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
The Sports Edit
The first physical store for UK sportswear stockists The Sports Edit, who provide a variety of international brands in sleek, west London premises. Launched in 2015, TSE set out to find sportswear beyond the big brand names that blends quality and enduring fabrics with style. Some of the names they've brought back to the UK with them include mesh-loving New Yorkers Michi, Australia's 2XU, who make clothes in 48 different fabrics, and Londoners Salt, who are exclusively stocked by TSE. Both women and men will find something to suit them here, especially for running, gym workouts, yoga and pilates.
Venue says: “The Sports Edit offers a carefully curated selection of the best fashion-forward premium activewear and accessories in the world.”