Thursday 5 October 2017 9.22am
You've either got The Tool Shop on Lower Marsh
, Leyland SDM on Southwark Street
near London Bridge tube, or Screwfix and Tool Station next to each other in Bermondsey. Or B&Q down Old Kent Road
For decent advice I would probably say Leyland SDM, the staff seem generally knowledgeable and helpful. For choice and price it would be Screwfix, and the bloke on the counter may be helpful or he may not. I've never used Tool Station so don't know it. The Tool Shop in Lower Marsh
is hit and miss in terms of helpfulness, and they ain't cheap. I tried to take something back (unopened about an hour after I'd bought it) a few years ago and was spoken to so rudely I gave the bloke an earful and have not been back since.
B&Q is like some sort of competition trying to find a member of staff, and if you do they are generally pursued by ten other people. Pot luck whether they know about drills.
Incidentally, what exactly are you drilling into? You would need a hammer drill for brick or concrete but I've found my cordless 12V cheapo drill (without hammer action) is good enough for most plaster. Decent masonry drill bits are worth paying extra for, in my unprofessional opinion.
It might be worth hiring something if it's a one-off job and calls for a really powerful tool. Plenty of tool hire shops in the area.