If you’re into vintage clothing, shopping sustainably and rooting through charity shops, North London is calling for you! Home to more vintage shops than any other part of the city, North London has lots to offer when it comes to vintage shopping with Camden – the hub of second-hand markets – falling under its radar. Here’s our top five vintage shops for some stellar finds from bargain bits to timeless designer pieces.
Deborah Woolf Vintage
24 Church St, Marylebone, London NW8 8EP
Named “Best Vintage Shop” in 2015 by The Vintage Guide to London, Deborah Woolf Vintage offers a fantastic mix of clothing and accessories from luxury brands through to high street steals. Ran by Deborah herself, this shop is so prestigious that its supplied garments to the Victoria and Albert Museum and provided some of the costumes for the movie X-Men First Class.
Don’t be thrown by the mention of luxury brands – dress prices start at £60 at this store and you can be sure of their good quality and sustainability. Of course, a three-piece Yves Saint Laurent suit will cost you more, but it will be a fraction of the original price tag.
You can pop in or make an appointment to view the archive collection and to avail of Deborah’s personal shopping expertise.
Alfies Antique Market
13 – 25 Church St, Marylebone, London NW8 8DT
Alfies is one of the largest and most loved antique markets in London. For over 40 years, the market has attracted both new and established collectors, interior and fashion designers as well as a host of celebrities drawn to its diverse collection of art, antiques, jewellery and fashion.
Spread over five floors with 75 stalls you’re guaranteed to find a piece of treasure at Alfie’s whether it be some drinking glasses, lighting fixtures or costume jewellery. Head to the rooftop to find Alfie’s Rooftop Kitchen to enjoy some grub and savour the panoramic views of London City.
Blue 17 Vintage
162 Holloway Rd, London N7 8DD
Founded in 1985, Blue Vintage originally specialised in top quality American vintage and denim Levis 501 jeans. Spread across 4,000 square feet over two floors of a Victorian building near Camden, the shop prices itself on its low prices for vintage clothing, shoes and accessories.
Here you’ll find pieces from the 1940’s all the way to the 1990’s for both men and women. Blue 17 is best known for its stock of fabulous vintage women’s dresses and men’s leather jackets. The store is also a vintage wholesaler that sources and sells vintage stock all over the world – meaning there’s a good chance you’ll find something you like and an even better chance that they have your size!
Blue 17 is saying no to rising vintage prices and low-quality pieces and after surviving through two recessions and the commercialisation of London, it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing – and they’re doing it well.
Can’t Buy Me Love Vintage Shop
16 Ave Mews, Muswell Hill, London N10 3NP
Can’t Buy Me Love began as a jumble sale market back in 2010 and by 2011 the vintage store had a permanent home on Avenue Mews. Ran by a father and daughter team with decades of fashion knowledge between them, the shop stocks men’s and women’s vintage clothing from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. There’s also an ample selection of homewares, books, records and accessories on sale.
This store stands out from others in that customers can enjoy coffee and cake while shopping for that perfect vintage find. Cakes are baked fresh each day and promise to be delicious. More often than not, resident DJ’s will play the best of vintage rock and roll in the shop, adding to the overall experience.
Can’t Buy Me Love opens on Saturdays from 12pm to 5pm and alternative times are available by appointment.
Rokit Vintage Clothing
225 Camden High St, Camden Town, London NW1 7BU
Operating in Camden Market since 1986, Rokit Vintage has recycled over one million tonnes of unwanted clothes and accessories and is one of London’s most coveted haunts for vintage goods. The store has an expert team of vintage buyers who hand pick pieces for the store. Every item is freshly washed, pressed and mended (if needed). If something can’t be mended, the team will upcycle the garment and use the fabric to create something new and completely unique.
Rokit’s huge selection of stock includes both men’s and women’s clothing from the 30’s to the 00’s and everywhere in between. They only sell good quality pieces with the aim of providing customers with sustainable garments that can be worn again and again in a bid to end fast fashion.
Rockit has a number of locations across London and you can also shop on their website.
Relax after your shopping trip with an overnight stay at the luxurious Clayton Crown Hotel in Cricklewood. Enjoy one of the only hotel swimming pools in London and treat yourself to [afternoon tea] served in our delightful glass atrium connected to the grade II listed building, the Crown.
There’s a range of offers on stays at Clayton Crown Hotel so grab the gang – it’s for a girly weekend in London.