Kits, Cymbals & Hardware:
I've found that Rockem Music are about the best place to buy from. They have a great stock, from the top manufactorers to more budget gear for every level. The staff are more than willing to help when & where they can, if they don't have something in stock whether or not they usually do, they are happy to buy it in specially for you. This is useful as most manufactorers won't deal with domestic sales. They also do very reasonably priced next day delivery (I'm sure if they had it in stock & you asked nicely in the morning they might be persuaded to deliver same day if not too far away).
Stands Direct were very good. I've only ever bought sticks from them, but they are high quality despite the lesser name than some other manufactorers & very cheap price tag - I bough 6 pairs of maple sticks for less than the price of 1 pair of hickory sticks in a shop. The staff at Stands Direct are again very helpful & will bend over backwards to make sure you're happy. The speed of service & delivery was excellent - free P&P within the week!