Best 9 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 doesn't have to mean looking like everyone else. Vintage fashion is an original choice, plus it's an environmentally friendly way to buy clothes.

These are the best shops in London for vintage dresses and retro clothing, or discover even more shopping in London.

1. Alfies Antique Market

Tin Tin Collectables at Alfies Antique Market. Image courtesy of Alfies Antiques Market.

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

2. Beyond Retro

Shop the styles at Beyond Retro. Image courtesy of Beyond Retro.

Head to the huge Beyond Retro vintage clothing shop in Dalston or the brand's other branches in Coal Drops Yard, Oxford Street and White City for a fine selection of handpicked vintage clothing. The shop has its own fashion label which gives vintage clothes a new lease of life.

3. Blackout II

Blackout II interior. Image courtesy of Blackout II.
Pick the brains of the knowledgeable staff at Blackout II, 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.

4. Camden Market

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Bag some bargain vintage or special one-off pieces at Camden Market. Lots of secondhand shops and stalls sell everything from elegant 1940s dresses to cheesy '70s and '80s disco wear.

5. Cenci

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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, including bags, shoes, belts and gloves.

6. Paper Dress Vintage

Rails of retro dresses at Paper Dress Vintage. Image courtesy of Paper Dress Vintage.
Head to Hackney to visit 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 the 1980s, but it also offers an alteration service for your own back-of-the-wardrobe vintage items.

7. Pop Boutique

Vintage clothing at Pop Boutique. Image courtesy of Pop Boutique.

Stock up on vintage clothing carefully selected from buyers around the globe at Pop Boutique. 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.

8. Rellik

Vintage accessories at Rellik. Image courtesy of Rellik.

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

9. Rokit

Shop for vintage at Rokit. Image courtesy of Rokit.
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.

For more fashion in London, check out the best British designers and the top unique and specialist shops.