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The Vintage Guide To London | February 23, 2018

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My Vintage London: Lucy Nicholls - fashion blogger

This week Lucy Nicholls, who writes fashion blog Snippets of Shiny Thoughts, shares her favourite London vintage shops and her top tips on what vintage things to do in London.

The Vintage Guide to London: Who are you, and what do you do?

Lucy Nicholls: My name is Lucy, a happy, fun and certainly colourful 20-year old Fashion Promotion student in North London. I write and take pictures for my Fashion Lifestyle blog, work hard on uni projects and love to explore.

The Vintage Guide to London: Why do you like vintage – or in other words, what does vintage mean to you?

Lucy Nicholls: I’ve finally realised that vintage doesn’t mean smelly and just from the Forties – moving to London has helped change that and now I am happily embarrassing the fact that there are some awesome Eighties and Nineties vintage and second-hand clothing out there now! What I love is that the cut is usually really peculiar or just generally not found on the high street and you don’t feel like you’re cheating by wearing something Eighties-inspired when in fact you weren’t alive then and have no idea what it actually looks like. Then there’s the recycling angle and that wins a very big thumbs up from me!

The Vintage Guide to London: What are your favourite London vintage shops?

Lucy Nicholls: I definitely need to get out and find myself some more vintage shops but I love the All Aboardcharity shop in High Barnet where I live and East London Thrift Storebecause it feels like a boutique! If you happen to make it down to Dorking, Surrey, I love Shrewd– that’s where I bought my first vintage piece.

The Vintage Guide to London: Do you ever go to vintage events? If so, which ones would you recommend?

Lucy Nicholls:
Sadly I don’t go to vintage events but would love to! I wish I had been in Shepton Mallet, Somerset when they were filming BBC Turn Back Time: The British High Street because then I could have had my hair done and drunk cocktails in a Sixties world!

The Vintage Guide to London: What are your favourite vintage places in London?

Lucy Nicholls: I love vintage places as I adore learning about our culture. I am a big fan of the V&A and Liberty, both must-go to places for modern life influenced by the past. I also adore any sort of old fair or event where the majority of attendees are over 60. I go with my best friend and we call ourselves The Early Grannies (there’s even a facebook page!).

 The Vintage Guide to London: What’s the must do vintage thing in London?

Lucy Nicholls: Walk down Columbia Road, take photos and buy some old sweets and suck them whilst touching all the pretty things in the shops. Chat to the shop assistants and dream of the past.