Vintage Clothes Shopping in London – All You Need To Know!!

June 3rd, 2010 § 3 comments

There are so many great places to shop for vintage clothes in London, we just don’t know where to start! With Brick Lane in East London catering for weird and wonderful, cheep and cheerful vintage clothes and accessories, and west London hosting heaps of high end designer vintage clothing, there really is something for everyone. We have broken our list down into territories, so wherever you find yourself in London, there’s no excuse not to pop into a market or boutique!


Located in the stables area of Camden market are several brilliant vintage shops. Thea Vintage is a small but on-trend unit with seasonally appropriate stock. You’ll find colourful skinny jeans for £20 and polka-dot PVC cropped macs that’ll weather spring showers for £15. A word of advice (and this is true for several other ‘vintage’ shops): some of the stock is new but ‘vintage inspired’. This can be a false economy, so it’s worth being a savvy shopper and digging around for the designer labels to ensure quality.

Unit 16, Camden Stables Market, NW1
Telephone: 020 7482 5002.

Nearest tube: Camden Town

LOST ‘N’ FOUND (Best for 1950’s Americana)
Arguably the best vintage shop in Camden market is this two-floor den of sartorial pleasure. Much of the stock is 1950’s Americana with cotton dresses selling for around £40, college sweaters priced at £30-£50, and T-Bird-esque leather jackets from £80. There are also 1930’s floor-length gowns around £70 and ladylike 1940’s frocks.

Address: Camden Stables Market, NW1
Telephone: 020 7482 2848.

Nearest tube: Camden Town.



Vintage Basement is new vintage clothes shop just off Brick Lane. At the moment everything on the lower shop floor is £10!

Address: 15 Cheshire Street london E2 6EH
Telephone: 07775 582 413


A massive warehouse near Brick Lane packed with vintage clothing and accessories. Vintage clothing outlets don’t get much bigger or better than this!

Address: 112 Cheshire Street, Shoreditch, London, E2



This is a great shop full of vintage treasures. They can be a bit pricey but they have a full range of 1920′s-70′s dresses, jackets, shoes… the list goes on. A really great to place to go even if it’s just to have a look!

Address: 51 Pembridge Road, Notting hill gate, W11 3HG

Across the road from Dolly Diamond there is an exchange shop. They mainly sell second hand items but sometimes you can find fab stuff in there and everything is £3. Next door to that is another vintage shop but they only sell home-wears.


All along Portobello Road there are arcades of vintage and antique shops. Portobello road is really long, and there are so many great stalls so make sure you cover the whole street



Merchant Archive is a vintage and contemporary lifestyle shop which has grown from modest beginnings into a hub for stylists, fashion, interior designers and celebrities alike. Expect lots of quirky vintage furniture and plenty of vintage designer items.

The Merchant Archive Boutique
320 Kilburn Lane, London W9 3EF
Telephone: 020 8969 6470

Nearest tube: Queens Park


Howie & Belle has a small but very interesting selection of vintage clothes. Expect lots of sequins and cute lace play-suits!

Address: 52 Chamberlayne Road
Kensal Rise NW10 3JH
Telephone: 0208 964 4553 / 07801 816 389

Nearest tube: Kensal Green/ Kensal Rise

This shop sells a mixture of high end vintage clothes like YSL, CD and their own label which is called BI LA LI.

Address: 15 Station Terrace
Kensal Rise

Nearest tube: Kensal Green/ Kensal Rise

There are also events such as Frock Me Vintage Fashion Fair which happens once a month at Chelsea Town Hall.

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