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10 of the best for bargain hunting

Scavenger hunt in some of London’s best charity shops and treat yourself.

As we become more and more aware of the environment, how our clothes are made and exactly where they come from, there’s no better time to go charity shopping. From exclusive designer gladrags at an unbeatable price to an alluring array of antiques that would look great in your apartment, you never really know what you’ll find rummaging through a charity shop. Here’s our rundown of the top ten charity shops in london to do good business:

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Our first entry on this list of the best charity shops in London is traid – a charitable organization working to address the negative environmental and social impacts of the manufacture, consumption and disposal of clothing. They have stores in twelve different locations in London, but the Peckham branch is perhaps our favourite.

It’s absolutely huge and has everything from vintage denim jackets to retro 1980s dresses. All of the clothing found here is sustainably sourced, and they restock regularly so you can come back a week later and stock is completely gone. exchange. They also have a Depop and an eBay store if you don’t want to leave your front door.

You can find Traid at 14-16 Rye Lane, London, SE15 5BS. The nearest station is Peckham Rye.

2. Mary’s Living and Giving Shop, Blackheath

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The 17th branch of Mary’s Living and Giving Shop – a charity initiative set up by retail legend Mary Portas to raise money for Save the Children – this is the place to come for niche designer items, retro and vintage shoes… well, all.

Every branch of the store has been carefully curated – with clothing sourced directly from independent, ethical producers – and every product of the clothing you buy goes directly to help change the future of children. So why not buy everything off the shelf, shall we say?

You will find Mary’s Living and Giving at 10 Montpelier Vale, Blackheath, London, SE3 0TA. The nearest station is Blackheath.

The exterior of a Cancer Research UK charity shop in London, England
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Portobello Road is well known for its antiques, bric-a-brac and vintage shops, but did you know it’s also home to one of London’s best charity shops? This branch of Cancer research in the UK offers a whole selection of unique and handcrafted items, ranging from Prada shoes to Miu Miu dresses and more.

The entire back section of the store is dedicated to vintage clothing, and you’ll likely find luxury designer items at bargain prices. Proceeds naturally go to cancer research, so it’s time to dig in, we say!

You can find Cancer Research UK at 183 Portobello Road, London, W11 2ED. The nearest station is Ladbroke Grove.

4. Second Chance, Archway

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Run by the Archway Methodist Church, this independent charity shop shares its profits with a host of different charities, from local organizations to overseas church projects. As well as an eclectic mix of trinkets, books, tableware and collectibles, you’ll find vintage clothing, fashion items and more.

Second chance also supports the Archway Drop-In Centre, a project that provides food, clothing, counseling and companionship to vulnerable members of the community. It’s directly opposite Archway tube station and just down the road from Highgate Cemetery, so why not make a day of it?

You can find Second Chance at 7-9 St John’s Way, Archway, London, N19 3QS. The nearest station is Archway.

5. Crisis Shop, Finsbury Park

This absolutely gigantic place just down the road from Finsbury Park station and right next to Finsbury Park is so much more than just a charity shop. It is also a café and a cultural hub, bringing together different members of the community.

In addition to second-hand vintage clothing and vinyl records, Buy in a crisis also sells a plethora of other goodies, from handmade furniture to trendy brands and much more. Proceeds raised from there go directly to Crisis, whose mission is to help people get out of homelessness directly and campaign for the changes needed to fully resolve it.

You can find Shop From Crisis at 19 Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park, London, N4 3FB. The nearest station is Finsbury Park.

6. Retromania, Pimlico

Vintage 1960s and 1970s clothing for sale in a charity shop
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Looking for vintage dresses, hats, bags, scarves, menswear and memorabilia? Well you have to pay retromania visit. This Pimlico haunt is brimming with shimmering jewelry, Hermès scarves, psychedelic blouses, extravagant ballgowns – you name it, it’s here – and all items are reasonably priced.

Proceeds raised here go directly to FARA, a charity that helps vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Romania, so what better place to splurge on upcycled designer goods, we say.

You can find Retromania at 6 Upper Tachbrook Street, Pimlico, London, SW1V 1SH. The nearest station is Victoria.

7. Llama Pajamas, Bethnal Green

Fundraising for the London Buddhist Centre, llama pajamas is all about positive vibes and “kindness, generosity and mindfulness”. Opened in 2010, this Bethnal Green gem is brimming with colorful clothes, kitschy crockery and designer items, and you never know exactly what treasures you’ll find rummaging through the clothes racks.

Perhaps the best thing about this place is the staff. They are incredibly friendly, always have a smile on their face and are ready to help whenever you need it. The prices here are also very reasonable – a good reason to buy more.

You can find Lama’s Pajamas at 83 Roman Road, Bethnal Green, E2 0QN. The nearest station is Bethnal Green.

8. Octavia Foundation, North Kensington

the Octavia Foundation works in partnership to support those affected by poor health, social isolation, low income or unemployment in central and west London. They are renowned for their high quality donated goods including designer and vintage pieces, so this is the place to come if you are looking to unearth some real hidden gems.

They also have a solid reputation for selling fantastic homewares – such as candles, crockery and cooking utensils – so it’s a great place if you’re looking to spruce up your apartment.

You will find the Octavia Foundation at Emily House, 202-208 Kensal Road, London, W10 5BN. The nearest station is Westbourne Park.

9. All Aboard, West Hampstead

A man looking through ornaments at All Aboard, one of London's top charity shops
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Founded by Stella Lucas MBE, the “Beloved Matriarch of St John’s Wood Synagogue”, All aboard is a fantastic charity shop initiative that supports over twenty different local charities. There are many branches scattered throughout North London, but the one in West Hampstead is arguably the main one.

You won’t necessarily find designer clothes here – this one is more about all the hidden trinkets and random bits of junk. The prices here are incredibly reasonable, and you never know exactly what you’ll find, which just adds to the fun! So, comb through each locker and see what products you can brew.

You can find All Aboard at 224 W End Lane, London, NW6 1UU. The nearest station is West Hampstead.

10. Beyond Retro, Dalston

Exterior signage and logo of Beyond Retro in Dalston, London
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What better way to complete this list of the best charity shops in London than this. As a flagship store of Beyond retrothe Dalston branch is absolutely huge and full of vintage and designer clothes and stylish accessories.

The philosophy behind the store is sustainability, and it shows. With over 12,000 unique pieces, there’s something for everyone here, and it’s arguably the place in East London to shop for the latest trends. They also regularly host fashion-focused pop-ups and events, and there’s also a cafe on-site to restock after all that shopping.

You can find Beyond Retro at 92-100 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 7XB. The nearest station is Dalston Kingsland.