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Long live the charity shop. Once the dusty preserve of pensioners and students, the humble chazzer’s stock is rising as we all become more conscious of the ethical impact of our wardrobes. Sales are up, donations are rolling in and there’s never been a better time to snaffle a bargain.
We’re not just talking Primark vests, dog-eared copies of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and those leather coin belts from 2002, either. You might never beat the legend of that friend of a friend who found a Chanel handbag for 50p in a regional bargain bin, but as one of the world’s most fashionable cities, it stands to reason that London is full of stylish (and meticulously steam-cleaned) cast-offs.
From charity ‘boutiques’ with more cashmere than your average yacht club to old-fashioned junk shops you can lose an afternoon in, here are the very best charity shops in the capital. Just don’t go telling everyone.