|View from our room|
Before the trip I cheekily contacted Naomi from Vintage Secret (book review here) and she, very kindly gave me some tips on where to go vintage shopping wise.
My friends and I were actually astonished at the amount of vintage shops in one place on, and just off, Brick Lane. It literally was every other shop was vintage- and there were also loads of vintage markets on inside other venues along the road.
Obviously the vintage was from various era’s and some of the shops felt like “Vintage for the Masses”, with lots of 1980’s and 1990’s stuff- which in case you weren’t aware, is not my thing. But the places Naomi suggested were, quite literally, the jewels in the crown.
I think it was almost a case of we were spoilt by the quality and the type of vintage available in these shops, that everywhere else seemed to pale in comparison!
So the suggestions were;
- The Vintage Emporium- a tea rooms above, what probably is the best vintage clothing shop I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. Literally all kinds of attire is to be found here- and the best part is its all pre 1970’s. Its like wandering in to the best dressing up box ever with brilliantly friendly and super cute staff to boot. If you are ever in London please, please go- you wont be disappointed.
|Cat in a case at the Vintage Emporium|
- The Shop on Cheshire Street, just off Brick Lane. Floor to ceiling stacks of vintage fabrics, scarves and hats, with dresses at the back, all at really good prices. I got this dress for £28!
- Hunky Dory Vintage right at the top of Brick Lane is worth the stroll and is great for vintage swimwear and the more unusual side of vintage- they also had some brilliant menswear including suits for around £45.
We also stumbled across Spitalfields market, where a branch of Collectif is also based. And I bought this amazing shirt! I’d seen it on the website and loved it there- so couldn’t wait to try it on. There was also (lucky us) a vintage and antique flea market on! I managed to get a couple of bits from this but I cannot show you them as they are presents for my other half.
At night time we headed to Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, within stumbling distance of the hotel, and on the second night we jumped in a cab across to Marylebone and to Purl, which has the most amazing cocktails ever. And also the biggest olives I’ve ever seen- which also were a taste sensation I might add!
The final place I’d like to recommend you visit is Drink, Shop, & Do just around the corner form Kings Cross on Caledonian Road. So good we visited twice! Once for afternoon tea and once for late afternoon/early evening cake and cocktails on arriving in London. This place was about 15 minutes walk from the hotel and a real gem! They can even to vegan afternoon teas, or dairy free or gluten free afternoon teas- which are fantastic and good value for money.
|And they have games!|
|Even needlepoint on the loo!|
Also, for all my Manchester based readers- I’ll be judging Best PinUp at The Great British Tea Party this Sunday 3rd June at Stockports Victorian Market. Come along and join the fun!