10+ Best Vintage Shops In London

London has everything a city needs and more, it is a chaotic melting pot of art, culture, food and fashion. Tourists flock to this hip capital for sightseeing, cuisine, nightlife and vintage shopping.

Within the sprawling suburbs of London, there is an expansive vintage scene waiting to dive into. Yet in a city the size of London, you need to know where to go.

Vintage shopping in London without direction is synonymous with finding a needle in a haystack. Time-consuming and impossible.

People are now more aware of the implications of fast fashion and its impact on the environment.  80% of the world is now reusing and wearing second-hand clothes. Vintage shopping is a whole experience.

Many retailers choose to open side by side to create vintage zones for fans to flock to. Within the vintage clothing world, there are a whole variety of niches. This ranges from designer iconic pieces to retro sportswear.

Depending on your goal, this article will point you away from endless rails of musky clothing. Instead, it will send you in the right direction to your preferred style of vintage Zion.

With London being a maze, we have organized our choices by area. This helps you plan your vintage shopping spree with more direction.

Best Vintage Stores in London

1. Portobello Road

If you’re seeking elegance, antiques and covetable designer clothing. Portobello Road is the crown jewel destination. This area exudes taste, glamour and one-off show stoppers.

As well as housing many boutique stores, weekends at Portobello Road spring to life. They welcome the renowned Green Market. This market boasts eclectic crowds, cutting-edge fashion and affordable price tags.

This accompanied by the unbeatable Portobello market ambience makes it an unmissable experience.

2. Found and vision

 

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318 Portobello Road W10 5RU London

info@foundandvision.com

www.foundandvision.com

072089645656

Found and Vision draws its name from an obscure synth track on Bowie’s 1977 Low album. The store neighbours other iconic vintage gems (Emma Goldman Vintage, 282 Portobello ) making the area a Mecca for vintage luxury.

Whether you have the money to spend or you’re on the lookout for some inspiration, this is an experience not to miss. You’ll be up close and personal with brands such as Dior, YSL, Pucci, Versace and other statement designers.

3. Emma Goldman Vintage & Costumes

 

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112 Golborne Road, London, W10 5PS, United Kingdom.

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07803874252

This is a familiar name in die-hard vintage lovers’ mouths. Despite only opening in 2016, this store has made a huge impact on the vintage scene. Here lies a curated mix of iconic vintage pieces all picked by hand.

It boasts sequined covered evening wear, statement streetwear, tweed, fur and everything between. Emma Goldman houses many iconic UK fashion names from Barbour to Burberry.

They also provide a costume hire service for period dramas and theatre productions. This is an innovative no-waste approach to sustainable fashion.

4. Brick Lane

The less sophisticated (but no less iconic)  Brick Lane appeals to a different kind of vintage enthusiast. Brick Lane’s vintage scene is a little more rough and ready and comes with much lower price tags.

To find your one-off pieces prepare to sift through rails upon rails of clothes in never-ending stores. Brick Lane is the perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon. sifting through records and finding vintage treasures.

This area never loses its cool and is ever-expanding in its vintage, art and music scene. The area encapsulates London’s eclectic cultural diversity, making it the perfect place to get lost for a while.

5. Rokit

 

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225 Camden High Street London NW1 7BU

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www.rokit.co.uk

+44 20 7375 3864

Rokit landed on London’s vintage scene in 1986 with a stall in the world-renowned Camden Market and has been expanding its legacy ever since (now boasting an impressive four stores!).

Rokit is a thrifters paradise, a household name across the city with four stores. Its emblematic Brick Lane branch sprawls across three storefronts.  Anything goes in this funky store. Suede jackets, rainbow windbreakers, overalls, sportswear and of course London’s adored, Dr Martens.

Rokit has recently initiated a huge up-cycling movement. Here vintage apparel that is no longer fit for resale is transformed into scrunchies, bags, skirts and more!

6. Atika

 

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55-59 Hanbury St, London E1 5JP

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+44 20 7377 8828

Atika lies seconds from Brick Lane and is a self-proclaimed Vintage department store. It has taken over and revolutionized a Victorian warehouse. This vintage utopia is 6000 square feet which equates to serious amounts of clothing!

All fashion eras and trends are waiting to be discovered, you can find anything your heart desires. Give yourself time to roam as this is not a five-minute shopping experience.

7. Beyond Retro

 

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110-112, Cheshire St, Bethnal Green, London E2 6EJ

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www.beyondretro.com

+44 20 7729 9001

Beyond Retro’s flagship shop is the largest in the Brick Lane vintage clothing scene. The brand has an empire of stores across the UK – with four in London. If you’re searching for a pair of Levi jeans and a neon shell jacket – look no further.

They also specialize in statement vintage children’s clothing which is hard to come by in other stores. Beyond Retro is forever expanding and growing not only with storefronts but ideas.

They are currently partnering with Lucy and Yak by recycling their used products. If funds are low remember that the Brick Lane store allows you to exchange items of clothing for store credit. This is the perfect way to mix up your wardrobe without spending a penny!

8. Hunky Dory

226 Brick Ln, London E1 6SA,

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www.hunkydoryvintage.com

+44 20 7729 7387

Hunky Dory is another store that takes its name from the beloved pop cult king David Bowie. Hunky Dory takes you back in time to England where a suit and tie was the standard dress code. Not to forget the braces and the brogues!

It is intimate but elegant and despite its humble size all stock is well organized and presented. This is the go-to place for men to grab a paisley shirt, double-breasted blazer or grandad cap.

For women, there is an extensive collection of the 50s and 60s dresses and blazers. The wooden storefront is unique and has become the backdrop for many photoshoots over the years.

9. Spitalfields market

56 Brushfield St, London E1 6AA

www.spitalfields.co.uk

info@oldspitalfieldsmarket.com

+44 20 7377 1496

Spitalfields Market in this same area has been alive and kicking for over 350 years. What was once a locals market is now busier than ever. It is open seven days a week and hosts a cool mix of vintage and new projects.

This thrifters paradise showcases vintage boutiques such as Collectif and Hipish Vintage. The Spitalfields project also includes up-cycled pioneers and new independent designers.

The first and third Friday in the month sees the market turn into a vinyl traders takeover. This sees collectors from all over the city head to join the grand vinyl rummage.

10. Camden Town

Calling all the young punks, Camden is a suburb not to be missed on your quest to pursue all things Vintage. The whole town is bustling with music, street food and of course statement fashion!

Its vintage shopping scene is as famous as the picturesque locks. Camden is thriving all day every day, so to avoid getting trapped in a vintage theme park of the vintage world try and arrive early morning or evening and avoid Saturdays to keep your sanity.

There are many different markets in Camden, but the Stable Market is the most attractive to vintage lovers. This bustling destination once served as horse stables, meaning there is a lot of history nestled within the cobbled streets.

Historically the stable markets had a much deeper punk/alternative influence. Although this has become more diluted, its punk roots are still evident today. Expect to find every style of leather jacket invented plus countless steampunk glasses and accessories.

11. Retro World Shop

 

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Camden Stable Market

Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AH,

www.camdenmarket.com/shops/retro-world

072074857656

The retro world is hard to miss as you meander through the stable markets. Marking the entrance is a statement neon sign featuring a duke box and pin-up girls towering above it.

This Camden classic is packed wall-to-wall with on-trend vintage clothing. If you’re looking for an already broken-in pair of Doc Martens or a statement leather jacket – this must be the place.

There is always house and funk music blasting from the store getting everyone in the mood for a Friday night of live music in Camden Town.

12. What Goes Around Comes Around

Camden Stable Market

Unit 32, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AH,

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www.camdenmarket.com/shops/what-goes-around-comes-around

072074249621

What Goes Around Comes Around is all about classic USA vintage streetwear styles. This treasure trove is bursting with old-school American treasures.

Pick from varsity jackets, retro bombers, Hawaiian shirts and iconic American football jerseys. It’s also a great spot for Levi shorts, retro Adidas tracksuits and broken-in Converse trainers!

13. St Cyr Vintage

 

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Camden Market

56 Saddle Row Camden Market, London NW1 8AH

www.stcyrvintage.co.uk

072071594709

St Cyr (pronounced ‘sincere’) Vintage is one of London’s best-known, and best-stocked vintage stores. If you want something special for an event, this is your haven.

Ranging from roaring twenties flapper dresses to 50’s prom queen style gowns and 1970s maxi dresses – you’re bound to find something that sets you on fire.

The best thing about these pieces as you can guarantee that no one else at the party will be wearing the same. Bonus point, by shopping second hand you’re also helping the environment.

14. Escape to Brighton

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of London whilst continuing your vintage shopping mission. Escape to Brighton. Brighton is exactly an hour by train from London Bridge and opens a whole new world of thrifting opportunities.

Snoopers Paradise is stacked with elaborate vintage dresses and statement antiques. Although further afield it is definitely worth the train ride.

There is another ‘Beyond Vintage’ store here and also a must-visit store ‘To Be Worn Again’. You also get a chance for some fresh sea air and to explore a new city so there’s not much to lose here.

Conclusion

This extensive list only scratched the surface of London’s ready to explore vintage fashion scene. Vintage shopping appeals to all different audiences with different budgets and styles. Hopefully, this article has helped figure out your niche and where to begin the hunt.

Heading to the neighbourhoods of Portobello Road, Brick Lane and Camden Town will quench your thirst for vintage shopping.

Vintage shopping makes so much sense. You help slow down the terrifying speed that fast fashion industries sell items of clothing whilst guaranteeing yourself better quality items.

Clothes were not invented to be worn once and thrown away. Vintage shopping lets these special garments continue their life cycles. Clothes should be loved by their owners and loved again by new owners ( and kept out of landfill sites!).

Let us know any London vintage stores we may be missing from our list in the comments and please share the article if you enjoyed the read!

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