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The Best Car Boot Sales For Vintage Clothing In London

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Updated: 6 September 2016
The bane of many an English childhood, car boot sales are often a drab and dreary affair; miserable polystyrene cups of tea, soggy fields and row after row of tables filled with the kind of tat you find it hard to believe was purchased in the first place, let alone sold on. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In London, car boot sales are buzzing with fashion-conscious crowds looking to snaffle vintage or designer clothes, shoes and accessories at rock bottom prices — here’s where you need to go to find the best retro threads.

Capital Carboot, Pimlico

Faye Marriott, the lady who set up this Pimlico-based car boot sale in 2010, is a fashion stylist, so no wonder it’s a strong contender on the fashion front. The sale draws a fairly young, fashionable crowd, with its high calibre sellers displaying an emphasis on retro clothing and accessories; expect to find designer clobber in spadefuls. Entry is £1 at the lie-in-friendly time of 11:30am, but the more serious shoppers can instead fork out £5 for entry at 10:15am.

Every Sunday, 10:15am-2:30pm.

Pimlico Academy, Lupus Street, London SW1V 3AT, UK, +44 845 094 3871

Courtesy of Capital Car Boot Sale
Courtesy of Capital Car Boot Sale

Chiswick Carboot

Perhaps most well-regarded for its chic, vintage home interiors, this classy car boot sale set in the grounds of Chiswick School also attracts a healthy-sized group of vintage clothing sellers — it’s particularly great for reconditioned barber jackets and retro summer dresses. Held on the first Sunday of every month, Chiswick Carboot is one of the most popular and well-established in West London, so expect big crowds. Entry is £1, with all entry proceeds going to the school, and you should be prepared for an early start – shopping starts at 8am sharp, and is done by 1pm. Ouch.

First Sunday of the month, 8am-1pm.

Burlington Lane, London W4 3UN, UK,

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The Classic Car Boot Sale

The car boot sale fashion editors love to rave about (also the car boot sale for people who don’t like car boot sales) the Classic Car Boot Sale brings a touch of glam to King’s Cross. It’s out with drab vans and in with over 100 gorgeous, pre-1989 vintage vehicles, from which sellers in period clothing hawk a first-rate selection of vintage threads, up-cycled homewares, vinyl, cocktails and street food, while impromptu musical performances, a roaming street theatre and live DJs spinning retro tracks from the top of a Routemaster bus do their best to distract you from your shopping. Tickets are £5 on the door or £4 in advance. Check their website to keep up to speed on planned events.

The next Classic Car Boot Sale is on October 1st and 2nd.

Lewis Cubitt Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4UZ, UK

Classic Car Boot Sale Kings Cross April 2016|©Will Slater/Flickr
Classic Car Boot Sale, King’s Cross, April 2016 | ©Will Slater/Flickr

St Augustine’s, Kilburn

People have been flocking to this North London car boot sale in search of vintage steals for over 20 years now — Henry Holland has claimed that his model pal Agyness Deyn used to fill her wardrobe here. When you’re all shopped out, head to the indoor café to enjoy homemade cakes and sandwiches. Eager beavers can fork out £4 for entry between 7:30am and 11:00am, at which point the price drops to 50p.

Every Saturday and bank holiday Monday, 7:30am-3pm.

St Augustine’s School, Kilburn Park Road, NW6 5SN, UK, +44 7956 312 131

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Stoke Newington Car Boot

As you might expect given the general vibe of the area, this popular car boot sale tends to be packed out with the cool kids of Hackney and Stoke Newington. The main draw at Stoke Newington’s car boot sale in years gone by may have been antiques, but the goods have evolved to reflect the clientele, making it a great spot to haggle over vintage clothing, accessories and costume jewellery. Pay £3 for entry between 7am (they just keep on getting earlier don’t they) and 9am, and 50p from then until 2pm — and keep your eyes peeled for the onsite BBQ during summer.

Every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday Monday, 7am-2pm.

Princess May School, Stoke Newington, N16 8DF, UK, +44 7956 312 131

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Battersea Boot

The slightly confident folk behind Battersea Boot claim to be ‘the original Sunday afternoon car boot sale in London’, and the one that ‘people talk about when they’re at other boot sales’. Their confidence isn’t misplaced, however; this boot sale is actually pretty legendary, and a good bet for those a bit more serious about their fashion. Prices may be a bit higher, but the quality of the product warrants it — designer pieces are standard, and items like Givenchy skirt suits and Gucci stilettos can be picked up. Entry is tiered, costing £5 at 11:30, £3 at midday, and 50p from 1:30pm.

Every Sunday, 11:30am-5pm.

Harris Academy, Battersea Park Rd, London SW11 5AP, UK, +44 7941 383 588