There is no better time to slip on your vintage glad rags than Christmas. London's vintage fashion fairs are at their most glam at this time of year and their Christmas events are always a lot of fun and great places to hunt down unique gifts in the run up to Christmas.
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Freemason’s Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5AZ
Xmas Fair: Sun 25th November 11am-5.30pm
£5 Entry Fee
Clerkenwell Vintage Fairs are a real celebration of classic style and glamour with quite a few of the traders and visitors strutting out in their glad rags and enjoying themselves. If you’re looking for an authentic 1940’s zoot suit, a raw silk kimono or a 1970’s Biba outfit, there’s a good chance you’ll find it here.
There Christmas event is held at the atmospheric Freemason's Hall in Covent Garden and is well worth seeking out for vintage gems.
Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8 7NX
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Xmas Fair: Sun 2nd December 11am-5.30pm
The Frock Me Vintage Christmas Fair has about 70 traders offering all kinds of rare and exquisite garments and accessories. The events are always a lot of fun with crowds of keen vintage shoppers rummaging among the rails and displays to find anything from collectable jewellery to rare kimonos and 1950’s dresses.
Hammersmith Town Hall,
1 Riverside Gardens off Kings Street, W6 9JU
Xmas Fair: Sun 25th November 9am-4.30pm
Entry fee £5
This event’s success depends on the great traders that regularly exhibit here, offering all kinds of vintage clothes, jewellery, accessories and textiles with enough discount rails to appeal to vintage bargain hunters. While many vintage fairs and pop-up events move from venue to venue, this fair has been a permanent fixture on the calendar of Hammersmith Town Hall since 2006. It’s a perfect location for their Christmas event with the wood panelled main hall and plenty of sparking decoration.
Xmas Fair: Sun 2nd December
St Stephens, Rosslyn Hill, Hampstead, NW3 2PP
Xmas Fair: Sun 9th December
Pop Up Vintage Fairs have won a place in the hearts of London’s vintage hunters. The Christmas fairs take place at St Stephen’s Hampstead and Alexandra Palace.
The great thing about the Alexandra Palace event is that it runs alongside a large antiques and collectables fair in the vast Great Hall. There’s a different vibe to the two fairs with the fashionable Pop Up crowd rubbing shoulders with antique enthusiasts looking for anything from train memorabilia to antique clocks.
Whichever Pop Up event you chose, you’re sure to have a great time and find some of the best vintage traders and the kind of glamorous customers that seem to be a walking advertisement for the retro lifestyle.
So Last Century has gained a reputation for organised, friendly events that are always well publicised and attract a good number of south London’s vintage-loving community. What sets these fairs apart is the emphasis on reasonably priced vintage goods from homeware to fashion. There are a number of vintage fashion specialists with well chosen stock, so fashionistas will not be disappointed. There are three vintage fairs taking place in the run-up to Christmas, whichever one you attend you’re bound to have a great time and there is always a good in-house café to enjoy a break and admire your latest purchases.
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