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…
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
Perched between Angel and Highbury & Islington stations, this neat little Italian cosmetics store is easy to reach and easy to browse. An affordable (not budget, but not outrageous either) range of soaps, candles, creams and more are smartly stacked on shelves and chunky, wooden islands that you wouldn't look out of place in a farmhouse kitchen. Having started life as a herbalist shop in the northern Italian city of Lodi in 1978, L'Erbolario specialise in more than simply beauty products. Visitors will also find pet shampoos and perfumes here, as well as wardrobe scents and something called 'baby foam'.
Venue says: “A flourishing partnership with nature.”