North Cross Road Market
Hidden away in East Dulwich, this off-the-beaten-track and pretty low-key market is small but vibing. Go early on a Friday or Saturday morning to unearth vintage bric-a-brac, jewellery and trinkets alongside street food, organic produce and some home-made baked goods. It's a real community affair over here.
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The Market Cartel
A collective of market traders, with all their glittery, feathery, era-hopping, eye-popping wares, together in one store? What an absolutely genius idea. From Portobello Road to Brick Lane and all the smaller, lesser-spotted markets in between, Market Cartel brings you the very best of the best – a sumptuous collection of menswear, womenswear accessories, homewares and furniture. This Hackney store is a vision. It’s hard to know what to look at first. Clogs, clocks, crochet bikinis - and that's only the window display. This place is a medley of clothing and curios. Pretty reasonably priced too. You’ll come across real gems from various decades. And there are some big names lurking in the rails too (Jean Paul Gaultier anyone?) This place is heaven.
Butler & Wilson
This place has all the glitz and razzmatazz of its Mayfair counterpart. You’ll find the same megawatt gem encrusted jewellery, show-stopping clutches, tiaras and of course, the necklaces made out children's toys - like Sylvanian Families's figures. Luridly colourful and super sparkly these pieces are not for shrinking violets. Wacky? Yes. Wonderful? Most definitely. There’s glitz and kitsch to suit every budget with prices ranging from £23 to upwards of £650. The main difference between this Butler & Wilson and the Mayfair store is the collection of antique jewellery and the larger selection of clothing on the top floor. There are vintage one-off pieces (mostly sequins glittery dresses and spiked jackets) and new creations (fairytale princess gowns with floaty skirts). Shine on baby!
A fav shopping destination of Lizzie Jagger and Georgina Chapman, you know this place is classy AF. Their collections of premium designer dresses, jackets, and jewellery hail from the big houses of fashion (think those classic Chanel two-piece suits, YSL gowns, and cocktail dresses by Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Thierry Mugler... just to name a few). They also have what they claim to be one of the premier collections of Hermes silk scarves in the UK. Pieces range from the Victorian and Edwardian eras through to the 1990s, all at top quality (beaded flapper dresses, Edwardian hand-made lace bridal wear...). Focusing on formalwear and the accessories to match, this is definitely the kind of place to visit if you're splurging on an outfit for a very special occasion.
Flea Market at Flat Iron Square
Here's the thing about flea markets: they're usually a bloody darn pain. Who has time to rummage around dust-covered rubbish in hopes that you'll find that one gem amongst moth-eaten gingham dresses? Flea at Flat Iron Square is cutting out the crap, bringing you curated vintage and other goodies from around the globe. Flea has you covered for all your clothing, furniture, ceramics, spectacles, books, magazines, and vinyl needs. There's also a bar and scrummy street food stalls if you're in need of shopping fuel.