On a recent trip to London, I felt like a typical American tourist (and design nerd) each time I came across a kitchen or bath faucet. In particular, it was the pillar taps that got me excited: the super basic, inexpensive hot/cold faucets you might find at an average hardware store in the UK. For those of us stateside, you can source a pair of traditional taps abroad (or online) for around £150 to £300 and beat the price of any English-inspired design in the US. Here are our favorites.
Above: In a Plain English–designed farmhouse kitchen in Dorset, England, the company used a pair of Barber Wilsons untreated brass taps, the Barber Wilsons 260 1/2-Inch Sink Bib Tap, that comes standard or with extension from Barber Wilsons. Above: The Sagittarius Churchmans Kitchen Bib Taps and Stand are £150.76 from Bath Shop 321. They’re also featured in our post 10 Easy Pieces: Editors’ Favorite Kitchen Faucets. Above: From Holloways of Ludlow, the Renaissance Bib Taps with lever handles are £218 for the taps with stands. Above: Kitchen design company deVol paired up with Perrin & Rowe for the deVol Aged Brass Mayan Taps with Crosshead Tops; £310 from deVol. Above: The Lefroy Brooks Connaught Lever Kitchen Bibcock and Pillar Tap is £344 at Just Lefroy. Above: Another style from Sagittarius with subtle variation, the Churchmans Pair of Bib Taps Stands CH 155 are £65.26 at QS Supplies. Above: The Perrin & Rowe Mayan Pair of Bench Mounted Bibcock Taps with Crossheads is the same style featured above from deVol but available in the standard Perrin & Rowe finishes (chrome, nickel, pewter, English bronze, polished brass, satin brass, gold, and satin gold). With prices ranging from $675 to $911, it’s the priciest model on our list. Available from the English Tapware Co. Above: The Crosswater Belgravia Crosshead Bib Taps are chrome-finished brass taps for £124.22 at QS Supplies. Above: The Bristan 1901 Bib Taps are priced affordably at £53.22 from QS Supplies. Looking for more kitchen faucets? See our posts: Above: And once more, the Perrin & Rowe Mayan Deck-Mounted Taps, this time with lever handles, are available in all finishes for £232 at Just Perrin.