Plug-n-play- best source for components in the UK?

Hello everyone,

I'm new to arduino -- and hardware hacking in general. I was wondering if anyone (particularly in the UK) had some good tips for component shops they liked- and possibly any components they have found essential/totally fun to have available. Trying to build up a bit of a 'kit' and would like to know what to stock it with, as shipping suggests it's better to buy a bit more than the odd part here and there.

thanks!

-james

maplin is good as a real shop but if you dont mind ordering online than rapid electronics is super-cheap and has a HUGE selection of components and tools