We scoured the capital to find the best vintage shops, secondhand boutiques and antique fashion houses, including Camden's rockabilly stockists and east London's thrift warehouses. Here's our comprehensive guide to pre-loved fashion…
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Vintage shops by area
Don't think that a central London location means that shopping is limited to high street chains and designer boutiques. Vintage and secondhand shops are there if you know where to find them, like the W1 outpost of Absolute vintage, Lucy in Disguise – the ritzy showcase for Lily Allen's vintage collection – and off-the-radar places like Reign Wear and Peekaboo.
South London might not have the footfall and fashion reputation of the stores north of the river, but that just means there are more vintage bargains for the rest of us. Head to Greenwich, where The Beehive and The Emporium take their vintage buying and selling very seriously, and Crazy Man Crazy caters for the secondhand yearnings of the less fair sex…
The best vintage shops in London
ONE DAY Tattoo Studio
A modest tattoo parlour in Angel, conveniently located a short stroll from the tube station. The decor reflects the artists' creative sides, with dark, baroque walls covered in striking artwork and shelves packed with different coloured inks. The styles displayed in their gallery range from elaborate, aboriginal styled prints to extraordinarily realistic faces and animals.
Venue says: “Highest quality, custom tattoos under the wings of Angel, London. Our artists are born talents, happy to accept a challenge!”