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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. There are lots of cheap jeans (from £8) hanging neatly next to bargain cotton shirts and rock T-shirts, as well as more opulent designer creations, donated regularly by top brands including Hackett, Nicole Farhi and Ralph Lauren. We spotted a floor-length woollen camel Givenchy coat and a divine Yves Saint Laurent peacoat. The bric-a-brac is interesting too - on our visit we found genuine antique watercolours next to gaudy 1950s dressing-table accessories and a pop-up 'Kama Sutra'.


Venue name: Crusaid
Address: 19 Churton Street
Opening hours: Open 10am-6pm Mon-Sat; 11am-3pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Pimlico tube
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In 2010 Crusaid merged with Terrence Higgins Trust, this shop is now run by Terrence Higgins Trust however upholds all the quality and high standards given by Crusaid to enable us to raise funds to support people living in the UK with HIV/AIDS. Terrence Higgins Trust was one of the first charities to be set up in response to the HIV epidemic and has been at the forefront of the fight against HIV, and improving the nation's sexual health, ever since.