One of my favourite stores in London, UK is celebrating their 3rd birthday next week! To kick off the festivities, SMUG will be releasing a few new exclusives including the hand screened Guinea Pig Hanky by Thornback & Peel and the Jeeves Cup & Saucer and Sandwich Plate by Ali Miller. Too cute! Can’t wait to stop by and see what else owner Lizzie has been up to!
Looking for something to do on Wednesdays or Saturdays? Make it a day and stroll through Camden Passage!
A stroll through an antique fair or market is possibly one of my favourite things to do no matter which country I am in. I love the thrill of the hunt and sometimes, the heartbreak of losing out to somebody else or the regret of not getting something when I should have. To help make things easier for you, I decided to do a part two of my London, UK city guide (see part one here) and list all of the antique markets that we have visited. Like I mentioned before, I realize that we have only been here for almost a year and have barely scratched the surface, so this is an open list and I invite you to share your favourites!
Sunbury Antiques Market: With over 700 stall holders during the summer months (indoor + outdoor), this has to be the largest market that I have ever been to. Held bi-monthly, it’s quite a trip out here, but well worth especially if you are looking for furniture. Make sure you arrive early though, as some stalls will start packing up around 11am.
Wimbledon Car Boot: This is a hit and miss sale in my opinion. I’ve been twice and came back empty handed, but have spoken to people that swear by this place. Open three days a week – Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, you can find a wide range of items from clothing to crockery to silverware and jewellery. Bring cash and be prepared to bargain. Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium, Plough Lane, SW17 0BL | £2 early bird, 50p after the first hour – see here for hours + more info
Bermondsey Antiques Market: For the early birds! The world famous bermondsey antiques market runs from 4am to 1pm every Friday. This is an antiques dealers market, so I don’t recommend it for those looking for vintage / retro goods.
Old Spitalfields Antiques Market: Every Thursday, the Spitalfields market transforms into a treasure trove of antiques and vintage goods. There are some homewares and maybe a smidgen of furniture, but the stalls are mainly filled with clothing and women’s accessories. Worth a stroll as you never know what you will find and a great excuse to stop at my favourite coffee spot for a mocha!
Camden Passage Antiques Market: Camden Passage is such a lovely stroll any day of the week, but make sure to head out here on Saturday for the antiques market. With about 20 stalls, it’s not huge, but there are plenty of shops and restaurants along the stretch for you to enjoy.
Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair: Judy holds vintage events throughout England, so check out her website for more details. Basically, she has two specific ones in London – one focused on clothing and accessories and another called the vintage furniture flea. I really enjoy her events. They are usually in convienent locations, dealers are easy to work with and everything is displayed nicely. The downside of this, is that once it reaches central London, you may discover a matching price tag, so keep this in mind.
North London Vintage Market: 20 handpicked vendors selling mid-century goods, clothing and jewellery, homewares, books and toys. It costs £1.50 to attend, but worth a peek as it is very nicely curated and you never know if you will find “the one”!
Pop-Up Vintage Fairs: To be honest, I haven’t been to this one, but have their next event circled! I have heard great things and am super excited to check out the 40 handpicked vendors and the beautiful Islington Assembly Hall. Don’t miss their pop-up tea room and beauty parlour!
ClockTower Market: Located in Greenwich, we went by last weekend and there were a 10-15 stalls set up with a mix of vintage clothing, knick-knacks, records and some furniture. Keep in mind that it’s January right now, so I’m assuming it will be busier when it warms up.
honourable mentions: Both chatsworth market and broadway market have a few (2-3) vintage stalls. I’ve picked up an amazing vintage Pyrex dish from one of the stalls for £3, so if you are heading there for fruit and veg or for some street food, definitely check it out. If you have a vehicle or wish to sign up for one of their bus tours, the Ardingly Antiques & Collectors Fair is the largest in South England. Thanks to @Minnie_Grace for the tip!
For the upcoming holiday season, SMUG will be launching a Pop Up Print Shop upstairs from their Camden Passage store. This is the perfect place to find limited editions, open runs, screen prints, digital prints, letter pressed works and giclee prints for prices between £6 to £45. The same space will also house an exhibition of SMUG exclusive prints specially made for the show by some of SMUG’s favourite graphic designers and illustrators including Donna Wilson (swoon!) and Linus Kraemer, to name a few.
The Pop Up will launch on Saturday, October 29th and continue through to January. For every three or more prints purchased, you will receive a free SMUG cotton tote. If you are new to SMUG, check out the shop tour I did with Ana Mariahere.
Congrats Lizzie and Gemma! Can’t wait to check it out this weekend and start crossing off some names on the holiday list!
This morning we head to Camden Passage in Islington, a pedestrian thoroughfare dating back to the 18th century. Tucked between the vintage shops and busy eateries, you will find a quirky lifestyle store called SMUG.
Owned and run by Lizzie Evans, SMUG carries an eclectic mix of homewares, jewelry, paper goods, vintage furniture and kitchenware that are made mostly by London based makers. Lizzie also works with her favourite designers to create exclusives for SMUG including wooden owls by Matt Pugh and plush owls by Chloe Owens as pictured above.
We discovered the area around Angel tube station last month when we first met our new friends Lana and Rick. While walking through the streets to the bakery for croissants and coffee; me, being me, couldn’t help but oogle at all the antique and vintage stalls that we were passing by.
Just off of Islington, Camden Passage is open every Wednesday and Saturday. Above is one of my favourite stores in Pierrepont Arcade. Don’t forget to stop at Number One. With stacks of teacups and china placed in every inch of this small shop, you will never find a more charming china shop then this one.
Since we decided to stay in London during the Easter break, we definitely noticed that the city has emptied out. We could actually walk through the market without bumping into anyone!
There are tons of restaurants and cafes near Camden Passage. A few of our favourites is Byron (above), an american diner style restaurant that serves A&W root beer and Chillango, a mexican burrito bar… nom nom nom…
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