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The best charity shops in London

Grab a bargain and support a good cause at our pick of London's best charity shops

You may need to take a peg along with your wallet, but with vintage shopping now out-pricing the high street, charity shopping is one of the few ways left to stock up your wardrobe and home on a budget. From the Dior and Chanel lining the rails at Retromania, to the bargain beds of the British Heart Foundation Furniture and Electrical store, we’ve compiled a list of the best charity shops for your thrifty purchasing pleasure.

All Aboard

224 West End Lane, London, NW6 1UU

Best for shabby chic

There's plenty of granny cast-offs to root through here - and believe us, you'll need to root. Apparel and bric-a-brac are in plentiful supply, and while reasonably organised, the stock is not as ruthlessly edited as that of more commercial-minded charity shops.

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West Hampstead

Barnardo's

414 Brixton Road, London, SW9 7AY

Best for designer bargains

A vast and lively charity shop with an exciting, unpredictable mix of clothes and accessories, stocking all kinds of high-street brands with designer bargains going for no more than £50.

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Stockwell

British Heart Foundation

184 Balham High Road, London, SW12 9BW

Best for accessories

This clean (it reeks of Mr Sheen) and brightly lit branch sells a good selection of high-street and mid-range brands at very good prices. The shoes and jeans are well worth a look here. They're all sold alongside a range of new, cheaply priced accessories, including necklaces, earrings and hairbands from at little as £2.

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Balham

British Heart Foundation Furniture and Electrical

36-38 Acre Lane, London, SW2 5SP

Best for sofas

This expansive store situated just off the heady eclectic thoroughfare in Brixton has everything you need to make a house a home, whether you're looking for a cheap TV from £15, a fridge from £30 or a three-piece-suite from £100. On our visit, there were plenty of artily distressed pine goods in good condition starting from £99 for a TV unit.

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Brixton

British Red Cross

22-24 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0QP

Best for conservative clothing

Located a few minutes' walk from Victoria station in a salubrious street, this branch of the British Red Cross - always stuffed with expensive labels - has a comically conservative vibe. Navy blazers? Check. Padded Barbour-style jackets? Yep.

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St James's Park

British Red Cross Chelsea

69-71 Old Church Street, London, SW3 5BS

Best for workwear

This expansive store is arguably Chelsea's most popular and well-known charity shop. It shares a street with the only Manolo Blahnik outpost in London and it's where Chelsea residents like to off-load last season's wardrobe. The store suitably bills itself as a designer charity shop, packing its rails with pieces by Vivienne Westwood, Jaeger, Max Mara, and the like.

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Belgravia

Cancer Research UK

Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 4PQ

Best for vintage

One street back from the chain stores and bustle of Oxford Street is this two-floor thrifty oasis of calm. On our last visit we found a red-and-navy wool military jacket, rails of men's suits around and a great pair of 1970s silver platforms. It's a favourite with students from the nearby London College of Fashion and employees from Vogue, so if you want to bag the designer bargains, you'll need to visit regularly.

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Marylebone

Crusaid

Churton Street, London, SW1V 2LY

Best for jeans

With its Shirley Bassey soundtrack and dedicated gay section, this charmingly eccentric charity shop was coined 'the Harvey Nichols of charity shops', by comedian and regular shopper Alan Carr. Happily, the prices are somewhat more purse-friendly than the Knightsbridge department store.

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Pimlico

Fara Kids

40 Tachbrook Street, London, SW1V 2JS

Best for childrenswear

Pimlico, a real destination for charity shops, is home to three Fara stores - including Retromania - and they're close enough to do all of them in one sweep. This childrenswear shop offers an excellent selection of quality stock, which makes sense when you consider that children are likely to outgrow their wardrobes far quicker than they wear them out.

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Pimlico

Octavia Foundation

211 Brompton Road , London, SW3 2EJ

Best for vintage books

A large, slightly austere space packed with designer donations from wealthy locals. Plus a 'brilliant' hushed vintage book department with oriental rugs and coffee tables covered in art periodicals and old Christie’s catalogues.

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11 comments
Tasha N
Tasha N

For me the best charity shop is All Aboard in Finchley road! With galore of vintage finds and designer stuff less expensive then most of the charity shops around. This year I have found fantastic YSL winter mac that I get asked all the time,amazing ETRO outfit,new Charles Jourdan shoes,also almost new Ferragamo,Miyake harem trousers and the best dress ever that I have spend my summer in ,beautiful cotton ,simple dress buy Margaret Howell! Things are always well priced and in almost new condition. People that work there are friendly and there is always mix of costumers from very middle class to young students and stylist getting vintage for there clients. I have been going there for years now! They so deserve to be included and I am surprised that they are not!

Mara M
Mara M

Great review!! I will go and visit :D

Mary. Hogan
Mary. Hogan

Brilliant reviews accurate and helpful!! I visited te Brixton store as grabbed a few bargains for Xmas woo hoo

Kate A
Kate A

West Hampstead, NW6. Not just All Aboard (above), lots of other great charity shops in one convenient stretch.

lydia.makemeup@gmail.com
lydia.makemeup@gmail.com

Theres been no mention of golders green, amazing road of charity shops. I found a genuine Marc Jacobs handbag there before... worth a look

toubui marinus
toubui marinus

hello lm so so moved about your company ratio annalysis and its inverstment appraisall.lm a student with a high school deplomad in business studies.l will love have a help from this organisation,l lost my parents when l was in high school.

Ngalle Gabriel
Ngalle Gabriel

We 'll like to share daily informations with your association. hope to get you in toch soon. Regards. Gabriel.

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sallyarmyshop@aol.com

Lives in SW London..?? Think not or they would have mentioned the Salvation Army shop in Wandsworth - does the lot - not just clothes books, etc., etc., but also electricals and furniture, wall to wall bargains.....

Tina
Tina

Following tips online went to all the charity shops in SW1 area. Couldnt wait to get out of them. They were overpriced and staff were not over friendly in most. Charity shops are beginning to cater too much to the middle classes who have got the extra cash and it has become trendy to 'shop down'.

Scott
Scott

I wonder if the author lives in SW London?!