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Vintage shopping in London - Beyond Retro

18.03.12

Last week we brought you a post on L.A.'s Golyester, but this week we're back on British soil and hoping to match those stateside retro credentials. Our first stop; Beyond Retro. Take a turn off east London's infamous Brick Lane and you arrive at Cheshire Street, a quiet road peppered with some of the area's best vintage stores. The jewel in the Cheshire Street crown is Beyond Retro, a mammoth disused dairy, which is something of a tourist destination for vintage lovers. The loud yellow bags with distictive anchor motif are often spied swinging off arms in this area, and once you step inside, it's not hard to see why. Nestled in the vast space are retro delights for both men and women, from ballgowns to braces and swimming caps to boater hats. You'll find quirky displays (from ovens to organ pianos), retro posters, a ceiling decorated with voluptuous tutus and even the in-house cat, Tiny, often seen napping with a weary chin resting on the card machine. With the odd in-store gig and hours-worth of browsing time, if it all gets a bit much, there's a handy bench just outside, or The Carpenters Arms across the road is perfectly positioned for assessing those very vintage purchases. Beyond Retro 110-112 Cheshire Street London E2 6EJ 020 7613 3636 Beyondretro.com