Angel

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

Shop Count: 7+

Angel, ever popular with the young professional crowd is a wonderful fusion of high-end independent shops, trusty chains, Chapel Market and also a vintage and antique scene in the quaint Camden Passage.

A stone’s throw from Angel Station is a colossal Fara, beautifully laid out with designer, vintage and retro clothes, shoes and accessories for men and women. The men of you will be glad to hear that the menswear section is sizeable, and full of absolute bargains. I picked up a Kooples and a Paul Smith shirt, each for less than £3. Lots of vintage collarless shirts for the more retro-inclined shopper too.

For the women, there’s a superb selection of clothes at ridiculous prices. Very few pieces are priced above £10, though I should mention that a large amount of the garments require a little love. For me, this is exciting and I can’t wait to start patching, darning, altering and de-bobbling these pieces back to life, but it’s not for everyone. That said, £2.50 for a pair of J Brand jeans is silly whichever way you look at it, blog to come soon on how I up-cycle those.

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Back toward the station we come to Oxfam, where the main draw is definitely the men’s suits and coats – Gieves and Hawkes, Paul Smith and so on for 10% of the RRP.

For the ladies, I found fewer designer brands at good prices but some Club Monaco thin knits for £8, for example. There is a rack toward the back which homes most of the top brands they have in store; it’s not signposted but may be a good place to start.

C-Potential, is a tiny store on Chapel Market which raises money for Cerebral Palsy. I can’t recommend it for designer brands, but there were a few pairs of Converse in there that caught my eye and it may be worth a quick pop in at another time.

One of my favourite places to go to in Angel is The Coffeeworks Project, especially in the summer when you can escape the crowds in the main room and head out into the courtyard garden. When it’s rammed (basically all the time) and almost sub-zero, you can head to Appestat, where I highly recommend both the camomile flowers tea and the coffee. I didn’t eat, but the food portions looked plentiful too.

On the main high street you’ll find Cancer Research, which, again, is better for the menswear, especially the suits from ateliers on Jermyn Street and designer knitwear. Their pricing strategy is a little baffling, but it’s possible to find bargains in the womenswear too – Max Mara Weekend puffer coats for £25 and All Saints for £30, along with some other business wear pieces from Whistles and Reiss.

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Heading onto Camden Passage is a highlight of any trip to Angel, where you’ll find an antique and vintage fair on a Saturday but also independent vintage shops for clothes, furniture and lighting throughout the week. To name a few:

Turn On Antique Lighting is a sweet little space rammed with all kinds of retro and vintage table lamps, pendants and free-standing lights and few other curiosities besides.

Adele at Four and Twenty Blackbirds has a pretty little women’s vintage shop full of retro wear, some designer vintage such as D&G and Chanel but also a lot of gorgeous retro earrings which are very en vogue and sourced from local collectors. She also reads tarot on a Thursday and Sunday if you’re up for that!

Annie’s Vintage Costume and Textiles is another must-see for anyone in the market for quality furs, silk slips and a beautiful selection of hats. There are also a few other bits available such as small leather antique cases and chests, though you can expect to pay good money for these.

If you’re feeling peckish, or ready for a coffee, both Mokapot Coffee Shop and the ever-popular Breakfast Club are nearby and highly recommended

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