There are hundreds of charity shops spread across London, all offering a huge variety of second-hand goodies. From vintage wonders to last seasons designer pieces, the people of London are donating thick and fast to make room for their new season wardrobes. So rather than relying on unethical and polyester heavy high street shopping, why not discover the eclectic mix of fashion treasures charity shopping has to offer? Not only will you be supporting a great cause, but you’re also giving a new lease of life to a garment that effectively would have been sent to Britain’s over-flowing landfill.
So here’s a selection of London’s best charity shops:
#1 Salvation Army, Mayfair, W1
With the home of British Vogue just a few steps away from this Mayfair branch of Salvation Army, it comes as no surprise that the shop is full to the brim with trendy cast-offs, with pieces from Oasis, Zara, Warehouse and Hobbs, to East and Maxmara. It’s the perfect destination for unleashing a bargain or two.
9 Princes Street, Mayfair, London, W1B 2LQ
#2 Retromania, Pimlico, SW1
Situated south from Victoria station, Retromania specialises in vintage, retro and avant-guard clothing. With merchandising ably competing with the high street and providing costumes for television, film and theatre alongside stylists and collectors, the store has easily earned its place on the top of charity shop scale.
6 Upper Tachbrook Street, London, SW1V 1SH
#3 British Red Cross, Kensington, SW3
With money not an issue, these Chelsea high-flying earners buy new designer collections like no man’s business. Gracing the racks are barely worn designer pieces, from the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Jaeger and Maxmara.
69-71 Old Church St, Kensington, London, SW3 5BS
#4 Mind in Camden, Camden, NW1
Known for its alternative and quirky fashion style, this charity shop offers some unique pieces, as only to be expected from Camden. With a special collection dedicated to ‘cool, weird and funky items’, you won’t be able to walk out empty handed.
9-15 Camden Road, London, NW1 9L
#5 Oxfam, Dalston, E8
Selling men and women’s clothing for less than £5 on average, this Oxfam branch is well worth a look, especially when your strapped for cash. What’s more, the shop also offers some great literary, displayed in an orderly fashion, and other items you’d expect to see in a traditional charity shop.
514-518 Kingsland Rd, London, E8 4AR
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