The Best Vintage Shops in London

London is a great place for vintage shopping. The amount of boutiques dedicated to this topic is almost intimidating. Follow me on a tour through the centuries from East to West, South to North and discover some amazing stores and hidden gems.

 

Blondie Blondie must be the cutest vintage boutique I know. It is like entering a girly closet with shoes, handbags, pretty dresses and belts. Everything is lovingly arranged on opulent tables, shelves and in golden cabinets with magnificent mirrors to admire yourself. Only problem could be that there is just too much choice for fast decisions Shoe sizes range from 1-7 with only a few pairs in larger sizes. If you’re not lucky in the shoe department don’t worry, just focus on the enormous handbags selection offering animals leathers in every form and shape from ostrich to snake and from crocodile to lizard. Prices start at £25 for shoes and go up to £250 for a designer handbag.

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One of A Kind This jewel in Notting Hill is a real treasure trove. The tiny windows show photos of celebrities posing with Jeff, the owner and lure you in with Chanel bags on display. Once you’re in you forget the outside world and the buzz on Portobello Road. High-end avant-garde vintage pieces ranging from Victorian through to the '80s are presented 360 degrees with half of the stock hanging from the ceiling. Not sure if it’s the fact that there’s so much to admire (fur coats, evening gowns, boots, bags, hats, shoes) or simply the fact that the best stuff is above your head but most of the time I found myself gazing up amazed with my mouth half open.

And here comes the best part. The shop doesn’t end in the shoe department or the area with menswear, no, there is in fact a secret room. This is where Jeff stores his real treasures. Hidden behind an innocent looking mirror are Chanel bags, Ossi Clark gowns, YSL jewellery – dream it and you’ll find it here. Apparently the who is who of the showbiz goes in & out (usually after dark) to pick a dress that is unique and - “One-of-a kind”.

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Blitz Known as the city’s first ‘vintage department store’, Blitz is set over two floors of a glorious old furniture factory. The building itself is jaw-dropping, and has been renovated beautifully. Floors are clearly merchandised with a furniture selection from Broadway Market’s The Dog & Wardrobe, an accessories floor, a book collection and rails and rails of neatly presented fashion. 

There’s also a good range of new books that meet the demands of the vintage-lover, a great selection of vintage movie posters, and one of London’s largest collections of actual designer vintage, with British brands covered from Biba to McQueen.

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House of Liza is an independent boutique that specialises in unique vintage clothes by designers that are known for their uncompromising creative vision. The idea behind the store is to offer and introduce a selection of cutting-edge, highly collectable vintage fashion by experimentative and pioneers in previous decades.

Located in the heart of Shoreditch, House of Liza, which was established in 2010, is a boutique with a carefully hand-picked archive. The collection forms an important archive of fashion history: blurring the lines between ready-to-wear and couture, fashion and art. The store itself is the polar opposite to it's bright and colourful garms on display; the interior of the venue was designed by Torsten Neeland, the London based industrial and interior designer.

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The Vintage Showroom has an expertly curated selection of men’s vintage, that awaits discerning gents in this Seven Dials boutique. You'll find the usual plaid flannel shirts and flat caps, but the store also sources an interesting edit of military jackets and holdalls, quality tailoring and tweed, and a solid selection of designer coats from Barbour to Belstaff. Dead stock is also part of the mix, together with a few contemporary labels including the lovely knits of British brand, North Sea. 

Douglas Gunn and Roy Luckett, the founders of the Covent Garden store, run a vintage consultancy business out of their studio in Notting Hill that houses an extensive archive of one-off and ultra-rare vintage pieces. What the average joe doesn't know, is that The Vintage Showroom has a basement (which the don't advertise), but it's their secret chamber, housing a small capsule collection of what's in the showroom in west London. 

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WilliamVintage is the source for the finest vintage clothing and haute couture in the London. With a carefully edited selection of pieces for women who like to be beautifully presented. WilliamVintage devotees include Tilda Swinton, Victoria Beckham, Rachel Zoe and Rihanna and all women who want an edited, impeccable offering of vintage clothing perfect for the 21st century wardrobe. 

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