As a city packed with history, London offers plenty of great retro spots for those seeking vintage finds or simply eager to browse more of the UK’s heritage. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at some of our favourite spaces in the city for vintage shopping or sightseeing…
This store is a treasure trove for those in the market for vintage big brands, including everything from Prada to Burberry. There’s plenty of unbranded items on offer here, but the designer finds tend to be the main draw. Clothing dates largely from the 1940s onwards, ensuring fans of various eras will have lots to browse through.
The perfect starting point for vintage shoppers at the Devonshire Hotel London, Absolute Vintage has two branches in London; one situated in East London, and the other in trendy Soho. Whilst this branch is the smaller of the two, it’s filled with some of the finest vintage finds the city has to offer. Whatever you’re looking for, this boutique-style space is likely to offer it, with an eclectic selection of everything from shoes to clothes and accessories.
What The Butler Wore
With a wide range of clothing specifically from the 1960s and 1970s, this is a great place to get into the spirit of vintage style, and you’ll find plenty of Mary Quant-style dresses and bohemian clothing. Many of the items are reasonably priced, helping to make shopping vintage more accessible – and browsing the shelves for flares, maxi dresses and more is a great way to enjoy a retro day out while staying at the best luxury hotels in London.
Since opening in 2011, Blitz has developed a strong following amongst London’s vintage-loving scene, and caters to a discerning clientele always on the hunt for something extra special. Situated in a former furniture factory, there’s lots of space here to roam, including rail upon rail of clothing spanning many different eras and looks. Every item is specially prepared prior to reaching the shelves, ensuring a high-end shopping experience for vintage fans.
First opened in 2008, Callooh Callay is home to eccentric retro décor and an equally eccentric cocktail menu. The bar inspired by the world of Lewis Carroll mixed with a Victorian-era aesthetic, making grabbing a drink here one of the most romantic things to do in London for dedicated fans of all things vintage.
Evans & Peel Detective Agency
Designed in a speakeasy-style, this new bar is situated in a basement close to Earl’s Court Road and revels in its secrecy in a way that is sure to appeal to fans of retro. The menu asks visitors not to ‘draw attention’ to the venue, and it’s all great fun for anyone eager for an evening of novelty and nostalgia.