There’s something so satisfying about having a good old rummage through a vintage store, and finding a real gem for your wardrobe. Well we’ve done the hard work for you and hunted down London’s top 10 vintage clothing & fashion shops. There’s a mix of thrift stores offering bargain purchases, to more high end stores where you might just find a designer gown hiding amongst the rails. You’re spolit for choice in London, but here’s our top picks. Happy hunting!
1. Absolute Vintage, 15 Hanbury Street, London, E1 6QR
Be prepared to have a good rummage at this one, but it’s worth it for the vintage bargains and cabinet filled with Chanel bags.
2. Lucy in Disguise, 48 Lexington Street, London W1F 0LR
Step into the gold and glittering Lucy in Disguise. The brainchild of Lily Allen and Sister Sarah Owen that promises carefully sourced vintage loveliness, pick up a ‘20’s flapper dress and bob into the in-store hair salon to complete your look.
3. Old Hat, 66 Fulham High Street, London, SW6 3LQ
Stylists and designers from Burberry and Dunhill are said to frequent this men’s vintage boutique. If you can manage to fight them off you could discover vintage brogues or a Saville Row suit. Suits you!
4. Peekaboo, Ganton Street, London, W1F 7QL
Coming from the brains behind Topshop’s Peekaboo vintage concession, this store offers the best in occasion wear with imacculate frocks and heels in perfect condition. Expect a price tag to match the quality.
5. Reign Wear, 12 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0PN
Austrian, German and Italian sourced vintage clothing gives this store a unique edge. If you like your vintage shops to be highly organised and coordinated, head this way.
6. Beyond Retro, 110-112 Cheshire Street, London, E2 6EJ
There’s a bit of everything here, so no matter what you’re after there’s a good chance it’s here. Oh and there’s in excess of 10,000 vintage items…need we say any more?
7. Blitz, Hanbury Street, London, E1 5JP
An old furniture factory transformed into what can only be described as a vintage department store. You’d be mad to miss this off your must visit list.
8. POP Boutique, 6 Monmouth Street, London, WC2
It’s been going strong since 1996 and frequented by celebs occupying the nearby Covent Garden Hotel. Go here for great vintage clothing, furniture, vinyl and kitch.
9. East End Thrift Store, Watermans Building Assembly Passage, London, E1 4UT
Super cheap…most things priced at £10 and under. The fill-a-bag-of–fun jumble sales are popular. Fill a medium bag to the brim for £10, or a large one for £20.
10. Merchant Archive Boutique, 19 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2EU
Merchant Archive is a vintage and contemporary lifestyle shop which has grown from modest beginnings into a hub for stylists, fashion, interior designers and celebrities alike.