London’s Best-Kept Vintage Secrets…
Those little places only the locals knew about…until now
We’ve all noticed that vintage fashion has taken over the world of contemporary style. Even the likes of Primani are getting involved in the latest “trend”. But for those of us that have a real, genuine love for beautiful, unique, un-replaceable items from the past – we need guidance on where to find our fix. Well, for those of you planning a vintage shopping spree in London, here are a few little gems that guarantee to bring a smile to your face…….
Camden Thrift Store
Camden Argh, Camden – Is there another place on earth with so much culture and history attached to its name? For anyone interested in indie fashion, there really isn’t a better place to go. And for something really special, then you need to head to Camden Thrift Store. What’s so special about this place is the quality of stock, which bulges out of every crevice in this little store. They also have genuinely helpful staff, who go out of their way to help you find what you are looking for. Why can’t more shops be run like this?
Address: Camden Thrift Store, 51 Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AN
Nearest Tube Stop: Chalk Farm
The Vintage Emporium
Shoreditch This is true gem where you can sit back and enjoy an authentic Victorian style tea room. They have classic cream teas and other tasty treats, but what’s really special is hidden away in the basement; A vast and impressive selection of vintage clothes and accessories from the Victorian Era and the 50s. For those who don’t like to stop their shopping spree to eat, this is the perfect compromise.
Address: The Vintage Emporium, 14 Bacon Street, Shadwell, London, E1 6LF
Nearest Tube Stop: Shoreditch High Street
Dalston These guys have arguably the best vintage stores in London. In fact, they have about 8 stores spread out over Europe, but many would argue that their very best store is situated in hip and trendy, north east London – Dalston. Housed in an impressive old art deco building, it has been used for countless different businesses and was used as the Cuban cigar factory in the James Bond movie, Die Another Day. They also have a super-cool cafe, selling hot and cold food/drinks, all served lovingly by tattoo-covered staff.
Address: Beyond Retro, 92 -100 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 7XB
Nearest Tube Stop: Dalston Kingsland (Overground Service)
Author Bio Sara is passionate about vintage fashion and nostalgic inspired design. When she isn’t hunting through the stores of London, you’ll find her blogging about her finds.