Vintage Shopping in London

by Kelly on November 19, 2013


There’s a lot of things to love about London: the atmosphere, Buckingham Palace, the people–the list goes on and on. But one of my favorite things about London is the shopping.

London fashion is exciting. It’s spontaneous. It’s organic. It’s cutting-edge. It’s totally worth sacrificing a meal (or three) to indulge in, and I have! From Central London to the East End, a good chunk of our Go! Girl Guides London guidebook entails where you can score awesome finds.

This recent article by Heathrow Express about London Fashion has made me nostalgic for mod fashion and now all I want to do is cut my hair into a bob and rock some vintage sunglasses. How can you deny these glasses?

Photo taken from Heathrow Express: Catch and Release Sunglasses

Planning on visiting London soon? Here’s a quick run-down of some of the best shopping spots the city has to offer:

Oxford Street
Put your walking shoes on and bring all of your backup credit cards: Oxford Street is known for its shopping. With over 300 stores, designer outlets and mainstream shopping malls, Oxford Street is an essential stop on any London shopping trip. Hating the crowds? Dip into Berwick Street for some gems, without all the people.
Oxford Street

Covent Garden
This part of London is a must-see, if only for the handmade custom jewelry you can find near Neal Street. Floral Street and Neal’s Yard are all nearby, making up a pretty essential part of London’s shopping district.

East End Thrift Store
Looking for rare vintage pieces that no one else will be rocking? Be sure to check out East End Thrift Store, an old warehouse that’s now home to hundreds of vintage pieces that won’t break the bank. Hellooooo sexy black leather skirt for 10 pounds! Yes please!
Unit 1A Watermans Building, (Assembly Passage), E1 4UT

Brick Lane Market
If you’re like me and you love a good flea market, you can’t miss Brick Lane Market, held every Sunday. There’s no shortage of good finds to pick through, especially if you get there early. Expect to find some rockin’ accessories, vintage fur coats, vintage suits, shoes and much, much more.

Brick Lane (plus Dray Walk), E1. UpMarket & Backyard market: The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL (7770 6028/ Aldgate East tube or Liverpool St tube/rail. 10am-5pm Sun.

You could spend months shopping in London (wouldn’t that be nice!) and still not get to every store. If this article’s got you inspired to take a trip, be sure to check out Heathrow Express for easy options of getting into the city from the airport, and Go! Girl Guides’ latest London guidebook for getting around!

Creative Commons License photo credit: amsfrank

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Jen Jackson June 15, 2016 at 6:15 pm

Hi there,
Please can you give Wood Street Indoor Market a mention on your site. It’s a charming market with a variety of unusual and interesting shops, including several retro and vintage shops, (3 record shops) vinyl records, cds, spiritual healing, flower arrangers, picture framing, gifts, antiques, glassware, decorative art, jewellery, watch and clock repairs, costume design and hire, bespoke vintage repairs and alterations, cake decorating, books, decorative art and more. There’s even a vintage hair dresser for retro and modern hairstyles. The newly opened market cafe has a varied selection of delicious food on the menu, which always includes a vegan option, made fresh each day, locally sourced coffee, and cakes. Wood Street Indoor Market has been going for more than 30 years. Traditional shopping at it’s best.

98 – 102 Wood Street, Walthamstow, London E17 3HX. Tuesday – Saturday 10.00 am – 5.30 pm

Thank you,

Kind regards,
Dream Retro
Shop 10 Wood Street Indoor Market

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