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London’s best car-boot sales

Hunt for secondhand treasures, or sell your own, at the best car-boot sales in London

By Time Out editors
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If you thought car-boot sales were all chipped crockery and moth-eaten old clothes being sold out of the back of an old Renault Clio... well, you’re wrong. The capital is home to loads of great car-boot sales, which are ideal for picking up bargains and having a rummage for hidden gems. Whether it’s a high-end fashion steal or a cut-price antique you’re after, you’ll find plenty to get excited about at these excellent shopping spots.

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Cool car-boot sales in London

Princess May Car Boot
Princess May Car Boot

Princess May Car Boot Sale

Held at a school sandwiched between Dalston and Stoke Newington, Princess May Car Boot is known for chic secondhand gear. In fact, the area’s stylists are known to both sell their old kit here and swoop in to stock up on the best vintage bargains. So get down there pronto – the early bird gets the vintage Fendi baguette bag.

Every Saturday and Sunday, 9am-2pm. Buyers £1 entry, £5 before 9am.

Battersea Car Boot
Battersea Car Boot
Photograph: Rob Greig

Battersea Car Boot Sale

If you love getting a good deal but hate getting up at the crack of dawn for it, you’re in luck. Battersea Car Boot is one of the biggest in the city and opens its doors at lunchtime. So whether you’re buying or selling, you’ll still get your weekend lie-in.

Every Sunday, 1pm-5pm. Buyers £1 entry from 1pm.

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Classic Car Boot
Classic Car Boot

Denham Giant Car Boot

If you’re looking for an old-school car boot, Denham is your go-to. You can find a diverse range of used goods here, from bric-à-brac to clothing and tech. Wanna sell not buy? At Denham you can rock up without booking a pitch. No wonder the huge site attracts thousands of sellers each week.

Every Saturday, 10am-3pm. Buyers £2 entry from 10am until noon, £1 from noon onwards.

Capital Carboot Sale

Shopping Markets and fairs Pimlico

Come rain or shine, the Capital Carboot in Pimlico is a-go-go. The stalls are hit and miss depending on the sellers of the day, but that’s all part of the car booty challenge. You’ll usually find indoor and outdoor pitches crammed with books, clothing, ceramics, jewellery and bikes and, if you want first choice, you can pay £7 for entry from 10:30am-11am, which is the early bird slot that needs to be booked online in advance. After that, it’s £5 entry from 11am-11:30. Prefer a lie-in? It’s £1 from 11:30am-2:30pm. Sure, there’s a risk that the good stuff will have gone but on the upside, there’s time to spend those extra pounds on a bacon butty beforehand. 

Every Sunday, 10:30am-2:30pm. Buyers £1 entry from 11:30am-2pm, £5 from 11am-11:30am, £7 earlybird (must be booked online by 10pm on the Saturday before) from 10:30am-11am.

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St Augustine's Car Boot
St Augustine's Car Boot
© St Augustine's Car Boot

St Augustine’s Car Boot Sale

Shopping Bookshops Kilburn

One of London's most famous car boots, this sale has been growing rapidly since starting out in 1996 and now attracts a trendy crowd of Portobello passers by and traders looking for hot bargains. More reminiscent of a flea market than a car boot, a recent rummage around this sale provided us with a vintage bird cage, a pristine violin and nearly new Cath Kidston crockery. According to her best pal Henry Holland, Agyness Deyn used to shop at this sale for clothes, and there's definitely some quirky finds to be had if you're willing to root around for them. If that doesn’t wear you out, St Mary’s car boot sale is within walking distance for double the fun.

Everyday Saturday, 11am-2pm. Buyers 50p entry, £5 before 11am

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