A wealth of wonderful retro and vintage clothing from Radio Days in Lower Marsh Waterloo, a great way to spend an afteroon in London looking at the amazing selection of quality handbags, books, clothing, glassware, cocktail and bar ware and so much more. Friendly, helpful staff and amazing value for money from a business that has been running for over 20 years.
I'm new to vintage shopping, but I knew when I stepped into Radio Days that I'd found something special.
Beautifully arranged so that you feel like you're exploring someone's grandmother's attic, this place is chock full of scarves, shoes, hats, brooches, dresses, and menswear plus lots of other little objects like record players and typewriters. I could have played pretend in here all day. Prices are negotiable and the selection is all high quality, which made the most difference from other shops I've visited where any old rag made it onto the rack. Each piece seemed hand picked by someone with good taste. Hence, nothing from the 80s ;o)
Yay! I am a definite fan indeed.
I was meeting up with my sister after work at Waterloo station when I had a craving to go vintage shopping. Without Yelp (and my trusted smart phone with internet access), I would've never found this shop. It seemed to be the only vintage shop around and so off we went to discover what was to be a great discovery! True authentic vintage clothing and items all tucked under this very roof.
There was a sense of realness and quality to the items we looked at here. Something that lacks in other common vintage shops (i.e Beyond Retro, Rokit etc). It seemed as though time and true effort was made to gather these items. On walking around, a collection of distinct items were discovered, from old school telephones to ball room gowns dating back from the 1920's, and at every turn there was something else to admire. The cherry on top was a very friendly and helpful staff member (possibly manager). He even gave us a discount for no apparent reason and said if there was something we couldn't find, he would "sort it out and find it for us." Sweet!
My sister managed to find a dress that she claimed was "made for her". I however didn't manage to purchase anything on this occasion but my shopping experience was not without satisfaction. I entered this store with curiosity and left in awe.
I'm going to have to go with a big five stars here, simply because EVERYTHING in the store has totally solid vintage/antique street cred. And everything is in impeccable condition and totally wearable. Sure, the prices reflect the obviously selective purchasing standards that the owners uphold. But, really... would you like a tatty dress from the '80s for £20 from another vintage store, or would you like a beautifully maintained and wearable '40s tea dress for £45?
Plus, there are two big chests full of sale items. Sifting through them makes you feel like you're raiding someone's dress-up boxes, as the items you will find in them are a bit outrageous - women's sparkly showgirl pants, anyone?
But buried beneath the heaps of unwearable (for me) items, I found a white cloth costume beer wench's apron for £7. Theatrical home cooking, ftw!
Radio Days by far TOPS all the vintage stores in London hands down!
I love the beauty of this shop and it certainly screams VINTAGE! Away from the typical busy 'Shoreditch' hyped area, I finally got browse round the shop in one peace! I love the posters on display, the accessories, the music, old style telephones and so on.. OH AND THE CLOTHES! What made this shop stand out from the rest is their attention to detail, each item had a tag of the year the item was made! God bless the friendly owner! Radio days have been around for more than 12 years? Yes TYN.R I did find a dress that was made for me and he gave me discount! Radio Days I salute you!
In my eyes, Radio Days stands a stride apart from most other vintage shops I've seen in London. Rather than being another place in a trendy area, picking up on the retro crazes (yes, I'm thinking brick lane), Radio Days is more of a special find. It's slightly more expensive than the shops in the East, but the clothes are better quality, and the place is far more of an experience.
Jazz music was playing as I walked through the time portal into a room containing multiple eras from the 1920's to the 1970's. There is 1970's brown and orange swirly patterned carpet and the shop is packed full with exciting memorabilia and vintage items. There are clothes for both men and women, and you wont need to rummage here as the whole shop is highly organized into categories.
From suits, and fur coats, to tea sets, cigar cases and old magazines, Radio Days holds a wide-ranging, fantastic collection for the space it has. One of my favourite displays are the telephones which are arranged on an old, painted green, wooden stair-case that looks like it must have been used before the building was turned into a shop (as now the opening into the upper floor has been sealed off).
If for a quirky retro fashion or household item, a fancy dress party, or just a fun browse this place is a great place to spend an hour rummaging through old treasures.
Wow, this shop has just made me happy! After a coffee down the road with Larissa I insist that we have to pop in here on our way to work and now I have the most beautiful shoes in the world.
There is a lot of stuff in here and I will say everything feels more antique than vintage which I think is actually a good thing. It's a different type of vintage shop, high end and brimming with gems just waiting to be discovred.
Radio Days is a great Vintage shop that's sells 1920's -1960's clothes for men and women, hats, old magazines and memorabilia, stockings, tea cups, accessories.
The only down side is it is quite expensive, but you get what you pay for and in this case it's genuine vintage goods!
The staff are really friendly and there is always a big box of sweets at the counter!
It seems like a few years ago, London had a vintage explosion, and enterprising types realised that there was tat in their cupboards that needed to be on peoples backs. I have been to too many vintage shops and thought to myself, there is a reason why this was thrown out in the first place. This is what sets Radio Days apart - it is well chosen and well sourced.
While the shop says that clothes and memorabilia span from 1920-1970, I think that it is the earlier stuff that is the best represented. Also, the music that is always playing is great 1920's Jazz so that kind of sets the scene! There is also a well stocked section of ladies bras and knickers from pre and post war, they do point out that much of this has been unworn.
They also have a selection of Bakerlite radios, one of which I have my eye on. I sometimes come here to pick up some of the old entertainment magazines that they have here; -dating back to the 1930's, the front covers are so entertaining with their tales of Hollywood get togethers and break ups, its like reading a vintage Heat! The shop owner is extremely knowledgeable and helpful by the way, so feel free to bombard him with all your vintage questions.
Radio Days is a great Vintage shop thats sells 1920's -1960's clothes for men and women, hats, old magazines and memorabilia, stockings, tea cups, accessories.
The ony down side is it is quite expensive, but you get what you pay for and in this case it's genuine vintage goods!
The staff are really friendly and there is always a big box of sweets at the counter!
Part antique/vintage clothes and accessories, part haberdashers. I was looking for something specific, but did not find it here. I ended up browsing for ages just because they had such wonderful things. The shopkeeper was most friendly and said that if I was looking for specific items he could call around to try and obtain it.
Radio Days is a vintage treasure trove. They have everything, from gloves to hats to shoes to dresses to earrings. You can fill your entire wardrobe in this place. The prices range from cheap to slightly expensive, but even if your bank account balance is next to nothing you'll be able to find something cheap to purchase here. They also have trunks of clothes in the back that are filled with goodies. If you are a hands-on shopper and you enjoy digging for cool finds you'd love this place. The staff here is really nice and helpful and they'll assist you with any inquiry you may have. It's a fun place to shop and I really enjoyed my experience here.
A cool name and shop front can't quite disguise the lack of substance in this shop. The front room is pretty cool with old issues of fashion magazines and old-fashioned phones and some vinyl. It's all really expensive though, the sort of thing they'd practically be giving away most places outside London. There's also a very business-like atmosphere in the shop, probably good for them but certainly not what I go to vintage shops for. The back room is where the clothes are in nicely organised racks, predominantly displayed by colour. They've got some cool stuff like big 50s petticoats but again, it's not worth anything like what they charge for it. Worth a browse though if you're in this part of town.
An aladdins cave of vintage treasures; from clothing and jewellery to magazines and household goods. You can spent a truly enjoyable hour searching amongst the endless vintage goodies Radio Days has hidden in its underbelly. With an exceptional variety of hats, bags, phones and trinkets, it certainly takes a bit of searching to find a better stocked vintage shop in London.
Brilliant vintage bits and pieces, a real Aladdin's Cave. It's almost like an ad hoc museum as it is just packed full of stuff from the golden dayseverything from cosmetics, perfumes and classic vintage packagsing to reproduction telephones, old records and posters. The selection of magazines is great for a long rummage and includes film and music magazines alongside old copies of Vogue, Good Housekeeping et al from as far back as the 20s and 30s.
Don't miss out on the backroom either - although not the biggest selection of vintage clothes in London the quality (and sometimes the price) make it a place to stop off if you're looking for a one-off for a special occasion.
Radio Days is one more reason to visit Lower Marshand the window displays are always works of art on their own.
I love this shop, it's like a treasure trove and there's always some good rummaging to be had. I find this place is better for accessories than clothes and I've got some great belts and pieces of jewellery here. They also have a really good selection of vintage bits and pieces like old telephones and they even had a tiki bar last time I was in. Agree with the above review that it can be a bit pricier than some vintage places but they will often do you a deal for paying cash and they also do a good Wedge Card discount, think it's 20% off when you pay with cash. Oh, and the owner is a real character, have a chat with him if you have the time, he's really cool.
Pretty cool, really atmospheric and fun to look around with lot's of general period bits n bobs as well as clothes. Bit too pricey for me, but isn't everything.
A big mystery shop, you never know what your going to find, but worth a look. Have found lots fo cool pieces of jewellery, clothing, and little cute ornaments. Itsa very arty shop. They offer a 20% discount if you have a special store card, which is always a good point! If you buy a few things they will also give you a special deal. I found the staff really welcoming and helpful
I visited here today, i was amazed at the amount of vintage items here from furcoats to ladies/mens hats...the chap behind the counter was very welcoming...d time music playing away, wonderful a must see..
This is a real Vintage shop with lots of delightful things from the 1920's onwards. It's a small shop crammed with clothes, magazines, bric-a-brac, jewellery and much more. You will need to spend a bit time in here to have a proper look but I found the most amazing shoes and bag. Definitely coming back here!
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