Top spots for vintage shopping in London

When old is gold

Top spots for vintage shopping in London
Bay Garnett, stylist and contributing fashion editor at Vogue, shares her favourite haunts for preloved gems

Alfie's Antique Market
Instagram | @alfiesantiques

I love Alfie’s Antique Market. One of my favourite places in London. Even if you’re strapped for cash, it’s a wonderful place to just browse. It’s got everything from the perfect 1960s lampshade to the original 1950s varsity jacket. One of my favourite stalls is the one selling old buttons. It has hundreds of buttons to look through. A great way to spend a rainy afternoon. Alfie’s could only be in London! 

13 - 25 Church St, London NW8 8DT

Vintage Modes 
Vintage Modes

I love the women that run this fantastic shop. They have a wonderful eye for vintage. I’ve fallen in love with so many pieces over the years, from old Westwood T-shirts to Celine blouses to a 1950s Dior cape. It’s simply great, classy vintage. 

1 - 7 Davies Mews, London W1K 5AB

Beyond Retro 
Instagram | @alexkrook

You want an old classic denim jacket or a beat up boiler suit? Look no further. Much of their stuff comes from Canada and the US. And you can tell. In a good way. It’s real hard wearing great authentic stuff, which lots of cool and original pieces in the mix. 

O58 - 59 Marlborough Street, London W1F 7JY


Reign is a real gem, and found on Berwick Street Market. The clothes are always organised, laundered and there are some real bargains to be found. One of my favourite recent finds was a frilly pie-crust collar blouse that would do Princess Diana proud. 

12 Berwick St, London W1F 0PN 

Idea Books at Dover Street Market
Idea Books at Dover Street Market

Idea Books recently published my book, Fanpages, with Kira Joliffe, and I can’t complain as called them “the coolest publisher in the world”. Idea Books also source the most incredible rare second-hand art, fashion, and design books. You can find them on the lower-ground of Dover Street Market. 

18 - 22 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4DG

To view the rest of Bay Garnett's top spots for vintage shopping in London, take a look at the map she curated specially for The London EDITION and Tokyobike.  

Text: Bay Garnett

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