Vintage clothing is enjoying a renaissance right now and there’s nowhere better to fill your wardrobe with gorgeous garments and accessories of times gone by than London. If you’ve ever been shopping in London before, you’ll know the sheer amount of choice on offer and, while the city has more than its fair share of sprawling flagships and big name boutiques, it also has a flourishing vintage scene. The city has an ever growing range of vintage and retro shops to choose from, with more opening all the time, and there’s a whole vintage culture to immerse yourself in.
If you’re planning some vintage shopping during your stay at the Montcalm Hotel Finsbury Square, you really couldn’t have picked a better location. Here are a few of our favourites and top recommendations for vintage apparel to start your shopping trip off right.
Absolute Vintage in Old Spitalfields Market is close to the Montcalm Hotels Finsbury Square and has a great collection of vintage clothing and footwear. Whether you’re looking for something for yourself or a present for someone else, there’s a high chance you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for at Absolute Vintage. It’s one of the most popular vintage clothing stores in London, has new stock arriving regularly and is often full of style savvy locals and stylish visitors.
Alfie’s Antique Market
At Alfie’s Antique Market you’ll find vintage clothing, jewellery, 20th century pieces, collectible items and even some that are a little rarer from a spectrum of eras. Even if you’re not looking for something specific, it’s a great place to explore. Alfie’s Antique Market doesn’t just sell vintage clothing; it’s actually one of the biggest indoor antique markets in London and as such, you’ll find yourself shopping for a little bit of everything before you know it.
Blackout II has been trading for many years. It’s a great place to find vintage clothing to suit most styles, tastes and pockets. Located in Covent Garden, Blackout II caters to both men and women and it stocks items from the 1920s to 1980s. It’s ideal if you’re staying in one of the hotels in City of London and don’t want to travel too far.
Brick Lane is one area of London that’s really made a name for itself in terms of buying and selling vintage clothing. As the name suggests, Beyond Retro specialises in retro clothing and it even has its own fashion label. Here you’ll find shoes, dresses, jewellery and accessories. Plus, it’s not far from the Montcalm City Shoreditch and hotels in City of London.
Though not a clothing store as such, Camden Market is ideal if you’re wanting to browse a range of vintage items. There are hundreds of stalls here offering everything including jewellery, clothing, shoes and accessories so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. With lots of new stock arriving weekly, even repeat visitor will discover something new.