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Nail Second-Hand Style With The Best Vintage Shops In London

Lareese Craig Published by Lareese Craig
Published on 20 October 2015

If you're a rookie thrifter here's where to start looking to discover your finest vintage getup. We've rounded up the best vintage shops in London so all that's left to do is while a way the weekend rummaging around for second-hand gems!

Blackout II

Situated in the bustling lanes of Covent Garden, Blackout II has been open for nearly 20 years and has built a reputation as one of the best vintage stops in London. With two floors dedicated to men's and women's retro fashion including jewellery, accessories and shoes dating from the 20s to the 80s, you'll have no problem finding fancy dress inspo' here.

Blackout II
51 Endell Street
Covent Garden
London
WC2H 9AJ

Fifi Wilson

Vintage fashion lovers can happily pass the time admiring the designer treats hidding away in Fifi Wilson.

It's filled with original cherry-picked designer clothes, accessories and jewellery, so you can be sure you're getting the real deal at Fifi's. Label addicts will be spolit for choice with pieces from Manoush, Cacharel, Bella Freud, Sonia Rykiel and Odd Molly.

The store itself is furnished with feminine touches and a jewellery stand that might take your eye off the clothes for a sec. With pretty distractions and reasonable prices Fifi Wilson knows how to make a girl happy. Vintage babes, your holy grail awaits.

Fifi Wilson
38 Monmouth Street
London
WC2H 9EP
www.fifiwilson.com

Mint

True vintage addicts will probably already have Mint vintage on their radar, but for those that have missed a trick for all this time, head here to discover why Mint is such a destination for retro clothing.

The store is beautifully coded into decade, colour and trend, so that you can easily explore their stock which is sourced from all over Europe. Colour coordination that will please the Monica Geller in us. With unisex clothing and an unrivalled collection of accessories, their concept is to provide unique, wearable vintage clothes which you can easily team with your high street get up.

The best thing about Mint is they know how to take vintage pieces and translate them into catwalk trends- from colour blocking to fringing, they've got it down pat.

Mint Vintage
29 Earlham Street
London
WC2H 9LM
www.mintvintage.co.uk

Orla Kiely

Orla Kiely has built her brand on the colourful prints and retro design with a fresh, contemporary twist.

A visit to her flagship store is well worth it, if only to admire the 1960s inspired interior with its Orla Kiely print wall paper, vintage design furniture and walls lined with Peter Pan collar dresses. Pinning. Everything.

Every item in her coveted fashion line is a sure future classic, so invest now and you'll have a vintage worthy wardrobe for your kids to inherit.

Orla Kiely
31 Monmouth Street
London
WC2H 9DD
www.orlakiely.com

Orion London

Orion London is a destination for true fashion fans, with their signature prints and vintage inspired styles.

With a celebrity following including Alexa Chung, Sophie Ellie Bextor and Cameron Diaz, if you want to shop for A-list style or simply spot a star, Orion is the place to go. We love their bicycle print dresses and jumpsuits!

Their signature prints combine elements of nature and floral designs to create on-fleek garms that would make a welcome addition to any vintage vixen's wardrobe.

Orion London
17 Monmouth Street
Seven Dials
London
WC2H 9DD
www.orionlondonshop.co.uk

Absolute Vintage

Absolute Vintage has a reputation for being one of the best vintage stores in London. With a vast selection of shoes, dresses and jumpers you can discover vintage must-haves from just about every era.

Great for 80's dresses and court shoes, Absolute Vintage is the kind of store you can get lost in as you rediscover the trends that should never have gone away.

Absolute Vintage
79 Berwick Street
London
W1F 8TL
www.absolutevintage.co.uk

Blitz

As the biggest vintage shop in Europe, Blitz has made quite a name for itself in the retro landscape.

With over 20,000 hand selected pieces and new additions every week, you're going to need to dedicate a whole day to vintage thrifting if you're to experience the real beauty of Blitz.

Regularly featured in Dazed, Elle and Vogue, this popular vintage gem boasts on-fleek threads from across the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, as well as some millennial must-haves.

In London? Blitz is the Buckingham Palace of vintage darling!

Blitz
55-59 Hanbury Street
London
E1 5JP
www.blitzlondon.co.uk

Shikasuki

Shikasuki is like walking into an Aladdin's Cave of vintage memorabilia and nostalgic fashion pieces. With furnishings, art, prints, jewels, bags, shoes, hats and accessories Shikasuki is a destination for serious vintage lovers.

If you're searching for something unique, well-made and gorgeous but aren't quite sure what it is you want, you're bound to find the answer in here. We want to bag it all!

Shikasuki
67 Gloucester Avenue
Primrose hill
London
NW1 8LD
www.shikasuki.com

Beyond Retro

Beyond Retro knows that vintage doesn't have to be super expensive. This chain of vintage stores has a loyal following of fashion savvy style hunters, from stylists and celebs to penny-strapped students.

With over 10,000 items in store, one cannot possibly thrift quickly here. Take your time admiring retro fabrics, coats, hats and shoes galore. Oh, and just you try and resist those kitsch Christmas jumpers.

You're bound to pick up a second hand steal at Beyond Retro with tea dresses from £14 and evening wear from £50 - see, exclusive vintage doesn't break the bank after all.


Beyond Retro
58-59 Great Marlborough Street
London
W1F 7JY
www.beyondretro.com

Laura Lee

For vintage-inspired jewellery made by hand, you can't beat Laura Lee whose boutique is a treasure-chest of gem stones and delicate gold and silverwork.

Although Laura Lee's jewellery is influenced by on-season trends, the pieces themselves will last a lifetime, made with natural gemstones and quality craftsmanship.

All pieces of jewellery are handmade in the store. Well worth a visit, even if it's only to drop bae a hint!

Laura Lee
42 Monmouth Street
London
WC2H 9EP
www.lauraleejewellery.com

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