Heading down to a car boor sale on a Sunday morning is a tradition as British as fish and chips. If the sound of rummaging about in the hopes of finding some treasures, alongside the mouldy paperbacks and broken ‘70s lamps, sounds like your cup of tea, check out our guide to the best London car boot sales:
Battersea Car Boot Sale
The Battersea Car Boot Sale prides itself on being “the original Sunday afternoon car boot sale in London” and attracts a discerning crowd with prices a little too high for more thrifty bargain hunters. It’s great for vintage fashion, second-hand designer garms and lots of other goodies. If you’re hoping for some great vintage finds but don’t want to get up at the crack of dawn to hunt them down, this is the boot sale for you.
Location: Battersea Park School, Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 5AP
Opening times & entrance fee: 12pm- 5pm on Sundays. Entry is £3 from 12pm, 50p after 1.30pm.
Holloway Car Boot Sale
This car boot sale in Islington is great for casual browsers and those strapped for cash thanks to its free entry. Students also get 20% discounts at some stalls and the boot sale is located conveniently close to City and Islington College and London Metropolitan University. Here you’ll find an interesting mixture of cheap clothes, vintage housewares and some other bits and pieces.
Location: A1 Holloway Road, London, N7 6LJ – opposite Odeon cinema
Opening times & entrance fee: 8am-4pm on Saturdays and 10am-2.30pm on Sundays. Free entry.
Wimbledon Car Boot Sale
Wimbledon car boot opens early and the best bargains are to be had with the early-bird entry. There are still plenty of deals for the rest of the day though, with a wide selection of jewellery, vintage crockery and quality clothing to be found amongst the more questionable things on offer. Many vintage shops and market stall holders shop here for their stock, which is then sold on at much higher prices elsewhere.
Location: Wimbledon Stadium, Plough Lane, London, SW17 0BL
Opening times & entrance fee: 10.30am-2pm on Wednesday, 6.30am-1pm on Saturday and 7am-1.30pm on Sunday. Early-bird entry for the first hour is £2 and 50p thereafter.
Tel: 07785 706 506
Stoke Newington Car Boot Sale
Stoke Newington has long been a popular area with the hipster set and this is reflected in the wares available at the weekend car boot sale held at Princess May Primary School. The selection of costume jewellery is particularly good and there are plenty of vintage and retro wares to suit all tastes. There’s also an area for indoor pitches, making this a good choice for a rainy day.
Location: Princess May Primary School, Barrett’s Grove, London, N16 8DF
Opening times & entrance fee: 9am-3pm on Saturdays and 9am-2pm on Sundays. £3 early-bird entry before 9am and 50p during normal opening hours.
Hounslow West Car Boot Sale
Hounslow is not the best location for vintage fashion hunters but you’ll find a good selection of second-hand clothing, furniture, new housewares and general bric-a-brac. There’s also a popular butcher and green grocer on-site so you can stock up on fresh produce before heading home.
Location: Hounslow West Station Car Park, Bath Road, London, TW3 3DH
Opening times & entrance fee: 7.30-4pm on Saturdays and 7.30am-3pm on Sundays. Free entry.
St Mary’s Car Boot Sale
The car boot at St Mary’s is run by the same team behind the Princess May car boot sale at Stoke Newington and you’ll find a similar vibe and selection of items here. It’s great for retro home wares and decorative pieces and there’s a nice selection of vintage fashion too. You can also checkout the nearby St Augustine’s car boot sale on Kilburn Park Road while you’re in the area.
Location: St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, Quex Road, London, NW6 4PG
Opening times & entrance fee: 10am-3pm on Saturdays. £3 early-bird entry before 10am and 50p during normal opening hours.
Capital Car Boot Sale
This indoor and outdoor car boot sale has a more high-end feel than many of the other local markets and is a great place to shop for antiques, designer accessories and good-quality vintage fashion. This is a well organised car boot sale, with good facilities and a warm and friendly atmosphere – a great way to spend your Sunday afternoon.
Location: Pimlico Academy, Lupus St, London, SW1V 3AT
Opening times & entrance fee: 1pm-4pm every Sunday. £5 early-bird entry from 11am and £1 after 1pm.