Notting Hill is certainly a must-visit place, whether you’re just visiting London or you’re a Londoner looking for something fun to do at the weekend. With Portobello Road, Portobello Market, great food, and beautiful houses to look at- what’s not to love? But, in my opinion, the best thing about this neighbourhood is the amazing charity shops in Notting Hill.
It’s THE place to go if you’re looking for good quality clothing and accessories (with a healthy dose of designer pieces) at a fraction of the RRP. The shops are all relatively close together in one area, you can get there easily on The Tube, and you get to admire the best parts of the neighbourhood while you shop!
If you’re heading to Notting Hill via The Tube and stopping at Notting Hill Gate, Oxfam is just across the road from the station. It’s the cutest little store, and always packed with goodies. It’s one of my personal favourites in West London.
My favourite ever finds here have been a pair of immaculate Chloe shoes for £65, a 100% silk vintage Monsoon beaded wedding dress for £10, and a Maje dress for £10.
The pricing at this store can be a little up and down. As mentioned above, I’ve got some real bargains from this shop. But, I’ve also seen heavily used raffia sandals from Mango for £30! As always with charity shopping, what you find will depend on when you go- and that’s the joy of it.
When I have visited this store in the past I have also seen a few dresses from Reiss at £25, a ladies Lacoste polo for £18, some pieces from J Crew, a silk Ted Baker dress for £35, and some Miu Miu sunglasses for £40.
2. Royal Trinity Hospice
Once you’ve finished at Oxfam, move a little further down the road to Royal Trinity Hospice. It’s delightful! I last visited here during the summer months and the shop was floor to ceiling with colour, florals, sun hats and pretty vintage dresses. I was in heaven.
This thrift shop in Notting Hill is much bigger than it looks from the outside, and stretches way back into a beautiful homeware section with lots of trinkets.
At the time of visiting, there were lots of leather shoes including a few pairs from LK Bennett, and a pair of Michael Kors heels for £30. I also saw some Gucci sunglasses for £70, a Dolce & Gabbana top, a Whistles dress for £16 and some Claudie Pierlot pieces. This is a great stop for designer charity shopping in London!
As you head down Portobello Road, check out the markets, but also pay attention to the side streets- or else you’ll miss out on the hidden gems like Fara.
Fara is one of my favourite charity shop chains in London. And this one in Notting Hill is no exception. It’s a surprisingly large store, with lots of clothes, shoes and accessories and PLENTY of designer pieces.
The trick with Fara stores is to always look up. Usually, the best designer picks are hanging above the normal rails, with large information tags telling you the brand, the size, and the price. Just ask one of the shop assistants to help you if something catches your eye.
One of my favourite brands is Sezane, and when I last visited this store they had a gorgeous dress for £48- not my size but I’m sure someone got a bargain!
I also spotted lots of Claudie Pierlot, Bimba y Lola, DKNY, a Vivienne Westwood blouse for £22 and some Jimmy Choo wedges for £42.
4. Cancer Research
Cancer Research is one of the biggest charity shop chains in London, and this shop is in prime position, right on Portobello Road. Due to its location, this charity shop must get a HUGE amount of footfall, and I imagine that the stock must rotate very quickly indeed. So if you see something you love, grab it!
Although Cancer Research prices are usually very reasonable, the prices at this particular branch do reflect the location and the quality of the pieces that are for sale.
On my visit I saw a Louis Vuitton jacket for £70, YSL shoes for £160, and Anya Hindmarch shoes for £40. There was also lots of high street brand clothing here from H&M, ASOS, Hobbs, Massimo Dutti and M&S. I was also pleased to see a few items of vintage at this store including a gorgeous high neck blouse from the 60s for £18.
5. Mary’s Living And Giving
Mary’s Living And Giving are known for being the posh charity shops. Beautiful boutique spaces, unique decor in every shop and with gorgeous (expensive) clothing for sale. These charity shops are located in London’s most affluent neighbourhoods (including Primrose Hill) and the donations reflect the residents!
This particular store in Notting Hill is colourful and vibrant, and is conveniently located across the road from Fara. Inside you’ll find lots of vintage clothing, high end high street, and designer pieces.
On my last visit there was a dress with a note to say that a woman had made the dress for one of her six children back in the 60s!
6. Retro Woman
This shop is more of a second hand thrift shop rather than a charity shop, as the proceeds do not go to charity. However, don’t let that stop you from visiting! This is a shop like no other. If you love designer clothing, it’s a must visit.
Think floor to ceiling cabinets of designer shoes, and rails and rails stuffed with designer labels. A real emporium of beautiful brands! From lower end like Faithfull the brand, to Erdem, to Mulberry- pretty much every designer brand you could think of.
Downstairs there were some second hand high street items but these were quite expensive- most things were £30 and above, and honestly? I imagine some of the high street items for sale wouldn’t have cost that much new.
7. Oxfam Boutique
If you veer slightly off Portobello Road and head into Westbourne Grove, you’ll find boutique stores aplenty, including an Oxfam Boutique.
This store is packed with unusual and expected items, and the prices are fairly reasonable considering the location of the store. You’ll find a mix of high street and designer- and there’s even a red setter dog that is sometimes relaxing in the store!
And if you can’t wait to get to Oxfam Notting Hill, Oxfam have an incredible online shop to browse if you need your charity shopping fix sooner rather than later (they also do seasonal sales- so definitely bookmark this page!).
8. British Red Cross
Across the road from Cancer Research (on Portobello Road) you’ll find a British Red Cross shop (another one of my favourite charity shop chains).
Here you’ll find an abundance of vintage clothing, homeware and knick knacks- fitting in perfectly with the surroundings of Portobello Road! However, be warned- the prices at this particular shop are pretty steep. If you’re looking for a vintage bargain, it might be worth browsing Portobello Market instead.
Alongside lots of vintage, there’s also a fair amount of brand new Zara clothing, at about half the RRP. I’ve seen this partnership in other British Red Cross shops before, so I can only assume that the charity has an arrangement with the brand.
9. Royal Trinity Hospice
There is yet another Royal Trinity Hospice thrift shop in the Notting Hill area (did I mention Notting Hill is a great place for a charity shop crawl in London?), and this one is on Portobello Road itself, heading towards Ladbrook Grove tube station.
Be sure to stop in here to see what’s on offer- and to meet the super friendly and helpful staff! You will get a truly special shopping experience here, the staff make you feel very welcome.
You can find a wide range of pieces here- from high street, to designer, to vintage. The store is laid out beautifully with fun displays and thoughtful styling. The prices are reasonable considering the area, and you might find that it’s your new favourite charity shop in London!
10. Vision Foundation
Just across the way from Royal Trinity Hospice you’ll find Vision Foundation. If you haven’t heard of Vision Foundation before, it’s a charity that helps transform the lives of people facing or living with sight loss. The stores were previously called ‘Geranium Shops’ for many years.
You’ll find lots of vintage and pre-loved clothes and books, and this store also occasionally does reduced price sales which means you could get a steal if you visit at the right time!
Due to another location with heavy footfall, you may find that the store is easier to browse during the week, as Portobello Road gets famously busy with tourists and locals at the weekend!
Top tips for charity shopping in Notting Hill
The charity shops in Notting Hill are all in close proximity, with lots of interesting boutiques, eateries, cafes and buildings nearby. In my opinion, you’re guaranteed to have a good time thrifting in Notting Hill. That said, here are some of my top tips.
Go with an open mind
Yes, Notting Hill is an expensive area of London. That means that the prices of some of the items you come across will reflect that. However, you might be pleasantly surprised. There are plenty of well-priced items in the shops, you might just have to have a dig around to find them.
Most of the charity shops have a mixture of high street, designer, and vintage. So don’t feel like you can’t go in and have a browse if you’re on a low budget. Pretty much all the charity shops on this list cater to a wide range of budgets.
Browse the markets
Portobello Market is well known for its vintage. And if it’s vintage that you’re looking for? You can certainly find some fabulous pieces at the market for a reasonable price.
Many market stalls will also have upcycled and reconditioned clothing, which means you could come away from Notting Hill with a truly unique piece for your wardrobe!
Go on a weekday
As mentioned throughout this article, Notting Hill and Portobello Road in particular get extremely busy at the weekends. It’s a tourist hot-spot and locals also love to go there too. It’s a very fun and unique area of west London after all!
That said, to beat the crowds, go earlier in the morning as soon as the charity shops in Notting Hill open, OR make a visit during the week (just check opening hours beforehand to avoid disappointment).