If you’re looking for a guide to London’s best charity shops, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog post I am going to give you the lowdown on the best charity shops in each major neighbourhood of West London so that you are armed with the knowledge to find the most beautiful pre-loved bargains in London.
I’ve personally taken the liberty to visit every shop that is mentioned in this post, to give you an idea of the brands you might stumble across and the quality you might find. I’ve also mentioned whenever I have seen any vintage clothing, as this is what I am ALWAYS on the lookout for myself when charity shopping- if you fancy seeing my charity shop gems in real time follow me @thriftylondoner as I am always sharing my latest finds.
In West London, many house prices tip the scales at over £1m, so the charity shops in the area often are a little more expensive than in other areas of the country- but you can also find lots of designer labels and quality high street pieces at a fraction of the original price. This guide will take you through the neighbourhoods of Notting Hill, Chelsea, Fulham, Chiswick, Richmond and Ealing- I found goodies in all of these areas, and I’m sure you will too if you decide to take a visit!
So, without further ado…
The best charity shops in Notting Hill
Notting Hill is always bursting at the seams with people, and if you head to Portobello Road on a sunny Saturday you are likely to find yourself struggling to wade through the crowds. But let me tell you, it’s so worth it to get to the charity shops.
This small store is located close to Notting Hill Gate station, and is filled with beautiful clothing, with the price tag to match.
When I visited there was lots of Boden, I also spotted 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.
The best bargain I saw was a Maje dress for £10, and the least bargainous item I saw was some used woven shoes from Mango for £30.
Royal Trinity Hospice
This store is also fairly close to Notting Hill Gate station, and it’s fabulous! There were tons of floral pieces of clothing there, sun hats all over the walls and some serious designer bargains.
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 store stretches quite far back and has a fairly large homeware section, and I also spotted quite a few pieces of vintage clothing, to my delight.
Mary’s Living and Giving
I loved this brightly coloured store and everything that it had inside. It’s located just off Portobello Road, but it’s worth braving the crowds to have a peek inside.
There was lots of vintage clothing here at really reasonable prices- there was even a dress with a note to say that a woman had made the dress for one of her six children back in the 60s! The vintage included several denim dresses priced at £15, and even some vintage men’s dungarees and colourful shorts along with some high street finds too.
This medium/large store is located just opposite Mary’s Living and Giving, and it had some great designer bargains inside.
My all-time favourite brand is Sezane, and I was thrilled to see that they had a dress hanging up for £48, but unfortunately it wasn’t in my size.
Other brands for sale here included Claudie Pierlot, Bimba y Lola, DKNY, a Vivienne Westwood blouse for £22 and some Jimmy Choo wedges for £42.
Located right on Portobello Road, this store must get very high levels of footfall so it is probably worth checking regularly if you live in the area.
When I visited I spotted 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!
Retro Woman- buy, sell, trade
I’d never stepped foot in this store before, and whilst not a charity shop, it is a place where you can buy second hand designer and high street clothing. The store had floor to ceiling cabinets of designer shoes, and rails and rails stuffed with designer labels- from Faithfull, 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- I don’t think I saw anything for less than £30. There was even an M&S blouse from the Alexa Chung collaboration for £30- but you can currently find this on eBay for £3.
Definitely worth a visit if you love designer labels.
The best charity shops in Chelsea
Chelsea has some of the best charity shops in London and the area is home to so many wealthy individuals, so much so that a reality TV show was made about their lifestyles- Made in Chelsea. You can certainly find a lot of designer brands in the charity shops in this neighbourhood- plus the people watching is a lot of fun!
This Oxfam store had lots of beautiful evening dresses- including a Valentino evening dress for £65- alongside a whole host of other designer labels.
Designer labels spotted included a Louis Vuitton jewellery box for £250, some Prada heels for £60 and an Armani dress. There was also Ted Baker for £30, Maje for £25, and an LK Bennett dress for £30. There was also a small kids section in this store.
Royal Trinity Hospice
There are lots of donation bins on the street next to this Royal Trinity Hospice store, which means that if you ever want to donate clothing and the store is closed, you can put it in the donation bins instead.
I really loved this store as it had lots of great quality shoes including some French Sole pumps for £18, Superga trainers for £12 and some Russell and Bromley heels for £30.
There was also lots of vintage eveningwear, skirts, and sportswear including some vintage Escada, Valentino, and Jaeger pieces. There was also lots of gorgeous cashmere, cute baby clothes and designer brands like See by Chloe and Hugo Boss.
This store is right next to Royal Trinity Hospice and had the best designer shoe offering in Chelsea!
There were lots of designer shoes including a pair of Christian Louboutin heels for £79, Jimmy Choos for £52 plus shoes from Prada, Miu Miu and LK Bennett.
To balance out the impressive shoe collection the store also had lots of great high street pieces from Uniqlo, Zara, Topshop and ASOS along with silk shirts, lots of beautiful kaftans and long summer dresses.
This cute store is perfectly put together, and the shop assistant clearly had a huge love for second hand clothing which is always lovely!
There was a great mixture of things here, from a brand new Diane von Furstenberg dress for £45, to an acoustic guitar. You could definitely come here and find a gorgeous summer dress as they had a big selection that would be perfect for weddings and summer events. I was also overjoyed to see some lovely vintage leather jackets here at very reasonable prices.
You could easily miss the Red Cross stores as they are down a side street- that’s right, there’s more than one of them! There is a large clothing store, and next door a smaller store dedicated to homeware.
The homeware store is like a little curiosity shop with lots of gorgeous lamps, and vintage China and glassware. A vintage homeware lover’s paradise, if you will. There was also lots of curtains, cushions, and every other kind of knick knack you might need for the home.
The large clothing store next door at time of visiting had 20% off, and a cute Wimbledon-inspired tennis display in the window. This store had so much to choose from, and is easily the biggest charity shop in Chelsea.
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The best charity shops in Fulham
I’d only been to Fulham a couple of times before heading there to try out the charity shops there, but I was pleasantly surprised. The prices are much cheaper than the neighbouring areas of Notting Hill and Chelsea, and you could still easily pick up some great quality pieces.
This small store was a short walk from Fulham Broadway station and was very well priced, with some higher end high street pieces coming in at under £10.
When I visited I saw a Guess top for £3, an All Saints dress for £7, Ted Baker for £10 and Reiss for £7. The most expensive designer item in the store was probably some Miu Miu shoes for £60.
British Heart Foundation
338 North End Rd, Fulham, London SW6 1NB
A few minutes down the road from the Cancer Research store, is the British Heart Foundation, which at the time of visiting had a few rails of reduced blouses and tops.
I found mostly high street items in this store from brands like Mango, Zara and Pretty Little Thing. There was a vintage silk polka dot two piece (top and shorts) which I almost picked up- but because the top looked a little big I left it behind for someone else to find.
Royal Trinity Hospice
This branch of Royal Trinity Hospice is their clearance store- with ‘everything from 25p to £5- which is about as cheap as you will find in West London. All dresses were £4, all skirts, bags and shoes were £3.
There were lots of high street pieces from places like H&M, Gap, and River Island, but there was also some vintage pieces, a French Connection skirt, Jack Wills dress and some shoes from Kurt Geiger and Office.
If you’re in the area it’s definitely worth a look as you could find a complete bargain- something you don’t find very often in London!
This little store is just over the road from the Royal Trinity Hospice, and whilst the stock was mostly high street items, there were a few gems to be found.
There were lots of items from Miss Selfridge (perhaps donated by the same person?!), there was also items from Topshop, Papaya, New Look, M&S, and Boohoo. But there were also some more exciting finds like some Comptoir des Cotonniers shoes, ans a Calvin Klein blouse.
This Red Cross store was entirely dedicated to homeware, and had two pianos, sofas, tables, chairs and mirrors on offer as well as lots of books. My favourite piece was a vintage bevelled mirror for £15.
This store had two floors, with the upstairs dedicated to clothing, and the basement dedicated to homeware and books.
There was a mixture of high street brands from Whistles to Forever 21, there was also a Boden dress for £8, and a Karen Millen dress for £12. There was also lots of evening wear at this shop, but my favourite finds were a Baum und Pferdgarten blouse for £2.50, and a men’s Ralph Lauren shirt.
Downstairs in the homeware section you could find everything from bric and brac to curtains, chairs and frames.
The best charity shops in Richmond
Richmond is a lovely place to visit any time, so it’s worth dropping by the charity shops when you’re heading to Richmond Park for a picnic- you can show your new purchases off to the deer in the park!
1, Lichfield Terrace, Sheen Rd, Richmond TW9 1AS
This shop is a little bit tucked away from the main high street, but it is filled with beautifully presented stuff for very reasonable prices- I loved a lot of the stock here!
On my visit I saw Reiss, a Ralph Lauren dress, Armani, vintage silk jaeger blouse for £8 (this very nearly came home with me!), plus a few wedding dresses.
This shop is the closest to the train station and has a good mixture of high street brands.
I spotted a Maje dress for £11, LK Bennett wedges for £9, plus tops from The White Company and Massimo Dutti.
Mary’s Living and Giving
This beautiful store is located right next to Richmond Green.
Inside you can find a ton of designer labels like Day, Vivienne Westwood and Russell and Bromley. Plus vintage YSL and Gucci bags. It’s expensive, but the stock was stunning and very well presented.
Princess Alice Hospice
This store is right opposite the Cancer Research store and when I visited they had some really gorgeous vintage pieces in stock- I came away with a beautiful vintage midi dress for £10.
As well as lots of great vintage there were pieces from high street brands such as M&S, H&M and Zara.
The charity shops in Richmond are all in a concentrated area, so it’s easy to do a little charity shop crawl of the area and pop into all of the shops in an hour or so- this one is right next door to Princess Alice Hospice.
There was lots of silk items in this store from brands like, Jaeger, Phase Eight and Mint Velvet.
The best charity shops in Ealing
I had only gone to Ealing once before but decided to head there to take a look at their charity shops- and I’m so glad I did! Ealing has lots of high street stores as well as charity shops, so it’s a great place to go and spend an afternoon shopping.
This store is really close to Ealing Broadway station, and has a mixture of stock at really reasonable prices. I came away with a vintage Fendi top for £7!
There was a good selection of high street brands, with brand new dress from Zara and a Cos dress for £12. There were also some more expensive high street items like a Reiss top for £5, Ralph Lauren jeans and some vintage pieces. There was also a cabinet of watches, and a great selection of shoes from brands like LK Bennett and some brand new Clark’s shoes.
There is both an Oxfam store and an Oxfam Books store in Ealing which is always a bonus- I personally love to browse second hand books.
When I visited I spotted lots of long evening dresses- including two beautiful ones in their window display. There were also items from Max Mara, Topshop and Mango. The best gems were some Karen Walker leather brogues for £10 (would have definitely got them if they were in my size) and a Whistles jumper for £4.
At the time of visiting, this store had the coolest window display ever- very Coachella inspired.
There was some very cute homeware pieces, some vintage clothing- and even a few pairs of jelly shoes! It definitely felt like summer when I stepped into this shop. There were lots of high street brands like Warehouse, Boden, Zara and Karen Millen, but my best spot was an Alice by Temperley silk dress for just £16.
At the back of the store there was also some big bargain rails where everything was only £2- perfect if you fancy a treasure hunt!
This store has a good selection of both ladies and menswear and is just down the road from Octavia Foundation.
There was quite a few good quality high street pieces like a Ted Baker top for £5, a few Cos pieces, a brand new Reiss dress, as well as items from Ralph Lauren, LK Bennett, Whistles, All Saints and Diane Von Furstenberg. There was also a great selection of leather bags, including a Kate Spade bag for £28.
Mary’s Living and Giving
This store had the sweetest window display with lots of vintage tennis racquets (not for sale unfortunately), and as always, this branch had some cute cards in a basket and some other new gift items like soap bars and ribbons.
At the time of visiting this store had a 50% off sale, with a ton of great quality shoes including labels like Prada and LK Bennett (who knew LK Bennett was such a West Londoner favourite?!). There was also lots of straw summer hats and a few pairs of barely worn Converse.
I love RSPCA charity shops because not only does the money go to a great cause, the window displays always seem to have a cute animal theme. This one had lots of cat ornaments and a frog vase where you stuff flowers in it’s mouth- lots of fun!
This small store had a good selection of evening dresses, some vintage crockery which I always love to see, plus even a sale rail. This store also had some nearly new Nike trainers and Vans trainers for £10.
The best charity shops in Chiswick
Chiswick is a firm favourite of mine, and is a great place to do a little charity shop crawl due to the sheer amount of stores that this neighbourhood has on its high street. I’ve found lots of vintage pieces as well as some smaller brands like Paloma Wool for a snip of the retail price.
There are actually two Cancer Research stores in Chiswick- both on the high road but one is slightly more towards Gunnersbury station, and the other is in the middle of the high road. Both are fantastic stores and never seem to have a sparse rail in sight.
The store closest to Gunnersbury station always has stacks of vintage clothing- on my last visit here I found my boyfriend a vintage Fred Perry sports bag in mint condition for £25. There’s a lot of great menswear in this store, and I’ll let you in on a little secret- according to the shop assistant- there is a very well dressed gentleman who brings in barely worn donations all the time!
The store in the middle of the high road is also fab for vintage finds and when I visited this store I found a beautiful 80s Laura Ashley dress for £10- it didn’t look great on me but I’m sure another vintage lover snapped that up quickly.
This store is right next door to Cancer Research, and is filled with beautiful vintage pieces.
You can find everything here from crazy vintage dresses to amazing soft suede jackets- if you head here around Christmas time the store is stacked with vintage knitwear- you’ll be sure to find something perfect for Christmas Jumper Day. There is a great selection of both Ladies and Menswear and lots of fun accessories too.
The Octavia Foundation was probably my favourite store in Chiswick, and the reason for that is that I came away with some current season Paloma Wool Flares for £15 that were retailing for £100 in Liberty at the time.
The store is perfectly laid out by colour, with a fabulous collection of shoes on an island in the middle of the store. I spotted some Gucci shoes here, alongside clothing from brands like Armani, Whistles and Jigsaw.
Mary’s Living and Giving
This is probably the most glamourous charity shop in Chiswick, with lots of designer labels up for grabs here.
Everything is in mint condition and has been carefully looked over and displayed- the ladies here are lovely and will help you with any advice that you may need.
In Chiswick you are again spoilt for choice with both Oxfam and Oxfam Books. Oxfam books is located near Turnham Green station and Oxfam is on the main high road.
In these stores you can find books, of course, but also old records and great quality clothing from brands like Uniqlo and Gap, plus, it’s not uncommon to see designer labels at this store.
Royal Trinity Hospice
This store is like stepping back in time, in a good way of course!
This little space is crammed with rails and has big wooden shelves full of vintage crockery as soon as you walk in the door- definitely check it out if you are looking for some knick knacks for the kitchen.
Fara is again located next to Turnham Green station which makes it super handy to go to a few stores at once- it’s right next to Shelter, Oxfam Books and Barnardo’s.
When I visited this store I found a brand new pair of BDG Mom jeans from Urban Outfitters for £5, which usually retail for around £50. I also spotted Calvin Klein jeans, All Saints dresses, a coat from Cos for £23, and few pieces from Hobbs, Boden and Zara.
This Barnardo’s store is located near to Turnham Green station and often has some fab little gems for sale.
On my last visit I was specifically looking for a denim skirt and found the perfect one for £8 from Jigsaw. I have also seen clothing from brands like Stella McCartney and Guess, as well as clothing from high street brands such as Whistles, Hobbs and Boden.
So there you have it- my mammoth guide to the best charity shops in west London! I would recommend visiting any of these areas as they all have something different to offer, and a large amount of shops in each neighbourhood.
If you do end up doing a charity shop crawl in west London, let me know in the comments what you have found! I always love to hear about people’s charity shop finds, and I regularly post my own finds on Instagram @thriftylondoner.