You need to visit these four London vintage shops
Stoke Newington Road, N16 7XB.
So first up is Beyond Retro, if you don’t know the name, you should. I never go into a Beyond Retro and come out empty handed and there’s a good reason for that. This store has it all. The clothes are quirky, fun and in excellent condition and the staff are casually cool and are always super friendly and happy to help. I mean it, it’s seriously got it all. The only negative is the price tag, which is a little more expensive compared to the other stores in this post, but I think it’s worth it. And hey if you’re strapped for cash, treat yourself to one of their berets or a neck scarf, because no one can pull off that Camille Rowe look like you can.
Hanbury Street, E1 5JP.
I like Blitz because it’s just off the beaten track of Brick Lane and it’s a lot more structured compared to the other stores mentioned here. I mean don’t get me wrong I love sifting through everything and that feeling of striking gold when I find something I really love, but it’s nice to just go into a vintage store and have a little more organisation and a little colour coordination doesn’t go a miss. The warehouse is bright and spacious, with two floors. The top floor boasts of vintage Levis, denim dungarees, battered leather jackets and boyfriend sweats that look better on your girlfriend. The lower level is dedicated to leather skirts, leopard print shirts, men’s overcoats and more. It truly is any vintage lover’s dream and any coffee lover’s dream for that matter, because on the top floor there’s a cute cafe where you can get that much needed Flat White or a little pick me up muffin. Go on nestle into one of their worn in leather couches with one of the cosy classics they sell in store, for half the price of Waterstones might I add.
P.S Get 10% off by grabbing a flyer from one of the sales team giving them out on Brick Lane, look out for them, they’ll be wearing a burnt orange bomber with Blitz blazed on the back of it.
42 Shelton Street Covent Garden, WC2H 9HZ.
This store is similar to Blitz and Beyond Retro, but it’s a little easier to get to and it’s located in the centre of beautiful Covent Garden, so alongside some thrifting you could also squeeze in some sight seeing. Here at Rokit, I usually sift through their jackets and jeans and find a staple in my wardrobe for the next few years. It’s a lot smaller than the other two so it’s a lot easier to find something and you’re less likely to break the bank, but you’ll definitely find something unique and funky in one of their stores dotted around London.
east end thrift store
Unit 1A, Assembly Passage, E1 4UT.
This one is for anyone who considers one’s self a treasure hunter, one who loves a jumble sale full of vintage garments galore. Usually the store has a policy where you can buy as much as you like for £10, as long as it fits into their plastic bag. BUT on the 1st of April they’re hosting a £1 sale on all of their items. Be sure to arrive early and be prepared to queue, but I assure you, you won’t leave disappointed. If you need any more persuasion to go, I bought the cosiest Kurt Cobain-esque cardigan last fall and it’s not left my shoulders since, and just last week I bought some kickflare white denim jeans that I can’t wait to kick about in all summer.