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Vintage shops in London

From boutiques to thrift stores, Time Out recommends the best vintage shops in London

We scoured the capital to find the best vintage shops, secondhand boutiques and antique fashion houses, including Camden‘s rockabilly stockists and east London’s thrift warehouses. Here’s our comprehensive guide to pre-loved fashion…

Vintage shops by area

Central London
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Central London

Don’t think that a central London location means that shopping is limited to high street chains and designer boutiques. Vintage and secondhand shops are there if you know where to find them, like the W1 outpost of Absolute vintage, Lucy in Disguise – the ritzy showcase for Lily Allen’s vintage collection – and off-the-radar places like Reign Wear and Peekaboo.

North London
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North London

North London is home to more vintage shops than any other part of the city, including the considered vintage parlours of Stoke Newington and the chaotic retro jumble of Camden…

South London
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South London

South London might not have the footfall and fashion reputation of the stores north of the river, but that just means there are more vintage bargains for the rest of us. Head to Greenwich, where The Beehive and The Emporium take their vintage buying and selling very seriously, and Crazy Man Crazy caters for the secondhand yearnings of the less fair sex…

East London
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East London

Thanks to the crop of easygoing vintage shops that have sprung up around hipster central Shoreditch, Spitalfields and Dalston, east London is one of the best places to find trend led thrift in the city.

West London
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West London

West London caters for a more refined taste in vintage, with long-established celebrity favourites like Rellik and One Of A Kind providing collectible, timeless pieces worth their weight in old gold.

Vintage London

Vintage London

Whether you love to shop for vintage clothing and retro furniture or to visit old fashioned tea rooms and glamorous cocktail bars, there’s no escaping the allure of vintage in London.View vintage London

The best vintage shops in London

Absolute Vintage
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Absolute Vintage

Smaller than its east London counterpart, this Soho branch of Absolute Vintage moves away from the ramshackle, bursting-at-the-seams approach of its sister establishment, though it does share its focus on shoes. Lined up by the dozen on packed shelves, both men’s and women’s styles are arranged in meticulous order by colour and by type. So, if you’re looking for a pair of gold loafers, black Dr Martens, or brown ankle boots, the search is made infinitely easier here. The boutique-style store also has a solid selection of bags as well as a back room packed with apparel. It’s a whittled-down selection, helping you avoid a complete rummage-fest.

USERS SAY

  • 4 out of 5 stars

Blackout II
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Blackout II

Blackout II was peddling vintage threads long before it became fashionable. For some 25 years, the Covent Garden store has specialised in antique apparel (largely dresses from the ’20s and ’30s) as well as more wearable men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from the ’40s through to the ’80s. The duplex store is heaving with stock, and you’ll need a great deal of rummager’s enthusiasm to prise through the stuffed rails, but incredibly knowledgeable staff, together with signs on rails indicating era, make the shopping experience a smidge easier. An ideal place to go if you’re after a specific item from a specific decade.

Peekaboo
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Peekaboo

Styling itself as a boutique – rather than a jumble-style vintage den – this classy store in the Newburgh Quarter is a great place to find occasion wear. Founders Emily Bothwell and Michael Caunter (the pair behind Topshop’s long-loved Peekaboo vintage concession) have moved away from the colourful, secondhand party garb that made them so popular on the high street and have focused instead on the more exclusive, grown-up side of vintage. Designer gowns and day dresses meet clutch bags, hats and immaculately kept heels. As you’d expect, price tags reflect the ethos, with dresses starting at around £90.

USERS SAY

  • 5 out of 5 stars

What The Butler Wore
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What The Butler Wore

This brilliantly named store specialises in ’60s and ’70s fashion for men and women. Sandwiched between two cafes on Waterloo’s Lower Marsh Street, the small but well stocked shop sells everything you need to pull off a polished retro look, from Mary Quant-style shifts and floral flares to kitten heels and maxi dresses which we can picture south London

NYC Vintage shop style

Photograph: Courtesy Friends Vintage

A list of the best clothing stores in NYC wouldn’t be complete without our favorite vintage clothing stores. Can’t afford $200 Chanel pumps or high-end clothes? No biggie: New York has tons of options to bring your footwear dreams to life and upgrade your closet with one-of-a-kind outfits, getting you out of that Forever 21 rut. After making a profit by selling your outdated duds at thrift stores or consignment shops, go back to these places to pick up that outfit that will make you feel like a million bucks (for way less).

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Best vintage clothing stores in NYC

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Metropolis Vintage

Metropolis Vintage

Countless celebs call Metropolis a favorite shopping destination, including Sky Ferreira, Julian Casablancas and Iggy Pop. And no wonder: The shop boasts one of the best vintage T-shirt collections in the city, as well as leather jackets, sports jerseys and breezy summer rompers. We fell in love with a black leather Coach purse covered in gold studs, along with a purple, black and shimmery silver zebra sweatshirt that brought us straight back to the ’90s.

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East Village

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Amarcord Vintage Fashion

Amarcord Vintage Fashion

Owners Patti Bordoni and Marco Liotta stock both locations with decades-old duds in pristine condition, sourced from frequent trips to their Italian homeland. Expect to find well-known Italian designers such as Gucci and Valentino mixed in with other European labels that fit the shop’s edgy, mod aesthetic. We recently discovered a multicolor button-up Versace blouse that’s so bold it needs no accessories, and there’s also a men’s section where you can find Euro-influenced clothing and a plentiful selection of buttery soft T-shirts.

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Williamsburg

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Star Struck Vintage Clothing

Star Struck Vintage Clothing

Ladies and gents looking to add some variety to their wardrobes will love the selection at Star Struck—expect to find everything from well-worn Fleetwood Mac, GNR and Pink Floyd concert tees to vintage Christian Dior silk scarves. Complete your rock-star look with a vintage brass belt buckle and a hat from the extensive collection that includes cowboy hats, top hats in a range of neutrals, goes-with-everything fedoras and even pork pies.

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West Village

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Mr. Throwback

Mr. Throwback

In 2011, Michael Spitz quit his accounting job to hawk nostalgia pieces he’d been collecting for eight years. Children of the ’80s and ’90s will feel like they’re back in their childhood bedroom at his men’s shop, which specializes in vintage sports attire like NBA snapbacks beginning at $30, as well as NBA jerseys and—believe it—FUBU jackets. His collection is so well-curated that rappers and celebs (like Kid Cudi and Scarlett Johansson) are among the shop’s fans. It also stocks WWF, Space Jam and Batman paraphernalia, and there’s even a VHS player screening favorites like Mighty Ducks and Home Alone and a giant machine vending stickers for 50 cents.

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East Village

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Procell

Procell

Situated directly across from Bowery Ballroom, this shop aims to satisfy your craving for late ’80s and ’90s streetwear, and it more than succeeds. Invoke some nostalgia with a hard-to-find Smashing Pumpkins concert tee, an oversized Wu-Tang shirt or a pair of rugged yet sexy Gucci/Timberland printed boots. Accessorize with a Keith Haring keychain or patch and pick up a Troll (remember those?!) as a fun conversation piece to make your trip down memory lane complete.

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Lower East Side

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10 Ft. Single by Stella Dallas

10 Ft. Single by Stella Dallas

This vintage mecca, which opened in 2006 and has since expanded to include home-goods boutique Stella Dallas Living (281 North 6th St at Havemeyer St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-387-6898) across the street and women’s shop Stella Dallas (218 Thompson St between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts; 212-674-0447) in the West Village, packs an exhaustive collection of affordable men’s and women’s clothing. Shoppers can choose from lived-in concert tees, bright plaid shorts and flannels, a huge selection of on-trend overalls and racks of one-of-a-kind shoes. Seriously, we mean one of a kind: There was recently a pair of white leather kitten-heeled boots with pastel flowers there.

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Williamsburg

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Antoinette Vintage

Antoinette Vintage

Vintage fanatics, start your engines: Fashion Institute of Technology graduate Lexi Oliveri has raided her stylish mother’s stash to curate a well-edited collection of pieces tagged at surprisingly gentle prices. Grab yourself a head-turning, white crochet bodysuit by Solana, a sexy, black-belted sundress by Jeanne d’arc or a summery, Gucci-inspired pleated skirt by Nik Nik that will turn heads on the boardwalk, beach or city street. The space is outfitted with industrial pipes, French damask wallpaper and a 1960s bamboo shelf stocked with purses and jewelry to complement any outfit you put together.

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Williamsburg

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Friends Vintage

Friends Vintage

Former roommates (but still friends) Emma Kadar-Penner and Mary Meyer pooled their design and fashion backgrounds to launch an affordable alternative to high-priced vintage fashion. The boutique’s name is a tongue-in-cheek nod to the ’90s sitcom, and the store carries grunge, goth and classic ’80s and ’90s women’s finds such as a breezy blue floral babydoll dress, summer flat sandals made of thick fisherman rope, chunky black platform boots and a brown-and-black matches-with-anything Dooney & Bourke purse. Once you’ve gotten yourself a retro-chic outfit, pick up some home furnishings to match, like soap, candles and wall-size tapestries in gray, black or blue.

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Williamsburg

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New York Vintage

New York Vintage

This high-end boutique is known for dressing celebs for red-carpet events and photo shoots, with designer pieces dating back to the 1850s. The store’s fashionable pieces have made their way ontocountless theater and movie sets such as The Wolf of Wall Street and Kinky Boots. Discerning fashionistas with a penchant for pre-loved loot can scoop up Chanel earrings, Gucci strappy sandals with ribbon ties and period cocktail dresses. An appointment-only showroom upstairs houses museum-quality pieces that can be rented for special occasions, so come ready to empty your wallet.

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Chelsea

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Ritual Vintage

Ritual Vintage

Shoppers with eclectic fashion sense will go crazy over the selection at this downtown shop: All of the clothing and accessories are hand-selected by the owners, and they make a point to choose pieces that you won’t find anywhere else, specializing in items from 1850 to 1950 (though there are more modern threads, too). Recent finds include a deep-green studded Yves Saint Laurent suit from the 1980s and a delicate pair of Ralph Lauren rose-print lace-up espadrilles.

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