About Us

Who are we?

Howarth of London is a woodwind music shop and specialist woodwind instrument maker, based in London and West Sussex in the UK.

The London showrooms are a bustling meeting point for players and offer a comprehensive range of instruments, accessories and woodwind sheet music. Our staff are all players and can help you however long you have been playing - or even if you haven't started yet! Experienced technicians in the workshop on the premises can undertake repairs and custom modifications to customers' instruments.

We are also known all over the world as makers of the finest oboes, oboes d'amore and English horns. Our instruments are made in our dedicated manufacturing workshops in Worthing in West Sussex. We use high-tech CNC machinery to make precision components for our instruments which are then hand-assembled by highly experienced technicians into our beautiful instruments.

The Howarth name was first linked with wind instrument making in 1874, when George Howarth was apprenticed to the flute maker Alexander Liddle in London. George was the father of T W (Tom) Howarth, whose name became the firm's original name 'T W Howarth & Co Ltd' when it was established in 1948. In 2008, the firm changed its name to 'Howarth of London Ltd' to reflect general usage.

Registered Office : 31 Chiltern Street, London, W1U 7PN
VAT number : GB 283 1051 27
EORI number : GB 283105127000
Company Number : 492396
Registered in England and Wales
Director : J. Walsworth
General Manager : B. Couldwell


Your woodwind requirements can been sent all over the world. We will always try and send your requests as quickly as possible. Please do not hesitate to email or call us if you require further information about ordering, or detailed product information.

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We have Sterling, US Dollar, and Euro bank accounts. Please contact us if you need this information (please click here for details of how to get in touch).

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London Hours
M-F:  9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat:  10:00am - 4:30pm
Sun:  Closed
Worthing Hours
M-F:  9:00am - 5:00pm
Sat:  Closed
Sun:  Closed