London is the city of style. When I think of London, I think of bespoke, of suits and perfect tailoring. But there’s a whole other side to London, too.
Far from Saville Row lies some of the best vintage shopping I’ve discovered the world over. High end pieces that will last longer than you will at simple street markets, hung in dark dusty shops simply waiting to be discovered again.
This vintage favourite has been pedaling it’s fashionable wares for over 30 years in Covent Garden. The store is sectioned off by decade and carries both men’s and women’s clothing. The staff are incredibly knowledgable about the stock, so if you’re looking for something specific, just ask and they’ll be able to guide you.
How to Find it: Convent Garden Tube Station, 51 Endell St
East End Thrift Store
This is perhaps the best value vintage store in the entire city. East End Thrift Store aims to give the customer a vintage feel with pieces that are still current and on trend. You’ll find plenty of denim shirts and jackets on offer. The old warehouse style decor might not be beautiful, but it’s filled to the brim with plenty of clothes worth buying up.
How to Find it: Stepney Green Tube Station, Unit 1A Watermans Building
With several branches around London, the largest selection can be found at the East London location. It’s full of color, full of clothing and simply waiting for you to come and rummage. It has one of the widest ranges of styles in any of the vintage shops I’ve been to in London and I love that about it. You can pick up a fun dress, a stylish jacket, a funky hat and a gorgeous pair of shoes all at the same time.
How to Find it: Liverpool Street Tube Station, 110-112 Cheshire Street
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This Shoreditch shop is hit or miss. With bargain bins full of £1 pieces and shoes for £10, not every item is top quality or in the best possible condition, but there are some really beautiful garments to be discovered at incredibly low prices. Be warned, it’s always busy, so in addition to rummaging, you’ll be battling a crowd.
How to Find it: Shoreditch High Street Overground, 15 Hanbury Street
What the Butler Wore
How can you not love a shop with that name? This vintage store specialises in 60’s and 70’s pieces for both men and women and if you’re in the market for a beautiful vintage fur coat, get yourself over to What the Butler Wore right away. It’s very reasonably priced for the quality of the garments.
How to Find it: Waterloo Tube Station, 131 Lower Marsh
If you’re looking for designer pieces of days gone by, Peekaboo is where you need to head. With a very boutique feel and price tags to match, you might forget that you’re in a vintage shop, but you’ll be sure to find some absolute gems on the rails here.
How to Find it: Oxford Circus Tube Station, 2 Ganton Street
This store, although all second hand, fits in perfectly with the surrounding high end boutiques. The quality of the clothes is perhaps the best of any I’ve been to in London. You’ll find some incredible brands from the past several decades for both men and women. My boyfriend absolutely loves coming here for the vintage suiting on offer.
How to Find it: Bayswater Tube Station, 1st Floor Queensway
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Keep your eyes peeled not just for vintage finds, but for celebrity designers seeking inspiration. A frequent spot for the likes of Paul Smith and other British designers, Camden Market is full of ideas for fashionistas all over the city. With over 200 stalls it’s your best bet for vintage finds at a reasonable price, but it’s also full of great food vendors, antique furniture and lovely jewelry stalls. It’s quite easy to spend an entire day browsing this vast marketplace.
How to Find it: Mornington Crescent Tube Station, Camden High Street
There are endless possibilities when it comes to vintage shopping in London. Always keep your eyes peeled for fabulous finds and let us know in the comments what your favourite vintage stores in London are!