London is a fantastic city for vintage lovers to go looking for bargains and fantastic finds, with regular markets throughout the year which cater to fans of various eras and fashion styles. In addition to the usual vintage clothing, there’s plenty for fans of vintage homewares, antiques and more. In this blog, we’ll take a quick look at some of the best examples close to your base at the Montcalm…
Brick Lane Vintage Market
There are few vintage spots as desirable as Brick Lane, which has much to recommend it for those seeking some of the key markets in London. Variety is the order of the day, and Brick Lane provides an indoor market which is open 4-days a week, with everything from pre-loved to original vintage and upcycled pieces and a great atmosphere.
Clerkenwell Vintage Fair
First established in 2009, the Clerkenwell Vintage Fair os one of London’s most significant fashion destinations, and a must-see during your stay at M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City. This is the place to go for dedicated vintage fans, as everything about the space and its offerings screams old school. Some of the items on offer are decidedly high end, so this might not be the best spot for those seeking a bargain – but if its quality you’re after, then there is certainly plenty on offer.
Hackney Flea Market
Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a good chance of finding it at Hackney Flea Market. The market itself is dedicated mostly to the kind of unusual items which are usually difficult to categorise, meaning there’s an eclectic selection of everything from vintage fabric to furniture, kitchenware and jewellery, as well as music, ceramics and antique luggage. There’s a great atmosphere here, with regular DJ sets and events to help keep your spirits up while you browse!
Old Spitalfields Market
One of London’s most infamous markets, Old Spitalfields Market dates back to 1887, and includes a wide range of fantastic items including clothing, crafts and pieces by new and emerging designers. There are vinyl fairs each month, and you’re surrounded by great places to grab a bite to eat while you explore a veritable world of vintage. You could even head back to your hotel if you need refreshments at a bar near Silicon Roundabout after searching for your latest find.
Situated in a seemingly quiet, curious area of Camden, this space provides a wealth of independent antique and vintage stores, boutiques and stalls, most prominently offering plenty of antique jewellery spanning many different eras. Vintage memorabilia is also popular, and there are costume shops with an antique flair for those seeking something extra-special. Come prepared to browse, and you won’t be disappointed. The area is lesser-known to visitors of London, but it’s developed quite a following with lovers of pre-owned items in the city.