London is home to some of the best vintage stores in the world. No matter where you choose to stay in the city, you’ll be just a short tube journey from a variety of trendy-but-affordable vintage shopping in London. So, where should you head first?

Luckily, when you stay in a serviced apartment with Marlin, you'll be close to some of the best vintage shopping locations in London. From the famous hotspots to the hidden gems that only locals like us know about, here’s our guide to the best vintage shops in the capital.

Brick Lane

Shoreditch’s most famous street, Brick Lane is a haven for the most characterful London vintage clothing. A multitude of independent shops sell everything from vintage Burberry macs to antique brooches. And at the bustling outdoor flea market, you’ll find furniture, bric-a-brac and trinkets galore. Start with Shoreditch for the best introduction to vintage London.

Getting to Brick Lane

If you're staying at our Aldgate Tower Bridge London aparthotel, you'll be less than a mile from Brick Lane. On foot, you'll reach the heart of the action in just over 10 minutes. Or, if you're staying closer to the London Eye, take the tube directly from Embankment to Aldgate East.

Once you arrive, you'll find well-known Brick Lane vintage shops like Beyond Retro, Rokit, and Absolute Vintage, along with high-end treasures such as Nordic Poetry, just around the corner on Bethnal Green Road.


Camden vintage market makes the north London borough just as famous as its bustling locks and the legacy of former resident Amy Winehouse. With a mix of popular chains, trendy boutiques, and independent traders, it's easily one of the best areas for vintage shopping in London. There’s something for everyone, no matter your style.

Shopping in Camden

To get to Camden, if you're staying at Marlin Queen Street, take the tube from Mansion House. Change after three stops at Embankment before heading to Camden Town on the Northern Line. From there, you'll quickly find the best vintage stores in Camden.

Head to St Cyr Vintage for quality pieces you won’t find anywhere else. Our top tip for heading to the Camden vintage shops is to go as early as possible. You'll beat the crowds and avoid Saturday afternoons, when this vintage dreamland is at its busiest.

Our Best Apartments for Vintage Shopping in London

The Docklands

Renowned London vintage stores including East End Thrift Store and Mad Vintage are all within easy reach of our Marlin Limehouse apartments. As is Old Spitalfields Market. Plenty of authentic finds are waiting to be discovered at these vintage destinations, with affordable clothing and accessories from around the world.

Shopping at The Docklands

You'll find incredible vintage shopping to explore on your doorstep, with a range of great vintage stores and boutiques within walking distance of the apartments. Just across the river from The Docklands, you'll quickly stumble upon Greenwich Vintage Market – a treasure trove of jewellery and home furnishings – and The Junk Shop, too. Finding cheap vintage shops in London has never been easier.

Central London

When it comes to vintage shops in central London, there are endless options. You'll have a higher chance of finding the one-off designer pieces in the central stores, so be prepared to hunt through the moth-eaten glad rags to uncover your dream designer dress.

Central vintage shopping

Raid the racks in Reign Vintage and Beyond Retro to make the most of the vintage shops in Soho, London. Or if you're in Covent Garden, look out for fancy threads in Wow Retro. Wherever you're heading, you’ll find handpicked pieces in fantastic condition. Soho and other fantastic neighbourhoods for vintage clothing in London can be easily reached using the Central Line. Or, if you're staying at Marlin Waterloo, head to Bond Street on the Jubilee Line to be just a short walk away from the action.

Choose Marlin for your accommodation in London

At Marlin, we provide comfortable, premium serviced apartments in London. We're also experts in corporate accommodation, so whether you're heading to the capital for business or leisure, we've got you covered.

No matter at which of our locations you choose to stay, you'll benefit from:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour concierge service
  • Flat-screen digital TV
  • Fully fitted kitchens complete with microwave, toaster, and utensils
  • Complimentary L'Occitane toiletries

With so many treasures to raid in the capital, with our guide you’ll avoid the crowds of Oxford Street in favour of London's vintage shopping. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team today.

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