Amidst the bank holiday excitement this weekend, which will see unique gigs, festivals and film screenings spilling out onto the capital's streets, visitors can still enjoy plenty of charming diversions that take place regularly – including the North London Vintage Market, which is next held on Saturday (May 4th).
The market takes place at St Mary's Parish Hall in Crouch End and since first being held in February 2011 it's gone from strength to strength. Organised by two experienced vintage collectables dealers, it promises a "diverse selection of unusual and affordable vintage nostalgia" – including fabrics, clothing, kitchenware and homeware, retro furniture and a range of other curiosities.
Vintage clothing is perennially popular and visitors can expect to see the stalls stalked by fashionistas looking for unique and quirky pieces to complete their wardrobes. Furthermore, though, with sewing on our TV screens creative handicrafts are back in fashion; the market will be a great place to pick up original fabrics, with gorgeous textiles from the 80s right back to the 50s available to purchase.
The Parish Hall will host sellers of much more besides, with retro film posters and kitsch kitchenware among the offerings. Fans of bric-a-brac and trinkets should find the market a staggeringly good opportunity to hunt down prized pieces, including mid-century ceramics.
Feeding the hungry shoppers and completing the nostalgic mood, 'My Little Cake Tin' – a new stall selling a range of mouthwatering cupcakes, tarts, muffins and brownies – debuts this weekend.
Those staying in London hotels over the bank holiday period who fancy a unique shopping trip should consider making their way down. The North London Vintage Market opens at 10am and runs until 4pm, and its Crouch End location is reasonably accessible from the city centre. The W3 and W7 buses should prove the best option.