There are few things that are more satisfying than finding a good bargain, and London is a veritable treasure trove of bargains for those who know where to look.
Luckily, you needn’t spend a decade getting to know the inner-workings of London’s streets in order to find one (or more!) anymore, with thrift stores gaining in popularity and a new generation of expert bargain hunters compiling their catches in numerous shops across the capital.
You’ll still have to do some digging of your own to find what you’re after, but these 5 stores are a great resource for any vintage lovers out there.
Rokit is a mammoth among vintage chains, stocking a broad selection that gets as close to selling multiple versions of the same item as any vintage store possibly can.
It’s a great resource for perfectly-aged jackets, both denim and leather, and sells them at reasonable prices.
The best Rokit around can be found on east London’s Brick Lane, and splits its stock between two stores that sit either side of another shop.
Avoid it during a sunday, and you should have plenty of breathing space for some leisurely browsing.
4. Beyond Retro
Beyond Retro is the best place to go if you’ve not got anything specific in mind, making it one of the most browse-friendly vintage stores around.
The sheer volume of stock on offer can make a peruse something of a daunting undertaking, but it’s well worth your time, as finding just the right Hawaiian shirt takes time and effort.
All items are hand picked, and many are customised with a number of unique alterations, meaning you can really get hold of something you won’t see anyone else in.
3. Absolute Vintage
Absolute vintage may not live in east London, but it’s a great, if often overfilled store with a huge array of choice for the vintage lover.
What Absolute Vintage can lack in quality (many items have visible signs of love and wear), it more than makes up for with sheer value for money.
Most items start at a fiver, making it easy to throw together an entire ensemble for around £60.
Select wisely, and you’re guaranteed a bargain.
2. Frockney Rebel Vintage
Frockney Rebel Vintage is a thrift store with a difference – it’s a sleek, well-put together outlet that seeks to source wearable vintage.
This means you don’t need to wade through racks and racks of novelty 80s spandex or pom pom skirts to find something you can easily incorporate into your existing wardrobe.
All clothes are sourced from far and wide across Europe and almost all items cost no more than £50, meaning you can get hold of a real item of vintage that you can actually wear for a surprisingly reasonable cost.
Blitz is a great example of a vintage store done right. Despite only being around for a couple of years, the self-styled vintage department store takes up three floors of a massive warehouse, displaying vast arrays of clothing for both genders, footwear, accessories, and homewares.
The accessories collection is a particular highlight – boasting vintage swatches, sunglasses, and numerous scarves and hats.
Be sure to stop by the homewares section too, which features numerous curiosities from times gone by. [Pro tip: If you're visiting on a Sunday, try to find one of Blitz's employees on Brick Lane, who'll be handing out 10% off vouchers across the market.]