. Best time to go is around 10.30 any weekday, when you can skip round the store, have meatballs for lunch, and stll be home by 2.
I love this store!!!!
Everything under one large roof. Bargains galore. A lovely christmas department, plants, furniture, candles, prints, frames.
Get in there before 11am for a lovely cheap breakfast!!!!!!
I hate going here because it always cost me loads of money, but the products are very good at a reasonable prices and they save me lots of time being in one place so if you are in the area and need some bits this is defiantly the places to go if you have time checked out the restaurant its really nice.
Once you've been to IKEA once, you'll keep getting a mysterious urge to go back there every bank holiday weekend
Its a monster of a place, with a massive variety of flat pack furniture, household items and nik naks at budget busting prices.
The first floor is dedicated to showrooms which demonstrate the furniture collections, often with example rooms showing how you can create a cosy, complete home for a bargain price.
The lower floor has the 'market' area - where I guarantee you wont be able to pass through without picking up at least one or two things you never knew you needed but just have to get.
There is also a restaurant, childrens creche, swedish supermarket and bistro - for an extremely cheap hotdog and lingonberry juice once you've undertaken the arduous task of locating all the flat-packs you wanted in the self service warehouse area, and negotiated the often busy tills.
Not impressed at all during our last visit! Rude staff and VERY rude manager!
This ikea is just Huge!! There are items for just about every room in your house, Including , Kitchen ware, Bathroom facilities, Bedroom(curtains,blankets) and all them sort of things. You may dread shopping here because its so huge, but ikea sells on the go food like Hot dogs and also sell drinks. In ikea nothing is expensive and you will always be left happy with what you have bought
Ikea as u may know has everythin needed for your home,it is really big and has a cafe sytle place where u can get fod which is nice especially the fish and chips. U can get abit lost if u dont know where ur going but theres always staff on hand to help and point u in the right direction. They also have a part where kids can play supervised whilst u shop,and delivery service to help if u dont drive. The hotdogs are fab also and cheap at 35p each or set mealsno more than 2 pound. The only thing with ikea is there instructions very complicated..!
Does what it says on the tin - cheap, cheerful and works just fine. It did take me 5 visits to sort my kitchen out hence my rating. staff not always particularly helpful either. Take some headache pills before you go!
This is a huge place, and when you go in you are first shown a series of almost show homes, rooms that show you how Ikea products could work in your home. So there's a studio flat with loads of space saving idea, a modern kitchen, a kid's bedroom etc. They provide you with pads and pencils upon entering so you can make a note of these products as you can pick them up later as you go through the store into the warehouse area. The cafe serves the usual Ikea fare of Swedish meatballs, fish and chips and so on. Make sure you get your Ikea Family card (which is free) which entitles you to lots of discounts, free hot drinks and so on.
Good store to visit. Never been any crowds, so no need to rush, you can take your time.
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