Guide to the Best Indie Shops in London

For those who are into the Indie scene but unable to break away from the High Street chain horror...

Clothes, shoes, accessories

Carnaby Street:
This pedestrianised shopping street in Soho, near Oxford Street, actually consists of twelve pedestrianised streets with over 150 fashion and lifesyle retailers, including independent fashion retailers. At the Lambretta store youíll find retro style clothes as well as the latest fashion. Number 22 is mainly a shoe shop, where they sell brands that you wouldnít normally find in your average high street shoe shop. They also sell amazing clothes, t-shirts, accessories, etc. If youíre into mod fashion, Merc is the place to go.

Thea sells vintage clothing as well as collections by new independent designers and designer customised retro items. You can get a T-shirt for £5 but you might also find items for £500...a real mix!

Retro World store in Stables Market sells ethnic blouses, skirts, dresses, tux ruffle shirts, Adidas and Puma from the 60ís and 70ís, Le Coq Sportif, American work shirts, polyester shirts, 60ís mini dresses and Burberry coats. Similarly to Thea you can find thing for as little as a fiver, but equally you could splash out £600 for some top-end items.

Arch 54, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH

Modern Age stocks a large range of 50ís, 60ís and 70ís clothes for men and women. They also sell suits, Hawaiian shirts, leather jackets, trousers, coats, dresses and jackets. A lot of what they stock is available to either buy or hire.

Modern Age: 65 Chalk Farm Road, London NW1

Theatre 71: The storeís current best sellers include Lewis Leathers and US military clothing. They also sell printed t-shirts, by designers Stables Market and Covent Garden and one-off vintage pieces. They also hire to costume departments of stage and film companies, thatís how authentic the clothes are.

Rokit: Rokit is the name of a vintage shops chain, the Camden store probably being the best branch. They sell genuine vintage and collectable clothing, low-priced nearly new items and customized clothes.

At the Arches (at the back of Stables Market), there are many more great shops, here are some of them:

Viola Tricola is a colourful and stylish shop that sells a good quality selection of vintage stock.

Vintage Planet has a wide range of European vintage clothing as well as accessories and shoes on sale.

Dirty Harry which is most famous for its retro military clothing.

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