Vintage and antique items have never been trendier. Not only are they more sustainable, they also make pretty cool souvenirs to take home that no one else will have! Luckily, there are thousands of vintage and antique shops and markets here in the UK, particularly in England, from the infamous Portobello Road market in London, to the small lanes of Norwich. Follow our short guide to antique and vintage shopping in England and who knows what you could find!
London is packed with streets of luxury designers’ boutiques, but who said you had to rush there for a shopping spree? Did you know that there are thousands of vintage and antique markets too? Portobello Road Market and Camden Lock are usually the first two that spring to mind. Portobello Road market is the world’s largest and one of the most iconic antique markets that stretches almost two miles long. Whilst Portobello road is famed for antiques, you’ll find some amazing street food here too. Camden Lock Market is also up there with the best, being the fourth-most popular visitor attraction in London, attracting 250,000 people each week. Look hard enough in these places and you may even find yourself a vintage designer steal!
Portobello Road and Camden Market are of course tourist traps, but not to worry, because there are many more parts of England with just as many vintage and antique shops and markets. As well as being one of the most idyllic parts of the country, the Cotswolds is also home to the largest collection of art and antique dealers outside of London. The quaint villages and ancient towns of the Cotswolds are a treasure trove for antiques lovers, particularly the market towns of Tetbury and Stow-on-the-Wold. If it’s 17th, 18th and 19th century furniture you’re looking for, Tetbury is the one! Or, if your looking for something with a little bit more value, be sure to pay a visit to Stow-on-the-Wold.
Manchester Northern Quarter
Manchester’s Northern Quarter is the creative and urban heart of the city, and its range of vibrant vintage stores are the cherry on top of the cake. Whether you’re searching for some retro homeware trinkets or a 50s frock, you’ll get exactly what you’re looking for (plus more!) in the Northern Quarter. Some stores worth checking out include the Retro Games Shop, a treasure trove for those who long the days of a classic Nintendo, Vinyl Exchange, the largest second-hand music store in Northwest England, or if you’re looking for some classic 70s garms, pop into Blue Rinse, a store famed for expertly reworking vintage items.
Although Norwich may not be able to boast a vintage quarter like some of the bigger cities in England, this area of the country is truly a hidden gem as you’ll find vintage pieces in stores at a much lower price. There’s the iconic Norwich Market, with history dating back to the Anglo-Saxon period, set in the very heart of the city, or Norwich Lanes, a collection of picturesque narrow streets, filled with vintage and independent fashion retailers. You’ll find a wide selection of real unusual statement pieces
Explore some of England’s best antique and vintage stores and markets with our Shopping in England package. Not only does our package allow you to go antique hunting, you can also explore some of the best shopping centres in the country.
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