15 Best Vintage Shops to Visit in London for One-of-a-Kind Rare Designer Pieces
Do you like saving? We’ve rounded up London’s 15 best vintage shops to score one-of-a-kind designer pieces, including the must-see spots of Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue and Paloma Faith – from Rellik to Serotonin and Atika
There’s nothing quite like waltzing into a vintage shop, sifting through the rails of eclectic items and unearthing a one-of-a-kind piece. London is home to some of the best vintage shops around, meaning there’s always a new boutique, pop-up or market to browse.
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Vintage clothing lets you bring a not-so-new garment to life while revamping your own wardrobe. Buying second-hand is a step towards sustainability because every dress, t-shirt or pant has a pre-existing story behind it. Plus, what’s more satisfying than when someone asks you, “I love your top, where is it from?” and respond with a subtle tinge of pride knowing the lengths you’ve gone to to discover this piece de resistance: “Thank you – its vintage.” Success!
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To save you the hassle, we’ve compiled a list of the 15 best vintage shops to visit in London. Whether you live in the north, south, east or west, a designer goldmine is never far away.
Mary’s Living and Giving, Primrose Hill
To kick off the list, we have The Life and Gift of Mary at Primrose Hill. Although technically a charity store, the charity chain of stores is home to rails upon rails of dreamy designer finds. A short walk from Primrose Hill, this neatly curated boutique offers a vintage visual feast of Vivienne Westwood tartan suit sets to Stella McCartney knitwear. Visit the other Mary’s Living and Giving stores scattered around London, including Notting Hill, East Dulwich and Marylebone.
Mary’s Living and Giving sells valuable second-hand designer items
Octavia, Hampstead Heath
Hampstead is home to some of the finest homes in London that house the most enchanting wardrobes. Luckily for us, the contents of cabinets are often recycled into octavia at Hampstead Heath. Browse the shop’s stock to find luxury basics at affordable prices, including winter must-haves and summer essentials for lazy sunny afternoons on the moor.
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Vintage Serotonin, Brick Lane
Enter the neon-adorned walls of Vintage Serotonin to unearth some funky youthful finds from brands such as Custo Barcelona, ââVersace and Moschino. From Kenzo knits to Roberto Cavalli tiger stripe jeans, Serotonin Vintage offers playful clothing to help customers achieve the ultimate cool girl eccentricity. Admire the retro framed prints that cover the interior of the boutique – which also happens to be a favorite of by Romeo Beckham fashion-forward girlfriend Mia Regan.
Serotonin Vintage is a visual feast
Atika, Brick Lane
Spread over two large floors, Atika is a perfect place for budding savings enthusiasts to start looking. Offering an abundance of vintage staples such as shirts and jeans, retro sportswear and reworked sets, mini skirts and accessories, Atika has something for everyone. Browse the selection of quirky jewelry, furry print bucket hats and handmade handbags for your quirky everyday needs. Young artists also sell their works here, so grab a print to brighten up your room while you’re there.
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Brick Lane Vintage Market, Brick Lane
Prepare for vintage overload on the descent Brick Lane Vintage Market. A matrix of independent vintage brands, Brick Lane Vintage Market offers a kaleidoscope of luxury brands. From Burberry signature nova checks to ’20s flapper fringe and Victorian lace corsets, the items on sale are reasonably priced. Come with a full wallet and leave with unique pieces.
Brick Lane Vintage is a treasure trove of designer finds
The Market Cartel, Hackney
A vast display of clothing, furniture and household items, The market cartel is located a few minutes walk from Hackney Downs station. Aimed at fans of the old school, the Market Cartel has all your vintage needs covered, from home interiors to outfit exteriors. The store also occasionally hosts pop-up events, where shoppers can shop and dance to the beat of an in-store DJ.
Nordic Poetry, Brick Lane
One for payday, Norse poetry sources of highly sought-after luxury collectibles. Vintage Prada nylon bags, rare Chanel sunglasses and Jean Paul Gaultier knit dresses are to die for. Slip on a Dior dress and admire the Instagrammable interior of the boutique, frequented by Jada Pinkett Smith and singer Jorja Smith. Can’t make it to London? Don’t worry, Nordic Poetry also sells via ASOS Market.
Nordic Poetry stocks brands such as Prada, Chanel and Versace
Gigi’s Dressing Room, Walthamstow
Not a big fan of labels and logos? Gigi’s dressing room is the store for you. True vintage pieces speak to the modest chest of drawers. If you change your mind, don’t worry, because every once in a while there’s an Oscar De La Renta knit or Mulberry linen blouse to experiment with. Owner Gigi also offers intimate client consultations and wardrobe modifications, where the team personalizes and revitalizes your wardrobe.
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Rellik, Ladbroke Grove
To visit Vintage is an unforgettable experience, something former A-list guests Lady Gaga, Lucy Boyton, Kate Moss and Kylie Minogue can vouch. Comme Des GarÃ§ons dresses, Gucci shirts, HermÃ¨s sunglasses and Celine pumps are ideal for special occasions. Not to mention the jewels on offer, from luxury houses such as Yves Saint Laurent or Louis Vuitton. Save up for a successful shopping spree at this designer dream haunt.
Rellik is a celebrity favorite
Portobello Bridge, Portobello Road
Located in the Portobello Road Market, which takes place every Saturday morning, Bridge Portobello is the go-to spot for 70s midsommar dresses and prairie blouses. Vintage Intimissimi slip camisoles, ivory cheesecloth shirts, 50s florals and long milkmaid dresses appeal to feminine dressers. Bridget is open to reasonable haggling, to ensure both buyer and seller are 100% happy with their great purchase.
Karen Vintage, Portobello Road
A fairy tale bohemian fantasy, Karen Vintage is a treasure trove of Laura Ashley prairie dresses, Ossie Clark ostrich feathers and Zandra Rhodes silks. Sumptuous party pieces are framed by the boutique’s gold and pistachio interior, making Karen Vintage a celebrity mecca. Paloma Faith and Strictly Oti Mabuse are notable fans.
Fairytale whimsy meets boho bling in Karen Vintage
Retro Women, Notting Hill
This hidden gem takes on the appearance of a traditional thrift store hiding some unconventional pieces. Retro Women is seconds away from Notting Hill Gate tube station, but make sure you don’t miss it. Rows of undeniably chic garments line the walls of the boutique, making the search for a top, slacks or tuxedo all the more exhilarating. Balenciaga blazers, beaded Prada two-pieces and Jasper Conran jackets are all up for grabs, and more.
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Dress me! Vintage Fair, Chelsea
London’s longest running vintage fair and thrift store, Dress me! vintage fair is intended to send thrift enthusiasts into a fashion frenzy. Hosted at Chelsea Town Hall halfway down King’s Road, aka the birthplace of punk, the fair is easily accessible and requires a modest Â£5 entry fee to enter. From the 1920s to the 1970s, relive your favorite fashion decade with the shimmering clothes available for purchase.
Dress me! Vintage Fair takes place in Chelsea
South London is home to some of London’s most expensive second-hand shops. Descend Peckham Rye to find traid, a charity shop with a lot to offer. Plenty of steals and deals, including vintage Ralph Lauren handbags and Alexander McQueen sweatshirts, will make perfect additions to your seasonal wardrobe. Visit other Traid stores in Dalston, Camden, Hammersmith and Notting Hill to expand your vintage vocabulary.
Grab a luxury bargain at Traid
Another affordable yet eye-catching clothing hub, Crisis in Camberwell is a sustainable option for those on a budget. Selling everything from pre-loved jewelery to high street and high fashion items, Crisis is ideal for students in south London who want to stand out from the crowd.
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Get designer labels for less and elevate your dress style. Explore other Crisis charity stores in Archway, Islington and Finsbury Park for even more designer deals.
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