Channelling Edie Sedgwick or looking as if you’re hot off an ’80s runway, without breaking the bank, has never been easier. Below Vogue brings you a guide to the best vintage shops and bargain buys in London, just in time for the Christmas season.
Serotonin Vintage, Brick Lane
For the Almost Famous, Factory Girl and Coyote Ugly lovers out there, Serotonin Vintage is the shop for you. Right on Brick Lane, each rail is bursting with fabulous items, bargain designer steals from Burberry, Fendi, Dior, Moschino, all for an affordable price. Keep an eye out on their Instagram page for their latest store arrivals.
Brick Lane, Weavers, London E1 6SA
House of Vintage, Brick Lane
If you’re looking for your staple jumpers, embroidered knits, printed tees, denim items, bomber jackets, House of Vintage that specialises in those items is worth popping into from your way out of Serotonin Vintage.
4 Cheshire Street, London E2 6EH
Found and Vision, Ladbroke Grove
Tucked away at the end of Portobello Road is the lightly lit, boutique-like vintage store selling high-end, rare pieces.
104 Golborne Road, London W10 5PS
Rellik, Ladbroke Grove
Just down the road from Found and Vision is Rellik – its speciality being its accessories and footwear collection. Walking into the shop is as if you’ve walked straight into a time machine and woken up in the ’70s with all its bright colours. They have some great bold coloured suits in there too.
8 Golborne Gardens, London W10 5NW
Mero Retro, Dalston
While Mero Retro offers a wide selection of garments, it’s a must-go destination for its Asian-inspired vintage garments that includes a selection of kimonos, printed tees, shirts and accessories, that are all fair-trade and handmade.
2 Bradbury St, Dalston, London N16 8JN
The Market Cartel, Hackney
The Market Cartel, as you would expect from its name, has everything. Featuring pieces from the ’50s to the ’80s, we recommend dedicating an hour or so to search every ceiling, rail and crevice in the store as hidden gems are tucked away.
Pembury Circus, E8 2AQ
Paper Dress Vintage, Hackney
Paper Dress Vintage is as vintage and rock’n’roll as it gets. Drop in to browse their eclectic collection with pieces ranging from the 1920s to 1980s and soak in the vintage feel with its vintage decor and black and white checkered floors. We recommend dropping by even for a coffee or a dance as the boutique has a great outdoor space, perfect for the summer and the shop opens up as an event space for gigs.
352a Mare Street, London E8 1HR
Blackout II, Covent Garden
As you leave the bustling streets of Covent Garden, just off Seven Dials, you’ll find Blackout II – a small, cosy vintage shop across two floors, that’s been up and running for over 30 years – so you know you’ll find some rare gems in there. Its antique and almost period costume items are worth browsing and it’ss home to the best men’s and women’s suits.
51 Endell St, London WC2H 9AJ
Wow Retro, Covent Garden
Going through a Top Gun,Grease,The Matrix,Fight Club, James Dean phase but unsure whether or not you can pull the leather look off? Wow Retro, with their cosmic leather selection will prove otherwise and you’re guaranteed to walk away with the perfect leather jacket or boots as if they were made just for you.
179 Drury Ln, London WC2B 5QF
One of a Kind Archive, Portobello Road
It’s easy to miss the small, dark-painted unassuming store on Portobello Road, but it’s one of our favourites and home to one of the biggest and best vintage collections London has to offer. The small shop is tightly packed with jaw-dropping ‘one of a kind’ items that even date back to the 19th century. One of a Kind has an entire wall dedicated to the many famous faces that have graced the shop including Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss and our very own Editor-in-chief.
259 Portobello Rd, London W11 1LR
William Vintage, Marylebone
Heralded as the ‘King of Vintage’ William Banks-Blaney’s internationally renowned two-floored vintage shop is the absolute-must, creme de la creme, go-to destination for the ultimate designer items. The store has an extensive loyal celebrity customer list that includes Amal Clooney, Victoria Beckham and Tilda Swinton.
2 Marylebone St, Marylebone, London W1G 8JQ
Modes & More, Pimlico
Whether it’s a theme, trend, season or colour, Modes & More’s window is enough to lure you into the store. It’s arguably one of the best dressed shop windows in London with some great designer items from Gucci, Galliano, Louis Vuitton and so on.
48a Moreton St, Pimlico, London SW1V 2NH
Oxfam, Westbourne Grove
The ultimate steals are in charity shops – the Oxfam on Westbourne Grove having just as many designer collectables and fashionable pieces as the vintage stores on Portobello and Ladbroke Grove. From brands ranging from Ralph Lauren to Yves Saint Laurent to , this charity shop is a fashion haven for the bargain hunters. In fact, last weekend I was rather pleased that I left with a Prada slip dress all for the humble price of £60.
245 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2SE
Royal Trinity Hospice, Portobello Road
On the corner of Portobello Road is Royal Trinity Hospice which, despite not having designer names and labels, has plenty of fashionable and stylish garments. It’s great for oversized suits, your staple pieces including roll necks, cashmeres, oversized knits, suits and funky trousers.
216 Portobello Rd, London W11 1LJ
Any charity shop in Marylebone:
Marylebone seems to be a vintage and charity shop district and the Oxfam, Cancer Research, British Heart Foundation are certainly all worth visiting. Its small stores are secretly hiding some of the best vintage fashion pieces all for reasonably cheap prices.