When it comes to saving the planet, there’s no better place to start making a difference than in your wardrobe. Textile production contributes more to climate change than international aviation and shipping combined. So each person being more mindful about where they buy their clothes from could have a huge impact on our fight against global warming. If you live in London then this couldn’t be an easier change to make! The capital is filled with countless thrift shops to buy some beautiful, environmentally friendly clothes. Here are the 10 Best Thrift Shops in London to update your sustainable wardrobe and start making a difference, one pair of vintage jeans at a time.
Rokit Vintage are a fabulously colourful vintage store with sites in Soho, Shoreditch and Camden. They have an eclectic range of pre-loved clothing, stocking everything from high street brands to designer labels. They also sell their own brand of reworked statement pieces for you to really give your sustainable look some pizzazz.
2. Beyond Retro
Beyond Retro also have a few stores dotted around London, including in Brixton and Soho. They’re another great vintage clothing retailer where you can find a mix of high end and high street brands.
One of London’s most vibrant neighbourhoods is home to a whole host of vintage shops with hundreds of pieces that could make your sustainable wardrobe pop. Buying vintage clothes in Camden also makes you certifiably edgy and a true Londoner, in our opinion…
Formerly known as ‘Blitz’, Atika in Spitalfields gives you plenty of choice, with 2 storeys filled with lots of vintage gems. This is definitely the most immaculately laid out thrift shop in London too, making for an easy and breezy thrifting experience.
Retromania is a funky charity shop that sell a wide range of designer apparel and memorabilia in Victoria. All proceeds go towards FARA UK, a charity who transform the lives of disadvantaged children and young people living in Romania. Fashion that is charitable and sustainable, we LOVE to see it.
If you buy a piece of clothing from Paper Dress Vintage, you could be rehoming an item that dates back as early as the 1900s, right up to the 80s. If that wasn’t cool enough, they also double up as a live music venue and bar in the evening.
7. East End Thrift Store
The East End Thrift Store are set on selling vintage clothing at affordable prices, so this is a great place to head to fully restock your sustainable wardrobe. To save money, the venue is a little bit on the basic side. But, this just makes for a truly authentic thrifting experience!
8. Reign Vintage
If you’re after some designer labels then Reign Vintage is a great one for you. They’re based in Soho and specialise in the bougier end of vintage clothing.
9. Alfie’s Antique Market
Alfie’s Antique Market is a cult favourite amongst thrifters and they’ve been supplying Londoners with their sustainable fashion for 40 years. They also sell all manner of vintage goods, including furnishings, art, accessories and more.
Rellik was set up by three traders from the Notting Hill vintage market, who combined their expertise to source and sell some of the most eclectic and unique vintage clothes. This is another great spot for some fab designer deals.
The small act of choosing to buy your clothes from thrift stores rather than from fast fashion brands can have a huge impact on the environment. Not to mention, the clothes you can find are all completely unique and characterful, making you stand out for all the right reasons!