The Best Vintage Spots In East London

12 Aug , 2015 London's Best...

Love shopping and love vintage clothing? Then you’ve just got to visit these vintage spots in East London and discover some of the hottest retro shops in the capital.

Beyond Retro


Beyond Retro – 110 – 112 Cheshire Street, E2 6EJ  (credit: Old Man Vintage)

It all began in London in 2002 and today Beyond Retro have stores from London to Brighton and Sweden. Specialising in vintage, authentic and eclectic clothing you can hunt through the rails at their Brick Lane outlet in Cheshire Street, (Beyond Retro’s flagship store) to find that bona fide pair of 501s.

In addition to purchasing retro clothing from charitable organisations, they also launched their Beyond Retro Label range in 2009 to create fashion from reclaimed materials.



Rokit – 101 Brick Lane, E1 6SE (credit: VisitBritain in the Nordics)

Discover men’s and women’s vintage clothing at Rokit, along with fashion treasures in the form of costume and vintage jewellery. Started from a market stall on Camdem Market in 1986, Rokit have grown, and now have four stores across London including of course Brick Lane, the home of vintage fashion in East London.

Whatever decade you favour, Rokit have vintage clothing from the 30’s through to the 90’s and by handpicking the clothes you can be assured of unique and authentic retro clothes.

Absolute Vintage


Being individual is what Absolute Vintage is all about; being eccentric vintage lovers themselves they understand where you are coming from.

From small beginnings at Portobello market selling vintage shoes, they quickly become trendsetters and were invited to have concessions in Topshop and Miss Selfridges across the country.

Now with their own stores, you can find their flagship store at 15 Hanbury Street, East London. Take your time browsing through the vintage stock for men and women all sourced and handpicked for its era defining design.

Blitz London


Blitz London – 55-59 Hanbury St, E1 5JP (credit: Joe The Explorer)

Housed in a 2-storey Victorian warehouse on Hanbury Street you’ll find a vast array of vintage fashion, lifestyle and secondhand homeware bazaar which will delight any retro lover.

Pick up some vintage bargains and browse some 25,000 unique hand selected items all waiting to find a new home. Blitz London has been described as London’s best vintage store; it is well worth a trip to experience this colossal treasure trove of everything retro.

Paper Dress Vintage


Paper Dress Vintage – 352a Mare Street, E8 1HR (credit: Lionstigersrahhh)

Stylish vintage store by day & quirky bar by night, Paper Dress Vintage is a London based vintage clothing boutique selling hand sourced clothing, shoes and accessories from 1900–80’s, plus they have an expert alterations team on site to create that bespoke fit, as well as offering a personal shopper service to all customers. At dusk, the boutique transforms into a venue showcasing vintage inspired music talents, cabaret, comedians, poetry, burlesque, fashion illustration and SO much more-check out the listing page for this months treats! The store is also moving on over to Mare Street, opposite the Oslo, so keep an eye on their social media for all the latest news! The lovely lot at Paper Dress offer 10% discount off all clothing for The Dictionary Hostel guests! Bonus!

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