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Home to some of the best vintage inspired shops and retailers, a trip to London is ideal for anyone hoping to find some retro threads to add to their wardrobe. Whether you’re accustomed to vintage fashion or you’re taking your first steps into this new look, our capital has some of the most varied stores to peruse.
Spend a day in the city and browse some of the recommended outlets. From vintage stores to antique fashion houses, there’s something for every budget. Enjoy a day and evening in the capital in true style – pick up a retro tea dress to wear for the evening and leave the rest in the security of the hotel room, waiting for your return.
A plethora of vintage shops are located in central London, if you know where to look. Hop on the tube to Oxford Circus and head down Berwick Street, where you will find a gem of a store, aptly named Absolute Vintage. You can lay your hands on quality wears from yesteryear, including some fantastic shoes, handbags and elegant dresses. Listed as one of the best retailers by Time Out London, you can be sure to land on a spectacular find, or several, in this fabulous boutique store.
Similarly, songstress Lily Allen and her half-sister bring to central London a vintage boutique with added glitz and glam in the form of Lucy in Disguise. Firmly placed at the opposite end of the budget spectrum, it’s not a place to head if you’re strapped for cash, but if you have a little more to flutter and you’re after a particular retro style, Lucy in Disguise is where to go.
If you’re after a garment that is well and truly second hand, rather than sought out for its pristine quality, head for Wow Retro. That being said, their selection of attire, for both men and women, is impressive and the majority of it is in great condition. You won’t find as many designer labels in here, but you may find a great dress or a beautiful handbag, or two.
Meanwhile, nestled in the Stables Market of Camden, in North London, you will find Vintage Planet – a veritable treasure trove for 70s and 80s threads. It doesn’t just stop at clothes either – you can grab some great accessories, including retro roller-skates, if you’re there on a good day – and you can haggle for some bargain prices if you’re brave enough to have a go.
If you’re looking for something a little more outrageous, head for Annie in the Attic in South London. Ranging from the 60s to the 90s, you can find some great bargains here. Likewise, also in the area you will find The Beehive and Leftovers which is not only fabulous for vintage clobber but also 1950s trinkets.
Enjoy your vintage bargain hunting in London and pick up some quality finds to add to your retro collection.