I love vintage clothing and whatever city I visit or move to – it is always on top of my to-do things to find out about the best local vintage stores.
Having lived in vintage paradise London I have found out about some obvious stores, that are big and very popular, but I’ve also come across a few undergroundy ones that have great gems.
110-112 Cheshire Street, London E2 6EJ
58-59 Great Marlborough Street, W1F 7JY
This is the mother of all London Vintage shops. No retro-loving hipster can run from the attraction that exudes from this superstore. Reasonably priced, at about €20 for a pair of shoes and €18 for a dress, anyone is likely to find something they like in here. Only downfall – they don’t give discounts.
225 High Street, Camden, NW1 7BU
42 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9HZ
101 Brick Lane, E1 6SE
107 Brick Lane, E1 6SE
I love rokit, probably more so than Beyond Retro, because it’s not too big which also means a better selection of goodies. There are 4 locations for Rokit in London, all of which are great but I particularly recommend the ones on Brick Lane. One of those specializes in more high end items which means that clothes here are more expensive but also a lot more unusual and hard to come by. I have made some great finds in here. If you’re not going to London any time soon, definitely check out the Rokit online shop, great stuff in there!
Vintage for Sale
123 Bethnal Green Road, E2 7DG
Vinny for sale, as locals tenderly call it, still feels like a bit of the underdog of vintage stores, because it’s so small and, even though it’s very central, it’s not easily noticable being slightly tucked into a side street. What I love about it are the low prices, the nice staff and their biannual sales where you can fill a massive bag of all the clothing you can fit and only pay 20 pounds.
15 Hanbury St, E1 6QR
Absolute Vintage is only really interesting for shoes, as far as I am concerned. The selection here is wide (not stunning, but big) and relatively reasonably priced at about €25a pair. The selection of dresses and other clothes on the other hand is well below London standard and is best avoided. Absolute Vintage also has an online shop.
570-572 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AH
A very unlikely choice to be considered in this shopping guide is Oxfam in Dalston. When I was a student in London with next to no money I got most of my wardrobe in here. For 2,25 for any shirt and 2,99 pounds for a pair of pants, it is worth looking through clothes until your hands fall off and you eventually find a few pieces that are actually pretty cool.
Brick Lane Thrift Store
68 Sclater Street, E1 6HR
Most dresses in here cost €12 or €18 and also blazers, shoes, hats and shorts are easily found and bought for cheap. I always find cool stuff in here. If you are lucky you might get a discount if you buy a number of items.
This shop rocks!
131 Brick Lane, E1 6QR
This place is wonderful and all items are handpicked gems and originals mostly from the 20s, 40s, 50s and 60s. Accordingly is the price. This is the place to go if you want to really treat yourself with a Vintage original piece. Twice a year they have an amazing sale where prices drop by 50 to 70%.
Vintage Heaven opened a year ago and therefore is among the more recent additions of shops to grace Brick Lane Market. It’s a bit loaded with stuff, but whenever there is a sale on here you can find some amazing dresses for amazing prices. It’s worth checking in on occasion.
Sunday Market at the Old Truman Brewery
91 Brick Lane
Every sunday, this market boasts jewellery, crafts, food but most important of all – vintage. What I like about the market is that most vendors are happy to haggle with you and you may find some real gems for a tenner or even less.
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