Sitting south of the capital, Greenwich is a utopia of all things cultural, from historic landmarks, to markets and endless entertainment, with an added offering of inaugurated vintage establishments. From antique shops to traditional London culinary delights — Greenwich has a brilliant retro essence, and here we round up the best places to visit for an old-fashioned experience.
The Junk Shop and Spread Eagle
The tea shop at The Junk Shop and Spread Eagle | Courtesy of The Junk Shop and Spread Eagle
A wonderland of unique vintage possessions, The Junk Shop and Spread Eagle is a fine family-run establishment. Holding everything from peculiar old pub signs, to children’s furniture, home decoration, toys and much more — all separated in 14 singular units making the wonderful variety antiques easy to browse. A hidden treasure of the place is the old fashioned tea shop serving homemade cakes, cream teas, tea and coffee, with a courtyard that opens when the sun comes out.
The entrance to Greenwich Vintage Market | courtesy of Greenwich Vintage Market
Visitors to the award winning Greenwich Vintage Market can journey through 40 eclectic stalls all containing a variety of objects, including retro and vintage clothing, timeless antiques, collectables, jewellery, vinyl, books, up-cycled furniture and much more. The old-fashioned refreshment hut offers guests hot and cold refreshments including cream teas, burgers and paninis. The Moonlight Market pops up during the hotter seasons, which includes a bar and live music.
Outside shop display at Joli Vintage Living | courtesy of Joli Vintage Living
Located in the heart of Greenwich, Joli Vintage Living is a quirky boutique filled with timeless style. Both men and women’s vintage retro fashion is catered for, including ties, designer suits, handbags, dresses, coats, accessories, buttons and more. A range of remarkable homeware and furniture is also stocked, from armchairs to tea sets, sewing machines, crystal glasses and other intriguing items.
Pie, mash and liquor have been one of London’s most traditional meals, being served prevalently through era’s gone by. For a classic handmade dish, from recipes that have been passed through the family-run business since 1890, Goddards at Greenwich is a vintage pub boasting 100 seats over two floors — and exactly where you need to be! There is an extensive range of savoury pies including traditional minced beef, steak and kidney, chicken and ham, and vegetarian options, all made with fresh ingredients. Diners have the option to eat in the restaurant, or if you would rather eat in the comfort of your own home, they also do take away.
Exhibiting flawless collections of menswear and womenswear from the 1940s up to the 1980s, each era is perfectly executed with flamboyant blouses from the swinging 60s to the prevalent 70s flairs. The collections of vintage and retro clothing at Retrobates Vintage are dreamily limitless, with other accessories and homeware also on offer for the outdated enthusiast specialising in record players, authentic telephones and radiograms.