Shopping for vintage clothing is not only an excellent way to ensure you’re keeping things as sustainable as possible when it comes to fashion, but it’s also a great way to find a gem of an outfit that nobody else is likely to have. If you’re a lover of pre-loved fashion finds and one-of-a-kind treasures, the stores listed below are a must-visit. From iconic spots like Beyond Retro and Rokit to hidden gems like Metro Retro and Reign, each boutique offers a unique selection of vintage and pre-loved fashion pieces. Here’s our guide to vintage shops to visit in London.
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First on our rundown of the best vintage shops in London is the secondhand institution, Beyond Retro. It started in a London warehouse and now stands as one of the city’s most iconic and timeless vintage shops. Throughout its journey, it has transformed into a prominent vintage hot spot with stores across the UK and Sweden. There are five shops scattered around the city, including in Dalston, Soho, and Kings Cross, so finding your next second-hand treasure is never too far away. Each spot offers the opportunity to delve into an emporium of reworked goodies and exclusive one-off finds that you can only find at whichever store you choose to browse.
Beyond Retro | Dalston | Soho | Kings Cross
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If you’re looking for pre-loved branded clothing, your best bet is to head to Atika, set in a two-storey warehouse in the heart of Spitalfields, where you’ll find rails of renowned brands like Levis, Nike, and Ralph Lauren, among several others. It’s one of the biggest vintage stores in London, with more than 20,000 vintage and reworked items from designers and independent artists. It’s not just clothing they stock here; you can also pick up books, magazines and homeware items. Rummage through the treasures and stock up on secondhand treats without breaking the bank.
Atika | Spitalfields
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Next on our list of vintage shops to visit in London is Rokit, another legendary store with three locations around the city; Brick Lane, Covent Garden and Camden. In each shop, you’ll find fashion items dating from the 1940s to the 2000s, including everything from hats, sunglasses and bags to Levi jeans, t-shirts, festival wear and much more. The Brick Lane branch is close to several other iconic vintage shops, such as Here After, Serotonin Vintage, Beyond Retro, and the UK’s biggest vintage market, open seven days a week at The Truman Brewery.
Rokit | Brick Lane | Covent Garden | Camden
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It’s all about designer pre-loved fashion at Rellik in leafy Ladbroke Grove. This boutique vintage shop is an Aladdin’s Cave of second-hand goodies, with shelves and rails stacked with jewellery, accessories, shoes, and luxurious clothing. Word on the street is that Lady Gaga has been papped leaving the store; just give it a Google to see for yourself.
Rellik | Ladbroke Grove
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The vintage boutique store Mero Retro in trendy Dalston offers a range of curated fashion items, including hand-picked vintage pieces, Fairtrade and handmade fashion items, and vintage Japanese kimonos. Rummage through their rails of womenswear, menswear, accessories, handcrafted Nepalese garments, and Fairtrade handicrafts. They pride themselves on offering personal shopping and alteration services whilst committing to getting to know the customer and each person’s style and standing by their mission to present a unique variety of high-quality vintage clothing, accessories, and retro-inspired items with a touch of Asian flair.
Mero Retro | Dalston
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Paper Dress Vintage
You get the best of both worlds at this funky vintage store in Hackney, Paper Dress Vintage. By day it’s a boutique shop stocking a range of pre-loved clothing, and by night it’s transformed into a lively bar and live music venue. Peruse a wide selection of secondhand items, from women’s and men’s vintage garments to accessories dating from the 1900s to the 80s, with everything being hand-sourced around the UK since 2007. You can even make the most of their alteration service to find your perfect fit. By night, you can get stuck into their timetable of events; they host everything from yoga classes and comedy nights to live music and burlesque shows.
Paper Dress Vintage | Dalston
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At Little Sister, located just off Rye Lane in Peckham, you’ll find a trove of vintage and pre-loved fashion, including everything from stylish leather jackets and shirts to edgy accessories and shoes. This one-stop shop, run by a local Peckham resident, has everything you need to create a second-hand outfit that reflects your individual style. It’s located inside Market Peckham, home to a range of other independent shops and traders, so make sure you leave some time post-Little Sister shop to peruse the rest of the spaces.
Little Sister | Peckham
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For high-end vintage clothing at incredibly affordable prices, swing by Circa in Lambeth.
This is one of London’s most famous designer vintage clothing boutiques, not only offering all kinds of couture fashion items, antiques and accessories but also a personal alteration service, allowing you to source the perfect outfit and easily make amendments should you need to. You can browse their items by decade, size or designer, making it easy to curate your ideal vintage ensemble without rummaging through mountains of clothes.
Circa | Lambeth
Last on our list of vintage shops to visit in London is Reign, a swanky secondhand Soho shop offering an impressive selection of vintage clothing at very affordable prices. You’ll find rails of funky shirts, jumpsuits, designer shoes and accessories so that you can curate your next funky outfit for a night out in Soho (the nightlife here is excellent if that’s your kind of thing).
Reign | Soho
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Nordic Poetry was established by London-based Swedish stylist Ameli Lindgren in 2007 and has provided luxury, pre-loved fashion to Londoners ever since. The heart of their offerings lies in designer vintage clothing from renowned brands like Chanel, Vivienne Westwood, Christian Dior, and others. Ameli’s vision is to curate clothing that resonates with musicians, artists, and fashion enthusiasts in East London. Stepping away from the conventional retail experience, Nordic Poetry creates an immersive space that goes beyond expectations. The shop collaborates with photographers and artists to host unique events and exhibitions, transforming the space into a vibrant hub that nurtures creativity and passion.
Nordic Poetry | Bethnal Green
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