Multicultural, noisy, and unmistakably vibrant, the city of London continues to be one of the most popular European destinations for international travelers and UK residents alike. It is the capital of the UK and Western Europe’s largest metropolitan area population wise. There are so many reasons to visit the city with the primary landmarks including:
– Buckingham Palace
– Piccadilly Circus
– The River Thames
– St. Paul’s Cathedral
– The Tower of London
– Tower Bridge
Despite all of the above, London has a hidden secret that attracts tourists from around the world and that is their secondhand shopping industry. From bicycles and clothing to jewelry and records, the second hand retail industry continues to boom and attracts more and more international visitors all the time. Here are our top second hand shopping tips in London:
Carnaby Street – features numerous shops that are brightly and unusually painted and offers one of the nicer pedestrianized areas in all of London.
Convent Garden – here you will find boutiques and small fashion shops galore as well as a wide array of street entertainment venues to make your shopping experience even more pleasurable.
Soho – geared to book and music fans everywhere, you will all types of shops where you can find rare used books and vinyl records.
Archway Market, North London – open every Saturday, there are numerous second hand shops in the area but the allure of this section of London is still the organic and specialty foods that you can find here. Books, jewelry, music, and pottery are everywhere as well.
Camden Market, North London – another one of northern London’s most popular shopping venues, this market venue is open 7 days a week and features tons of ethnic arts and crafts, jewelry, and lots of second hand clothing shops.
Crystal Palace area – aside from Crystal Palace Park, the Horniman Museum, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, this shopping venue features 4 great second hand shops including:
Anerley Frock Exchange – the fashion flashback venue of the area
Haynes Lane Market – a fascinating collection of bric-a-brac filled with books, clothing, housewares, and even toys
Vien Vintage – primarily noted for second hand ladies fashions, this shopping area offers plenty to shop for and spend an enjoyable day doing it
Vintagehart – bright, quirky, and stylish fashions are the theme here, but everything has been hand-picked for condition and quality
Top second hand clothing shops
here’s our top 5 picks for finding the best second hand clothing inventories and values:
Appleby – Westbourne Grove
Butler and Wilson – Chelsea and Mayfair
One of a Kind – Notting Hill
The Girl can’t Help It – St. John’s Wood
Virginia – Holland Park