You’ve got your new home, and now you’d like to furnish it with some of the best vintage and second hand furniture in London that’s on the market right now. Believe it or not, there are tons of brilliant vintage furniture stores in London, in every neighbourhood, and for every budget. From solid wood tables, to Ercol chairs and retro sofas- London has it all.
This post has listed out the very best places to find vintage furniture in London, from the online stores to the local hole-in-the-walls that you have probably never heard of. Many offer delivery, but others you might need to arrange your own (don’t worry, we’ve got you covered when it comes to transporting furniture in London too). So without further ado, let’s dive in to this list of the best vintage furniture shops in London.
1. The Old Cinema, Chiswick
A firm favourite among many Londoners, the multi-level The Old Cinema, in Chiswick has the most beautiful array of vintage and retro furniture. With an impressive façade, and an even more impressive interior, you’ll want to bring almost everything back home with you.
The Old Cinema rotates their stock constantly, and you can find not only beautiful vintage and retro furniture, but also an array of home furnishings, collectables, art and more. And while you’re in the mood for shopping in Chiswick? Check out some of the brilliant charity shops.
2. 367 Portobello, Notting Hill
Portobello Road is world-renowned for it’s eclectic mix of stores and for vintage shopping. 367 is the place to go for vintage furniture in west London. The shop offers wares from around the world, and you’ll find everything from mid-century furniture to colourful vintage rugs here.
Alongside bright furniture pieces, soft furnishings and homewares, you’ll find abstract paintings and prints. If you have a penchant for vibrant, colourful interiors, this is the store for you.
3. The Hub, Notting Hill
The Hub in Notting Hill is instantly recognizable, and has an esteemed reputation as an award-winning antiques and furniture shop. Think reupholstered sofas and chairs, solid wood furniture, and stand-out home furnishings.
The Hub has a real focus on sustainable living, and even offers a unique rental service for anyone who wants to experiment with their home interiors.
4. Ceramica Blue, Notting Hill
Notting Hill is really the place to be when it comes to sourcing vintage furniture in London. Ceramica Blue, as the name suggests, has more of a focus on ceramics, tableware, crockery and tablescapes.
Here you’ll find a creative mix of glassware and ceramics from all over the world, with awe-inspiring displays with vintage offerings that will go perfectly with your vintage furniture finds.
5. Fiona McDonald, Fulham
Fiona McDonald has been sourcing exquisite antique furniture for over 20 years, and is a real expert when it comes to vintage furniture. Specialising in mid-century, the London showroom is frequently in rotation with new and exciting pieces that Fiona has sourced. Be sure to call ahead to view any of the mid-century and vintage items as they are not always in the showroom.
6. Chiswick Vintage, Antiques, Etc
Another Chiswick offering, Chiswick Vintage, Antiques, Etc is a store filled with curiosities including antique furniture, lamps, artwork and other knick knacks. Once inside, the store is a rabbit warren filled floor to ceiling with interesting and high quality pieces.
Be sure to check in here as well as The Old Cinema on your next visit to Chiswick to avoid missing out on any vintage and retro delights.
7. Retrouvius, Kensal Green
Retrouvius has a warehouse in London (by appointment only), but you can also check out their wares on their website. Founded in 1993, the brand have established themselves with a longstanding reputation for reclamation and restoration of vintage and retro furniture.
The pieces on sale are true one-offs and have been reconditioned into beautiful pieces for the home. If you’re looking for something truly unique, head to their warehouse to see what curiosities take your fancy.
8. 8 Holland Street, Kensington
Primarily a gallery that also specialises in antiques, 8 Holland Street also offers contemporary crafts and homeware, owned by interior designer Tobias Vernon. Head here to find furniture from 1900 onwards, and objects and textiles from all over the world.
Founded fairly recently in 2018, 8 Holland Street is a contemporary take on vintage and antique interior styling. The store also holds regular events, talks and exhibitions, so be sure to drop by to one of their shows.
9. Vintique, Peckham
Vintique is a specialist vintage furniture store, selling boutique vintage, mid-century and retro pieces. Based in Peckham, you’ll find a huge range of furniture, but also take a visit to check out their home furnishings and artwork. If you’re a Peckham resident, be sure to pop by regularly.
Open Saturday and Sunday, and viewings by appointment on weekdays.
10. Crystal Palace Antiques & Modern, Crystal Palace
This place is something of a vintage emporium, with four floors stacked with antiques and modern vintage furniture. Crystal Palace Antiques & Modern is slightly off the beaten track, but since Crystal Palace is pretty well connected to central London, it’s not too far of a trek.
So what can you expect? Stock changes daily, and with over fifteen years of experience in the industry, you can expect great things. There are 20 different dealers, all with their own specialisms. They deal with both private sales for homes, but also commercial and trade. You’ll find a whole spectrum of furniture from antiques to retro.
11. Bleu, Herne Hill
Bleu Furniture is based in Herne Hill and specialises in storage, lighting, desks and chairs. All furniture you could want or need for a chic home office. Having been in operation since 1996, this place is a well oiled machine that knows what their customers love. You’ll find mid-century modern pieces alongside vintage industrial furniture.
Opening times are Wednesday to Sunday, so plan your visit in advance and check opening times to avoid disappointment.
12. Clock Props, Wimbledon
As the name suggests, if you are in the market for an antique or vintage clock, Clock Props is the place to go. With a collection of over 500 clocks, you won’t leave empty handed. Many of the clocks for sale have a rich and interesting history- part of the fun of finding vintage furniture in London, no? A great deal have been refurbished to their former glory, and the love and detail is evident in all pieces available.
13. Modern Shows, Dulwich
This is more of a regular event rather than a true vintage furniture shop in London. Modern Shows is founded by Petra Curtis and Lucy Ryder Richardson, and all began in 2002. The duo have since sourced vintage furniture for clients such as Saatchi & Saatchi, The Modern House, and have also consulted for TV producers and publications.
Under the Modern Shows brand, there are regular events such as Midcentury Modern and pop up events around London. 50-100 dealers will showcase at the Midcentury Modern events, so you will be truly spoilt for choice. But if you need an extra helping hand? Petra and Lucy also offer a personalised sourcing service.
14. New Vintage, Battersea
The charming New Vintage is filled with adorable bits and pieces- from baskets, to artwork, to knick knacks, as well as an array of small and medium sized furniture items such as chest of drawers’ and chairs. The store is owned by Julie, who worked as a fashion stylist for over 20 years, and is now living out her dream of being a vintage shop owner.
As well as vintage items, you’ll also find some new pieces, and restoration pieces too. Many items of furniture on sale have been lovingly customised and restored to glory.
And if you’re not a London resident? Fear not, New Vintage load up the van, and hit the road for a series of events each year. Check out the events page on their website for more information.
15. Retro Living, Marylebone
Retro Living is a specialist retro furniture store, selling beautiful vintage furniture. It’s certainly a high quality London vintage furniture store. The pieces on sale at this store wouldn’t look out of place on a movie set- everything is second hand and retro, and incredibly unique.
You may find that prices are a little more expensive than other options available in London, but the pieces speak for themselves. This is a place where you’ll find Scandi designers, antiques, and high quality furnishings.
16. Retrospective Interiors, Marylebone
Another vintage furniture specialist, Retrospective Interiors has one of the UK’s largest collections of antique, retro and vintage furniture, including Danish furniture and decorative items too.
The family run business specialises in mid-20th century British, Scandinavian and Continental Retro & Vintage furniture and decorative items. There is also a sister company, Marylebone Antiques, which boasts an impressive collection of 18th, 19th & up to mid-20th Century English, French & Swedish Antique Furniture & smalls.
Not only are the awe-inspiring pieces available to purchase, but they are also available to hire. Pieces have previously been loaned to producers of The Crown, Black Mirror and Harry Potter.
17. Alfie’s Antiques, Marylebone
Marylebone is certainly the place to be when it comes to shopping for vintage furniture in London. Alfie’s Antiques is another well established furniture store in central London.
Alfie’s Antiques is in actual fact a market, making it an interesting place to stop by when shopping for vintage furniture. Formerly a semi-derelict space, the market was revamped in the 1970s and now houses an eclectic mix of antique treasures, with a particular emphasis on 20th century furniture.
18. Little Paris, Crouch End
As the name suggests, many of the pieces sold at Little Paris are sourced from France- with some pieces dating back to 1800. Each month new pieces are sourced, so do make regular visits to the store to see what’s new.
You’ll find antique and vintage furniture at the store, but you’ll also find lighting and décor pieces.
19. Committee of Taste, Stoke Newington
Committee of Taste is a hub where tastemakers come to find individual furniture items with utility at their core. Set in Stoke Newington, head here to find quality, simple, vintage furniture. At the store you’ll find everything here from mid-century tables, chairs and side boards, to vintage drawers, shelves and desks.
20. The Architectural Forum, Canonbury
The Architectural Forum in Canonbury was established over 30 years ago. There is a focus on architectural antiques and reclamation and the salvaging of historical pieces. The company aim to reclaim, reuse, and refurbish and preserve traditional skills.
Notable projects include salvage jobs such as removals from the British Museum, Tate Britain and Tower of London. From fireplaces to radiators, you can find a whole host of interesting items for your home.
21. Modern Times, Islington
Located on Camden Passage, Modern Times Vintage is a specialist store for vintage homeware- with a focus on 20th century design homewares, particularly drinking glasses, tea sets, dinner sets, teacups and small pieces of furniture.
As well as an online shop, Modern Times also have a second shop on Roseberry Avenue. With a love for unique pieces, you’ll certainly find something eye catching here. A lovely touch is that you can also create a vintage wish-list for your wedding gift list at Modern Times.
22. After Noah, Islington
After Noah is a family-run store that was established in the 1930s. In store you’ll find vintage furniture, lighting and children’s furniture and toys.
They restore vintage furniture to its former glory at their on-site workshop, and then sell these beautiful pieces to their customers.
23. Aladdin’s Furniture, Hornsey
As the name might suggest, Aladdin’s Furniture is a true Aladdin’s cave. The team buy and sell furniture, and are specialists in modern, retro and antique. You’ll likely find furniture from early Victorian to retro 70s. Aladdin’s pride themselves on sourcing great quality, affordable pieces. Think tables, chairs, lamps, mirrors, cabinets, rugs and so much more.
As well as buying and selling vintage furniture, you can also go here for refurbished and up-cycled products too. They’re also open to collaborations, renting, pop ups, and more! Just give them a call.
24. 2 & 4 Vintage, Hackney
2 & 4 have a penchant for mid-century modern, with pieces from Danish and British designers. You’ll find delightful furniture from the 50s, 60s and 70s and their showroom is filled with tasteful, yet practical pieces that any homeowner would be happy to have on display.
Although their showroom is small, it packs a punch, with colourful sofas, lighting, and soft furnishings on offer alongside the hard wood furniture.
25. M.KARDANA, Hackney
Located just a few minutes from the famous Columbia Road Flower Market, M.Kardana is another vintage furniture store in Hackney that everyone should have on their itinerary. M.Kardana specialise in 20th century design and focus on beautifully formed and unique pieces.
Each piece is carefully considered before being selected from the UK and Europe. Head here to find something truly unique. This is a place to find that pieces that truly adds the wow factor to any room.
26. The Modern Warehouse, Hackney
Another Hackney offering, The Modern Warehouse is another must-visit when you are in the area. With a focus on Scandinavian design, and a huge warehouse in Nottingham, you are truly spoilt for choice. Head to the showroom to find furniture, art and artefacts including rugs, sculptures and applied art.
As well as a vast collection of vintage furniture and furnishings, The Modern Warehouse also host regular exhibitions with rather niche subjects such as ‘Swedish Flat Weaves’ and ‘Primitive & Proper.’ For their latest exhibits, check out the news section on their website.
27. Proper Old Ltd, Hackney
The name of this place is pretty awesome, and only adds to its East London character. Proper Old Ltd are experts in 60s and 70s vintage furniture, and have honed their craft over the decades. The brothers have a love for antiques and vintage that pretty much spans a lifetime- head to the about page on their website for a heart-warming hit of nostalgia, and some pretty cool photos of London back in the day.
At Proper Old you’ll find a variety of pieces, with oil paintings, ceramics and posters among lots of mid-century delights.
There’s certainly lots of vintage furniture stores in Hackney, and if you’re a local? Check out our ideas for getting free furniture in London too- you never know what you might find!
28. The Peanut Vendor, Bow
The quirkily named Peanut Vendor is based in Bow, East London. With a special interest in 20th Century, Bauhaus, Danish and Industrial furniture and design. You’ll find both furniture and lifestyle pieces in this store- but don’t drop by unannounced, as they operate by appointment only.
Furniture is sourced from across the continent and you’ll find not only furniture, but also art-led objects and accessories. Sign up to their popular mailing list to avoid disappointment- new items drop weekly and their stock moves fast! By signing up you’ll be the first to know when new stock arrives.
29. Bert & May, Bethnal Green
A slightly different offering, Bert & May started by sourcing reclaimed antique tiles from Spain, fit for every vintage lover’s home. This is still part of the business today, with rare and beautiful finds now sourced from all over Europe, and housed at their Yorkshire Yard (delivery available within 3 weeks).
Bert & May have showrooms in both London and Bristol, and nowadays you will find new pieces alongside their reclaimed pieces. And if you’re not up for traveling to Bethnal Green? You can also shop online too.
30. B. Southgate, Columbia Road
The stunning Columbia Road is, rightly, famous for its flower market. But did you know about one of the best kept secrets? B. Southgate is a vintage and antique furniture store. Ben’s shop offers both practical and quirky and has been trading since 2003.
Here you’ll find large items such as storage units, but you’ll also find items you could carry home such as table lamps and other knick knacks. Typically, you’ll find pieces from 1900 – 1950, and stock moves pretty fast. Head to their website to check out the new arrivals.
31. Vintage Heaven, Columbia Road
Another Columbia Road offering, the aptly named Vintage Heaven is brimming with china, crockery, and glassware from days gone by. Open weekends only, and by special appointment during the week, the best time to stop at this store is when the flower market is in full swing.
Brands stocked include Woods Ware, Kathy Winkle, Denby, Johnson Ware, Poole, Sanderson, William Morris, Kilner, Jacobean glass, Old Hall and Pyrex. You’ll also find small pieces of furniture at this store, but the main focus is on home accessories.
32. Two Columbia Road, Shoreditch
Two Columbia Road is a commercial gallery selling European and North American vintage furniture and modern artworks, nestled in Shoreditch, East London. Established in 1995, Two Columbia Road is the place to be for vintage furniture collectors. Designers include Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, Arne Vodder, Joe Colombo, Ettore Sottsass, Charles Eames, Poul Kjaerholm and Cees Braakman.
Stock is sourced from Scandinavia, Europe, and North America, and quality is of utmost importance- TCR aim to source pristine and original pieces whenever possible and have supplied furniture for some of the biggest names in London.
33. Archive Furniture, Clapton
Archive Furniture is a vintage and mid-century furniture specialist. The shop has an envy-inducing selection of just about everything you could need to furnish your home. Make a visit to check out their mid-century armchairs, lamps and even some vintage crockery pieces.
If you’re local? Archive Furniture also provides free local delivery for orders over £400. Head to their website to view their catalogue and new in page, and also sign up to the newsletter to hear about brand new drops. You won’t want to miss out.
34. Contemp Vs Antique, Eltham
Operating for over 10 years, Contemp Vs Antique aim to offer stylish, unique, quality preloved furniture and accessories for the home. The mission of the business is to offer affordable prices and excellent service to all whom are interested in preloved furniture. It’s a family run business with years of experience of selling, finding and restoring furniture. They’ll even try and source something special if you’ve got something particular in mind!
Pieces are sourced from all over the UK, and you can expect to find items such as Chesterfield sofas, armchairs, footstools, Queen Anne chairs, designer pieces, dining sets, dressing tables and more. There is something for everyone’s taste and budget.
35. Aelfred, Bow
Aelfred are the self-proclaimed largest and newest vintage and antiques warehouse in London. With a 300sq ft. warehouse, you can see why! The warehouse is impressive, with a seemingly continuous supply of Scandinavian mid-century furniture.
Founder Nina Hertig says, “rather than putting everything online, we want to celebrate the dying art of discovering treasures in real life.” Prices start from just £15, making this vintage store a must-visit for any Londoner with a penchant for vintage furniture.
Top tips for vintage furniture in London
- Measure up! Measure up at home before going out hunting for perfect vintage pieces. There is no worse feeling than bringing an item of furniture home, only to find it doesn’t fit the space.
- Bring a tape measure with you. Measure pieces carefully to make sure they’ll fit your space (that you’ve already pre-measured!)
- Check for quality. Most vintage furniture stores will have done the hard work for you, but make sure that you give each piece the once-over to check for any nicks, chips, and any other damage.
- Don’t be afraid to have a rummage, it is possible to find cheap furniture in London, even in the quirkiest of vintage shops.
- Be sure to have affordable, trustworthy transport available to take your new piece of furniture from A to B. You don’t want to be that person on the tube trying to transport a chair!