London's best swap shops

What's even better value than a jumble sale? Alchemise your old stuff into fashion gold at London's swap shops. This isn't about fusty old second-hand clothes, it's about boutique style exchanges. Here's Time Out's guide to the best

  • London's best swap shops

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      Bang Bang

      9 Berwick Street, W1F 0PJ (020 7631 4191).

      A renowned spot for stylists seeking retro designer looks. You'll definitely stumble across impeccably kept ‘I want you’ labels here, but prices aren't for cheap thrill seekers. Read more

  • Dress For Less

    391 St John Street, EC1V 4LD (020 7713 5591).

    This Islington store stocks high street and mid-range labels from River Island to Jigsaw. Keep your eyes peeled for the occasional designer bargain: a Mulberry bag at £150, say. Read more

  • The Loft

    86 Hoxton Street, N1 6LP (020 7613 0039).

    Dealing in both new and second-hand clothing, The Loft has labels like Prada, Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood at very reasonable prices. Staff will go through designer clothes you want to sell and work out a price you are happy with. Read more

  • L'Homme Designer Exchange

    50 Blandford Street, W1U 7HX (020 7224 3266).

    Andrew Torz runs London's best menswear exchange store, stocking a range of desirable labels from Alexander McQueen to Yohji Yamamoto in tiptop condition. Torz, who purchases mainly from the film and music industries, will buy your designer threads, provided they are in immaculate condition – call for a quote or take items to the shop in person. Expect 50 per cent of what it'll sell for. Read more

  • Retro Man

    34 Pembridge Road, W11 3HN (020 7792 1715).

    Located in Notting Hill's thrift heartland, Retro Man sells a good mix of second-hand designer labels including Martin Margiela, Helmut Lang and Gucci. On a recent visit we spotted a Kilgour suit for a bargain £120. If you are selling designer clothes in good knick, expect to get roughly 25 per cent of what it's worth or vouchers for around 50 per cent. Read more

  • Retro Woman

    32 Pembridge Road, W11 3HL (020 7598 2233).

    Down the road from Retro Man, Retro Woman stocks a vast range of second-hand high street and designer clothes and accessories, both retro and contemporary. Bring in an item and you'll get an on-the-spot offer of cash or vouchers (as at Retro Man). There's another shop along the road at No 20 focusing on designer labels. Read more

  • Retro Clothing

    75 Berwick Street, W1F 8TG (020 7229 4805).

    A sea of designer clothing, where labels like Dolce and Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel can be fished out alongside high street names. Retro Clothing offers you about 20 per cent of what it thinks your designer clothes are worth and ten per cent for high street stuff. There's a sister branch at 56 Notting Hill Gate (7229 4805). Read more