London Vintage & Retro

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Is “Vintagophile” a word? If not, it should be.

If we have “Anglophiles” and “Francophiles”, then why not “Vintagophiles” for those who love all things Vintage!

London is Vintagophile Heaven. Vintage (and Retro) Shops, Vintage Fairs, Vintage Markets, Vintage Tea Rooms, classic film festivals, Vintage Styling Specialists…

We’ve gathered a list of our favourites for you.

Fairs & Markets

“Frock Me” Vintage Fashion

Last weekend, the girls and I made a day of it at “Frock Me”, the London Chelsea Vintage Fair. It was held in the Chelsea Town Hall, which is a lovely old building. The stalls were fabulous, and we met really wonderful people there. To top off the day, we had tea in their vintage tea room, which was done in grand style by Blackbird.

The next “Frock Me” Fair is in February 2013. Check their website for details.

The Hammersmith Vintage Fashion Fair is held in the Hammersmith Town Hall. Described by many as “the Rolls Royce of the Vintage Fashion Fairs”, this unique event takes place approximately every five to six weeks.

Judy’s at Spitalfields is an affordable vintage fair with free entry! It’s held on the first Saturday of every month in the Spitalfields Market.

The Vintage Furniture Flea (York Hall, Bethnal Green) offers up 50 TOP vintage traders, all offering furniture and home-wares without costing the earth! Check the website for 2013 dates.

The Vintage Kilo Sale (Hackney Downs Studios, London E8) does what it says on the tin. Take your wares to the scales and pay only £15 per kilo! Check the website for 2013 dates.

The Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair offers 3 events during the year: The Vintage Collections in February during London Fashion Week, Haute Halloween in October, and Vintage Wonderland in November.

The Vintage Fair hosts events all around the UK, including London at the Shoreditch Town Hall. Their fairs feature 30-60 of the UK’s best traders selling men’s and women’s vintage clothing from the 1940s – 1980s, jewellery, accessories, homewares, and art, plus a vintage styling salon and vintage tea party.


The East End Thrift Store has been called “the legendary cult vintage store” by Vogue Magazine. This is a little gem of a store, with most things priced at £10 or under.

Mint Vintage Clothing, on Stoke Newington High Street, says that their “desire is to present trend-driven, high quality vintage clothing with a focus on the future rather than the past.”

Pop Boutique in Covent Garden has been open in London since 1996.  It is a relatively small store packed with great vintage clothing, accessories, furniture, vintage vinyl, and kitch.

Blackout II (also in Covent Garden) has two floors of the very best in style for both men and women dating from the 1920s up to the 1980s. They also have dedicated and knowledgeable staff who can assist in making up the perfect outfit.

Rokit has 4 London shops for its range of “authentic and eclectic, classic but quirky and unique attire”.

Wow Retro has 3 Covent Garden shops  for its vintage and retro clothing, boots, shoes, and accessories for men and women. They also carry a small selection of furniture, such as coffee tables and sideboards.

Food & Drink

Soho’s Secret Tea Room (Greek Street, upstairs of the Coach & Horses Pub). Traditional Cream Tea and Afternoon Tea is served 12-6 Mon-Sun. Vintage surroundings and the sound of 40s jazz and swing makes this a haven away from the usual West End hustle and bustle.


The Vintage Guide to London is a website all about London’s vintage scene: shops, events, films, fairs, stylists, bars, restaurants, all arranged by era (from Victorian to the 80s) and by area (so you can search for places in a particular part of town)

Vintage Weddings

London Vintage Wedding Fair has everything for the contemporary bride who loves vintage fashion.

Vintage Wedding Taxis are the perfect complement to your vintage wedding.  Make a grand entrance in a White Classic Fairway Taxi like this one from London Black Taxis.


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