Primrose Hill is a very affluent area of London, and the charity shops in Primrose Hill are no different. You can certainly find lots of designer clothing items in these London charity shops. Although there are currently only three charity shops in the Primrose Hill area, they are a must-visit when you are in the area.
Primrose Hill is a stone’s throw from Camden, around a 15-20 minute walk. The area is also famed for the Hill itself, where views stretch across the London skyline. Londoners can often be found on Primrose Hill during the summer months, lapping up the sunshine and taking in the view of the city.
If you want to live like a Londoner for a day, bring a picnic, stop off at the charity shops on the way, and head to Primrose Hill.
What to expect in Primrose Hill
The charity shops in Primrose Hill definitely reflect the wealth of the area (similarly to the charity shops in areas like Chelsea) In most stores you can find designer pieces aplenty, for a snip of the RRP. This is definitely the area to head to if you’re looking for designer pieces at a fraction of the usual cost.
You’re unlikely to find Chanel for £2. However, you will find designer pieces at fair and reasonable prices considering the brands and condition of the items. The clothes have been carefully inspected for any imperfections, so you can be assured that the items you buy are of the utmost quality.
Let’s take a closer look at the charity shops in Primrose Hill, and what you might be able to find in these stores (and what you might expect to pay!)
Mary’s Living and Giving for Save The Children
109 Regent’s Park Rd, London NW1 8UR
This beautiful shop definitely feels like much more of a boutique than a charity shop. It’s one of the nicest thrift store chains in London. As you can see from the exterior, this is certainly a posh charity shop. Once inside, you’ll find rails of both womenswear and menswear, with an ultra-cute library at the back of the store inside a pretty tiled sunroom.
This store seems to specialize in occasion wear. We spotted a Nina Ricci dress for £465, a Balenciaga Paris dress for £85, an Alexander Wang top for £80, and some Jimmy Choo heels for £195.
Also spotted were some high end high street items from brands such as Max Mara, Pins and Needles and a Reiss jumper for £55.
Also spotted were some Veja trainers for £28, a rack of beautiful mens suits, and a vintage shearling coat for £185.
You can find several Mary’s Living and Giving charity shops throughout London. The stores are always worth paying a visit. The stock is beautifully displayed, with thoughtful store designs and helpful staff.
Boutique by Shelter
158 Regent’s Park Rd, London NW1 8XN
There are several Boutique by Shelter charity shops in London. As the name suggests, these shops very much feel like boutiques compared to your average charity shop. Displays are carefully curated, with stock laid out in colour stories, and jewellery and trinkets locked away in pretty cabinets.
On our visit to Boutique by Shelter, Primrose Hill, we spotted lots of beautiful boutique designer pieces, alongside some great high street items. There was a brilliant array of designer shoes, with Miu Miu flats for £69.99, Dior heels for £99.99, and Burberry kitten heels for £79.99. Alongside the designer pieces were some more high end high street brands. We saw Ugg lace ups for £14.99, a Sandro dress for £49.99, a brand new Cos dress for £42.99, and a cashmere jumper for £44.99.
You could also find some high street names such as Whistles, Topshop, Mango, Asos and Zara. With LK Bennett shoes for £19.99, a The White Company Jumper for £22.99, Hobbs trousers for £24.99, and a Jasper Conran coat for £149. Not to mention a mini Kate Spade bag for £44.00. Phew! So many brilliant items in one small store.
As well as womenswear, there is also a small mens section, one kids rail, a small sale rail, and also a book section. A couple of homeware items were also scattered around the shop. One particularly great homeware find was a Le Creuset kettle for £29.99.
83 Regent’s Park Rd, London NW1 8UY
Fara is certainly one of the biggest charity shop chains in London. They are definitely one of our favourites here at Thrifty Londoner. They are usually well stocked, well priced, and have interesting items in most stores.
Fara not only have their usual stores, but also have stores dedicated to kids clothing, books and toys. You’ll find a number of Fara Kids stores in London, and the Primrose Hill branch is just as lovely as you might expect. It certainly beats rummaging at a car boot sale in London!
Although the store is small inside, it is stacked with items which reflect the affluent families in the Primrose Hill neighbourhood. We spotted a beautiful dolls house in the window of this store- it’s worth checking out this store just to see if it’s available to buy!
If you’re looking to kit your kids out in some high quality, premium kids clothes, definitely pop into Fara kids. (From what we can gather, they also allow dogs in the store as there was an adorable cockapoo puppy inside the store when we visited!)
Top tips for charity shopping in Primrose Hill
- Make a day of it! Go for lunch, take a picnic, or go for a walk on the hill. It’s a beautiful part of London. It’s a great excuse to travel to the area. If you’re visiting London as a tourist, you’ll appreciate the stunning views. It’s a perfect photo opportunity. If you’re a Londoner yourself? Take a friend and spend your Saturday in style.
- Don’t expect bargain basement prices. The charity shops in Primrose Hill are high end, so you’re unlikely to find the bargain of your life here. That said, the designer items are significantly discounted from the RRP, so perhaps you might!
- Head to the charity shops in Camden, they’re only a short walk away.
- Have fun! Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s an experience.
We’d love to hear from you if you find anything special on a trip to Primrose Hill!
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