This stretch of Oxford Street houses London’s department stores, lined up on the North side cheek-by-jowl. These have a comprehensive offering across the price spectrum – from the cheap and cheerless BHS to the trusted and much-loved John Lewis. If you can’t find the clothing, homewares or cosmetics you seek here, you’re not looking hard enough.
Blackout II was peddling vintage threads long before it became fashionable. For some 30 years, the Covent Garden store has specialised in antique apparel (largely dresses from the ’20s and ’30s) as well as more wearable men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from the ’40s through to the ’80s. The duplex store is heaving with stock, and you’ll need a great deal of rummager’s enthusiasm to prise through the stuffed rails, but incredibly knowledgeable staff, together with signs on rails indicating era, make the shopping experience a smidge easier. An ideal place to go if you’re after a specific item from a specific decade. As featured in the 100 best shops in London
Venue says: “Affordable, high-end vintage fashion.”