Vintage & Retro Reign Supreme!
Love Retro and Vintage? Want to find some original examples to take home? London has some superb retro & vintage boutiques offering amazing bargains which can include couture labels like YSL or Mary Quant. We give you the low down on some of the best places to start hunting for those sought after items.
In north London, Camden Lock has always been a great place to shop for retro & vintage also, it is surrounded by many serviced Apartments in London. You can often find unusual bargains by exploring the mass of stalls and shops around the area. It is also a great place to find vintage records and cameras as well as accessories.
Over in Covent Garden, search out Blackout II for all kinds of one-off designs including 1930’s cocktail dresses, full-skirted 1950’s outfits, glittering evening bags, and stylish hats. If you plan to go to a party or attend a special dinner whilst in London, it is worth taking a look at their hire range of original 1920’s flapper dresses.
Not far away in Soho, Reign Vintage sells everything from jazzy shell-suits to vintage shirts, or even a skimpy playsuit dating from the 1960s. A careful search of the shelves and racks can bring up some unexpected treasures such as Versace blazers or Gucci loafers. It is also a great place to find some fun sweatshirts and the prices are really good.
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If you are keen on Americana or military styles then The Vintage Showroom in Seven Dials is a good choice. Expect to find lots of classic denim, sweatshirts, and t-shirts along with jerseys, scarves, and jackets. It is mainly menswear, but there are some good bags and holdalls too which have universal appeal.
Tucked away in Clerkenwell, Pennies Vintage is definitely worth a visit, especially if you are looking for a really glitzy, stunning gown or retro wedding dress while you are staying at any of the short stay apartments London. This is where you can find exquisite 1920’s satin gowns or 1940’s lacey outfits alongside amazing beaded flapper dresses. These are outfits that are guaranteed to attract attention wherever you go.
Take the tube over to Ladbroke Grove in West London and hunt out Relik if you want something totally unusual and different. Rumour has it that Lady Gaga has been seen shopping here! Good buys are vintage jewelry, shoes, blouses, and skirts. From wedges to stilettos, the choice is amazing making this store one of London’s best kept fashion secrets.
While in West London, explore the delights of Portobello Road. A long-established street market, it has always been popular with people hunting for vintage & retro. Nowadays you can also find similar wares on sale in shops along Portobello Road such as One of a Kind.