Unique, one-of-a-kind, a piece of history, and every item with its own story to tell: that’s the beauty of vintage clothing, and that’s why we love it so much.
In London, where fashion and history blend seamlessly together, you’ll find some of the best vintage clothing stores in the world.
If you’re looking for a truly special memento that can’t be found on the capital’s high streets, here’s a roundup of seven vintage shops in London you’re sure to love.
1.Rokit, Covent Garden
The retro clothing giant started life as a humble market stall in Camden and has since expanded to several large stores across London.
Here you can pick up some real bargains for men and women. Take your time to hunt through the racks and you may find a designer gem or classic dress from the 1940s.
2. Rellik, W10
A favourite with celebrity shoppers, designers and fashion editors, Rellik has a fantastic display of designer womenswear dating from the 1930s to the present day.
The displays are beautiful and the bare wall backdrop adds to its retro feel. If you’re a Vivienne Westwood fan, you’ll love Rellik.
3. The Vintage Showroom, Covent Garden
This famous London store focuses exclusively on menswear from the mid 20th century. If you’re looking for a unique gift for your husband, boyfriend or son, you’ll be amazed at the extensive selection of denim, shirts, leather and shoes on offer.
4. Beyond Retro, Brick Lane
You could easily get lost in the largest and most affordable vintage store in London. Beyond Retro has something for everyone, from 1960s party dresses to antique accessories and vintage shoes.
Beyond Retro only sources items from charitable organisations, and they even have their own fashion label. There are two more branches in Dalston and Soho.
5. Absolute Vintage, Spitalfields
Just around the corner from Brick Lane, you’ll find Absolute Vintage, a treasure trove for shoe lovers. Vintage shoes cost between £10 and £20, and clothes start from £1!
You have to rummage around the enormous amounts of clothes in the bargain bins and racks, but with a little patience, you can find some real gems such as a cabinet filled with rare Chanel bags.
6. One of a Kind, Portobello Road
Situated on iconic Portobello Road, One of a Kind stocks a range of luxury designer labels such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Stella McCartney, Chanel, Dior and Gucci to name but a few.
It’s also a favourite shopping haunt for celebrities including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss.
Prices are hefty but the clothes are in pristine condition, sourced by the owner from auctions, markets and jumble sales.
7. Camden Market, Camden
You can’t shop for vintage clothes in London without stopping off at the famous Camden Market. Nowhere else will you find such an amazing and eclectic range of one-off gems, vintage bargains, haute couture, and classic dresses from the 1940s, 50s and 60s. You’ll even find 70s and 80s disco wear if that’s your thing.
From secondhand clothes shops to specialist stalls, Camden Market is a vintage clothes lover’s dream.
With a unique knowledge of London, Premium Tours run London tours that are filled with insider information, such as where to find the best vintage stores. There are also plenty of tours from London to other fascinating places, so whatever your interests are you’ll be able to find the perfect tour for you.