London Thrift Guides

As a self-confessed pre-loved fashion and furniture enthusiast, I have spent many years pottering around the different areas of London on the hunt for the best places to buy beautiful things for less. My focus is always on quality, so generally speaking my guides are where and how to buy high-end pieces across the capital.

I include second hand furniture shops, designer dress agencies, vintage boutiques and charity shops with recommended pit stops at cafés that feed the soul and rumbling stomachs.

For me, every area has its charms and not all are made equal. Some areas are better for days when you just want to buy something stunning without having to fight through the rails, whereas in some areas the joy comes from somehow finding a diamond in the rough at an unbelievable price. Either way, all of the places featured in my blogs give you a easy way to spend a couple of hours, or even an afternoon, on the responsible fashion hunt.

All opinions and photography are my own.

Stoke Newington

Good for: pretty high street with excellent vintage shopping, designer bargains and yummy cafés

Shop count: 5

Crouch End

Good for: designer bargains, great menswear and shoes, furniture

Shop Count: 12


Good for: men’s and women’s workwear, retro and antique bargains and general pottering about

Shop count: 7+

Gloucester Road

Good for: an extremely pleasant charity shopping experience, boutique-style stores for both men and women

Shop count: 3


Good for: high end designer steals and mid century furniture shops

Shop Count: 5

Kings Road, Chelsea

Good for: Beautiful top designer pieces for men and women and the Beckham’s cast-offs
Shop Count: 7