My Vintage London - Katie Antoniou PR and writer
Katie Antoniou: My favourite vintage place in London has to be Liberty department store. I absolutely can’t stand other department stores, but this is the exception to the rule. They don’t try to include everything the way other stores do, they’re confident enough to just handpick the best of the best. I could spend hours going through all their fabrics, or looking through all the old pharmacy bottles you can store your cosmetics in.
The building itself is stunning too and has such a sense of history, you can’t help thinking of the days when the pre-Raphaelites were shopping there! And its a great place to take someone for a champagne cream tea treat.
The Vintage Guide to London: What’s the one must-see vintage thing you can’t miss out on?
Katie Antoniou: There are so many must-sees in London, this is really tricky! The problem with a lot of the best vintage sites is that they’ve become tourist spots that are too crowded and commercialised most of the year. One of my favourite ‘off the beaten track’ destinations is Porchester Spa. It’s a listed building housing Turkish baths dating back to 1929. It feels really luxurious to relax amongst beautiful marble floors and sculptures, but its actually very reasonably priced compared to most London spas.
Everyone should also go and visit an auction at one of the big auction houses; seeing someones old possessions being sold on is always fascinating, especially if it’s someone famous, though the chances of you being able to win anything are much slimmer then!
I have a bit of an obsession with old books, so I’d also recommend Treadwell’s, a book shop in Covent Garden dating back to 1710. It’s filled with ancient books on the esoteric, and they hold fascinating academic talks on topics like the occult.The shop itself looks like something out of a Harry Potter film.
To find out more about Katie go to her website www.katieantoniou.com