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Today, vintage clothes are highly sought after in Britain, and you’ll find a hip retro movement in alternative districts all across the country, harking back to famous eras of the British past.
Edinburgh’s Grassmarket is a colourful and creative part of the city’s historic centre. Well known and loved for its vintage boutiques, it’s just the place to pick up hard-to-find pieces.
A little further south in Manchester, vintage fans will be magnetically pulled by the power of fashion to the bohemian Northern Quarter, for all kinds of vintage boutiques and an infectious cafe and music venue culture. Meanwhile, over in York, you’ll find its stony medieval lanes laced with retro fashion outlets, particularly around Fossgate and Fishergate.
In the East, Norwich is a buzzing hive of retro and vintage clothes stores and flea markets in historic buildings, kept company by stylish art deco cafes and tea rooms. Most would say that Norwich is something of a centre for vintage, with devoted stores and regular vintage events to be found in and around the Norwich Lanes.
Brighton’s a kitsch seaside city with two teeming shopping districts awash with vintage gear known as The Lanes and North Laine. When you’re done, you can enjoy an ice-cream and a paddle in the sea, or flaunt your new-gotten vintage gains on its famous pier. Over in Bristol it’s Park Street and the Christmas Steps Arts Quarter you want if you’re looking for retro outfits, art and all sorts of independent outlets.
Last but not least, London’s vintage hotspots are centred around Portobello in the west and Brick Lane in the East. Both are home to vast street markets that spring up each weekend with stalls full of vintage clothes, while the surrounding streets house bright little independent stores of a similar ilk