A Guide to London's Best Vintage Shopping
London is home to some of the best second-hand clothing stores in the world. No matter whereabouts you’re staying in the city, you’ll be a short tube journey away from sourcing some seriously trendy and affordable vintage fashion. So, where should you head first?
Luckily for you, when you stay with Marlin Apartments, we’re located close to some of the best vintage shopping locations London has to offer. From the famous hot spots to the hidden gems that only locals like us know about, here’s our guide to finding the best sartorial bargains in the capital:
Shoreditch’s most famous street, Brick Lane is always heaving with vintage shoppers. The many independent shops which line the street sell everything from vintage Burberry macs to fur coats and antique brooches, while at the bustling outdoor flea market you’ll find furniture, bric-a-brac and trinkets galore. Shoreditch is the vintage Mecca you need to visit first.
Where to head?
The well-known vintage shops like Beyond Retro and Absolute Vintage are all there, with less well known treasures such as The Vintage Emporium and The Shop, located on Bacon Road, just a right turn away.
Camden Town is as famous for its vintage shops as it is the picturesque locks and Amy Winehouse. With a real mix of both popular vintage chains, trendy boutiques and independent traders, it’s a real wonderland for doing some quality vintage shopping. There’s something for everyone, no matter what your style is.
Where to head?
Head to Episode for high quality vintage pieces you won’t find anywhere else, and be sure to devote as much time to the stalls in the indoor market as outdoor, as here’s where you’ll find the hidden gems. A top tip for heading to Camden is to go early as possible to beat the crowds and definitely avoid Saturday afternoons when this vintage dreamland is at its busiest.