Planning a shopping spree? Guest blogger Ben Holbrook shares his favourite places in London to find pre-loved bargains for your wardrobe or home…
Dedicated stalls, fairs and shops for vintage fashion and homewares are popping up all over London. You could do your shopping online, but there’s no substitute for the rush of getting amongst the crowds and fighting off other shoppers for the bargain of the day. Here are three of London’s finest vintage shops – enjoy and happy hunting!
The Vintage Emporium
, 14 Bacon Street, E1 6LF
The hustle and bustle of Brick Lane provides as the perfect setting for this quaint Victorian style tea room, which serves up delicious Victorian treats and classic teas in a relaxed setting. Hidden away downstairs, The Vintage Emporium includes an impressive vintage clothing and accessories boutique with a fine selection of items from The Victorian Era to the 1950s. It’s a great place to stop for lunch whilst still continuing with your vintage treasure hunt.
Deborah Woolf Vintage
, 28 Church Street, NW8 8EP
Deborah Woolf is somewhat of a local legend among the vintage crowd and her shop has an extensive range of vintage clothing and accessories from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Deborah has even contributed her stock to films including X-Men and Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds. Prices aren’t as low as many other vintage stores across London, but quality is exceptionally high. A must see for any serious vintage shopping trip.
Camden Thrift Store, 51 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AN
No London vintage shopping trip would be complete without a rummage around Camden’s finest treasure trove. This narrow little shop is literally overflowing with irresistible bargains and, even though the quality of the stock can vary, it’s unlikely you’ll leave without something that will make you smile. The owner is known for being one of the most helpful shopkeepers in town and will help you look for whatever it is that you’re after.