Paddington is part of the smart set in central London, which luckily means this is a neighbourhood that is always on the cutting edge of fashion. Even its vintage shops seem effortlessly cool. Incredibly curated, you’ll come out a much more stylish figure than you went in!
Clothing can only be called ‘vintage’ if it’s at least 20 years old, so the 90s are coming back into fashion in a big way. However, whether you want to be a fifties greaser, a mod or a rocker, or even bring the 80s back, there’s something for you in Paddington’s enviable collection of vintage clothing shops.
Alfies Antique Market is the purveyor of various amazing goods in the world of fashion and design, especially when it comes to vintage. You’ll be sure to find something here—as a bonus, it is very close to our hotels in Paddington London.
Cutler and Gross Vintage:
The glasses firm isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Here it has picked 300 styles to go on display for purchase. They’re collector’s items chosen by the Design Director for the last 30 years, who’s seen plenty of styles come and go—so she knows what’s worth sticking around for.
Deborah Woolf Vintage:
If you want to look like you’ve just stepped off a film set, head to Deborah Woolf. She welcomes costume designers who rifle through her racks for information, inspiration and maybe a piece or two for herself, as well as any individuals who are really looking to make a statement. She’s won awards for her vintage styling and has even sourced props for major TV shows.
Appleby Vintage in Maida Vale isn’t far from the Shaftesbury Premier London Paddington, which is good because after spending on a whole new outfit in here you might find that anything else is a bit too expensive for your blood and have to go back to your hotel room! It’s by far one of the trendiest places to go in Paddington if you’re looking for women’s vintage clothing, and also one of the loveliest emporiums you’ll find in central London.
Rokit London might just be of the biggest success stories of Camden; it was begun in Camden Lock as a single stall in 1986 and has since established itself as the beating heart of London’s vintage community. Now there are several places for you to find Rokit vintage clothing near Paddington; either follow the canal towpath to Camden or go to Brick Lane or Soho. Behind the scenes, Rokit finds garments from a huge vintage warehouse and sends their selected picks to the workers who press and clean them before determining if they can be sold or turned into something even better.
In Brick Lane? Head to 226, where Hunky Dory makes its living. Catering to both men and women, the styles here are one-of-a-kind. You can find things like Hermes scarves and blazers, vintage denim, skirts and dresses from the 40s up to the 90s, and everything in between. Run, don’t walk, in vintage fashion to suit everyone.