These Are the Best Antiques Shops to Find Second-Hand Treasures in East London

Photo of Ella Braidwood
28 January 2018

East London has an abundance of antiques shops, filled with second-hand curiosities and vintage goods. Here’s our guide to the best antiques shops to find second-hand treasures in this hipster hotspot.

Two Columbia Road

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Also on Columbia Road is this antiques shop and art gallery, which sells collectible furniture sourced from Scandinavia, Europe and North America. Right now, you can buy a 1960s stool by Japanese-designer Sori Yanagi; Danish cabinets and sofas; and a rare fibreglass-seat chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames.

The Peanut Vendor

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Journey to the The Peanut Vendor for 20th-century finds, including Bauhaus, Danish and industrial styles. Think modernist pinewood bar stools; black Murano glass vases; Italian postmodern wall lighting; and wooden-framed folding butterfly chairs. The shop sells mirrors, ceramics, mirrors and books, too.

Old Spitafields Antiques & Flea Market

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Each week, a community of antiques specialists bring their prime vintage stock to this market in the heart of trendy east London. Housed in a restored Grade II listed Victorian building, more than 80 stalls sell designer furniture, maps, jewellery and clothing. The market is hugely popular so get there early (around 8am) to see the finest goods on offer.

Townhouse

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Townhouse
Townhouse | Courtesy of Townhouse
Go to this gallery and antique shop for 20th-century goods, mostly made in Britain between 1900-60, as well as furniture and glassware. It’s a great place to stock up on oil on canvas paintings for your walls. Townhouse is housed in an early 18th-century building, and also offers some good shows and exhibitions by contemporary artists.

Atomic Antiques

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This antiques shop in Shoreditch High Street specalises in mid-century modern furniture, lighting, rugs and ornaments. Pieces include a 1950s small buttoned back sofa, which was re-upholstered by local shop 7 Upholstery, and a pair of armchairs by renowned Danish designer HJ Wegner.

Westland London

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Westland London's products
Westland London's products | Courtesy of Westland London
If you want to buy bold statement pieces, try Westland London. This shop sells a plethora of ostentatious antique fireplaces, lighting and furniture. Products include an Arts and Crafts walnut-panelled room screen; an oak dinner gong (yes, for real); and a mahogany Victorian armchair. It also sells statues for your garden.