Best vintage fashion shops in London

Pick up fashion items from past decades, vintage wedding dresses and more at London's retro clothing shops. 

Looking good needn't mean looking like everyone else. Vintage fashion is an original choice, plus it's an environmentally-friendly way to buy clothes. Below are some of the best shops in London for vintage dresses and retro clothing. If you're looking for cheap second-hand clothes, take a look at London's charity and thrift shops.

1. Absolute Vintage

Absolute Vintage London
Absolute Vintage

Delve into a vintage shoe lovers heaven at Absolute Vintage, just around the corner from Old Spitalfields Market. The shop has a huge selection of cheap vintage shoes, with prices starting around £20 a pair. 

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2. Paper Dress Vintage

Rails of retro dresses in front of a bar at Paper Dress Vintage clothing shop
Rails of retro dresses. Image courtesy of Paper Dress Vintage
Head over to Hackney for this stylish boutique, bar and occasional music and exhibition venue. Not only does Paper Dress Vintage have a great range of vintage fashion from the 1900s to 1980s, it also offers an alteration service for your own back-of-the-wardrobe vintage items. Read More

3. Beyond Retro

Beyond Retro
Beyond Retro

Head to the original Beyond Retro vintage clothing shop on Brick Lane, or visit the Dalston or Soho branches, for a fine selection of handpicked vintage clothing. The shop has its own fashion label which gives vintage clothes a new lease of life.

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4. Rokit

window display of Rokit vintage clothing shop
Express your individuality with wardrobe additions from Rokit, at one of four stores in London, located in Brick Lane, Covent Garden and Camden. At these vintage stores, old pieces are lovingly reinvented through the shop's recycled designs for completely unique and ethical fashion. Read More

5. Cenci

Wander into this West Norwood vintage specialist for men’s, women’s and children’s outfits from the 1920s through to the 90s. Cenci also stocks a wide range of accessories – bags, shoes, belts, gloves and more. Read More

6. Alfie's Antique Market

ALfie's Antique Market
ALfie's Antique Market

Visit the largest indoor antiques market in London at Alfie's Antique Market. This charming Marylebone destination has plenty of vintage clothes from the 1930s and 1940s, alongside other collectables and design pieces. Make sure to head to its rooftop kitchen for views over west London.

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7. Reign Wear

shop front featuring two manequins at Reign vintage clothing shop
WIndow display at Reign vintage clothing shop
Aim high at Reign Vintage, a Soho temple to retro fashion. Stock is continually added, with a focus on premium vintage pieces. There's often great designer finds to be had, so be sure to keep an eye on the label. Read More

8. Blackout II

Pick the brains of Blackout II's knowledgeable staff who know about all things vintage and have the knack of knowing just which outfit to choose for you. This gem in the shopping hotspot of Covent Garden has been open for nearly two decades. Read More

9. Blitz

Explore your eccentric side at Blitz - a giant and completely unique shop in east London. Inside you'll find on-trend vintage clothing, reclaimed furniture and eccentricities alongside bikes, books, posters, luggage and more. 

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10. Cabbages & Frocks

Cabbage and Frocks
David Dent's stall at Cabbage and Frocks

Head to Marylebone and discover a wealth of designer vintage clothes at Cabbages & Frocks. Hidden in a cobbled courtyard near St Marylebone Paris Church, this vintage market is full of designer brands at bargain prices.

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11. Camden Market

Bag some bargain vintage or a really special one-off piece in Camden Market. There are lots of second-hand shops and stalls selling everything from elegant 1940s dresses, to cheesy 70s and 80s disco wear.

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12. Pop Boutique

Pop Boutique
Pop Boutique

Stock up on vintage clothing carefully selected from buyers around the globe at Pop Boutique London. This Covent Garden shop has a green agenda, meaning that pieces that can't be sold are recycled, or upcycled, under the store's own brand.

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13. Rellik

Rellik vintage shop

Keep an eye out for what the designers, editors and It girls are picking out at Rellik in west London. Specialising in designer women’s clothing and accessories , expect to find high-end brands like Vivienne Westwood, Pierre Cardin and Comme des Garçons. 

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14. Retromania

Find some great retro gear and help a good cause at Retromania, a charity shop specialising in retro and vintage clothes and memorabilia. Profits are donated to charity, FARA.

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For more fashion in London, take a look at our guides to the best British designers and top specialist shops.