Studying in a world fashion capital often inspires one to get involved. One area London shines is the vintage market. Here’s a run down of some of London’s best vintage shops by BU student, Jennifer Owens:
Everything is original, rare and very old but with that comes a high cost. It is quite pricey, but may be worth it if you are a vintage connoisseur. Located at 14 Bacon Street, just off of Brick Lane.
Both men’s and women’s clothes are easy to browse as they are arranged by colour and type. Shop through shoes, bags and apparel without the hassle of rummaging through a mess! Take advantage of the reasonable prices and friendly staff without having to go all the way to East London. Located at 79 Berwick Street in SoHo. Or check out their sister store at 15 Hanbury Street if you don’t mind sifting through a larger selection of goods and a trip to Spitalfields.
Luxurious dresses, jewellery and furs for women hang alongside high-end suits and formal wear for men at this west end location. The downside to these carefully selected goods are the handpicked prices, but the quality is top-notch. Stock is refreshed frequently so you may be able to find a bargain. Located on the first floor of Whiteley’s Shopping Centre on at 151 Queensway.
Perfect for those looking for quirky, antique home goods. The network of traders who set up stalls there don’t mind if you haggle a better price for a vintage tea set or someone’s great grandmothers brooch. A small selection of retro handbags and apparel can also be found here. Located at St. Mary’s Parish Hall near Regents Park.
Just a hop away this shop draws its inspiration from its neighbour Brick Lane. Perks to shopping at this store include knowing all fashion items have been steamed and pressed before hitting the stock floor, a wide selection of vintage books and a building that is decorated with antique furniture itself. Might be a good shop for you if don’t have an interest in time travelling back to the pre 1970s fashion era as this shop stocks more recently dated items. Even if you don’t buy anything, the trip is worth it for a good look at the spectacular décor. Located at 55-59 Hanbury Street.
This Old Street location makes for a great day trip for shopping or entertaining evening of nightlife escapades. By day the shop sells a wide variety of fashion items from the 20s to 80s and by night turns into a venue for bands, DJs and dancers. What makes this place really unique is the in-shop bar that serves everything from coffee to Belgian beer. Located at 114-116 Curtin Road.
One of the oldest (and most popular) vintage markets in London, Spitalfields Market is one shop to check off your thrift bucket list. It is open everyday of the week but Sundays are by far the busiest. Stop by on a Saturday and make sure to take out some cash before arriving to avoid the rush. Certain days are dedicated to a particular focus, for example Fridays specialize in fashion and art while Thursdays are committed to antiques and vintage goods. Located at Brushfield Street.