GUIDE TO THE BEST VINTAGE SHOPS IN NOTTING HILL
BEST FOR… VINTAGE JEWELLERY
59 Pembridge Road W11 3HG ♥ Mon-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, closed Sun
Perched right near the top of Portobello Road, this spectacular shop is a paradise for lovers of vintage costume jewellery. Boasting the largest collection of vintage costume jewellery in the UK, Hirst Antiques is a jewelled jungle crammed top to bottom with beautiful accessories: breathtaking bracelets, brooches, rings, necklaces and every other conceivable adornment have found their way into Hirst Antiques’ unparalleled collection.
This could just be the best vintage jewellery store in the world…
Giving Aladdin’s cave a run for its money, you could lose hours perusing the bold, bright and colour clustered window displays and shelves in this shop. Napier, Trifani, Chanel, Dior, Miriam Haskell, Kramer, Askew and Yves Saint Laurent are just some of the designer names sparkling on the shelves, with many of the pieces dating from the middle of the 20th century. While you might be dreaming of vintage Chanel, there are items to suit all budgets, from the very reasonable to the truly luxurious.
BEST FOR… ANTIQUE BRIDAL COUTURE
89 Golborne Road W10 5NL ♥ By Appointment
ounting Kate Moss among its clientele, this antique treasure trove in the heart of Notting Hill is something of a West London institution. Bespoke bridal designer extraordinaire,
, has been handcrafting spectacular wedding gowns and whimsical wedding accessories from her Golborne Road couture atelier for ten years. Just off Portobello Road beyond the Westway Flyover, where tourists tend to fizzle off, it’s on Golborne that you’ll find the vintage hotspots of Londoners in the know. Brimming with all things beautiful and elegant, even for window shoppers a sneak peek inside the whimsical world of Jane Bourvis is like a portal to a place of unparalleled romance and beauty.
ictorian lace, bundles of delicate tulle and intricately embellished dresses mesmerise visitors with their old school charm. All this is high praise coming from a girl who very much finds weddings entirely terrifying, then again this is no ordinary bridal store. Don’t let “wedding talk” woo you away from popping past. You definitely don’t have to be a blooming bridezilla to fall in love with pretty much everything you lay your eyes on here.
SERIOUS L.O.V.E LOVE
BEST FOR… VINTAGE COUTURE FASHION, SHOES & BAGS
ONE OF A KIND
259 Portobello Road W11 1LR ♥ Daily 10am-6pm
One of a Kind
is one of London’s best vintage shops; A virtual queen of vintage shopping in the W11 postcode. This rather famous store sits at the top end of the vintage scene and is reputedly popular with celebrities and designers looking for some left-field inspiration from the glamourous ones who stalked the catwalks and streets before them. You’ll understand why when you get here. One of a Kind is a fashionista’s mecca that no vintage shopper should miss. Walking inside from Portobello Road is like pushing yourself into a luxurious, dimly lit wardrobe thick with perfume and memories; memories of the glamourous, designer persuasion that may or may not have once belonged to a star of the screen, or stage.
lothes, bags and accessories hang from everywhere, leaving a snug path for the shoppers who have come to sigh over them. Almost like a network of caves, if you continue on there’s an entire room crammed with women’s shoes and furthest from the front, you’ll find the coat room – you guessed it, a shopper’s paradise devoted to women’s coats. Then after you’ve oogled the vintage Chanel handbags or bought yourself a divine fur and pottered back onto Portobello, you can check out the store’s blog to get tips for how to find, style and rock designer vintage wear
Swoon. Seriously. O.M.G
BEST FOR… WOMEN’S SHOES & DESIGNER FASHION
20 Pembridge Road W11 3HL ♥ Daily 10am-6pm
embridge Road leads north from Notting Hill Gate tube station and is lined with eccentric emporia.
is one of the first boutiques you’ll come across and with drool-worthy window displays showing off the store’s latest incredible designer finds, you won’t want to walk past too quickly. Wait until you get a better look inside. It’s like two floors of vintage heaven: racks of clothes packed to breaking point, shelves of designer bags and floor to ceiling protective cabinets, choc-a-block with shoes. Oh the shoes… Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Jimmy Choo, Chanel, D&G, you name it, it’s in there somewhere.
Nylon monstrosities from the 1970s to the latest Alexander McQueen shoes. Retro Woman is a cross between a vintage emporium and a pawn shop. As such, you could buy or sell Victorian jewellery as easily as last season’s Marc Jacobs. There are bargains to be found but with the designer stock on offer you might see some customers paying up to £700 for high end handbags. Careful, bargain bliss can easily become a decent work out for the credit card when you see the stock up for grabs. You can thank me later.
BEST FOR… FASHION FROM THE 1930s TO TODAY
8 Golborne Road W10 5NW ♥ Tues-Sat 10am-6pm
ou’ll find this unique and independently owned vintage boutique at the foot of Trellick Tower on Golborne Road, at the hip end of Notting Hill’s most famous street market. According to the store’s website,
was opened in December 1999, by three partners who met while running their own successful Market stalls a stone’s throw away on Portobello Road. This funky vintage boutique stocks women’s clothing and accessories ranging from the 1930′s to selective pieces from the present day. Designers include Vivienne Westwood, Alaia, Bill Gibb, Comme des Garçons, Pierre Cardin… Not to be missed.
BEST FOR… BARGAIN HIGH-STREET FASHION
61 Westbourne Grove W2 4UA ♥ Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm
thical vintage and designer clothes chain
has stores in all the vintage hotspots. This store on hip and happening Westbourne Grove is unlike some charity shops in the area where all you find is tatty high-street cast-offs, Traid (which stands for Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development) has a huge and impressive mix of good vintage, high-street and designer goods, for women and men. On my weekly rummages I’ve found (and bought) an awesome collection of vintage knit jumpers, virtually unworn women’s wool, fur or leather jackets and a pair of brand new boots that quickly became my go-to-winter-in-London walking shoes. Bargains and hidden treasures EVERYWHERE.