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« on: September 25, 2006 07:11:28 AM »

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I'm visiting London in early October and I was wondering if any of you would be so kind as to give me advice as to where to find good Jewelry making supply stores, Thrift stores, Vintage stores, boutiques, flea markets etc. etc. What are the cool neighborhoods?


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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2006 07:13:24 AM »

It's a while since I've been over, but I remember finding good fabric in Brick Lane, and Portobello & Camden Markets were good for shopping.

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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2006 07:22:50 AM »

Go to Camden, for sure. It's amazing, I love it so much. I always called it "Cameden Town", but it's probably called "Camden Markets". It's nothing but vintage and off the wall stuff. I also like Soho. I found some fun stuff there.

But it's been about 7 years since I've been back to London (too long!).

Oh, found a "website" for Camden Town: http://www.camdentown.co.uk/
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2006 04:10:48 AM »

Hi, I'm from London and I agree, try Camden Market for all of that stuff and also Spitalfields market in East London.

You could also try some of the charity shops such as Oxfam for second stuff. They are on pretty much every high street.

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« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2006 04:19:50 AM »

I second Brick Lane, it has the coolest vintage shops, and camden market's good but beware - it's huge! and it's not exclusively vintage, it has alot of punk/fetish/grunge/hippie etc tec stuff - which is mint, but it can take a while to track down what you're actually looking for.
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2006 10:48:19 AM »

You can't beat going to Greenwich and going to the top of the hill in the huge park for fantastic views over London.  There is a market there on a Sunday and good bars and restaurants.
Also on a Sunday there is a flower markt on Columbia Road in the East End - it is amazing.  Whilst you are in the area you could also go to Spitalfields market for handmade goodies - all are pretty close for public transport, so if you made an early start and planned well you could start with the flower market, the do Spitalfields and then go over the Greenwich for the afternoon.
Camden Market and Portabello market are fab - Portabello is quite good to do on a Friday as it is less touristy and more bargains to be had!
Berwick Street in Soho has great fabric shops and whilst you are there Selfidges and Liberty's are quite near.
I would also suggest the V&A if you are into antiquey stuff.  Get a guide, and find the bits you like.  I head to the jewellery and fashion and the twentieth century sections - there is a sixties exhibition on at the mo that looks great.
Have fun over here!

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