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The Vintage Guide To London | January 20, 2018

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Best of Vintage Awards 2012 - the winners are...

Best of Vintage Awards 2012 – the winners are…

After weeks of voting and thousands of votes casts across ten categories, we’re finally ready to announce the winners of the 2012 Best of Vintage Awards. And here they are…

Best vintage bar/cafe

Winner: Vintage Emporium
Thank heavens for places like this! The Victorian-style tea rooms serve period delicacies and a huge selection of teas and herbal drinks so you can recover from your shopping spree at the vintage boutique downstairs, which houses some of the finest in vintage Edwardian to Fifties clothing you will find in London.

Surf to their website!

Runner-up: Early Grey & Rose

Vintage-themed cafe Earl Grey & Rose is a welcome, colourful sight just off Streatham’s uninspiring High Street. Decked out in bright bunting and with vintage china lining the walls, Earl Grey & Rose truly feels like a friendly neighbourhood hub with many local regulars popping in for a cuppa – served in big vintage tea pots – or lunch. The selection of food is great, the artisan breads taste delicious and owner Lydia sure knows how to bake: her rose and lime cake is a must-try!

Find out more about Earl Grey & Rose!

Best vintage club night

Winner: Hula Boogie
Run by Miss Aloha, this monthly club night and last year’s award winner in the same category, is obviously one of London’s favourites. It features some of the best sounds of the Thirties, Forties and Fifties. Held at Kennington’s South London Pacific Bar, and with its original Hawaiian Hukilau Hula dance class opener, there’s a definite Tiki feel that has been keeping Hula Boogie one of London’s top vintage jive dancing nights for years.

Discover Hula Boogie now!

Runner-up: Saturday Night Swing Club
Set up by the London Swing Dance Society, the Saturday Night Swing Club gets you twisting your hips to swing, rhythm ‘n’ blues and jive over three floors of retro dance classes. With its friendly atmosphere, the night attracts seasoned dancers and newbies alike, while top dance teachers offer drop-in classes for dances like The Shag or Lindy Hop, followed by a party with some of London’s best vintage DJs.

Find out more!

Best London-based repro brand

Winner: Vivien of Holloway
Last year’s winners have done it again – known for her Fifties and Forties-inspired clothes, Vivien of Holloway has become the go-to brand for re-creating a period look. Everyone from Imelda May to Paloma Faith has been seen wearing her Forties sarong dresses or Fifties full-circle gowns. With a shop on Holloway Road and stockists around the world, this London brand is only going to go from strength to strength.

Shop for Vivien of Holloway!

Runner-up: What Katie Did
If you want to recreate the perfect vintage shape, head to What Katie Did. There is quite simply no other London vintage lingerie shop to match their fantastic assortment of beautifully cut, high-quality and affordable undergarments, corsetry and hosiery inspired by the Forties and Fifties. All designs are based on vintage patterns, adapted only slightly for modern figures, using authentic fabrics and even old-fashioned production methods wherever possible. Whether you are after a bullet bra, corset, girdle, seamed stockings or even vintage-inspired swimwear, the small shop – furnished like a luxurious boudoir – on Portobello Road is the place to go.

Discover What Katie Did!

Best vintage hair or make-up

Winner:  Lipstick & Curls
Specialising in hair and make-up from the Twenties to the Sixties, the girls from Lipstick & Curls can transform you into a jazz era flapper girl, a starlet from Hollywood’s golden age, a rock n roll pin-up or a Mad Men sex kitten. Friendly and approachable, they are available for one-to-one sessions, parties, weddings or corporate events. Their vintage masterclasses, which are held regularly around London, are a fun girls night in and include live demonstrations, hints and tips as well as expert help – a great introduction if you’re completely new to vintage styling.

Book your appointment with Lipstick & Curls!

Runner-up: Something Hell’s
Soho Rockabilly barber and Fifties beauty salon It’s Something Hell’s has been the go-to-place for all lovers of Fifties style for years. Miss Betty provides elaborate Hollywood coiffures and pin-up updo’s while Mister Ducktail is renowned for his bad boy switchblade hair cuts. With its retro look and uber-talented hairstylist duo, this is one of London’s coolest – and best – hair salons.

Check out Something Hell’s!

Best new vintage shop 2012

Winner: Painted Black
Specialising in vintage womens and menswear, home deco items and cameras, Crouch End newcomer Painted Black convinces with its great selection of handpicked stock. With its excellent pricing, in-house seamstress and in-store events such as Fifties make-up masterclasses, Painted Black promises to be more than just your average shop. There is  even an in-house repro clothing line – you can come in, browse their archive of vintage patterns and then have your favourites made to measure. A very impressive addition to London’s vintage scene!

Head to Painted Black’s website now!

Runner-up: Revival Retro

Set up by owner Rowena Howie because she found it hard to order repro swing shoes, Revival Retro has fast become one of London’s best stockists of reproduction clothing. Stocking iconic labels such as Stop Staring, Re-Mix Vintage Footwear, Tara Starlet, Vecona Vintage, Aris Allen and many more specialist suppliers, Revival Retro is a haven for all those looking for styles inspired by the Twenties to the Forties and a must for swing dancers in need of suitable attire.

Browse Revival Retro now!

Best vintage fair/jumble sale

Winner: The Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair
One of London’s longer running fairs, and a real pioneer of adding entertainment and extra services to the fair experience, The Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair has fast become a favourite with vintage lovers, stylists and fashion fiends. With its excellent selection of sellers, beautiful Art Nouveau location and additional features such as tea room and alterations booth, this really is one fair you shouldn’t miss. Ever.

Surf to their website!

Runner-up: Anita’s Vintage Fashion Fair
Anita’s Vintage Fashion Fairs have been a permanent fixture on the London vintage scene for over eight years, hosting successful fairs in both Battersea and Notting Hill. Anita’s Vintage Fairs have gained a prestigious reputation, attracting attendee’s from the fashion industry such as designers, magazine editors, stylists, models and celebrities. Despite its huge following, prices have remained affordable – a top fair.

Check out the next fair dates now!

Best vintage shop (home deco/furniture)

Winner: Judith Michael and Daughter
Brimming with antique and vintage treasures, Judith Michael and Daughter in Primrose Hill village is the perfect destination for those looking for individual and unique items. From Thirties cake stands to original suffragette jewellery, this is a twinkling palace of mirrors, glass, jewellery and unique vintage finds. A fantastic antidote to highstreet home deco shops.

Head to their website!

Runner-up: Little Paris Vintage Store
North London’s Crouch End and Islington’s Upper Street are home to a bit of Paris in the middle of London. The two branches of the Little Paris Vintage Store offer a fantastic selection of vintage home deco items and interiors all sourced in France for that bit of je ne sais quoi. While the shops also stock some contemporary French designers, the main focus is on vintage interiors. Both shop rooms are filled to the brink with an eclectic mix of Gallic wares from crockery to tables, chairs and French Nouvelle Vague film posters. Tres bon!

Browse the Little Paris Vintage Store!

Best vintage shop (designer)

Winner: Shikasuki
Primrose Hill vintage boutique Shikasuki’s careful selection of vintage womenswear and accessories is second to none – unsurprisingly the shop is your favourite for designers for the second year running. The shop – which stretches over two floors – stocks both no name and designers. Each item is carefully labelled with more information on its era of origin and condition – most clothes are in excellent shape. One of London’s best shops if you are looking for a killer handbag, a special piece of jewellery or that Ossie Clark dress.

Check out their website for more details!

Runner-up: House of Liza
Dalston’s House Of Liza specialises in unique vintage clothes by designers known for their uncompromising creative vision. Their selection of cutting-edge, highly collectable vintage fashion by visionary designers such as Balenciaga, Dior, Montana and many more make this boutique a fashion fiend’s dream. The shop forms an important archive of fashion history: blurring the lines between ready-to-wear and couture, fashion and art.

Find out more!

Best vintage shop (menswear)

Winner: Hunky Dory
Specialising in womens and menswear from the Forties to the Eighties, Hunky Dory is undoubtedly one of Brick Lane’s vintage highlights and your top choice in this category for the second year running. What sets the shop apart is its excellent selection of mid-century European designs, especially when it comes to menswear. The hand-picked Fifties jackets, sharply-tailored French mod suits and Seventies shirts are much thought-after by many, including a certain Jarvis Cocker.

Check out Hunky Dory now!

Runner-up: Crazy Man Crazy
Crystal Palace’s Crazy Man Crazy is a mecca for lovers of the Forties and Fifties, offering an excellent mix of authentic vintage pieces and repro styles. Owner Paul has an exceptional eye for interesting pieces, and his selection of menswear – think Hawaiian shirts, original suits, denim and bomber jackets – is second to none. A must for mid-century gentlemen.

Discover more!

Best vintage shop (womenswear)

Winner: Shikazuki
We’re not surprised our winner in the designerwear category has also come out tops in our womenswear category. Although a specialist in designer pieces, the shop also stocks some extraordinary no-name pieces and has to be one of London’s best stockists of shoes, accessories and handbags.

Runner-up: Hunky Dory
Menswear category winner Hunky Dory also scored many votes for its womenswear. With its handpicked Fifties to Seventies dresses, skirts and outerwear, the shop is a haven for anyone after a late Fifties and Sixties look. The excellent hats, gloves and handbags are worth checking out alone, and the owners have such a brilliant eye for detail they’ll help you put together a whole outfit in no time.



  1. Thank you to everyone that voted for Lipstick & Curls. The awards are a fun way to promote Vintage in London and obviously beneficial to all those who take part. Thanks Amanda x

  2. annastasia Maksymluk

    Vintage Emporium stands out as an amazing place for vintage lifestyle and atmosphere- the atmosphere is always amazing- so many hours spent drinking tea, eating cake, people watching and listening to Billie Holliday! The waitress with the red hair is delightful as is her male counterpart with the long dark hair. Thank you so much Vintage Emporium- well done!

  3. Great list! Loads of places I’ve never been to so will have to start making my rounds 🙂 Cool site, by the way. Just found you!