Pick up a bargain at London's best charity shops

A-lister red carpet hand-me-downs at a bargain price and more.

We like to do our bit for chirriddy at All In London... although we don't like to talk about it.

The best thing about charity shops? You get to indulge your shopping habit whilst contributing to a good cause. How good is that? (At AIL we're currently working on a similar project where you get to contribute something positive to the universe... by eating cream cakes. Just working out the angles though...)

And long gone are the days where charity shops only sell beaten-up, old tat... if you can find the local charity shop of an A-lister (very much the charity shop holy grail) then you could well be walking away with their red carpet hand-me-downs at a mega-bargain price.

We're all for charity.

662 Fulham Road Fulham SW6 5RX
Region: Fulham
Nearest Station: Parsons Green (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: If you’re in the market for cheap childrenswear then the Fara Kids shop on Tatchbrook Street is the place. Children go through clothes more rapidly than anything you could expect from (most!) adults so the offerings are always fairly fresh. A good place for parents on a budget.

Red Cross Shop
67 Old Church Street Chelsea SW3 5BS
Region: Chelsea
Nearest Station: South Kensington (0.6 miles)

AIL Says: If you take The Sun’s word for it – and who wouldn’t? – then the Red Cross charity shop in Chelsea is full of donations by none other than Her Royal Highness, Kate Middleton. Whether that’s true or not, the shop is certainly home to an array of quality garments that would round off that preppy/public school look perfectly.

British Heart Foundation Furniture & Electrical
267 Cricklewood Broadway Cricklewood NW2 6NX
Region: Cricklewood
Nearest Station: Cricklewood (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: If there’s one thing everybody loves, rich or poor, it’s a good deal. At the British Heart Foundation Furniture and Electrical store you’re practically assured of one. From TVs to HiFis, fridges to sofas, this is the place to come for the bulky bargain bonanza.

  • USERS 9/10
514-518 Kingsland Road Dalston E8 4AR
Region: Dalston
Nearest Station: Dalston Kingsland (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Do you have a vinyl fetish? If so then you could do worse than sifting through the crates at Oxfam Dalston. There are even blogs about the treasures to be found in this east London charity shop – just make sure you get there early for the best stuff. You wouldn’t want to be left clutching two copies of Bruce Willis’ Bruno Returns. Or would you?

211 Brompton Road South Kensington SW3 2ED
Region: South Kensington
Nearest Station: South Kensington (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: Keeping with the ‘posh areas mean posh stuff’ trend we find Octavia Foundation’s Brompton Road branch. In an area packed with designer stores and grand hotels you can always expect to find the odd designer gem in here.

28 St. John's Road Clapham SW11 1PW
Region: Clapham
Nearest Station: Clapham Junction (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: With three main objectives, charity textiles company, Traid makes a great place to pick up a hip new outfit. The goals involve protecting the environment by diverting clothes and shoes from landfill, reducing world poverty by raising funds for development and educating on environmental issues. Their Clapham branch is full of vintage and secondhand gems while other London stores - including Brixton and Camden - also the company’s own up-cycled label, Traidmade.

144 Notting Hill Gate Notting Hill W11 3QG
Region: Notting Hill
Nearest Station: Notting Hill Gate (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: There’s probably a lot of satisfaction to be had from trekking over to Notting Hill to sort through the cast offs of the Notting Hill crowd. This branch of Oxfam is renowned for quality and style. Drop by regularly to score the pick of the drops.

6 Upper Tachbrook Street Victoria SW1V 1SH
Region: Victoria
Nearest Station: Victoria (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Run by Fara Charity Shops, Retromania is almost too good to be true for the fashion hunter. Some famous names have both shopped there (Florence Welch) and dropped there. There’s memorabilia, vintage fashion, retro clothes and other suitably stylish offerings all gathered from Fara’s 47 other stores.

  • USERS 10/10

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