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Reviews & Recommendations

Seven Years Houzz Best Service Awards

Just wanted to say a huge thank you. We love our blinds. The fitters were incredibly professional and friendly. Thank you we will definitely be back for more !

Sabine September 2023

I would like to let you know that the blind fitters did an amazing job, the blind works better than before. I can highly recommend them, thank you very much.

Maria Anna August 2023

Just wanted to say the blinds look fantastic – thank you Helen you were so right about what was needed. The fitter was fantastic Many thanks

Gill R May 2023

I just wanted to send an email to thank you for all your help with our curtains! You've so helpful and knowledgeable with the whole process. We absolutely love the end products and are extremely happy with how they all look!  Thanks again,

Flora May 2023

We are thrilled with our curtains from Pret A Vivre in Fulham. From start to finish they were fantastic - Deepak was so helpful and patient as we went over the options. The turnaround time was quicker than we expected and the fitting by the lovely Owen took less than two hours. They are not the cheapest out there but with good reason - beautifully made and hopefully long-lasting. Would 100% recommend to anyone.

Holly D February 2023

All through from my first appearance in the shop in Islington, the service has been excellent. Good selection of material, professional measuring and blinds fitted within the expected schedule. They are a lovely addition to the room, beautifully fitted.

Ian S December 3, 2022

Pret A Vivre offered a thoroughly professional service. The curtains were completed on time and correctly installed. They are excellent quality, beautifully made and look great. They really enhance the room.

Lydia P November 20, 2022

We are extremely happy with the quality and professionalism shown by Pret a Vivre. We needed a set of curtains (voile and outer) installed in a high-ceilinged room with a slightly tilted ceiling (in a listed georgian terrace which was hit by a bomb in the war- hence the slight tilt) . Helen at the Fulham showroom was very helpful and patient , taking particular care to advise us on colours , fabrics and the mechanisms and support structures. Marina and the central planning/fitting team were extremely prompt in scheduling measurements and installation . We were kept informed throughout . The fitter was very skilled and neat and there was absolutely no disruption . 8 weeks later, we have an wonderful set of curtains that transform the room and look elegant inside and out. The entire experience was crisp, professional yet personalised- a world away from the half-hearted effort one gets from big-name stores. Thank you Pret a Vivre!

Arjun November 17, 2022

I am so pleased with the curtains and Roman blinds recently made and installed by Pret A Vivre. Helen at the Fulham Showroom was so helpful with choosing fabrics and designs, and Declan did a great job installing. I’m so pleased with my choice of materials and impressed by the quality of how they are made and installed.

Charlotte H October 11, 2022

Helen at Pret A Vivre took time to understand our needs and worked with us to create a beautiful solution for our London flat, incorporating blinds and curtains. A highly-recommended business to work with. Big enough to get the job done. Small enough to add the personal touches.

Ian D August 26, 2022

We have chosen Prêt à Vivre via internet search and personal recommendations. We had to decorate a flat in Knightsbridge, roughly 1600 square feet, two bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms, large living and kitchen. We needed curtains, blinds and rollos. From the first moment, we felt understood and that we were in highly professional hands. They got our taste and came up with textiles an ideas that matched our expectations. The dialogue with our professional advisor, Alienor Mabon, was very constructive and we came to joint conclusions within a relatively short time span. The decision was made to place an order for our complete needs. Both the fitters and the installers did an equally excellent job. En bref, we are super happy with the outcome and we can only strongly recommend using their services.

Claudia February 16, 2022

I’ve ordered some roman blinds from Pret a Vivre and just got them fitted. They are absolutely beautiful and well made. I would definitely recommend this company to friends. The employees were professional and knowledgeable

Annie 4 May, 2012

Had a curtain made by Pret a Vivre in Islington earlier this year and was extremely impressed with the personal service and quality of the curtain. I therefore ordered two further pairs of curtains in October for my living room and again cannot fault the service and product received. From the very start of the process right up until fitting Pret a Vivre were excellent. The help I received in the shop and by email / telephone following my initial visit was brilliant – Claire in particular is extremely helpful and always responded very promptly to my queries. The time between order and fitting was also far shorter than expected. The curtains themselves are lovely and are very well designed and made. I was also impressed with the fitting – as soon as the curtains were hung they were steamed to make sure they were sitting perfectly. I cannot recommend Pret a Vivre more and will definitely go back to have more curtains made in the future.

S.B November, 2012

We are really pleased with our curtains which look fantastic in our bedroom. The aubergine with taupe stripe works beautifully, and the pleats and hang of the curtains are great. Thanks so much for your help and good advice. I will be back with another order as soon as we have some spare cash! Best wishes

Delyth June, 2013

Great office staff, polite and friendly measurers/fitters, great quality curtains!

Penny L February, 2014

Have just hung our new bedroom curtains and roller blind that you made for us recently in Mirandela linen fabric – they are absolutely gorgeous and we’re thrilled to bits with them! Many thanks

June & Jack March, 2014

The curtains are lovely and make the room feel very different – cosier! Thank you so much for all your help…

Laura March, 2014

Fantastic Service and well priced @pretavivre Highly recommended!

SG Properties April, 2014

Pret-a-Vivre was recommended to me by a friend. I just had curtains and blinds installed and couldn’t be happier with the overall service. It started with excellent advice by Nathalie in the Fulham showroom, delivery within the advised time frame and a super friendly and efficient installation crew who arrived bang on time. The material selection is huge but the main reason to go with Pret-a-Vivre is the service. Highly recommended.

Andreas W May, 2014

Jo, wow!!!! My blinds are stunning and I cannot thank you enough for all your hard work. Sunny is a legend and has been so charming and professional, a real credit to your company. Thank you!!!!! I am so so happy!!!!

Lucy W11, June 2014

Hi Claire, Just a few words of thanks and to express my delight now that the curtains/blind have been fitted. Hope this will not make you blush, you have been excellent in so many ways in turning my cluttered house into a home. Yes, you were forceful (and it did take some shifting of my narrow minded ways) but positive in making this house into a home. Even though I had my reservations about some of the revamp when we changed the rooms around, I know that all your suggestions were totally right. The point is proved as I have not changed or reverted back to how it was!! This was not just a woman’s opinions / thoughts, they were the views of a very accomplished and knowledgeable lady – so, I thank you, Claire, very much. Your choice of curtain / blind fabrics were just so too – they look what they are, classy and fantastic. I am one who, when praise is justified, I like to tell people – and it is totally justified with you. A big thank you. With thanks

Richard A London, June 2014

I just wanted to let you know we are really pleased with the blinds! Looks great and the fitters have been really helpful! Thanks a lot for your help.

Eugenie M July 2014

Just wanted to follow up and say thank you for the swift response. It all looks perfect now, the curtains sit really well. David and I feel very grown up with our wonderful silk curtains, it’s made the bedroom feel like a new room. Thanks.

Sharon Y July 2014

Dear Nathalie, We have had our curtains and blinds installed yesterday and are very happy with the result. Congratulations to the whole team for a great job. I keep advertising for you as I find the whole work of great quality. Do you need the bits of spare samples back, as I am reluctant to discard them? I may stop by at the shop for some advice on colours as we are now considering painting our living room walls to match the curtains…I am sure you will be of good advice. Or else I’ll give you a ring next week. All the best, and many thanks again

Agnes and Alexandre London SW5, Nov 2014

Hi Joanne, I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how delighted we are with the service we received from Pret A Vivre and Helen in particular. Our blinds are stunning and so well finished but I think the whole experience was really made by the excellent customer service we received from Helen. She had only been in her job a couple of days when we first visited but was already extremely knowledgeable (not to mention patient as we had a hot sticky toddler in tow!). Her eye for matching fabric to our colour schemes was fantastic and whilst she certainly took on our views and preferences she also made some fabulous suggestions herself which we wouldn’t have gone for and are so pleased now that we trusted her judgement. Throughout the sales process she was always on hand and never too busy to deal with my many calls. She is an asset to your team and we will certainly be recommending pret a vivre and will be back when we are ready to have curtains for the rest of our house. Your measurers and fitters were also delightful and a pleasure to work with. Thanks again

Claire B London KT10, January 2015

Thank you so much for my roman blinds; they look stunning ! The colours of the Pret A Vivre Lugano and Anais fabrics work so well with my Fallow&Ball Pelt feature wall. They are extremely well finished and really change the room. I will be happy to recommend Pret A Vivre to my friends.

Stephanie London Clapham SW4, February 2015

Just a note to say thank you for all your efforts. The service has been fantastic and a big thank you to all. We would have no hesitation in recommending your company to others in the future. Sorry we didn’t let you know earlier but we have just come back from a visit to Ireland. Thanks again

Lynda and John London N1, February 2015

We have been the customers of Prêt à Vivre for over 3 years now. We have had several Roman blinds made to order for our coastal home. The service we received has always been very good. Prêt à Vivre are easy to communicate to, responsive and very accommodating. If you are looking for good quality, contemporary fabrics, designs and advice – this is the place! Thank you everyone at Prêt à Vivre

Coastal Holiday Cottages February 2015

Everything went perfectly thank you! Your installer was super quick and we love the bathroom blind and the cushions. Thanks for your help

Putney, SW15, May 2015

Dear Helen, Days have passed and I wanted to warmly thank you for your help in our second order with Pret A Vivre. My guests happily slept in their new bedroom with their new curtains! Thanks again: you have been a star!

Nancy SW6, October 2015

The voile rollers on the Somfy motors are brilliant- we cant stop playing with them! It is so easy to operate the 3 blinds now – we dont have to stand at each window and wind them up and down. I can now stand in the kitchen and at a touch of button close or open them , all of them together or individually. They are so quiet as well – best investment we made in our new flat

Sandrine W10, October 2015

The fitting went very well and I am very satisfied with the end result which corresponds exactly with what I had in mind.

SW5, January 2016

We are very happy with our curtains and the fitting service. We shall certainly be in touch again about further bedrooms. Many thanks for all your help. Best wishes

London N5, June 2016

Dear Nathalie, Just wanted to let you know that we are over the moon with the new curtains! We haven’t opened them yet as the fitters advised us to leave them as they left them for 24 hours for them to take the wave shape, but even closed they look gorgeous! We are very happy with the fabric choices, the seamstress work and how they fit, the tracks and the fitters work. Even the big track in the living room went in very smoothly! We really cannot wait to open them tonight and to start using them. Also the rods were a very good advise. Thank you so much for the excellent service, we are truly happy and will definitely recommend you to our families and friends. Have a good day.

Beatrix W14, February 2016

Thank you to the Team at Pret A Vivre! Excellent service throughout. Great help provided in deciding on best solution. Speedy delivery of sample fabric options to work within defined budget, speedy turnaround ahead of schedule. 2 x blinds great quality and workmanship. Personal service made a real difference, wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

Liz Greenhill July 2020

For a while now i have been meaning to look into getting a voile solution fitted as my flat faces onto a busy road in London and i would love to get a bit of privacy so that those on buses or walking below on the street can't look straight in.

Julia N April 2020

We visited the Muswell Hill branch to discuss blinds for a large bay window and we are so glad we did. Gayle Game was very helpful, efficient and knowledgeable. We were impressed with the promptness of all communication. Everything went very smoothly from start to finish - ordering, measuring and installing. Catia was also very helpful. The fitter, Owen, was excellent. We love the blinds, excellent quality and workmanship. Cannot recommend too highly! Thank you.

Amy Manchershaw April 2020

Pret a Vivre gave me an excellent customer service and advice as well for the colour to choose and the material (I bought blinds for myv30es Crittal Window). Everything was carried out excellently and my bedroom is finally looking much better. I would highly recommend.

Sabina Toniolo February 2020

High quality service and beautiful products. The curtains are expensive but the quality of the service and of the materials is outstanding. Everything was managed with great attention to details and the process of ordering, having a check measure and fitting was smooth and managed very professionally. We are overall extremely pleased.

Elena Cirillo January 2020

Thank you Alienor at Pret a Vivre for your expertise and patience with fabric selection – we look forward to working with you again on my next project.

Anna Lee December 2019

Fantastic service! I ordered four blinds and received them in less than 10 days. The quality of the fabric is excellent and the price is very reasonable. Definitely recommend Pret A Vivre!

Shivani Pathak December 2019

I contacted Pret-a-Vivre shop in Islington to make two replacement roller blinds for my aged mother-in-law, who lives in a Georgian terraced property in Clerkenwell. I took one of her existing blinds to the shop to ensure measurements were accurate. The shop placed the order with their workshop in the Midlands and a couple of weeks later I picked-up the new blinds. I fitted the blinds myself - thankfully they were easy to fit, ran perfectly over the windows and look great. So this was a good job well done!

Andrew Walsh November 2019

I have had the opportunity to have Pret A Vivre on board on a few high-end interior projects were also bespoke solutions had to be developed and I have always been pleased with the end result, the craft and the ability of their fitters.

Flair Studio October 2019

We've just had some new blinds from Pret A Vivre. They're a stunning red that lights up our basement kitchen with a warm, elegant glow. And on top of that they're beautifully made and were installed with great cheerfulness and professionalism. Altogether a very good experience!

Caroline Royds November 2019

We have a tricky Victorian bay window with uneven ceiling, very drafty sash windows. We received excellent advice from Helen at the Fulham Showroom & are delighted with the results of our double curtains especially the combination of blackout lining with interlining on the main linen curtains. Very knowledgeable and efficient Fitting team, great measuring - the pelmet fits perfectly. All round excellent old fashioned customer service which is so hard to find.

Jane Brockbank Gardens Ltd November 2019

Outstanding and excellent service from Alienor Mabon from Pret a Vivre Notting Hill. Extremely pleased with her curtains recommendation and professionalism. Alienor made my bedroom, kitchen and living room elegant, classy and cosy.

Lilija Sitnika October 2019

We enjoyed a helpful and professional service with Pret A Vivre from choosing fabric, style and fitting. thanks very much

John Robotham September 2019

Pret a Vivre installed privacy blinds, black out blinds and roman blinds in my house. I was delighted with the service, fitting and overall quality of workmanship. Would highly recommend.

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