London has its own personal style, the people walk around dressed up casual but “researched”, the British love the high street shops (the cheaper version of the latest designer collections, to name the most famous we have Zara, H&M, Primark, Topshop and so on) that allows you to dress up to the nines (if you have fashion sense, of course) without break the bank, but what about the vintage markets that you can find around town? I am absolutely in love with Portobello market in the Notting Hill area, it takes up most of what is actually more properly called Portobello Road, it stretches for around two miles, although on a crowded Saturday afternoon it takes quite a while to walk from end to end. In this market you can find anything, from old clothes to vintage fur coat to old furniture and old house accessories….you name it you can find it, but let’s just focus on the fashion side. I personally love this sort of market, of course it’s a mission to find something good in the middle of everything they sell but if you make an effort and if you have lots of patience you will find a bargain, a unique piece that you will only have, maybe to combine with you latest high street purchase. Not for nothing you can spot Kate Moss and other British celebrities going through the articles for sales at the markets, and if Portobello is good enough for Kate Moss, believe it, it is good enough for me. The trouble is the market gets packed by the thousands of tourists who visit London all year round, if I can give you an advice go hunting in this market with a good fashionista friend but please leave boyfriends at home, they will get really bored!
If you are more “trendy” and “alternative” than me you should head to Camden to the Camden markets. This market is formed by a number of adjoining large retail markets in Camden Town near the Hampstead Road Lock, often collectively named “Camden Market” or “Camden Lock”. Among products sold on the stalls are crafts, clothing, bric-a-brac, and fast food. It is the fourth-most popular visitor attraction in London, attracting approximately 100,000 people each weekend. Since 1974 a small weekly crafts market that has operated every Sunday near Camden Lock has developed into a large complex of markets. The markets, originally temporary stalls only, extended to a mixture of stalls and fixed premises.
Plenty to do in London then if you are planning a vintage clothes hunting!