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London’s Best Car Boot Sales

Heading down to a car boor sale on a Sunday morning is a tradition as British as fish and chips. If the sound of rummaging about in the hopes of finding some treasures, alongside the mouldy paperbacks and broken ‘70s lamps, sounds like your cup of tea, check out our guide to the best London car boot sales:

 

Battersea Car Boot Sale

The Battersea Car Boot Sale prides itself on being “the original Sunday afternoon car boot sale in London” and attracts a discerning crowd with prices a little too high for more thrifty bargain hunters. It’s great for vintage fashion, second-hand designer garms and lots of other goodies. If you’re hoping for some great vintage finds but don’t want to get up at the crack of dawn to hunt them down, this is the boot sale for you.

Location: Battersea Park School, Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 5AP

Opening times & entrance fee:  12pm- 5pm on Sundays. Entry is £3 from 12pm, 50p after 1.30pm.

www.batterseaboot.com Tel: 07941 383 588

 

Holloway Car Boot Sale

This car boot sale in Islington is great for casual browsers and those strapped for cash thanks to its free entry. Students also get 20% discounts at some stalls and the boot sale is located conveniently close to City and Islington College and London Metropolitan University. Here you’ll find an interesting mixture of cheap clothes, vintage housewares and some other bits and pieces.

Location: A1 Holloway Road, London, N7 6LJ – opposite Odeon cinema

Opening times & entrance fee: 8am-4pm on Saturdays and 10am-2.30pm on Sundays. Free entry.

 

Wimbledon Car Boot Sale

Wimbledon car boot opens early and the best bargains are to be had with the early-bird entry. There are still plenty of deals for the rest of the day though, with a wide selection of jewellery, vintage crockery and quality clothing to be found amongst the more questionable things on offer. Many vintage shops and market stall holders shop here for their stock, which is then sold on at much higher prices elsewhere.

Location: Wimbledon Stadium, Plough Lane, London, SW17 0BL

Opening times & entrance fee:  10.30am-2pm on Wednesday, 6.30am-1pm on Saturday and 7am-1.30pm on Sunday. Early-bird entry for the first hour is £2 and 50p thereafter.

Tel: 07785 706 506

 

Stoke Newington Car Boot Sale

Stoke Newington has long been a popular area with the hipster set and this is reflected in the wares available at the weekend car boot sale held at Princess May Primary School. The selection of costume jewellery is particularly good and there are plenty of vintage and retro wares to suit all tastes. There’s also an area for indoor pitches, making this a good choice for a rainy day.

Location: Princess May Primary School, Barrett’s Grove, London, N16 8DF

Opening times & entrance fee:  9am-3pm on Saturdays and 9am-2pm on Sundays. £3 early-bird entry before 9am and 50p during normal opening hours.

www.thelondoncarbootco.co.uk

 

Hounslow West Car Boot Sale

Hounslow is not the best location for vintage fashion hunters but you’ll find a good selection of second-hand clothing, furniture, new housewares and general bric-a-brac. There’s also a popular butcher and green grocer on-site so you can stock up on fresh produce before heading home.

Location: Hounslow West Station Car Park, Bath Road, London, TW3 3DH

Opening times & entrance fee:  7.30-4pm on Saturdays and 7.30am-3pm on Sundays. Free entry.

Tel: 01895 639 912 www.bray-associates.co.uk

 

St Mary’s Car Boot Sale

The car boot at St Mary’s is run by the same team behind the Princess May car boot sale at Stoke Newington and you’ll find a similar vibe and selection of items here. It’s great for retro home wares and decorative pieces and there’s a nice selection of vintage fashion too. You can also checkout the nearby St Augustine’s car boot sale on Kilburn Park Road while you’re in the area.

Location: St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, Quex Road, London, NW6 4PG

Opening times & entrance fee:  10am-3pm on Saturdays. £3 early-bird entry before 10am and 50p during normal opening hours.

www.thelondoncarbootco.co.uk

 

Capital Car Boot Sale

This indoor and outdoor car boot sale has a more high-end feel than many of the other local markets and is a great place to shop for antiques, designer accessories and good-quality vintage fashion. This is a well organised car boot sale, with good facilities and a warm and friendly atmosphere – a great way to spend your Sunday afternoon.

Location: Pimlico Academy, Lupus St, London, SW1V 3AT

Opening times & entrance fee: 1pm-4pm every Sunday. £5 early-bird entry from 11am and £1 after 1pm.

www.capitalcarboot.com

 

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London’s Top 10 Cake Shops & Pâtisseries

It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it. We’ve tracked down and taste-tested some the capital’s most delectable sweet treats in the name of research and in order to bring you this definitive top 10 of London’s very best cake shops and pâtisseries. You can thank us later….

 

Maison Bertaux

Maison Bertaux is a cake-making institution to be found on Soho’s Greek Street. It can comfortably claim to be one of the oldest patisseries in the city, having first been established in 1871. Though you can purchase cream-filled cakes and pastries to take away, we recommend eating in and marveling at the eclectic décor that is a big part of the appeal.

Maison Bertaux, 28 Greek Street, London, W1D 5DQ

maisonbertaux.com

 

Bea’s of Bloomsbury

Bea’s of Bloomsbury serves up delightful afternoon tea from its two locations in St Paul’s and Marylebone. Satisfying the capital’s sweet tooth since 2009, they offer signature, gluten-free and vegetarian afternoon teas, all priced at £30, as well as fluffy pancakes for brunch and cream teas.

Bea’s of Bloomsbury, 83 Watling Street, London, EC4M 9BX

beas.london

 

Belle Epoque Patisserie

Husband and wife duo Eric and Hulya Rousseau are the team behind traditional French bakers and pastry makers Belle Epoque Patisserie, tucked away in Stoke Newington and Islington, but also now resplendently housed in Selfridges. Open since 2002 and widely recognized as one of the most authentic cake shops of its kind in the capital, you will find quiches, traditional French bread and delicious light lunches alongside the array of sugary creations. Relax and enjoy the Parisian café surroundings and scrumptious coffee.

Belle Epoque Patisserie, 37 Newington Green, London, N16 9PR

belleepoque.co.uk

 

Lily Vanilli

If you see people queuing on Columbia Road first thing on a Sunday, chances are they’re in line for some delicious baked goods from the Lily Vanilla cafe, open since 2010. Described by Evening Standard Magazine as “the Queen of baked goods”, Lily creates tarts, cookies and cakes as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate, with a seasonal menu and plenty of vegan and gluten-free choices on offer.

Sundays only from 8.30 – 6 – The Courtyard, Ezra Street, London E2 7RH

lilyvanilli.com

 

Primrose Bakery

The founders of Primrose Bakery have been icing cupcakes since 2004, and can be found on Gloucester Avenue in Primrose Hill. This bakery’s USP is definitely the ingenious Cocktail Cupcakes, a menu which includes Gin & Tonic, Espresso Martini and Aperol Spritz treats. As well as selling delicious baked goods, you can also learn how to make your own with the selection of master classes on offer.

Primrose Bakery, 69 Gloucester Avenue, London, NW1 8LD

primrose-bakery.co.uk

 

The Little Bread Pedlar

Don’t be fooled by the name, The Little Bread Pedlar does far more than just sourdough (though the sourdough is world-beating). The pastries menu includes the most luxurious almond croissants you’re ever likely to eat, pain au chocolat, bakewell tarts, brownies, fruit danishes – hungry yet? You’ll find them at Spa Terminus near Bermondsey, and at a stall in Canopy Market, King’s Cross at the weekend.

Unit 4-6, Spa Business Park, Dockley Road, London, SE16 3FJ

lbpedlar.com

 

Crumbs and Doilies

Once voted purveyors of the “best birthday cake” by the Financial Times, bakery Crumbs and Doilies likes to think of itself as London’s “spiritual home of the cupcake”. The team now boasts a central location at 1 Kingly Court in Covent Garden selling their freshly baked goods, made only with the finest ingredients – you will find no additives or preservatives here. Bespoke cupcakes can be made to order for any occasion, whether it be a hen do to an office party.

Crumbs and Doilies, 1 Kingly Court, London W1B 5PW

crumbsanddoilies.co.uk

 

Violet Cakes

Californian Claire Ptak started selling sweet treats in 2005 on Broadway Market, and famously had the honour of making Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake in 2018. The buttercream icings on her cupcakes are folded with fruit purees that change with the seasons – expect Kentish strawberries and Dorset blueberries in summer, Fragola grapes from Italy in Autumn. If you need any more persuasion to visit, may we suggest a scroll through @violetcakeslondon on Instagram.

Violet Cakes, 47 Wilton Way, London, E8 3ED

violetcakes.com

 

Hummingbird Bakery

The capital’s most recognizable cupcake chain, American-style bakers Hummingbird’s goods were once famously praised by Gwyneth Paltrow, who called their creations “legendary”. Four cookbooks and many locations later and the signature red velvet cupcakes are just as fresh and mouth-wateringly good as ever. We love the delightful cake box-bags that you’re given when you take away.

Hummingbird Bakery, 133 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2DY

hummingbirdbakery.com

 

Ottolenghi

A peek in the window of Ottolenghi is enough to give you a sugar rush. From lemon and polenta cake to passionfruit meringue tart, half the pleasure of these sweet treats is in the irresistible presentation. Everything is freshly made and free from preservatives and colouring, and wherever possible made using goods sourced within Britain and Europe. You can find these delis in Islington, Notting Hill, Kensington and Belgravia.

Ottolenghi, 287 Upper Street, London N1 2TZ

ottolenghi.co.uk

 

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Sainsbury’s extends Gok Wan for Tu collaboration

Following the huge success of Gok Wan’s range for Tu at Sainsbury’s, the store has announced it is extending the collaboration for another year. The range has been the retailer’s most successful celebrity partnership ever, and we expect more of the same in the coming year. There will be five more collections, starting with an Autumn line which is now in stores, and a winter collection boasting party dresses a-plenty. James Brown, who is the head of clothing for Sainsbury’s said, “the collaboration with Gok Wan resonates perfectly with our customers and we are delighted to work with Gok for another year on five more collections.”