It's no surprise that London is a magical place to shop vintage. I lived there for five years (2007 - 2011) and I had a wonderful time exploring the scene and starting up my business there. The following list of places is my first port of call when seeking vintage jewellery and accessories in London. I haven't included Portobello Road, it's a given for most visitors. For more market information, I've linked every market title, so you can find up to date information about location and trading hours. This post is also great if you live in London, as you have the ability to visit these markets regularly!
Bermondsey Antique Market
This is a Friday morning early adventure. Trade here begins before 6am. Torches are out and business is being done. For the less determined, there should be a good selection of antiques and collectables available to purchase from anytime after. I found an amazingly affordable bakelite swan brooch and a string of Channel pearls from one visit alone. You just never know..
Old Spitalfields Market
A great market to attend in any weather condition. It's under cover, every Thursday, in the Old Spitalfields Market, near Liverpool Street station. There are approximately 80+ vintage traders here selling everything from jewellery, accessories, clothing, furniture, vinyl and homewares. This market is by far the largest, regular trading market in the city.
Camden Passage, Islington
I used to love jumping on the tube every Wednesday morning to visit this eccentric market. It's smaller and I always found the traders here were a little more reserved, but the things you can find here are amazing. The old cobblestone lanes and boutique shops, are also a great draw card to the area. A lovely morning worth the commute to Islington.
Covent Garden, Jubilee Market
A great Monday morning market. Commencing trade at 5am! Full of every collectable you could think of, with a thriving vintage jewellery trade. This was the place I purchased my first Trifari brooch and earring set.
Grey's Market Mews (inside Grey's Antique Centre)
Don't be intimidated by the address! This is a great place to hunt for a special treasure. In particular GiIlian Horsup's Vintage Jewellery stand, Vintage Modes, has a staggering collection available and is regularly featured in high fashion magazines. Ting's and Linda Bee are also amazing. You could easily pop into Grey's Market Mews in the morning and head to Selfridges for lunch. Grey's Antique Centre is a quick walk from the Oxford Street tube station. I originally launched Hester Fleming Vintage at Grey's Antique Market Mews, this place holds a special place in my heart.
Vintage Pop Up Events
Alexandra Palace Antique Fair, The Vintage Pop Up Fair (multiple locations), Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair,
I highly recommend timing your visit to London so you can attend a vintage fair. Antique and Vintage traders come from all over the country to sell at these events, often hosting hundreds of dealers. The atmosphere is always fun and you just need to make sure your bank account is ready for it!
There is so much vintage to explore in London. I'm looking forward to my next trip! Let me know if you need help organising your vintage shopping itinerary. It's a complementary service. Please contact me here.