The first stop in our subway stop series is Covent Garden which is a haven for vintage. As a traveler I looooove finding unique places to spend my money - when I can of course! Here's my list of funky and fun vintage shops in and around Covent Garden, London....
»Rokit Vintage Store - 42 Shelton Street«
Photo by eddiedangerous via flickr.com
Born in 1986, Rokit houses a huge assortment of vintage items, including women's, men's and children’s clothing and accessories as well as games and housewares all ranging from the 1920’s to 1980’s. Also check out Rokit's blog.
»Cath Kidston Store - 28-32 Shelton Street« If you have never been to a Cath Kidston store and you love vintage-inspired, fun, quirky, cute products then you really do need to make this stop.
4 reasons we love Cath...
- Cath found her childhood passion and worked it into her career...
- Cath started small. With £15,000 she began selling, and later designing, vintage items in her Holland Park, London store...
- Cath is still the creative director of the company, and we really, really admire that!
If you do not make it to the store in Covent Garden you can pop into Terminal 4’s Departure Lounge at Heathrow Airport, be prepared for some super sweet travel accessory shopping among other gifty-like items. I purchased a pink and green floral luggage tag and matching passport book as well as a few travel-size lotions (which smelled so delicious that I wanted to eat them) last time I was in Heathrow.
»London Transport Museum and Shop - Covent Garden Piazza«
photo by Loz Flowers via flickr.com
3 reasons we love the Transport Museum...
- The London Transport Museum is designed to highlight three themes and one of them is the poster collection, though the collection varies there are tons of cool vintage posters!
- The Museum shop has the best offering of London Underground souvenirs in London, which makes sense since it is connected to the Museum. For instance, the Museum shop has just recently launched the Chelsea Flower Show Collection in which they have created an assortment of souvenirs detailing 1938 and 1939 (vintage anyone?) flower show posters (all created by the London Underground company). Or my favorite the Under Attack Exhibition which, again, are a variety of souvenirs created with old wartime poster sayings and illustrations including the “Gas; Put on your mask” and the “It Takes Time” series.
- It is located right outside of the Covent Garden Market which hosts 40 stalls ranging from jewelry to hats and the like. Be sure to walk around the Covent Garden Piazza (outside of the covered market) for some good ‘ol entertainment from jugglers, mimes, and musicians. This is the only place in London that street entertainment is allowed and the performers are pretty good (as they have had to go through an audition process and become licensed to do so).
- photo by m0dlx via flickr.com
»Covent Gardens Market and Piazza«
First, stop by Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop, it is one of my favorite toy stores ever. Dating as far back as the 1880’s, Pollock’s Toyshop holds true to their traditions by continuing to sell vintage looking/inspired toy theaters; to see one is to step back into a time long forgotten. 44 The Market It has about 100 stores now in the UK and abroad but PaperChase is well worth a stop in while roaming around Covent Gardens Piazza - if you are into even more fun, colorful, super playful products that is. 13 The Piazza
- photo by renaissancechambara via flickr.com, PaperChase window display
Just fyi, the Covent Garden stop is on the Piccadilly Line on the London Underground
. Let us know which places you always stop in while visiting Covent Gardens. About our Subway Stop Spotlight Series:
Each week we highlight a stop on the subway in the cities which correlate to our Metro Cuff Series. So get off the metro or subway or whatever you call it and do some exploring!