Whether its a high-end fashion steal or a cut-price antique, everyone loves a car-boot bargain. There's the best cheap shops in London and the best jumble sales to snoop around in, but there are also loads of great car-boot sales in London where you'll find much more than just chipped crockery and musty old clothes on offer.
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The best car-boot sales in London
Wimbledon Stadium, Plough Lane, London, SW17 0BL
What For three days a week the stadium is filled with 2000-plus stalls selling a wide range of items from clothing to crockery to silverware and gold jewellery, so bring a big bag and expect to fill it.
Entry fee £2 early-bird entry (usually the first hour of the sale), 50p thereafter.
Battersea Park School, Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 5AP
What Not the cheapest of its kind, but more high-end than most. If you're a seasoned fan of vintage and not simply in search of a car-boot bargain, this is the sale for you.
Entry fee Early-bird entry £5 from 11.30, £3 from 12pm, 50p after 1.30pm.
Pimlico Academy, (Chichester St entrance), London, SW1V 3AT
What Freelance stylist and personal shopper Faye Marriott was bored with London's car-boot sales, so she set up her own in 2010. Her modern approach (she's one of the few car-boot organisers who is Facebook- and Twitter-savvy) has attracted a generally younger crowd, many of whom deal in vintage fashion and collectibles. Brands like Isabel Marant, Mulberry and the odd Luella handbag have all been plucked from her car boots since the sale's inception.
Entry fee Early-bird entry £5 from 10.15am, £1 after 11.30am, under-tens go free.
Holloway Road, opposite Odeon Cinema, London, N7 6LJ
What Because of its proximity to both London Metropolitan University and City and Islington College, some stalls offer students a discount of up to 20 per cent, but even without this the prices are still very reasonable – we picked up a pair of tan Chelsea boots for a meagre £8.
Entry fee Free.
Hounslow West Station Car Park, Bath Road, London, TW3 3DH
What There's very little vintage to be found at Hounslow but you'll find a great mix of secondhand clothing and brand new goods at tiny prices. Look out for occasional items of furniture and the wonderful on-site butchers and green grocers for fresh local goodies.
Entry fee Free.
22 Seven Sisters Road, London, N7 6AG
What There's a fantastic mix of antiques and artifacts to be had, with recent specialist finds including a Victorian decorative knife set and a stamp collection dating back to the 1920s, though if you're looking for something a bit more modern, DVDs can be picked up from 50p to £1.
Entry fee Free.
New Road, London, TW17 0QQWhat The stallholders are knowledgeable and attentive, so it's a great starting out sale for newbies on the car-boot scene, as well as seasoned booters who are willing to travel in search of the perfect secondhand find.
Entry fee Early-bird entry before 8.30am (timing varies) £3, £1 thereafter.
St Augustine's School, Kilburn Park Road, London, NW6 5SN
What 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.
Entry fee Early-bird entrance 7.30am-11am £4, 50p thereafter.
Princess May School, Princess May Road, London, N16 8DF
What Forget the idea that car-boot sales are fusty and dusty – the Princess May draws an uber trendy Stoke Newington crowd, at its lively vintage and valuables sale. There's a great choice of vintage costume jewellery and collectable coins, and in the summer you'll also find a delicious barbecue on site.
Entry fee £3
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Design & Alter
In one of the arches beneath the Battersea Park railway line lives a bespoke tailor, Design & Alter. In this workshop a team creates and reworks pieces for major fashion brands and catwalk shows, as well as private clients. If you've found the perfect vintage leather jacket, but it doesn't sit right, Design & Alter's team can make it fit like a glove. Or if you've got a tired old ’80s dress that's too puffy to be seen out any more but you love the fabric, you can bring it here to have it restyled into something contemporary. Of course you can also start afresh with a made-to-measure suit or dress. They have a sister company, Bride & Alter, offering specialist bridal tailoring and wedding dress alterations.
Venue says: “'Once you find a good tailor, do not give away his name. A good tailor is worth every penny.' - Nina Garcia”