London reigns supreme among European cities for vintage & retro shopping – the choice is enormous. Quite apart from popular flea markets, there are countless retro fashion boutiques, vintage stores to be found everywhere. You just need to know where to go during your stay at any of the hotels in Cricklewood London!
London’s flea markets around Brick Lane, Camden Passage and Portobello Road have long been a hunting ground for retro and vintage items. This is where you can find anything from accessories to clothing, household items to furniture. Quite apart from the stallholders within the markets, there are numerous small shops close by which are worth exploring just to see what is on offer.
If you are looking for vintage menswear – one of the best places to visit is The Vintage Showroom in Portobello Dock. But you do need to book an appointment beforehand, as the aim is to provide a very personalised shopping service. Everything in the store can be purchased or hired for that special occasion whether it is fifties style denim overalls, suede jackets, panama hats or demob suits.
While in West London, Relik in Ladbroke Road is worth a visit. It always has a great selection of vintage jewellery, blouses and skirts as well as lots of stilettos and wedge heeled shoes. This place is close to the Palm Hotel London where you can spend your quality time after your shopping which is also one of the best wedding venues in North London.
Head over to Marylebone to find Deborah Woolf Vintage – it is easy to miss as it shelters under the store’s original name Joe’s Confectionery Stores! It is definitely worth a visit as it has a fantastic array of 1920’s beaded clutch bags, 1960’s compacts, 1970’s jewellery as well as wonderful period clothes.
Not to be missed is Absolute Vintage in Shoreditch. It has been the go-to place for anything vintage for over 25 years and has an awesome reputation for quirky vintage clothing, accessories and stunning colourful displays. Whatever your price range, this is the store for you no matter whether you are looking high end vintage designer brands, one-off items or casual wear from any era. Be prepared to take your time here, because there is just so much stock to rummage through. It has been known for shoppers to spend hours here hunting for that perfect item!
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Blackout II is another popular go-to place for vintage enthusiasts. Located in Covent Garden, it stocks a fantastic range of pretty 1950’s New Look full-skirted dresses, 1920’s flapper dresses as well as 1930’s cocktail dresses. If you are looking for a really special party dress this is definitely the place to visit.
A short walk into Soho brings you to Reign Vintage. Search here for 1960’s playsuits, jazzy shell-suits or colourful vintage shirts. Designer names have been known to appear on the shelves so you may well find Versace blazers or Gucci loafers.