London is definitely the place to come to if you are searching for retro or vintage items. It is second to none in Europe as being the best place for retro & vintage shopping.
Whatever you are seeking from vintage designer labels to pretty vintage accessories, household items or even retro-styled furniture you can find it in London. Book your stay at any of the hotels near Kensington High Street and head to the Flea markets like Portobello Road, Camden Passage and Brick Lane which have always attracted lots of shoppers keen on searching out that perfect retro or vintage items. Take your time and stroll down the streets, exploring each stall carefully because you never know quite what treasures can be found, likewise in the little shops lining the markets and adjacent streets.
In addition to these well-known flea markets, there are countless specialist retro and vintage stores to be found some of which have been known to attract celebrities like Lady Gaga. So keep an eye on faces as well as the products – you never know quite what you are going to find when shopping retro style!
Over in Marylebone, Deborah Woolf Vintage in Church Street has a great collection of accessories such as 1920s beaded clutch bags and 1960’s compacts.
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Blackout II in Covent Garden is definitely the place to go if you are searching for that perfect party dress. There are romantic full-skirted fifties-style New Look dresses as well as elegant 1930’s cocktail dresses worn at sophisticated house parties. Don’t forget to take a look at the matching glittering evening bags, gloves, and hats needed to create that total retro style!
Have lunch at Selesa which is one of the best restaurants in Kensington London and continue your visit to another good place to go for party dresses or even retro wedding dresses is Pennies Vintage in Clerkenwell. A quiet location close to the heart of the city of London, it is definitely worth seeking out. Hidden within its shelves and racks are fantastic glitzy evening dresses, 1920’s satin gowns, and beautiful beaded flapper dresses. Not to be ignored are the classic 1940’s wedding dresses and the full-skirted New Look styles. If you are seeking something that will really stand out in a crowd – you will definitely find it here!
Not far away in Shoreditch is Absolute Vintage – a definite must go for anyone who loves retro and vintage styles. The owners are experts when it comes to finding suitable stock for their store, having been trading for over 25 years. It has established an awesome reputation for the sheer scale of the range on display. Racks and shelves are crowded with all kinds of vintage clothing including many designer names, and one-off items. Shopping at Absolute Vintage cannot be hurried, it is all too easy to lose track of time because there is so much choice.