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6 Fabulous London Vintage Shops To Revolutionise Your Look

By Alex Landon

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London’s array of vintage shops are as stylish as they are sustainable.

To go forward, you must first go back: it’s a mantra that applies nicely to shopping for vintage clothes. Renovating your look is the perfect opportunity to dive back into the past, finding forgotten gems and retro garms that can revitalise your wardrobe. We’ve picked out the finest vintage shops in London to hunt down a bargain – and they’re even more fun if you turn it into a challenge like we did! 👇

1. What Goes Around Comes Around

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A vintage store. In Camden Market. This would be a cliche, were it not for the care and attention with which What Goes Around Comes Around selects their stock. Clothes here skew towards the 80s America look, with varsity jackets, college sweatshirts, and Hawaiian shirts aplenty. A whole new look is well within your reach, as our video proves…

Mezzanine 3, The Stables Basement, Camden Market, NW1 8AH.

2. PICKNWEIGHT

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A firm favourite over in Germany, this one’s a newcomer to the London vintage scene. Perched on the corner of Neal Street in Covent Garden, shopping here is done by the kilo, with a range of rare pieces scattered throughout the store. Rather dangerously, you won’t know the damage to your bank account until you take your finds up to the counter to be weighed. Still, it’s worth the risk! Read all about it here.

14-18 Neal Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9LY.

3. Rokit

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One of the most successful vintage clothes shops in town, Rokit has four locations across London – including outposts on Brick Lane and in Covent Garden. As you’d expect, you don’t reach the top by luck alone, and Rokit are extremely good at sniffing out retro fashions from designer labels, as well as looks from the worlds of military, ski & snow wear, and sportswear.

Multiple locations, find them here.

4. Beyond Retro

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Another mini chain, Beyond Retro have a presence across the UK and Sweden, with Bristol and Brighton stores in addition to their three London spots. Curated edits are a big part of their service, with The Disney Edit, The Western Edit, and American Sports providing areas of particular interest. The website currently boasts a Christmas jumpers section, which bodes very well for a festive vintage session.

Multiple locations, find them here.

5. The Vintage Showroom

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Come for one of the most gorgeous frontages in town, stay for the carefully curated range of vintage menswear. A trip to The Vintage Showroom isn’t likely to be a cheap one, but for a statement piece with bags of history to it, this place can’t be beaten. Even more stock can be found in their Portobello Dock showroom, but you’ll need an appointment to poke around here.

14 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9LN.

6. Atika

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Two storeys of vintage fashion await you here, and with an outpost of Rokit nearby, you can have quite the fashion crawl on Brick Lane. A historic Victorian warehouse is now filled with unique pieces from the 70s to the 00s, whether that be denim dreams or retro sportswear. Meanwhile, homeware, gaming, comics, and toys form a large part of their stock, so you can just go ahead and refresh your entire home on a visit to Atika.

55-59 Hanbury Street, E1 5JP.

Featured image: @picknweight


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