You can always elevate your wardrobe with a vintage item or two, no matter the season. But where in London has the best vintage stores? That’s what we’re here to find out with our guide to a selection of bargain buys and vintage shops where you can find a couple of gems to finesse your look.
Serotonin Vintage, Brick Lane
Travel back in time with Serotonin Vintage’s collection of designer gear featuring Burberry, Moschino, Dior and more. And if you’re looking for inspiration, head to its Instagram page featuring some seriously stylish vintage looks. This Brick Lane spot near Shoreditch is the place to be to find items that will make you stand out from the crowd.
Address: 194 Brick Ln, London E1 6SA
Found & Vision, Portobello Rd
Everything is hand-picked at Found & Vision, a charming little store on Portobello Road near Notting Hill. You’ll find unusual, fun and rare pieces to compliment your look, with 30s dresses, 70s platforms and more. Expect to see clothes from designers like YSL and Ossie Clark.
Address: 318 Portobello Rd, London W10 5RU
Alfies Antique Market, Lisson Grove
Over in northwest London, near St. John’s Wood, is where you will find Alfies Antique Market. It’s the largest indoor antique market in London and has everything from 1930s and 40s vintage clothes to other collectables and design pieces. During the summer, why not head up to the rooftop kitchen? You can enjoy a bite while soaking up the views of London.
Address: 13 - 25 Church St, London NW8 8DT
Reign Vintage, Soho
There’s so much style in Soho that it deserves its own vintage fashion spot. Enter Reign Vintage, a store stocking everything from skimpy 60s playsuits to jazzy shell-suits. The shop’s affordable prices will keep you coming back for more; you can buy a vintage shirt for around £30. Reign Vintage is well stocked, too, which means you can easily rack up a bill searching through these delightful vintage garments.
Address: 12 Berwick St, London W1F 0PN
Spanning over two floors in Spitalfields, Akita is definitely going by the motto of “more is more”. The space is jam-packed with clothes ranging from streetwear to designer and recycled pieces. You’ll find bold and colourful items at Atika and certainly won’t be disappointed with your discoveries.
Address: 55-59 Hanbury St, London E1 5JP
Rokit, Brick Lane
Another Brick Lane hotspot, Rokit started as a single market stall in Camden in 1986. Today, it enjoys a bricks and mortar location in one of London’s most vibrant neighbourhoods and stocks iconic 501 jeans. You can also take your flared denim and get them straightened.
Address: 101 Brick Ln, London E1 6SE
Cabbages & Frocks, Marylebone
Discover a range of designer vintage clothes at Cabbages & Frocks, an open-air Saturday market set in a hidden cobbled courtyard in Marylebone. It’s full of designer brands at bargain prices and there’s even fresh produce available, just in case you get peckish with all that vintage retail therapy.
Address: St. Marylebone Parish Church Grounds, Marylebone High St, London W1U 5BA
The Vintage Showroom, Covent Garden
We’re not even sure if it's is a vintage shop or a museum of historical artefacts, but this the menswear’s spot is well worth your visit. It specialises in Americana (denim, sweats, etc) and classic military British pieces. There’s a great collection on offer, and its central location in Covent Garden makes it easy to access. Heritage menswear fans will love The Vintage Showroom and all it has to offer.
Emma Goldman Vintage & Costume, Ladbroke Grove
You will find rare vintage steals galore at Emma Goldman Vintage & Costume. But the stock doesn’t stay here for long – to the point that mannequins are changed frequently because the items fly off the shelves.
Address: Golborne Rd, London W10 5SY
SK Vintage, Kentish Town
Head to Kentish Town in northwest London and shop at SK Vintage for vintage and designer pieces spanning multiple eras. What began as a stall in Camden passage is now a stylish store with items that will enhance your modern wardrobe, no matter the colour, pattern and style you’re after.
Address: 51 Fortess Rd, London NW5 2HH
You can’t have a guide to the best vintage stores in London without featuring Camden Market. This legendary location in the heart of Camden has everything from bargain vintage garments to special one-off pieces. Browse the second-hand shops and stalls and discover 1940s dresses, cheesy 70s and 80s disco wear and a whole lot more.
You really are spoilt for choice when it comes to sourcing vintage gems in London, and the shops on our list will more than cater to your needs. All that's left to do is get shopping and add some stylish and charming retro pieces to your wardrobe.