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June 09 2017

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Tiffany Burnette

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Love All Things Vintage? Vintage Covent Garden Shopping is a Must-Do!

Written by Tiffany Burnette
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June 09 2017

Covent Garden is all about throw backs! From old timey toy shops, '80s roller skates to the historic London Tube, it's a well-rounded shopping destination for everyone's vintage-loving enjoyment! I personally had so much fun here when I visited! The highlight was the toy shop, keeping reading!

Rokit Vintage Store - 42 Shelton Street

Rokit London
 
Image: Rokit Facebook Timeline

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. Do not miss this vintage Covent Garden shopping experience for some seriously fun wares!

Cath Kidston Store - 28-32 Shelton Street

Cath Kidston beach huts

Image of Cath Kidston's beach huts in Bournemouth 

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 pop in for a visit!

3 reasons we love Cath (as a person that is)...

  1. Cath found her childhood passion and worked it into her career...
  2. Cath started small. With £15,000 she began selling, and later designing, vintage items in her Holland Park, London store...
  3. 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 I wanted to eat them) last time I was in Heathrow.

London Transport Museum and Shop - Covent Garden Piazza
London Transport Museum

3 reasons we love the Transport Museum...

  1. The London Transport Museum is designed to highlight three themes and one of them is the poster collection, though the collection varies there are many vintage posters!
  1. The Museum Shop has the best offering of London Underground souvenirs in London, which makes sense since it is connected to the Museum. Here's a link to some super fun Underground map products. Or you can check out our London Tube Cuff map bracelets here!
  1. 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).
Mime in London
Image: m0dlx on flickr.com

Covent Gardens Market and Piazza

Benjamin Pollock's Toyshop in Covent Garden London

Benjamin Pollock's Toyshop in Covent Garden London

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-themed 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 while roaming around Covent Gardens Piazza - if you are into even more vintage-inspired, fun, colorful, super playful products that is! 13 The Piazza

Paperchase London window display
image: renaissancechambara on flickr.com, PaperChase window display

There are so many other spots to explore, these are just a few of our favorites! 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!