London is one of the best destinations for vintage lovers. Hundreds of shops, stocking the most exciting fashion pieces and furniture, can be found all over the city. Whether you’re looking for second-hand designer clothes or for an original twentieth century antique, you’ll be able to find it in London.
If you’re planning a trip to London have a look at the interactive map below. We have made a selection of our favourite shops all across the city, from the well-established vintage chains like Beyond Retro and Rokit to the exclusive boutique owned by Lily Allen and her sister.
The North side of the city offers some interesting shopping choices, especially in the area around Camden. Rokit in Camden High St. is a must-stop for all vintage lovers, offering an impressive selection of clothing from the 20’s through to the 80’s. The prices are very reasonable and it’s quite easy to find amazing bargains.
What Goes Around Comes Around is another personal favourite in Camden. The shop used to specialise in rare vintage trainers but it now sells a great range of pieces from the 1940’s-1980’s, accessories and bicycles.
Soho is one of the best areas in Central London for vintage shopping. Lucy in Disguise, the boutique owned by singer Lily Allen and her sister Sarah Owen is a favourite among celebrities and it-girls, stocking exclusive second-hand designer clothes and their own clothing line.
Some interesting shops have started to emerge around the St. Pancras station area. Last time we spent the night in one of the hotels in Kings Cross we discovered Drink, Shop & Do, a relatively new design shop and café bar stocking pieces from emerging designers alongside vintage furniture and homeware.
Brick Lane on the East End of London is a vintage paradise. There are so many stores that it’s almost impossible to visit all of them if you’re in London for just a few days. Beyond Retro’s shop in Brick Lane is a must-visit. This converted warehouse offers a unique selection of affordable items from the 1940’s to the present day.
Oxfam in Dalston should also be included in your visit. Get there early in the morning to avoid fighting with the hipsters of the area for the crazy bargains that this charity shop offers.
Vintage shops are not that popular in the south side of the city but there are some names that are worth pay a visit. Crusaid in Churton Street is considered the ‘Harvey Nics’ of charity shopping, offering an eclectic selection of designer clothes alongside real bargains. The British Red Cross branch in Ebury St is another great store to find big fashion names at really low prices.
Notting Hill is one of the best areas on the West End to find unique vintage pieces. The Oxfam Boutique offers a great range of second-hand quality clothes and Rellik, just a little up north, is a high-end vintage boutique stocking a vast collection of pieces from brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Dior and YSL.
What are your favourite vintage shops in London? Let us know in the comments section below!