50 best antiques and vintage shops

Vintage experts give us the low-down on their favourite antique shops and collectable-hunting haunts.

This list first appeared in the August 2011 issue of Homes & Antiques. Look out for the 50 best antiques and vintage shops 2016 in Homes & Antiques' February issue, out now

Who doesn't love to spend hours rambling the day away scouring through wonderful little antique shops? The smell of old books, the warmth of rooms full of vintage gems- there's simply nothing to dislike. As the chill of winter approaches, there's no better time to be in the cosy enclosures of the vintage shops. That's why we've gathered together a list of the 50 best antique and vintage shops for you to peruse to your hearts content this winter. With the help of our knowledgeable panel, including Mark Hill and Katherine Higgins from Antiques Roadshow, we've found the best shops from all corners of the country. Best antiques and vintage shops


Well known to fashion students, who regularly haunt this Soho textiles mecca to find one-off pieces of material, The Cloth House evokes the feeling of haberdashery stores of the past. 
47 Berwick Street, W1F 8SJ. 020 7437 5155; clothhouse.com
2 Alfies Antique Market
‘The world’s your vintage oyster in Alfies – a buzzing antiques market with a rather nice roof cafe on top,’ says Katherine. Over 100 dealers sell everything from mid-century furniture to Jessie Tait ceramics. 
13-25 Church Street, Marylebone, NW8 8DT. 020 7723 6066; alfiesantiques.com
‘You can’t escape from Cristobal without buying at least one piece of sparkling costume jewellery,’ says Katherine. Having specialised in vintage jewellery for 25 years, owner Steven Miners is well known in interior design circles for his eclectic taste and sourcing items for special projects for film and theatre productions.
26 Church Street, NW8 8EP. 020 7724 7230; cristobal.co.uk

4 Past Caring
‘Ceramics, glass, metalware, kitchenalia and furniture… there truly is something for everyone in this shop, with prices ranging from just a few pounds to several hundred,’ says Mark. ‘I challenge you to leave without buying at least one thing.’  
54 Essex Road, Angel, London, N1 8LT. facebook.com/pastcaring
This is the place to go if you're after the perfect china teaset for your afternoon tea. With a whole array of vintage china, kitchenware and glass set out beautifully in the small shop, you can pop into the in-shop cafe to try out the wares before you buy. 
82 Columbia Road, Bethnal Green, E2 7QB; vintageheaven.co.uk
If you’re after an old wax jacket or vintage American sweater, this is the shop for you. Longtime dealers Douglas Gunn and Roy Luckett opened the store a couple of years ago in what was formerly ironmonger FW Collins & Son. 
14 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9LN. 020 7836 3964; thevintageshowroom.com
Le Grenier is the brain child of Yuko Tsukahara-Gaydu and her husband Jean-Louis, who scour the UK and France for furniture, tableware and kitchenalia. ‘They have a lovely collection of 1960s tea sets,’ says Wayne.
146 Bethnal Green Road, E2 6DG. 07720 890393; le-grenier.com
It’s no coincidence that this vintage oasis on Kings Road appears on the cover of an album by hip folksters Mumford & Sons – the band’s Winston Marshall is the son of owner Sabina. Celebs aside, it boasts a steady supply of French brocante pieces at affordable prices.
596 Kings Road, SW6 2DX. 020 7731 2448; pimpernelandpartners.co.uk
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360 Degrees Vintage
Run by mother and daughter team Kit Allen and Lynn Burgess, 360 Degrees Vintage is a fashion gem offering both men’s and women’s wear. ‘I found a great range of gloves and scarves, along with plenty of 1940s offerings – knitwear in particular,’ says Kiera.
3/3A Greenwich Market, Greenwich, SE10 9HZ. 07904 709759

This family business has moved from traditional Victorian antiques into vintage, retro and industrial furniture in recent years. Stock is housed in a former picturehouse that closed in the 1930s and became a parachute factory during World War II. ‘I can spend ages in here looking at the classic art deco and mid 20th-century furniture,’ says Keeley. 
160 Chiswick High Road, W4 1PR. 020 8995 4166; theoldcinema.co.uk
The recently-opened new showroom of Puckhaber Decorative Antiques is a cool, calm haven of pared-back antique pieces. It is the culmination of Jacqui Harris' 30 years experience trading antiques coupled with her son Martyn's business brains, and is the ideal place to find a rustic piece or two.
281 Lillie Road, London, SW6 7LL. 020 3304 7327; puckhaberdecorativeantiques.com

12 Deborah Woolf
Winner of the London Vintage Awards 2015, Deborah has been selling vintage clothing since she was in her teens and was at Camden market along with Wayne Hemingway in the 1980s. A former director at MTV, Deborah opened her shop in 2008. ‘I love Deborah’s rather wonderful floating dresses from the 1970s,’ says Katherine.
28 Church Street, NW8 8EP. 020 7723 2779deborahwoolf.com
‘A charming art materials shop. Dotted among the pastels, papers and pads you’ll find antique watercolour palettes and materials perhaps used by a pre-Raphaelite painter, as well as the odd spongeware bowl,’ says Kiera.
259 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5EL. 020 7352 0837; greenandstone.com
14 Dorian Caffot de Fawes
This teeny antiques shop is a gem among many on Fulham's Lillie Road. Dorian started his antiques career at Sotheby's and has brought his inimitable French eye to the interiors world with a collection of Belle Époque and mid-century pieces, all with a strong decorative presence. Find Erik Kirkegaard armchairs, old Italian cinema seats, original prints and space-age lights.
315 Lillie Road, London, SW6 7LL. 020 7386 9386; dorian-antiques.com
William Hornets Wilde has three gentlemen’s clothier shops in Kensington that are every inch the dapper British chap, with shooting jackets, tweed suits and traditional cords.
2 & 4 Kensington Church Walk, W8 4NB. 36b Kensington Church Street, W8 4BX. 020 7937 2627; hornetskensington.co.uk
‘Laura Thomas and Emma Cascarina used to work as West End theatre costume supervisors,’ says Naomi. ‘Now they stock the best in vintage wedding dresses, accessories and shoes, and each dress is customised and fitted.’ 
The Leathermarket, Ground Floor, Weston Street,  SE1 3ER. 07814 002295; furcoatnoknickers.co.uk
17 Bookmark
Anne Excell and her daughter Leonora specialise in a wide range of antiquarian children’s books, plus old board games, toys, artist-signed postcards and other juvenilia. Most of their time is spent running the mail-order part of the business and attending book fairs but you can also visit by appointment. ‘Bookmark is my absolute favourite stopover for children’s books,’ says Katherine. ‘Anne and Leonora have found me some truly nostalgic pieces over the years.’
Fortnight, Broad Hinton, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN4 9NR (by appointment). 01793 731693
Famous for the huge amounts of antique pine and country furniture in its original condition, this treasure trove of antiques takes over acres of land and three barns in the West Country. Find everything you could ever hope for in the way of true, antique furniture fit for a King. 
The Old White Ways Cider Factory, Hele, Devon, EX5 4PW. 01392 882062; faginsantiques.com

19 Revival
‘If I ever truly had a vintage secret, this would be it,’ says Naomi, who only reluctantly tells us about this shop, which she discovered accidentally while she was on, of all things, a detox retreat. ‘Owner Sue Nurse has the pick of the old country houses in the area, and Revival duly bursts with a great range of vintage costume and chinoiserie.’
64 High Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5SQ. 01803 732807

20 Wells Trading Post
‘This has three giant floors of everything I want in my life, from deco tea sets and Lucite brooches to vintage parasols, Victorian beauty sets and old typewriters,’ says Naomi. The extensive stock changes all the time, so it’s always worth popping in if you’re in the area.
Old Priory Mill, West Street, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2HG (closed Mondays). 01749 671454; wellstradingpost.co.uk

21 Focus On The Past
Items from Focus on the Past regularly appear in H&A shoots. ‘Whether it’s a French dresser, an Enid Collins handbag, Bakelite telephones, postcards or old toffee tins, I find there is always something here that I’m tempted by,’ says Kiera. ‘It really is the perfect local shop for a good rummage.’
25 Waterloo Street, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4BT. 0117 973 8080; focusonthepast.org

Hidden away at the top of the beautiful city of Bath, Michael & Jo Saffell have built their shop (above) on a wealth of knowledge and passion. Specialising in unique British tins, the couple are so enthralled by the world of old that they live above the shop, in what can only be described as an emporium of antiques. 
3 Walcot Buildings, London Road, Bath, BA1 6AD. 01225 315857; michaelsaffell.com


‘The name says it all,’ laughs Mark. Whether you’re into the 1950s, 70s or 80s, you’ll find everything you need to kit out your home in this New Forest-based online store. ‘You'll find panels of vintage fabric and the largest selection of ice buckets this side of Del Boy’s flat.’
07753 747297; pineappleretro.co.uk
24 One Legged Jockey
One Legged Jockey is bursting with vintage men’s clothing. There are two shops in Southsea and one in Chichester. ‘Owner Keith Jeff is always on hand to help you find the perfect item,’ says Naomi.
9 Marmion Road, Southsea, PO5 2AT; 62 Elm Grove, Southsea, PO5 1JG; 9 Crane Street, Chichester, PO19 1LJ. 01243 839909
25 Snoopers Paradise
‘It’s part retro shop and part car-boot sale,’ says Mark. ‘You’re bound to find something you want.’ Kiera agrees: ‘A Brighton institution and destination for weekenders and local browsers alike, you’ll find students trying on hats, couples looking for furniture, or single shoppers flicking through the paperbacks.’ 
7-8 Kensington Gardens, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4AL. 01273 945898; snoopersattic.co.uk

26 McCully & Crane
A wealth of bright glitter balls, antique taxidermy, early 20th-century rugs and mid-century furniture gives Marcus Crane and Gareth McCully's shop a unique flavour. They have recently opened a new gallery and art space too.
27a Cinque Ports Street, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7AD. 07932 478383; mccullyandcrane.com

27 Closet & Botts
This Victorian-inspired homeware store in Lewes is run by old school friends Chloe Shearing and Harriet Maxwell and it's full of pieces with beautiful patinas. You'll find a mixture of vintage enamelware, antique apothecary bottles and 19th-century tables sourced in France. 196 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2NS. 01273 945398; closetandbotts.com

28 Herts & Essex Antiques centre
‘With 70 dealers under one roof, this is the perfect place for a good old rummage,’ says Katherine. ‘There are fascinating retro pieces to snap up. And it’s so easy on the train – just hop off at Sawbridgeworth station and you’re there.’
The Maltings, Station Road, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, CM21 9JX. 01279 722044; herts-essex-antiques.co.uk

29 Junk Deluxe
‘It might be small,’ says Mark, ‘but it’s packed with a constantly changing, affordable selection of furniture, pictures and homewares from the 1950s-80s.’
RG Scott Furniture Mart, The Old Ice Works, Bath Place, Margate, Kent, CT9 2BN. 07963 892041; junkdeluxe.co.uk

Winner of Best Vintage Shop in H&A's Britain's Best Antiques Shops awards, Nanadobbie specialises in Fifties oak desks, statement chairs, unusual lighting and colourful Scandinavian glass. They trade online and occasionally as a pop-up shop.
01273 676778; nanadobbie.com
‘Andy McConnell is a Antiques Roadshow colleague of mine but his glass emporium really is the centre of the glass universe,’ says Katherine. ‘I’ve parted with as little as £10 for a rather memorable birthday present and £65 for a glorious mid 1960s Finnish vase.’
18-22 Rope Walk, Rye , East Sussex, TN31 7NA. 01797 226600; decanterman.com
32 Tango Tea Collectables
‘I can’t go home to Portsmouth without stopping by Tango Tea,’ says Naomi. ‘It’s a real art deco mecca and sells a little bit of everything, from jewellery and magazines to curios and clothes. Owner Jenni Catlow always has something special.’
3 Albert Road, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 2SE. 02392 733363

33 Wayward Vintage Fabrics
‘With a presence in London’s Portobello Market and Brighton’s North Laine, and a shop in St Leonards, Andrew Hirst has a great collection of haberdashery, including buttons and fabrics,’ says Kiera. 
68 Norman Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN38 0EJ. 07815 013337; wayward.co

34 A G Hendy & Co Home Store
Alastair Hendy has always been inspired by what he calls the 'below-stairs' aesthetic and his home store is full of finds that you might see in the kitchen of Downton Abbey. There are a few new pieces but largely you will find lovely old linen, vintage ceramics, antique jelly moulds and the like. 36 High Street, Hastings Old Town, TN34 3ER. 01424 447171; aghendy.com

‘The minimal white shelves display an amazing array of affordable vintage and retro items from up-and-coming and established names,’ says Mark. ‘The popularity of the mid-century modern Scandinavian influence is clear.’ Viewings are by appointment only.
7 Sycamore Terrace, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7NL. 07766 770920; fragiledesign.com
‘This shop is in the lovely town of Holt in Norfolk, a place of my childhood memories,’ says Keeley. ‘Expect lots of pretty textiles and lace, and a good selection of Victorian and Edwardian clothes.’
6 Chapel Yard, Albert Street, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6HG. 01263 713771; pastcaring.net
‘Small but perfectly formed,’ is how Wayne describes Berties. Founded by Robert Skidmore, whose background is in television and film costume, it stocks glamorous fashions from the 1920s-50s. 
14 Market Street, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 9NW. 07532 004313; berties-vintage.co.uk
Carole Smith had been standing at antiques fairs for 17 years before she set up shop in Hinckley in November. The focus is on homeware goodies, kitchenalia and small pieces of furniture, some of which she paints and upholsters herself. She still sells at fairs too and is a regular at Newark and Peterborough.
5a The Lawns, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 1DY. 07890 939236; vintage-treasures.co.uk
‘I’ve always had a soft spot for Denby,’ says Katherine. ‘And Stoneware Quest has a staggering selection of its post-war designs.’ They have an online shop but also trade at Hemswell Antiques Centre.
Hemswell Antiques Centre, Caenby Corner Estate, Hemswell Cliff, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, DN21 5TJ. 01234 772955; stonewarequest.co.uk



40 Bygone Times
‘This is one of my favourite shopping destinations,’ says Mark. ‘It has everything from Fat Lava to vintage telephones. Don’t forget the basement.’
Grove Mill, The Green, Eccleston, Chorley, PR7 5PB. 01257 451889; bygonetimes.co.uk

‘Mother and daughter Bridget and Rowena Turner make sure this gem of a website is full of good-quality mid-century furniture and art,’ says Keeley. ‘There are lots of great examples, from Ercol to funky fabrics and cushions.’
Online store based in North Yorkshire. 07875 712390; elephantandmonkey.co.uk
Owned by Steve Elvidge, Space has an eclectic mix of vintage clothing, furniture, homewares, records, books and more. ‘There are several vintage dealers – or ‘space holders’ – based here too and their different tastes shine through in the great array of things for sale, from mid-century furniture to Tretchicoff prints,’ says Keeley. 
1 The Ginnel, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 2RB. 01423 709941; spaceharrogate.com
‘If you enjoy a good rummage, then this shop is for you,’ says Judy. ‘The shop front is unassuming but step inside and you’ll find a vast shopfloor stocked with thousands of beautiful dresses, tailored jackets, trinkets and shoes, some of which date back to the 1920s.’
117 Main Street, Haworth, West Yorkshire, BD22 8DP. 01535 646538; thesoukhaworth.wix.com
‘1920s frame bags, 1930s jewellery and a well-curated selection of designer items from Ossie Clarke, Biba and Jean Varon are just a small sample of what you’ll find in Cathy Smith’s beautiful Harrogate shop,’ says Judy. ‘Delicate silk dresses and special pieces from the 1920s-50s are kept in the back room.’ 
57a Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 0NL. 01423 500234; catherinesmithvintage.co.uk
‘This successful shop, owned by mother and daughter team Laura and Carolyn Cowlbeck, is the place to visit in York,’ says Judy. ‘They sell timeless vintage clothing and accessories, from 1950s floral dresses to 1980s knitwear.’
52 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF. 01904 630407; bowlervintage.co.uk
Yorkshire seems to be going through something of a purple patch – certainly in terms of vintage clothing. ‘This shop has a fantastic selection of 1950s cotton day dresses and men’s vintage suits,’ says Keeley. Purple Rabbit Vintage is now one of the sellers at Space Harrogate (see 42).
1 The Ginnel, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 2RB. 07542 950590; purplerabbitvintage.co.uk


47 RE
This popular store is owned by former fashion designers Jenny Vaughan and Simon Young. Vintage garden furniture and tools are displayed alongside cakestands, glasses, enamelware and many miscellaneous delights.
Bishops Yard, Main Street, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5LA. 01434 634567; re-foundobjects.com
‘Geraldine and I grew up in East Lancashire and dressed second-hand from the great stores there,’ says Wayne. ‘Decades stocks a huge range of women’s clothing and accessories from 1870-1970 and the choice is always wonderful.’ They are currently updating their website but it will be back soon!
07982 604725; decadesemporium.co.uk
49 Heeley Bank Antiques Centre
Based in the heart of Sheffield's thriving antiques quarter, Heeley Bank Antiques Centre is a flea market fan's dream. There are 30 dealers in the old bank (which H&A loves for its original tiles and vaulted ceilings) who specialise in a range of antiques and vintage pieces from clothing to glass, furniture to tiny trinkets. There's also contemporary art to be found at The Corner Gallery.
Heeley Bank Antiques Centre , 635 Queen’s Road, Sheffield, S2 4DX. 0114 327 0835; heeleybankantiques.wix.com/heeleybankantiques
‘Anna Nicholson really knows what she’s doing with Herman Brown, Edinburgh’s leading vintage destination since 1983,’ says Wayne. You’ll find an eclectic mix of vintage fashion and jewellery – expect leotards, cameo brooches, 1950s powder compacts and beaded knitwear. 
151 West Port, Edinburgh, EH3 9DP. 0131 228 2589; hermanbrown.co.uk
Judy Berger
Former Selfridges personal shopper and television stylist Judy is the founder of Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fairs.
Kiera Buckley-Jones
Former stylist at H&A, Kiera has a wealth of knowledge on styling antique and vintage finds.
Wayne Hemingway
Wayne founded the fashion label Red or Dead in the 1980s. He is now involved in a clutch of projects but we love him best for his Vintage Festival.
Katherine Higgins
Katherine has appeared on the Antiques Roadshow as miscellaneous expert and has a keen interest in vintage fashion and jewellery. 
Naomi Thompson
Naomi is a London-based stylist and the UK’s leading vintage personal shopper. She founded vintagesecret.com and is the author of Style Me Vintage - Accessories.
Keeley Harris
Keeley runs the Discover Vintage home and fashion fairs in the Midlands and the north of England, as well as The Vintage Wedding Fair and the Festival of Vintage. She also has a shop, Vintage Emporium, in York.
Mark Hill
Antiques Roadshow expert Mark has co-authored a number of Miller’s Guides as well as publishing his own titles.
This list first appeared in the August 2011 issue of Homes & Antiques. It was updated on 12th November 2015.
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