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.
Head down to Elemental on Shoreditch High Street for vintage furniture and homeware. Currently on offer are a mid-1800s trestle table and a 1950s oak display cabinet, as well as antique decorations, like a mid-20th century Daily Express board on which sports headlines used to be pinned.
Elemental, 130 Shoreditch High Street, London, UK, +44 20 7247 7588
Try Vintage Heaven on Columbia Road for antique furniture, fabrics, porcelain and mirrors. The quaint shop also sells tea, coffee and cakes from local bakeries. If you visit on a Sunday, make sure you go to Columbia’s Road famed flower market – it’s a delight.
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Vintage Heaven, 82 Columbia Road, London, UK
Two Columbia Road
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.
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 2 Columbia Road, Shoreditch, London, UK. +44 20 7729 9933
The Peanut Vendor
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.
The Peanut Vendor, 6 Gunmakers Lane, Gunmakers Wharf, Bow, London, UK, +44 20 8981 8613
Old Spitafields Antiques & Flea Market
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.
Every Thursday. Old Spitafields Market, London, UK
This Shop Rocks
This Shop Rocks on Brick Lane sells a good range of vintage furniture, homeware, toys, clothing and books. If you go between Thursday and Sunday, check out Brick Lane’s Vintage Clothing Market, too – or, open just on Sunday, is the Sunday Upmarket, which offers a selection of retro clothing and accessories. Make sure you combine a visit with a bite to eat at one of Brick Lane’s favourite curry houses (don’t be afraid to haggle).
This Shop Rocks, 131 Brick Lane, London, UK, +44 20 7739 7667
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.
Townhouse, 5 Fournier Street, London, UK, +44 20 7247 4745
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.
Atomic Antiques, 125 Shoreditch High Street, London, UK, +44 2077395923
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.
Westland London, Leonard Street, St Michael’s Church, London, UK, +44 20 7739 8094
Have a browse in Renaissance in Shoreditch for antique furniture and lighting from Britain, France and Italy. The shops sells Murano chandeliers, marble fireplaces and ornamental mirrors. Products come from a range of different periods, including Victorian and Georgian.
Renaissance London, 193 – 195 City Road, Shoreditch, London, UK, +44 20 7251 8844