Charity shop thrifting in London

London is massive and full of charity shops – where are the best areas to plunder?

If you don’t have cash to splurge, charity shops are a goldmine – here are some locations with good clusters.

  1. Angel, Islington

Location Angel tube station

Angel is a gorgeous area to wander around because of the period houses, cafes and upmarket shops. There are a handful of charity shops dotted around and, as this is a desirable area to live, you can fine some quality items.

Here’s my suggested route:

First check out Oxfam opposite Angel tube station, then head down Pentonville Road to Fara. Enjoy the walk back up Chapel Market popping in at Know the Origin as you walk by. Then left along Islington High Street to Cancer Research and Royal Trinity Hospice before finishing at Camden Passage for the vintage shops. If your still thirsty for more, hop on the 73 or 476 bus to Church Street, Stoke Newington from Cross Street (stop EA) for more thrifting.

2. West Hampstead

Location West Hampstead tube or railway stations

Another upmarket area so it’s nice to mooch around, gaze at the gorgeous houses, visit the organic shop, get a nice coffee and walk on to Camden Arts Centre or Hampstead Heath. There are a cluster of charity shops along the high street and the items tend to be decent quality.

3. Mill Hill Broadway

Location Mill Hill Broadway Thameslink station

OK not the coolest area in London but I’ve found a lot of items in the cluster of charity shops along the Broadway. There’s a nice little independent wine shop and a few coffee shops to look out for.

Please leave your suggestions for good London charity shop areas in the comments!


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