Highgate

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

Shop Count: 5

Starting at Highgate station, if you’re looking for furniture (particularly mid-century) it’s worth a wander along to Gonnermann’s before heading up Jackson’s Lane to Highgate High Street where the charity shops lie. There are an excellent selection of, particularly, chests and chairs from all eras but largely the en-vogue danish mid-century variety.

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Opposite, 20th Century Quarters is also excellent for 60’s armchairs and smaller furniture pieces like side tables but it’s their lighting that most excites me. Some beautiful Italian blown glass pendant show pieces and more scandi and industrial type pieces to boot at a range (if largely the upper end) of price tags.

Head up the hill past Jackson’s Lane Theatre and keep on straight until you hit the High Street. It’s beautiful, and you come out facing The Highgate Pantry which is well worth a quick cup of tea and a cake. A treat for the 10 minute walk from the station.

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Oxfam in Highgate is one of my absolute favourites when I’m looking for a designer bargain to lift my day. I have found all sorts in here, from D&G to Sonia Rykiel and everything in between. The prices are quite variable, but you can so often find designer clothes at very small prices which look totally unworn – mostly away from the ‘designer rail’ section. I have it on good authority that menswear is also high end and extremely reasonable.

Cancer Research is similarly good value for money and has some stellar brands in there at low prices. I find it particularly good for high quality, barely used basics such as short and long sleeved t-shirts and vests from brands such as Charli, Theory and Day Birger et Mikkelsen. Recently I found a Maison Martin Margiela for jacket for £17 that needed a very slight repair to the shoulder but was otherwise in perfect condition. Menswear also very good, particularly for suits and shirts.

Across the street is Mary’s Living and Giving for Save The Children, a super high-end boutique charity shop with prices to match. My favourite thing about this branch is the quirky interior design features and the access to some of the more niche designer fashion brands. Some of the best bargains you can find are certainly on the designer shoes and bags which are often barely worn – ASH can be found there at a bargain. Menswear is very small, but worth a look for some top quality finds.

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On a picturesque day, head to Highgate Woods on your way back to the station for a glimpse of nature.