If you’re looking for fabulous vintage, some of the best vintage shops to be found in London are all in the vicinity of Brick Lane and Cheshire Street in Shoreditch, and Sundays tend to be the best day when Brick Lane market is in full swing. The shops are open all week but the atmosphere’s far better on a Sunday, plus you get all the independent vintage stalls out too which you won’t find during the week.
One of the best and most well-known is Rokit at 101/107 Brick Lane. It tends to be a bit pricier than the other vintage shops and there’s a large selection of retro gear, especially from the 80’s, for both women at no. 107, and men at no. 101. It’s a lot better than just second-hand gear and the prices match so don’t expect to find that many bargains. Rokit also have two other branches one in Covent Garden, and one in Camden, opposite the market.
Hunky Dory Vintage
You’ll find Hunky Dory Vintage towards the top end of Brick Lane at no. 226, and there’s a really good selection of both men’s and women’s clothing sourced mainly from the UK and Europe rather than the US and it tends to be a bit on the pricier side than the other stores. This shop used to be in Greenwich Market but as that market has gone downhill a bit nowadays, they’ve relocated here.
House of Vintage
Just off Brick Lane in Cheshire Street at no. 4, is House of Vintage another fabulous shop stocked mainly with authentic clothing from the 1920’s to the 1980’s, with particular emphasis on the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. The owner of this shop started out with a shop in Toronto, Canada, and has now opened this one. They’ve also just opened House of Vintage Bridal Shop just around the corner with authentic wedding dresses right from the 1900’s onwards.
You’ll find Beyond Retro behind some large doors which from the outside it doesn’t look like much, (it used to be an old dairy) but once you step them, the magical world of Beyond Retro emerges like a beacon of light to fans of all things vintage. They’re very organised in here and everything is ordered into casual, outerwear, evening wear, etc. and then also colour coded on top, so if you’re looking for a red top, there are six on the rack all grouped together under tops! Everything is so easy to find and it makes really easy shopping. This shop is again in Cheshire Street, just off Brick Lane.
You’ll find Blitz just off Brick Lane in Hanbury Street and is not just any old vintage shop, it’s a department store on many floors of an old furniture factory. It’s been completely renovated and merchandised with tasteful furniture and things like wooden cricket bats and sailors with large moustaches, and it’s a pleasure to shop in here. There’s a floor for accessories, there’s a book collection, antiques, art, posters, and rail upon rail of very neatly pressed and steamed clothing. You’ll even find a coffee shop in here, that’s how big the space is!
There are absolutely loads of vintage shops around here but these 5 tend to be the most well-known. I really like Cheshire Street as there are loads of little independent shops here full of the most wonderful treasures.