Here’s Your Guide To A Vintage Day Out in Paradise (aka London)
Vintage Fashion, Markets, Streets and Hipster Hangouts….
Vintage fashion lovers and collectors travel from all over the UK to hunt out vintage treasures in London’s historic markets. In fact, people travel from all across Europe, and even America, to grab their own little piece of vintage heaven.
As well as the famous vintage markets and stores, London is also home to many of the original designers who hang out in the local hipster bars, pubs and restaurants, as if you need another excuse to visit! All in all, London makes for the perfect vintage day out – here are a couple of highlights that will ensure the perfect day out!
Brunch at Canteen, Spitalfields
Start the day with a classic British breakfast at this cool, minimalistic hotspot in the heart of trendy Spitalfields. There’s healthy strawberry compote with yoghurt and granola for clean start to the day, or you could try out the classic eggs Benedict or Florentine for a dose of protein to keep you going all day. They also have a full range of espresso-based coffees, all made with locally roasted beans. Canteen attracts many of the city’s creative types so you’ll find your first dose of fashion inspiration right here.
Address: Canteen, 2 Crispin Place, Brushfield Street, London, E1 6DW
Transport: Liverpool Street Tube/Rail
Begin the Vintage Hunt at Old Spitalfields Market
When you imagine a “London Vintage Market” this is the image you have in your head. Open 7 days a week, this super-busy market is home to some of the country’s best vintage stalls and shops, and attracts fashion addicts from all over. For those specifically looking for vintage fashion the best day to hit the market is on a Friday, although each and every day is a pretty exciting prospect! With super-duper low prices you’ll still have plenty of money left to spend for the rest of your day.
Address: The Spitalfields Market, Horner Square, London, E1 6EW
Transport: Liverpool Street Tube/Rail
More Shopping & Lunch at The Vintage Emporium (Shoreditch)
While you’re in the area, take a stroll up to Shoreditch and continue your vintage treasure hunt at the insanely popular vintage shop and cafe; The Vintage Emporium. The ground floor is home to their Victorian themed cafe where you can grab a light lunch and enjoy one of their Victorian treats. Once you’ve regained your energy, take a peak downstairs at their vintage boutique where you’ll find a huge selection of vintage clothing and accessories from The Victorian era onward. Consider it a working lunch!
Address: The Vintage Emporium, 14 Bacon Street, Brick Lane, London, E1 6LF
Transport: Shoreditch High Street Tube
Essential! – Camden Thrift Store
Camden Thrift Store is essential for a complete vintage shopping spree in London. It’s a chock-a-block little store with quality vintage stock overflowing from all angles. As well as being the place to find vintage bargains, you’ll also find really helpful staff that know their stuff and are more than happy to help. Of course, you may be running low on funds by the time you get here, but you won’t need much to fill a couple of bags!
Address: Camden Thrift Store, 51 Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AN
Transport: Chalk Farm Tube
Dress up & Dine out – Art Deco Style!
No doubt you’ll have a few new pieces that you’ll be dying to wear out, and Zedel Brasserie is the ideal place to do it. It’s been called “the only real brasserie in London” and its 1920s authentic art deco features give it a true sense of grandeur. The menu is full of classic French dishes, steaks, fish, and fresh vegetables, followed with great cakes and pastries. Best of all, the prices are very reasonable, which you’ll appreciate after a long day shopping in the capital!
About The Author: This article was shared by Ben Holbrook. Ben is fanatical about vintage fashion and blogs on a regular basis. He’s been living in London for a year now and you’ll typically find him eating or shopping, in or around the Shoreditch area.