North & Scotland
Catherine Smith Vintage Fashion
Best for… the fashionista
Even if you don’t have a glittering occasion coming up in your diary, a trip to Harrogate’s finest vintage fashion boutique is a must. It will take you on a walk through fashion’s high points, from the Victorian era to the 1980s.
57a Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 0NL. 01423 500234; catherinesmithvintage.co.uk
Best for… cabinet connoisseurs
As well as quality antique furniture from the 1680s to the 1930s, Georgian Antiques also specialises in cabinetmakers such as Edinburgh’s William Trotter and Whytock & Reid, and authentic Orkney chairs.
10 Pattison Street, Leith Links, Edinburgh, EH6 7HF. 0131 553 7286; georgianantiques.net
Hemswell Antique Centres
Best for… off-peak shopping
Think Sundays are for relaxing? Not at Hemswell, where this huge emporium full of bygone treasures is open every day of the year except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. It prides itself on being the largest antiques centre in Europe.
Caenby Corner Estate, Hemswell Cliff, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, DN21 5TJ. 01427 668389; hemswell-antiques.com
John Young Furnishings
Best for… British made
Sitting neatly beside country oak and fine mahogany antique pieces, you’ll find a beautiful collection of British-manufactured furniture and upholstery in both classic and contemporary styles.
12–14 Main Street, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5JD. 01768 774848; johnyoungkeswick.co.uk
Mr Ben Retro Clothing
Best for… his as well as hers
When it comes to creative fashion, men can sometimes get overlooked, but walking through the doors of Mr Ben is a step into a retro world of creative lines, colourful costumes and heeled boots.
Kings Court, 101 King Street, Glasgow, G1 2RB. 0141 553 1936; mrbenretroclothing.com
Best for… good timekeepers
Tick tock, tick tock… you can while away hours in this oasis of furniture and clocks from c1770–1900. Antique longcases and Vienna clocks stand proudly in the collection of fine furniture, selected for its craftsmanship.
14 Chapel Road, Whaley Bridge, High Peak, Derbyshire, SK23 7JZ. 01663 734248; nimbusantiques.co.uk
Best for… glassware addicts
Elegant glassware will up your dinner party game, and the range of 19th and 20th-century pressed glass here is exceptional. Triple-stack cake stands and Portuguese coloured jugs are just some of the highlights at this colourful interiors shop.
Bishops Yard, Main Street, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5LA. 01434 634567; re-foundobjects.com
Best for… wearable fashion
When it comes to retro clothing, charm can sometimes supersede practicality. However, at Retro Rehab, every item is carefully repaired to make sure you leave with a garment that is flawless.
91 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW. 0161 839 2050; retro-rehab.co.uk
Best for… the modern man
New to the collection at this well-loved vintage store is the modern man’s range. Labels like Prada, Barbour, Armani and Hugo Boss are now stocked alongside other vintage wares from the 20th century.
34 Warner Street, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 1HN. 01254 382316
RN Myers & Son Ltd
Best for… 18th-century Irish
From primitive country furniture to the sophisticated mahogany of the mid 18th century, this store sells the unusual, the outsize and the eccentric, specialising in Irish and English furniture alongside works of art from Europe and China. Standout pieces currently in stock include an enormous Flemish carved panel and an Elizabethan joynt stool.
Endsleigh House, High Street, Gargrave, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 3LX. 01756 749587; myersantiques.co.uk
Scottish Antique & Arts Centre
Best for… day trippers
Luckily, this vast antiques storehouse in Perthshire contains a food hall too – you’ll need sustenance to get round the large, specialist collection of rare 17th, 18th and 19th-century Georgian, Regency and Victorian glassware alone.
Abernyte, Perthshire, PH14 9SJ. 01828 686401; scottish-antiques.com (also at Carse of Cambus, Doune, Stirlingshire, FK16 6HG. 01786 841203)
Central & East Anglia
Best for… pale and interesting design
With an eye for chic, understated interior design to complement traditional and contemporary decorative pieces, founder Birdie Fortescue has collated a stylish range of furniture, textiles and lighting, all bound together by a pale palette.
The Warehouse, 16–18 North Street, Burnham Market, Norfolk, PE31 8HG. 01328 738634; birdiefortescue.co.uk
The Herts and Essex Antiques Centre
Best for… laid-back browsers
With over 70 independent dealers spread over a huge space in Sawbridgeworth, this bustling antiques centre is a wonderful place to spend a day in. It’s open seven days a week too, so ideal for a lazy Sunday afternoon browse.
The Maltings, Station Road, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, CM21 9JX. 01279 722044; herts-essex-antiques.co.uk
Home & Colonial
Best for… arts and crafts furniture
Start at the bottom and slowly work your way up the five floors of beautiful and inspirational displays, then treat yourself in the cafe on the top floor. The collections combine quality antiques with vintage pieces.
High St, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 3AT. 01442 877007; homeandcolonial.co.uk
The Looking Glass
Best for… millinery marvels
If the vintage dresses that line the rails of this overflowing boutique could talk, you’d hear thousands of tales of good times from the 1920s to 1980s. Wiggle dresses, swing prom frocks and taffeta ballgowns are displayed alongside an impressive range of period hats.
12 Bank Street, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4AJ. 01746 765883; thelookingglass.co.uk
Best for… quality textiles
Functionality as well as fashion is the name of the game at Tinsmiths, with the shop and showroom stocked with beautiful and timeless textiles and homewares, including wool, linen and vintage fabrics from around the world.
Tinsmiths Alley, 8A High Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 1DS. 01531 632083; tinsmiths.co.uk
Yoxford Antique Centre and Gardens
Best for… the whole family
When there are five acres of gardens to explore, with alpacas and a chicken shack to boot, this antiques centre deserves more than just a quick stop. Don’t miss the Arts and Crafts beach huts boasting a selection of old gardening curios.
Askers Hill, Yoxford, Suffolk, IP17 3JW. 01728 668844; yoxfordantiques.com
Alfies Antique Market
Best for… being part of the throng
Designers, famous collectors and TV personalities can often be found browsing Alfies’ aisles. This sprawling bazaar, which has been operating for 40 years, is the largest in London and has a unique, bohemian atmosphere.
13–25 Church Street, Marylebone, London, NW8 8DT. 020 7723 6066; alfiesantiques.com
Best for… trendsetters
Set in the buzzing heart of Covent Garden, this go-to vintage boutique has to be hip to keep stylish London shoppers satisfied. Lingerie sits alongside original accessories, making sure you’re vintage from top to toe.
51 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9AJ. 020 7240 5006; blackout2.com
Best for… designer labels
Label lovers are well catered for at this smart boutique that’s a stone’s throw
from Spitalfields. Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Burberry can be found alongside sports favourites Nike, Adidas and Reebok.
55-59 Hanbury Street, London, E1 5JP. 020 7377 8828; blitzlondon.co.uk
Best for… fabulous furniture
If you’re a shopper who loves to browse, this mecca for English and continental furniture, objets d’art, clocks, mirrors and paintings is your dream destination. There are over 1,000 high-quality pieces, including rare and historical items.
154 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 4BN. 020 7221 8174; butchoff.com
Best for… French fancies
In this small pocket of Belgravia, where exceptional antiques shops abound, Christopher Butterworth stands out for its French decorative pieces loved by London’s elite designers.
71 Pimlico Road, London, SW1W 8NE. 020 7823 4554; christopherbutterworth.com
Best for… imaginative interiors
Need confidence in bringing creativity to your interiors? A trip to Ebury Trading will inspire you to diversify when it comes to statement furniture, quirky accessories and standout lighting.
7 Ebury Bridge Road, London, SW1W 8QX. 020 7881 0881; eburytrading.com
Best for… bright ideas
Spectacular mid-century pieces abound here, not least in lighting. Current gems include a Venini chandelier created from 400 Murano glass prisms, a 1960s colour-pop Italian wall light and cool, copper, Danish light fittings.
323 Fulham Palace Road, London, SW6 6TJ. 020 7731 3234; fionamcdonald.com
Best for… exclusive 20th-century design
Television personality and one-time Homes & Antiques columnist Gordon Watson is a leading authority on
20th-century design. His exclusive gallery showcases effortless and elegant pieces for a discerning clientele.
28 Pimlico Road, London, SW1W 8LJ. 020 7259 0555; gordonwatson.co.uk
Best for… jewels and gems
The labyrinth of corridors that cover Grays are a hubbub of activity, full of traders pedalling everything from ancient artefacts to 20th-century collectables. However, the glorious range of fine and vintage jewellery shines brightest.
58 Davies Street & 1-7 Davies Mews, London, W1K 5AB. 020 7629 7034; graysantiques.com
Best for… statement pieces
Owners Kevin, Marc and Heather Weaver travel far and wide to source the collections of furniture, art and textiles that can be found in their galleries on the Kings Road; find American mid-century collectors’ pieces and lighting juxtaposed with Anglo-Indian artefacts.
574-580 Kings Road, London, SW6 2DY. 020 7736 2917; guinevere.co.uk
Best for… handcrafted homewares
Bespoke pieces in the ‘Made by Howe’ range are placed alongside antiques to demonstrate how old and new can work together harmoniously. Tactile fabrics, wallpapers and vegetable-tanned leathers give the showroom a luxurious, earthy feel.
93 Pimlico Road, London, SW1W 8PH. 020 7730 7987; howelondon.com
Julia Boston Antiques
Best for… titanic tapestries
From Greek picture restoring to gilding and framing, Julia Boston’s career has given her a wide-ranging appreciation of antiquarian wall art. Her collection of huge tapestries (often reaching three square metres), make a breathtaking display.
588 Kings Road, London, SW6 2DX. 020 7610 6783; juliaboston.com
Best for… architectural intrigues
This inspirational store (one of three outlets) should be on the hit list of any restoration junkie. From salvaged building materials and garden ornaments, to parquet flooring and cast-iron radiators, there are treasures for your home both inside and out. There are also two more branches, in Bermondsey and Oxfordshire.
Brunswick House, 30 Wandsworth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 2LG. 020 7394 2100; lassco.co.uk
Best for… jaw-dropping chandeliers
From understated pendant styles and carved giltwood chandeliers, to glittering Baccarat birdcage displays with gold plate and cut-glass stars, the array of rare lighting here is breathtaking. There’s a bespoke creation and installation service available too.
584 Kings Road, Fulham, London, SW6 2DX. 020 7731 4444; matthewupham.com
One of a Kind
Best for… vintage labels
Portobello Road is the perfect location for this vintage fashion store that boasts Kate Moss and Sienna Miller as customers. Shoppers in the know head straight to the back room, nicknamed ‘Aladdin’s Cave’, to rummage for designer gems.
259 Portobello Road, London, W11 1LR. 020 7792 5853; oneofakindvintagestore.com
Best for… bric-a-brac gems
It’s hard to come out of this well-loved, ramshackle shop empty-handed. Stacked to the ceiling with everyday items that have been sourced for their vibrancy and stylishness, there’s always something here to catch the eye.
54 Essex Road, London, N1 8LR.
Best for… head-turning fashion
The seasonal window displays at this retro boutique in Waterloo lure in passers-by who want to discover more about the kitsch 1950s homewares, glamorous 1920s outfits and glorious paraphernalia from Hollywood’s golden age.
87 Lower Marsh, Waterloo, London, SE1 7AB. 07904 167798; radiodaysvintage.co.uk
Best for… the fashion pack
Alexander McQueen heelless shoes and a Christian Lacroix denim two-piece are among the treasures at this unique vintage boutique, where designer labels rule.
8 Golborne Road, London, W10 5NW. 020 8962 0089; relliklondon.co.uk
Best for… salvaged goods
How about turning hardwood laboratory tops into kitchen work surfaces? The ideas the creative team at Retrouvius have for your home are endless, and their salvaged goods sit perfectly beside a huge range of antiques and vintage, from country furniture to mid-century lighting.
1016 Harrow Road, Kensal Green, London, NW10 5NS. 020 8960 6060; retrouvius.com
Robert Young Antiques
Best for… all things folk
Opened in 1978, the gallery at 68 Battersea Bridge is internationally acclaimed for its collection of vernacular furniture and folk art. Highlights include first incarnations of the hobby horse, ceremonial bowls and native wood Windsor chairs.
68 Battersea Bridge Road, London, SW11 3AG. 020 7228 7847; robertyoungantiques.com
The Vintage Showroom
Best for… uniform thinking
Whether at work or at leisure, this vintage showroom specialises in menswear from the mid 20th century. Think structured military clothing and classic English tailoring, plus more relaxed sports outfits and country wear.
14 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9LN. 020 7836 3964; thevintageshowroom.com
South & South East
The Blanchard Collective
Best for… international interiors
A hunting ground for professionals of the interiors world, this purpose-built building is a sophisticated, spacious oasis filled with English, French, Italian and Swedish furniture, lighting and accessories from
18 different dealers.
2 Littlecote Road, Froxfield, Nr Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 3JY. 01488 686139; blanchardcollective.com
Christique Antique Centre
Best for… historic building buffs
This shop’s shell boasts as much history as some of the fine antique pieces within, having been transformed from a Georgian gentleman’s townhouse to a Victorian draper’s in the past. Clive Hemsley timepieces are a focus in July.
9/11 West Street, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1BL. 01306 883849; christique.com
Best for… modish men
Whether it’s 1970s glam rock platform boots or a 1930s boating blazer, men’s clothing through the last century is celebrated in a fun range of fashion pieces at this vintage store.
920 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 6DL. 01202 433330; vintageclobber.com
Best for… inspiring displays
From glass-cased spider and beetle specimens, to fine leather armchairs and glazed ceramics – there’s certainly an air of the unusual about Fontaine Decorative. With a playful and informal approach to antique furnishing, expect to see a range of quirky displays and intriguing curios.
84 Queen Street, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 9ER. 01843 595 137; fontainedecorative.com
Best for… glassware addicts
On principle, Andy and Helen McConnell don’t buy in anything machine-made, but the amount of usable glassware you’ll find under their roof is astounding. Even with 18th-century decanters, finger bowls and glasses, functionality, as well as fabulousness, is key.
18-22 Rope Walk, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7NA. 01797 226600; decanterman.com
Hope & Harlequin
Best for… head-turning fashion
You won’t leave this shop without a stunning vintage outfit to wear: if you don’t find it in their carefully sourced range of stock, then a bespoke tailoring service is available to run up the perfect vintage piece, be it party frock or wedding dress.
32 Sydney Street, Brighton, BN1 4EP. 01273 675222; hopeandharlequin.com
John Bird Antiques
Best for… talking tables
Already sold is a lovely George III card table with mahogany top and a 1780s Dutch side-table with frieze drawer, but there are still chinoiserie tables, cherry wood tripod tables and many other lovely pieces to be snapped up at this well-respected dealer of decorative and formal antiques.
Petworth Antique Market, East Street, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0AB. 07970 683949; johnbirdantiques.com
Best for… modernist moments
It’s the junk shop, reinvented, says owner Benjamin Scott about this original homewares enterprise. He picks only quality pieces from the 1930s to the 1980s with a focus on industrial, metal and Modernist design.
RG Scott Furniture Mart, The Old Ice Works, Bath Place, Margate, Kent, CT9 2BN. 07963 892041; junkdeluxe.co.uk
Best for… all-round elegance
Operating from the Edenbridge Galleries, this shop run by Antiques Roadshow and Homes & Antiques contributor Lennox Cato, is best known for its works of art, as well as its 18th and 19th-century furniture.
1 The Square, Church Street, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 5BD. 01732 865988; lennoxcato.com
Old Barn Antiques
Best for… picking up a present
Is there a birthday, christening or wedding on the horizon you need to buy for? This little shop that’s been running for over 20 years has a fascinating collection of goodies that make perfect gifts.
The Street, Compton, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 1EB. 01483 810819; old-barn-antiques.co.uk
Best for… beating designer’s block
If you’re stumped for ideas, a visit to Packhouse – a restored 400-year-old building that houses over 60 traders – will do the trick. There you’ll find up-and-coming designers alongside chic vintage stalls, all promising distinction and style.
Hewett’s Kilns, Tongham Road, Runfold, Farnham, GU10 1PJ. 01252 781010; packhouse.com
Petworth Antiques Market
Best for… antiques advice
Alongside the 41 traders housed under one roof in the historic market town of Petworth, this antiques market offers a monthly ‘clinic’ offering advice on heirlooms, valuations and how to sell.
East Street, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0AB. 01798 343178; petworthantiquesmarket.com
Spencer Swaffer Antiques
Best for… getting creative
Spencer Swaffer has always had an eye for the unusual, and his shop has been a destination for 45 years. If you’re after a wall full of golden sun mirrors, or a garden full of terracotta olive jars, this is where you will find them.
30 High Street, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9AB. 01903 882132; spencerswaffer.co.uk
Best for… all kinds of nostalgia
The whole family were involved in the launch of this small, independent business, and it was even named after the dog! The Grade II-listed barn, with high-beamed ceilings, is the perfect setting for this nicely styled collection of eclectic vintage and antique pieces.
The Black Barn, High Street, Seal, Sevenoaks, TN15 0AL. 01732 667272; splendidted.com
Best for… immaculate Georgian style
It’s all about the patina at this family business run by professional restorers. Customers return time and again for the perfectly finished Georgian pieces – striking pedestal desks and handsome mahogany chests – as well as other top-notch English furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Golden Square, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0AP. 01798 342333; thakehamfurniture.co.uk
Tops Antiques Centre
Best for… the sportsman
Dealer Alan Pezaro is a mainstay at this friendly centre in Dorking, and his nostalgic collection of sporting memorabilia provides a trip down memory lane. Willow cricket bats and wooden tennis rackets are among the kit on display from sporting times gone by.
The Old Pet Shop Antique Centre, 8 West Street, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1BL. 01306 883597; topsantiques.co.uk
Wolf & Gypsy Vintage
Best for… cool curation
Your summer essentials are covered at this vintage fashion boutique that takes a modern approach. Italian swimsuits from the 1980s, wide-brimmed visors and denim dungarees teamed with Americana T-shirts, will keep fashionistas looking cool all through the summer.
30 Sydney Street, North Laine, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4EP. 01273 671797; wolfandgypsyvintage.co.uk
West & Wales
Architectural Heritage Ltd
Best for… the green-fingered collector
When outdoor space is as important to you as your home’s interiors, Architectural Heritage makes an inspirational day out. Set high up in the hills of the Cotswolds, the sculptures, planters and ornaments are given a beautiful setting.
Taddington Manor, Taddington, Nr Cutsdean, Gloucestershire, GL54 5RY. 01386 584414; architectural-heritage.co.uk
Best for… art lovers
The Georgian city of Bath is steeped in history and beauty and is the ideal backdrop for this commercial gallery with its tempting stock of 20th-century paintings, sculpture and studio ceramics.
12-13 York Street, Bath, BA1 1NG. 01225 464850; beauxartsbath.co.uk
Below Stairs of Hungerford
Best for… intriguing curios
A handsome wooden cribbage board, a gleaming art nouveau dinner gong, and an elegant, etched 19th-century lampshade are among the new stock at this treasure trove of collectables, filled with great ideas for special gifts.
103 High Street, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 0NB. 01488 682317; belowstairs.co.uk
Best for… continental choices
Bookcases can be just as useful for displaying other items, as impressively demonstrated by director Jorge Perez-Martin. Here, French ebonised and painted bookcases stand proudly among a fine selection of other continental furniture and accessories.
33 Long Street, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8AA. 01666 500850; brownrigg-interiors.co.uk
Christopher Clarke Antiques
Best for… the gallivanter
With the development of national and international travel came a new style of portable furniture, which is explored at this established shop through chests, folding chairs, dining tables, travelling bookcases, writing slopes and more.
Sheep Street, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, GL54 1JS. 01451 830476; campaignfurniture.com
Best for… urban edge
Reflecting Bristol’s cool and urban edge, this decorative antiques and interiors shop is stacked with quirky furniture, statement lighting, original prints and taxidermy – all selected by the shop’s creative couple owners.
51 Colston Street, Christmas Steps Arts Quarter, Bristol, BS1 5AX. 07789 145175; dig-haushizzle.co.uk
The Factory, Somerset
Best for… bringing home a bottle
A trip to this antiques hub isn’t complete without a tasting at The Somerset Wine Company or a meal in the new pop-up restaurant. Chic industrial decor runs throughout the building, which was once the Castle Cary railway station.
Station Wharf, Station Rd, Castle Cary, BA7 7PE. 01963 548040; thefactorysomerset.com
The Foodie Bugle Shop
Best for… foodies
Combine a lunch stop with a shop at The Foodie Bugle, which sells tasty artisan food and drink alongside homewares, both new and old. A vintage sugar caster or set of bone-handled cutlery will make treasured mementoes.
2 Abbey Street, Bath, BA1 1NN. thefoodiebugleshop.com
Hay Antique Market
Best for… Welsh history
With over 20 dealers and a wide range of ever-changing stock, there are always new treasures – including Welsh blankets – to discover at this bustling destination nestled into a Victorian building opposite the famous Butter Market.
6 Market Street, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, HR3 5AF. 01497 820175; hayantiquemarket.co.uk
Best for… high flyers
The original Tetbury store is a haven of decorative antiques, but for an unbeatable shopping experience, head to the converted Second World War aircraft hangars at Babdown Airfield – it’s one of the most exciting antiques display spaces in the country.
Babdown Airfield, Tetbury, Gloucesterhire, GL8 8YL and 30 Long Street, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8AQ. 01666 505111; lorfordsantiques.com
Top Banana Antiques
Best for… precious finds
Originality doesn’t stop at the name of this antiques mall in Tetbury. Its prized collection of antique and vintage jewellery makes heartfelt gifts that will be treasured for their uniqueness.
1 New Church Street, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8DS. topbananaantiques.com
What Katy Did
Best for… toe tappers
There’s colour, life and dynamism at this vintage shop, where a good rummage can produce Bob Dylan posters, mod dresses and 1950s coffee tables. Shop while listening to a soundtrack of cheering tunes on the stereogram.
57 High Street, Budleigh Salterton, Exeter, EX9 6LE. 01395 444498; whatkatydid.biz
David Wolfenden Antiques
Best for… focal pieces
When it comes to investing in a focal piece of furniture for your home, this showroom is your first port of call. David offers expert advice to help you pick out the ideal piece from his stock of walnut, rosewood and mahogany 19th-century furniture.
219b Lisnevenagh Road, Antrim, County Antrim, BT41 2JT. 02894 429498; davidwolfendenantiques.com
Hope & Gloria Emporium
Best for… shopping with a difference
Here’s a unique way to shop – this not-for-profit enterprise is run by volunteers who sell pre-loved and vintage fashion and homewares at affordable prices. Need fuel to shop on? Everything in the cafe is £1.
Mill House, Railway Road, Coleraine, BT52 1PE. 02870 356736; hopeandgloria.org
The Sheelin Lace Shop
Best for… seamstresses
Take time to marvel at the intricate beauty of antique Irish laces from 1880-1900 as well as antique wedding dresses, veils, christening gowns and 1920s fashion. The backdrop of Bellanaleck village is equally stunning.
178 Derrylin Road, Bellanaleck, County Fermanagh, BT92 2BA. 02866 348052; sheelinlace.com