A well established vintage fashion fair running one Sunday per month in Primrose Hill. The fair is the perfect way to spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon and find some amazing vintage pieces.I got a really beautiful 1950's lace dress for under £30!
The fair has a great selection of stalls with a range of vintage clothing, shoes, accessories and textiles from a variety of decades with stallholders that really know their stuff and are approachable and happy to help. There is something to suit most people with clothes ranging from really affordable to some really special designer pieces and menswear. The pretty little cafe downstairs is also great for a cup of tea and slice of cake afterwards.
Located in one of the arches under the railway line, Secondo is a delightful cafe and second hand clothing emporium. The arch is crammed with all manner of retro clothing, furnishings, there's even a caravan and a dinky bubble car! The menu is great and customers can request bigger portions if required to give strength to sort through the vast selection of vintage and retro clothing. A DJ plays music from the 1950s and 1980s in the caravan on Friday and Saturday evenings. Great idea, great place.
Radio Days is an Aladdin’s cave, crammed to the rafters with vintage clothing, memorabilia from the 1920s to the 1980s, piles of hats, Bakerlite telephones, radios, jewellery, old advertising boards, plaques, retro packaging, old clocks and watches, sheet music, Art Deco objects and large dollop of kitsch.
87 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7AB
+44(0)207 928 0800
Google map: bit.ly/jy6ydb
Open Mon-Sat 10.00—18.00
Overground train or Northern Line underground to Waterloo, Bakerloo Line underground to Lambeth North, bus 12, 53, 148, 159, 453, N109, 171
A store in Hackney that is full of interesting films, posters, projectors, batteries and old cameras - EVERYTHING is Super 8 or Super 16 and you can even get the owner to come round your house and project a film the old fashioned way!
35 Lower Clapton Rd, Lower Clapton, E5
+44(0)20 8985 1766
Google map: bit.ly/iPHf7y
I found this astonishing shop in Crouch End: Little Paris, which sells only french products. Vintage furniture and decoration accessories, parisian designer's jewels and fashion accessories.
Every item in this shop is so lovely!
You should go and have a look in this piece of France based in the animated area of Crouch End. You will go back home with something, for sure!
House of Liza specializes in vintage designer clothing. The collection contains a handpicked selection from avant-garde fashion from the 50s to the 90s. Designers include Kansai Yamamoto, André Courrèges, JC de Castelbajac, Stephen Sprouse, Comme des Garçons, Jil Sander, Claude Montana, Thierry Mugler and JP Gaultier.
Strut is a dress agency and vintage store for men and women which opened almost two years ago. Word has spread among stylists and lovers of highly original and designer items about this cornucopia of once-owned designer pieces and sourced perfectly preserved flapper silks, thirties tea dresses, fifties frocks and iconic designers of later decades. On my last visit I saw an Alexander McQueen jacket at under £200, an Alice Temperley dress, vintage Ossie Clarke and boxed new Jimmy Choos ranged alongside Gucci loafers and Vivienne Westwood shirts and blouses. Exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly staff make for a great shopping experience.
Strut has recently opened a sister shop, Stroll, just down the road at 111 Church street, where more modest tastes can be indulged. Operating as a dress agency for the local fashion cognoscenti you will find high-end high street and designer bargains. On the day I visited £30 would have bought me a brand new pair of John Rocha brogues or a Betty Jackson jacket.
182 Church Street, Stoke Newington, London N16 OJL
Google map: bit.ly/b200bb
+44(0)207 254 4387
If you wanted a time machine - this is it. Like the name suggests, it's more than just clothes, it's a whole life.
Packed with all sorts of collectible items you could stock up on everything you might need to move back in time. From magazines through cups to clothing - it's all there.
As well as being wonderfully laid out, the staff/owners are extremely friendly and interesting and the stock is nicely chosen. A nice place to visit, it's a real experience.
Fur Coat No Knickers is a vintage wedding dress shop in Kingly Court just off Carnaby Street. The dresses are mostly forties and fifties and then altered to fit by two girls who spent years in West End Theatre fitting actors and actresses.
My wardrobe is crammed with vintage and I love the fact each piece has its own secret story of previous lives and mistresses. There are so many great, low cost vintage shops in London but if you are searching for something very special (with a price tag to match) then this tip is for you!
Relik is found down the end of Golborne Road you don’t really venture down. It stands defiant on its own as if it’s been snubbed by its Portobello peers. You will discover rail upon rail of designer names and high quality pieces - a sleek 1950s Dior suit, or some vintage Vivienne Westwood it’s all scandalously glamorous (you may find yourself rummaging the rails alongside Sienna Miller) but also surprisingly wearable
And as you pass over your credit card remember you can relieve yourself of retail guilt as buying into vintage means you can be ethical while enjoying your individuality. As my mother would say as she trawls the charity shops: “second hand has soul”.
An east London based vintage shop, just off ultra fashionable Brick Lane, with a fondness for 80s fashion in particular. Expect George Michael earrings, Mickey Mouse caps, colourful shell suits and glam Joan Collins garb. You get the picture?
Items flying off the shelves have included ski goggles, Knight Rider annuals, electro-age musical instruments among other weird and wonderful things.
Recently spied browsing the rails have been Peaches Geldof, The Mighty Boosh and The Black Kids. No longer their little secret!
I Dream Of Wires,
68a Cheshire St (Off Brick Lane)
London E2 6EH
020 7739 4481
11am - 7pm every day
Tube: Liverpool Street / Aldgate East
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