Ready yourself for a full days shopping with a classic english breakfast in this classic art deco cafe that opened in 1900, and was last spotted on screen in Tom Hardy’s film The Krays- be prepared to queue.
332 Bethnal Green Rd,
Affordable, great selection from 20s-60s, and the best shop assistants in London- knowledgeable and incredibly well dressed!
51 Endell St, Covent Garden, WC2H 9AJ
On friday or saturday, for the true west london experience and lots of vintage dealers- but beware high prices.
Portobello Road, 72 Tavistock Road, W11 1AN
Vivien of Holloway
Not vintage as such and more widely known for big 50’s dresses and petticoats, but it’s best kept secret is the extensive stock of 40’s style wide leg trousers- perfect for winter days and great for dancing in.
294 Holloway Rd,
If Jewellery is your thing, head downstairs at Grays to a treasure trove of bakelite and costume jewellery
58 Davies Street,
Finish your day shopping with a celebratory cocktail in Bar Americain at Brasserie Zedel, and treat yourself to the great value prix fixe 3 course menu in the huge art deco restaurant.
20 Sherwood St, Soho,
Only open Wednesdays and weekends, this tiny shop houses the best collection of plastic/bakelite jewellery in London, plus hats, bags and 40’s-60s clothes. Owner Lynette loves novelty prints .
6 Pierrepoint Arcade,
Head to Alfies antiques market to browse beautiful art deco and mid century homewares
13-25 Church St, Marylebone,
Beautiful 20’s beaded dresses.
*Camden passage has a vintage market every saturday, well worth browsing through, and numerous other quirky shops.
12 Islington High St,
Pop across the road for a retro quiff or the perfect vintage waves or updo, courtesy of husband and wife hairdressing dream team Mr Ducktail and Miss Betty. Email for appointments.
48 Church Street,
robert's top record shops
Sounds That Swing
Super-friendly service from the super-knowledgeable owners, Neil and Martin. A mouth-watering emporium of new and second-hand LPs & 45s: R&R, R&B, C&W, RAB, Garage, Soul; my favourite shop!
88 Parkway, Camden Town
Vast selection of new and second-hand LPs: R&R, R&B, Soul, Reggae
75 Berwick Street,
Music & Video Exchange
Three floors of second-hand LPs: Jazz, R&R, C&W, Blues, Soul