Vintage Store Index
We all know that London has some of the most amazing vintage shops in the word and lots of them all over the city. But how do you know which ones are best for you? This is Stain’s index to all the best vintage shops for whatever you’re looking for. For any price range and decade, you’ll find it here.
Alfies Antique Market
About: Opened in 1976 Alfies could be considered the birthplace of the London vintage scene. The converted department store is now home to over 100 antique dealers. The stalls feature 20th century clothing and accessories, costume jewellery, and modernism furniture.
Best for: A full day of vintage hunting. Spend hours going through each floor’s troves to find hidden treasure and then celebrate your finds with a drink on the rooftop café.
13-25 Church Street, Marylebone, London, NW8 8DT
All Aboard Shops
About: With 14 charity shops across London, All Aboard isn’t one of the most well-known charity shops. This means that they’re the shops where you can find amazing products for very little money because the stock hasn’t been swept up by the regular vintage hunters the day it hits the floor.
Best for: Finding vintage pieces and having your money support local charities. All Aboard supports over 60 local charities, which work with vulnerable children and students, the disabled, service veterans, patients and their families, senior citizens and victims of abuse.
2a Regent Parade Amhurst Park, Stoke Newington, London N16 5DL
About: The store infamous for having the likes of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano shop for vintage trimmings and accessories Annie’s is all about vintage glamour. The store also features a bargain rail with pieces and baskets of vintage lace and fabrics perfect for reworking your own vintage pieces.
Best for: 20’s vintage clothing from flapper dresses to amazing beaded headpieces; this is the place for lots of lace and sparkle.
12 Camden Passage, Islington, N1 8ED
Aro & Archive
About: An appointment only service located in East London, Aro is a curated primarily designer vintage collection featuring both women’s and menswear from all the way back to the 1880s. Aro is not only a shop but also acts as a rental service for design houses, museums and educational institutions.
Best for: Japanese, French and Belgian designer archives from brands such as Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, and Issey Miyake.
2 Ada Street, London, E8 4QU
About: Formerly named Blitz London, Attika is a vintage store that claims to love change, as the store once sold a mixture of clothing and antique furniture but today also sells antique games and comic books. The store is located in a Victorian warehouse, which was once Europe’s biggest cobbler, with the trendiest vintage pieces upstairs and a bargain room downstairs.
Best for: Re-worked vintage from in house brand Remix by Atika, where the team interrupts this season trends using vintage pieces and creating a completely new, yet still sustainable product.
55-59 Hanbury Street, London. E1 5JP
About: If you Google vintage shops in London, Beyond Retro will easily be the first one that comes up and be included on every list of best vintage stores in the city. It is also the go to vintage store for fashion magazines such as Vogue and Elle, when they need a retro look.
Best for: Knowing exactly what you want and being able to get it. Buying vintage can be difficult when you have a picture of the piece you want in your head and you can be hunting for days to find it. Beyond Retro have huge stores with all the trendiest vintage items each season.
Brick Lane, 110-112 Cheshire St, London, E2 6EJ
About: Tucked away in Covent Garden, Blackout II is a store offering affordable prices for high-end and sometimes designer vintage clothing. The store also allows customers to rent items for special occasions.
Best for: 50’s style dresses. The store has a wide collection of 50’s circle dresses in all patterns and colours imaginable and can be paired with an adorable pillbox hat.
51 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9AJ
Brick Lane Vintage
About: One of the cool kids of vintage fashion, Brick Lane Vintage started as a market stall in Camden in the 80’s (then under a different name). Today it’s the place for on trend vintage pieces that cater to the vintage street wear aesthetic.
Best for: Re-worked track suits. Ever wish you could get your Adidas three-stripe tracksuit as a skirt, crop top, dress, or anything else? This is the place to find it.
182 Brick Lane, London, E1 6SA
About: Circa specializes in designer vintage fashion from the 20s to 90s and includes some of the most iconic items from each era. The shop also offers in house alteration, which is the best way to make a vintage piece feel brand new and made for you.
Best for: Vintage jewellery. The store hosts an amazing collection a vintage jewels from Channel, Dior, as well as other high quality vintage statement necklaces and earrings.
64 Fulham High Street, London, SW6 3LQ
East End Thrift Store
About: This the vintage store is made for students. East End Thrift Store focuses on youthful trends and has special events that centre around school holidays. It is also one of the cheapest vintage stores, making it a favourite for students on a budget.
Best for: Amazing ‘fill-a-bag deals’. The store offers promotions almost every week for different fill a bag deals. For example, be the first five customers in line that month and get to fill a bag for £10.
4 Assembly Passage, London, United Kingdom
House of Vintage
About: Originally founded in Toronto, House of Vintage opened its first London store in 2010, and now has two stores, both in East London. The store sells pieces from the 20’s to 70’s and holds classic items that always seem to be coming back into fashion.
Best for: Vintage sports teams pieces. While many vintage stores focus on stocking Nike and Fila, House of Vintage has one of the best collections of varsity jackets and vintage sports team’s t-shirts.
House of Vintage, 4 Cheshire Street, London, E2 6EH
Joli Vintage Living
About: While primarily vintage furniture, Jolly Vintage has a handful of clothing racks that are always full of hidden gems. It is the perfect place if you want to be inspired to live a full vintage life and have your couch match your coat.
Best for: 60’s vintage fashion. Like the furniture, the store has a big 60’s influence and it’s the perfect place to find bright mini skirts and dresses.
7 Nelson Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 9JB
About: Selling vintage items exclusively from Italy and potted plants exclusively from the Netherlands, Leona shows that there is still uniqueness in vintage stores. Leona, the owner of her namesake store still works in the shop daily and is passionate about every item the store has to offer.
Best for: Vintage winter coats. Each year, as the weather gets colder, the store hosts a wide selection for shearlings and wool jackets at some of the best prices in London.
Brixton Village, 5, Coldharbour Ln, Brixton SW9 8PR
About: An independent South London store, Little Sister is the favourite of Peckham locals (who are often photographed with their finds by owner Nicole Brierley). The tiny store is jammed packed with vintage treasures from the 50’s to 90’s.
Best for: Secret designer items. At first glance the store looks more like bargain vintage than designer, however hidden in the rails are always a few amazing designer pieces at a fraction of the price of a designer vintage store.
Holdrons Arcade, Unit 26 (back Unit), 135a Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST
About: Market Central is all about the fun and freedom of vintage. With products from the 40s to the 90s the store is bright and full of life. Expect clothes that make you feel happy and being greeted by the shop dog, Fringe.
Best for: Vintage co-ord sets. Whether you want the perfect purple pant suit or matching tweed blazer and dress, Market Central has an endless supply of matching pieces.
12A Downs Court Parade, Amhurst Road, London, E8 2AQ
About: Located in a beautiful studio space in 281 Portobello Road, Oliver Vintage is all about classically feminine vintage. Items are mainly from the 20’s and 30’s with all the lace and pearls you could desire.
Best for: Slip dresses for every occasion. Though in the 20s these dresses were intended to be worn under your clothes, today they make the perfect silky summer dresses.
Unit 5, Portobello Green Arcade, 281 Portobello Road, London W10 5TZ
Paper Dress Vintage
About: Paper Dress Vintage is the heart and soul of East London vintage, not only because of their amazing stock but because at night the space transforms into a live music space with outdoor space, craft beers, and cocktails (how incredibly Hackney, we know). The store also offers alterations and personal shopping services to help navigate their extensive stock.
Best for: Beginner vintage shoppers. The store is still wonderful if you’re an avid vintage buyer but the community-based aspect of the store, paired with great finds, makes it the perfect place if you’re just starting to experiment with your vintage style.
352a Mare Street, London E8 1HR
About: Pennies Vintage in Islington stocks a large selection of bespoke pre-60’s, including pre-20’s vintage, which can be very difficult to find. The store (owned by Penny, who originally sold vintage china, and her husband, Oliver, who sold vintage wedding dress) started in London before moving to Oxford, Lyme Regis, and back to London again. But the owners have promised that they will never move again.
Best for: Vintage bridal-wear. Looking for vintage looks for your special day, Pennies specializes in vintage bridal, primarily from the 20’s and 30’s. A great thing about vintage bridal is their short hemlines and loose silhouettes mean you can get away with wearing them when you’re not a bride and just want to make a Tuesday feel like the most special day of your life.
41a Amwell Street, Islington, London, EC1R 1UR
About: The name, Reign Vintage, came from the store’s desire for their costumers to be the ‘rulers’ of their own personal style, rather than being dictated by trends or high-street fashion. Their clothes reflect this mantra being bold and bright and from a wide range of eras. Reign Vintage also has one of the best online selection of vintage clothing for a second-hand store (as vintage stores are usually infamous for having awful websites)
Best for: Vintage swimwear. Second-hand swimwear can be a hard purchase, from cleanliness to fit. With a big store like Reign Vintage you know that your swimwear will have gone through a thorough cleaning process, not to mention the store has an amazing selection whether you’re looking for high-rise with a Hawaiian print or a teeny tiny early 2000’s style bikini.
12 Berwick St, London, W1F 0PN
About: This is one of the only charity designer vintage shops around. Retromania is an offshoot of FARA charity shops and assembles the best designer pieces that have been donated. This will save you a lot of hunting though racks of clothes while still knowing your money is going to a good cause.
Best for: Inexpensive designer vintage. While more expensive than other FARA charity shops, Retromania is a lot cheaper than other designer vintage shops and you’ll be sure to walk away with a steal.
6 Upper Tachbrook Street, Victoria, London, SW1V 1SH
About: This is vintage Instagram stars favourite vintage store with an amazing selection of vintage designer pieces. It’s a brand heavy store, with very little stock not designer, and a whole lot of monochrome prints.
Best for: Designer logo prints from the 90’s to early 2000’s and coveted street wear pieces such as Stone Island. This is the place to find that designer item that sells instantly on Depop and EBay.
194 Brick Lane, London, E16SA
Storm in a Teacup
About: Storm in a Teacup doesn’t go the usual vintage route of sourcing products from wholesalers or markets but rather sourcing designer pieces directly from fellow fashion collectors and enthusiasts. This means that the stock is heavily curated and always of amazing quality.
Best for: Alexander McQueen Vintage. If you’re craving vintage from one of London’s most famous designers, this is the place to find it. McQueen vintage can be rare and hard to find but Storm in a Teacup as a wide range from scarfs to full looks.
Storm in a Teacup, 366 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4DA
About: Traid charity shops focus on reducing clothing waste and funding international development projects that improve working conditions in the textile industry. It’s a full circle place where you know that donating your clothes and buying from their stores helps a good cause and makes the fashion industry more sustainable. Because their store is a favourite of the fashion community that means that the stock is also full of amazing finds at charity shop prices.
Best for: Second-hand fast fashion. If you refrain from shopping at fashion stores but still like staying on trend, Traid is a great place. With donation bins all around London, Traid’s stock is full of trendy pieces that have usually only been worn a few times.
106-108 Kingsland High Street, London, E8 2NS
About: Stepping into the Wow Retro store in Covent Garden feels as if you are walking into one of the busiest stores on Carnaby Street in the 60’s. Whether you’re looking for fancy dress or statement pieces to work into your wardrobe Wow Retro will have you in outfits that make you want to sing along to the Beatles
Best for: Vintage Football jerseys. Want to support your footie team but make it fashion and vintage, Wow Retro has a huge selection of vintage shirts and scarfs from every team imaginable.
179 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, WC2B 5QF
Blue 17 Vintage
About: Located just off Camden Passage, Blue 17’s goal is to offer the best quality vintage at the lowest possible prices. The store has been outspoken about the commercialization of vintage stores and prices being raised each year. Blue 17’s promise is to keep quality vintage affordable - a win for all their shoppers.
Best for: Vintage denim, especially Levi’s. When Blue 17 was first founded in 1985 it was a wholesale business that specialized in American vintage and denim.
162 Holloway Road, London, N7 DD
Brick Lane Vintage Market
About: (Yes, this is different then Brick Lane Vintage) Found in the basement of Truman Brewery is seemingly endless rows of vintage traders from across Europe. From 20’s party dresses to early 2000s tracksuits there’s a stall for everyone.
Best for: Festival Wear. This is the perfect place to dream out your ideal festival outfit, whether its crystal bras for Love Box or vintage Hunters and trench coats for Glastonbury.
F Block, 85 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Deborah Woolf Vintage and Archive
About: Deborah started selling vintage in her teen years and Sunday markets before moving on to a Camden Market stall and today her own store. Her history and love for collecting makes this one of the best places to find items you won’t have seen anywhere else, and probably won’t see ever again.
Best for: Sourcing an outfit for a special occasion. Deborah herself will work with you in store to find the perfect piece for your occasion as well as make sure the fit is correct (and no one knows the stock better than the owner)
24 Church Street, London NW8 8EP
Found and Vision
About: Easily found on all the fashion magazines top lists of vintage stores, Found and Vision is a favourite of celebrities such as Kate Moss, FKA Twigs, and Florence Welch (just check out the #friendsofFAV tag). The boutique opened in 2014 and was created by stylist Karen Clarkson and originally featured much of her own personal collection.
Best for: Statement vintage pieces. Because Found and Vision is sourced by a stylist, you can be sure to find bold pieces and fun items that are clearly the type of vintage you won’t find anywhere else.
104 Golborne Road, London, United Kingdom
Hunky Dory Vintage
About: Hunky Dory focuses more on timeless pieces, putting an emphasis on eternal style rather than following fashion trends, so expect all pieces to be one off. The items in store are primarily sourced from France and Italy by the two owners, Ian and Ian. The men have been working in the vintage industry for over 30 years and their love for vintage is clear through the store.
Best for: Weird and Wonderful. Hunky Dory is not the place if you’re looking for subtle items. Rather, you’ll find pieces you’ll want to style your whole wardrobe around.
226 Brick Lane, London E1
About: While this isn’t technically a store, vintage Kilo sales happen year round across London, including; Hackney, Bethnal Green, Peackham, and Hammersmith. You pay about £2 to enter and then every kilo of clothing is £15. Find out about them through Facebook events
Best for: Quantity! It’s worth your money if you’re able to find a whole kilo worth of items. Find plenty of vintage button up shirts, cargo pants, wool sweaters, and windbreaker jackets.
22 Hanbury Street, London, E1 6QR
Levisons Vintage Clothing
About: Located in Bethnal Green, Levisons guarantees that each piece has been handpicked with uniqueness and quality in mind. Michael Levison, who opened the shop in 2008, has a love for the history of clothing, from buttons to patches, and the store reflects this passion.
Best for: Work and Military wear. If you need a khaki jacket broken in to perfection this is the place to get it. The store also focuses on offering one off pieces so you can be sure your jacket has an authentic story behind it.
1 Cheshire St, Brick Lane, Shoreditch, London. E2 6ED
Make Do and Mend
About: Located in a converted shipping crate in Brixton, Make Do and Mend is one of London’s cutest vintage stores with the cutest name. As well as selling retro items, the owner, Sarah, up-cycles clothing that would have otherwise gone to landfill.
Best for: Bright pattern shirts. If you’re someone who isn’t afraid to wear a Hawaiian shirt year-round this is the place for you. And if you still want a bright shirt just without hibiscus flowers, this is still the place for you
Unit S19 – Pop Brixton. 49 Brixton Station Road. Brixton, SW9 8PQ
Modes and More
About: Located in West London this is high-end magazines’ favourite place, whether featuring items in shoots or topping their lists of best vintage stores. The store is all about finding rare and high-quality pieces that you won’t be able to find the likes of at regular vintage shops.
Best for: Vintage party and evening dresses. Modes and More has one of London biggest collections of vintage evening wear, ranging from the 20s to the 90s.
48A Moreton Street, Pimlico, London, SW1V 2PB
About: The most well-known charity shop in the UK, Oxfam is the perfect place for a hunt and bargain for a good cause. With new stock every day and tens of locations in London there’s plenty of hunting to be done.
Best for: Items you can’t believe are that cheap. Every vintage shopper seems to have a piece that they can’t believe they found at Oxfam. Yes, you will have to do a lot of searching and multiple trips to find it, but when you do it’s worth it.
245 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London W11 2SE
About: Peekaboo Vintage started as a Portobello Road market before being approached my Topshop to sell in some of their biggest stores. So if you happen to be in the fast-fashion giant you can make a sustainable choice by shopping from the Peekaboo concession. You can also shop their products on Asos market place.
Best for: 70’s style dress. Peekaboo stocks an amazing collection of flowy dresses in florals and psychedelic prints that are perfect for markets and parks in the summer.
Topshop, 214 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1C 1DA
Portobello Road Market
About: Located in Notting Hill it is one of the most famous markets in all of London. Walk down to the last section to find more vintage clothing sellers. Best to go on Friday when there is new stock and less tourists. Also, if you notice, many of the vintage stores on this list started as a stall on Portobello Road, so it’s a great place to spot new talent.
Best for: Vintage leather and denim jackets, vintage fur, and items with a story and history behind them (which the stall owners will be happy to tell you all about).
306 Portobello Rd, London W10 5TA
About: Moving from a Portobello road market stall to a large Portobello Road store in 1999, Rellik remains one of the best places in London for designer vintage. Rellik items have been featured in all the major magazines and have a wide range of celebrity clientele but have remained an independently owned and one-off store.
Best for: 80s designer vintage. Dreaming of a 80’s YSL dress or Jean Paul Gautier leopard print jacket with matching vest and skirt? This is the place for you for these items and many more 80s looks.
8 Golborne Road, London, W10 5NW
About: With not one, but two stores on Brick Lane, Rokit is one of the most successful vintage shops in London. This success story began when after only a few weeks of selling at Camden market the stall moved to a two-story store. Rokit also focuses on using every piece of clothing they collect and not contributing to waste. If an item is not suitable for sale it is reworked into their Rokit Originals brand.
Best for: Trendy Vintage. Rokit keeps up with which vintage items are on trend and makes sure that their stock it plentiful with those items. If you’ve noticed a specific vintage brand or style popping up, Rokit will be sure to have it and in multiple colours.
101 (and 107) Brick Lane, London, E1 6SE
St. Cyr Vintage
About: Throughout its success, from market stall to shop, St. Cyr’s top priority remains recycling and providing its buyers with an alternative to fast fashion. Along with a collection of 50’s to 90’s pieces the store sells vintage fashion books and ‘zines.
Best for: Retro jewellery. Got a thing for clip on earrings? This store has piles of them in every colour and design imaginable. St. Cyr’s jewellery section ranges from subtle chains, animal brooches, to full costume pieces.
Arch 56, Saddle Row, Camden Market, London, NW1 8AH
The Vintage Showroom
About: Since opening in 2007 The Vintage Showroom has grown into three unique spaces; the appointment only showroom, the retail store, and vintage consulting service that helps brands around the world. It is clear that The Vintage Showroom knows their stuff. While the store is mainly menswear, the shops host a collection of jackets and shirts that can be worn by anyone.
Best for: Denim shirts and jackets. All denim stock at The Vintage Showroom is top quality and often 100% denim, instead of being blended with other fabrics like much of new denim today. With it being vintage those this means that the work of breaking in the shoulders and sleeves has already been done for you.
14 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9LN
About: William Vintage specializes in couture vintage and the store feels more like walking through a museum rather than a retail space. William Banks-Blaney is considered ‘The King’ of vintage and many pieces from the store are featured on red carpets. It is also one of the only vintage stores where you are able to purchase from Far Fetch.
Best for: Vintage splurging. Vintage couture can often be just as or more expensive than current couture due to its history and rarity. However, if you’re looking for a really special piece that you’ll be able to pass on for generations to come, this is the place to buy from.
2 Marylebone Street, London W1G 8JQ