Embassy Electrical Supplies, Clerkenwell


Olive oil turns up in the oddest place around London. None more so than Embassy Electrical Supplies in the heart of the city. As the name suggests, the main commodity of this independent shop is cables, switches and lightbulbs. But it also peforms a roaring trade in Cypriot and Turkish olive oil. The shop’s owner, Mehmet Murat, has been in the UK since the 1950s, and owns olive groves in the village of Louroujina in his native Cyprus, and a forty-five acre farm in Turkey. The oil, shipped over in smallish batches, is superlative in quality; New York Magazine once voted it the most delicious in the world. And the family-run shop is tough to beat for warm service, too.

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