40s - 18/20 - The Vintage Guide To London
Writer Barry Miles, once the head of the Beatles’ spoken word label Zapple and co-founder of the Indica Books and Gallery where John first met Yoko, has compiled a fascinating history of London’s underground and countercultural movements in the decades following the Second World War.
If you want to learn authentic Forties Lindy Hop – or Jitterbug as the dance is called in America – head to Swing Cats Corner. The dance club takes place every Tuesday and Thursday and boasts plenty of hot Swing, Jumpin’ Jive and Rhythm & Blues music and dancing until late.
Blackout II is not only one of London’s best vintage shops but an absolute must whenever you find yourself in Covent Garden.
Crystal Palace is fast turning into one of London’s best vintage shopping destinations. Highlights include Vien, a small but well-stocked vintage shop selling fashion and accessories from the Twenties onwards up to last decade’s designer gear.
Not another East London-based vintage shop selling cheap Eighties Lycra for premium prices I hear you say, but don’t be fooled by the Hackney location, Paper Dress Vintage is a fabulous vintage boutique selling a great selection of clothing, shoes and accessories from 1900 to the Eighties.