London Life: My Favourite Vintage Shops


Today I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite vintage shopping haunts in the big smoke. If you're planning a trip to London then these shops come highly recommended. I tend to frequent stores that have a good selection of 1960s clothes, as that is obviously what I look for when I go shopping, but the majority of the ones listed below all stock a mix of decades.

RADIO DAYS


Radio Days is a gem of a shop in Lower Marsh Street, Waterloo. Filled to the brim with high quality vintage items from the 1920s to the 1980s, it has some great early to mid 1960s clothes in store. There's a great selection of menswear and womenswear, think swimsuits, dresses, evening wear and suits. Not to mention some great accessories. I highly recommend popping in if you're in the area.

RETROBATES


Retrobates is my favourite vintage shop in London and I've bought a lot of my clothes from there (I may be slightly biased though as I'm friends with the owner). Situated in Greenwich (Cutty Sark DLR station) and with a focus on the 1960s there are some great pieces to be found in the shop. The owner shares my love of crimplene and I've spent many a lunchtime in there squealing over clothes with her. As well as clothes, they also specialise in fully serviced and authentic record players and telephones. Whilst you're there, pop over to nearby Greenwich market as well for a browse and a cup of tea.

WHAT THE BUTLER WORE


Just down the road from Radio Days, What The Butler Wore is a vintage shop specialising in 1960s and 1970s clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women. I've sadly never found anything to fit me in there but I love popping in for a browse.

HUNKY DORY VINTAGE


Situated at the top of Brick Lane (opposite the bagel shop), Hunky Dory has great quality mens and women's clothing. It's not too far from the boy's flat so I'm always popping in for a browse. I can take or leave the rest of Brick Lane (far too much 80s and 90s crap for my liking) but if you have a good rummage you might just be able to find a gem in nearby Beyond Retro.

ALFIES ANTIQUE MARKET

Located in Church Street, Marylebone, Alfies Antiques Market has four floors of antiques, vintage fashion, 20th century design and collectables making it one of the largest and most loved antiques markets in London. I could happily spend all day browsing around all the different vendors and mentally buying everything for my future house (as well as fashion, I am a big fan of furniture and interior design).




So there you go, just a small selection of my favourite shops in London. If there are any that you recommend that I haven't featured just let me know in the comments below, I'm always on the look out for great new places to shop!

EDIT (Oct 2017) - Sadly, since this post was written a few of these shops have now closed. Retrobates and What the Butler Wore are no longer trading, Radio Days is still open I believe but I was told by the owner the last time I visited that the landlord is selling up.

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(Images via 60s Life and Style - I'm not claiming that any of these images are of London, I've just included vintage pictures that fit the era I'm writing about)

8 comments

  1. When I finally pull my finger out, I'll defiantly get Ito London and visit these places. Retrobates I follow on Instagram, perhaps I'll get my friend to check out the others for me. Thanks for sharing!!

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  2. I am liking this post a lot. You have me dreaming of the day when I finally travel to London and can spend days browsing for some of the most beautiful vintage 1960's dresses and shoes. One day!

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    1. I hope you get to visit one day! You will just love all the vintage shops, they can be pricey but they have some beautiful things. There's always some fair or event going on here too.

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  3. I hope, I visit London this year :-) Thank you for sharing ! Are you going to Brighton for the Mod Weekender ?

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    1. Let me know if you do, I can show you all the good 60s shops :) I didn't manage to get tickets to the evening stuff sadly but I will be going down there for a wander during the day.

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  4. very nice post, i certainly love this website, keep on it

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  5. I have a friend from Brighton and was wondering if mod weekender is an every yr. happening? I'd like to tell him about it if so.

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    1. Yes it happens every year, it's organised by the New Untouchables so if your friend goes onto their website then all the details will be on there.

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