For many people, there’s nothing better than spending a day ‘thrifting’. There’s nothing quite like the joy of finding a trove of retro goodies and taking the time to dig through everything on offer. And with retro such a powerful trend now, it’s also a good way to find that illusive item of clothing that modern stores just don’t provide.
Staying at the M by Montcalm Shoreditch London, you’re perfectly placed to plunder the various thrift stores the area has to offer- and there are many. So, with all that said, let’s look at some of the best.
Considered the big players of the retro thrift scene in the UK, Beyond Retro has a strong online presence and sources huge amounts of retro clothes, homewares and anything else you can think of.
What this means when you enter their Cheshire Street store is that you’ll be confronted by a trove of retro treats and will probably have a hard time knowing where to start.
This was the store where Beyond Retro started out, turning a disused dairy factory into a haven for those seeking a retro mecca. Best of all, it’s only a short walk from your room at M by Montcalm Shoreditch London.
You’ll find everything from 90’s apparel to 40’s and 50’s vintage fashion, with lots of cool curios and knickknacks to boot that you’ll inevitably end up buying. The staff are very friendly and helpful, and it’s a good idea to set aside some time to explore Beyond Retro, because you will definitely need it.
Right on Columbia Road, Vintage Heaven is, well, heaven for seekers of vintage wares.
The focus in this location is more on genuine vintage homewares and things like crockery and furnishings. Vintage Heaven is probably the best place to go in Shoreditch if you want some chic, classic goods and they have a huge selection to choose from. The store was started because the owner had a treasure trove of vintage goods and decided to open a store, and things have grown from there.
The shop is only open at the weekends – in keeping with the laid-back, casual air of the place – so you’ll need to plan your visit. But a trip to Vintage Heaven is definitely worth it, and it’s only a short hop from the M by Montcalm Shoreditch London, so if you do load up on purchases, you don’t have far to go.
As much as Vintage Heaven focuses on homewares, Rokit Vintage focuses on clothes.
There’s a huge range of men’s and women’s vintage clothes to choose from, from the outlandish to the more staid and there’s bound to be something here that appeals to everyone’s sense of style. Close by to the M by Montcalm Shoreditch London, you only have a short journey to a vintage paradise.
It’s a great place to pick up anything from some classic sunglasses to pre-loved dungarees, with staff welcoming and very helpful. Rokit has been going since 1986 -when the concern started as a market stall – so you can be sure they know their business inside-out.
It’s a great shop and one of the best vintage spots in London, let alone Shoreditch.