London’s best car boot sales

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Whether it’s a bargain you’re after, or you want to off load some of your dusty loft junk, London‘s car boot scene is getting bigger and better. Here are a few recommendations…

North west Londoners should head to the indoor car boot sale at Salusbury School, NW6 6RG. The Queens Park Community Sale is on the first Sunday of each month, stalls are £25 including table hire, and it’s right next to a Farmers Market. It has a great mix of handmade and craft items and bric-a brac too. And you don’t have to worry about the weather… The next sale is on Sunday 2 September from 10am to 2pm. Go to queensparkcommunitysale.co.uk for more info.

Chiswick’s Southfield Primary School Car Boot is small but perfectly formed. This very friendly sale has really good value prices on the gate, with lots of bargains to be had – and they even have some vintage clothes sellers. Entry price is just 50p (or £1 before 8.30am). If you want to pitch, it’s £10 for small vans, £8 for cars, and £5 for walk-in sellers. The next event is on Sunday 30 September, from 8.30am until 12.30 pm.

Holloway Car Boot sale opposite the Holloway Road Odeon Cinema is one of London’s busiest, but it’s definitely worth a visit. You can hunt down everything from one-off items of clothing, to trendy house wares and 1950s china. But best of all is the people watching – you’ll encounter plenty of Del Boy-a-likes! And because it’s smack-bang on top of London Metropolitan University, some stalls offer a 20% student discount, too. It’s £15 for cars and £20 for vans, but entry is free for buyers. Holloway Car Boot Sale, N7 6LJ, is on every Saturday and Sunday and starts at 8am. Call 07957 203330 for more details.

Battersea Boot is the poshest car boot sale in the Capital, and promises ‘quality goods and a Portobello-like atmosphere’. This sale is not cheap, and you may struggle to find real bargains or get rid of your bric-a-brac, but if you want a more civilised car boot experience, then this is for you. Another plus is that the event kicks off at noon, which means you get a decent Sunday lie in…
Battersea Boot at Battersea Park School, SW11 5AP, is every Sunday from 12.00pm – 5.00pm. Go to batterseaboot.com to find out more.

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