The vintage, the kitsch and the outlandish. An average stroll in London

Long before being a food haven, London, UK, was (and still is) a kitsch haven. The same markets I’ve already written¬†that showcase a healthy selection of cosmopolitan delicacies, also sell some of the most outlandish goods you are bound to find anywhere else. Between vintage and second-hand, I think Notting Hill’s Portobello Market wins, but I wouldn’t rule out of the competition Old Spitalfields and Brick Lane neither. Grab your London map and have a look yourself.

Since we are in London, let's start with some tea equipment, a little kitsch, if you ask me.

Since we are in London, let’s start with some tea equipment, a little kitsch, if you ask me.

In China they had dragons, in London flowers...

In China they had dragons, in London flowers…

A more complete look, would you like a tea set? Or a rugby ball?

A more complete look, would you like a tea set? Or a rugby ball?

Keep calm and have a cupcake. Or an iPad case for 6 pounds.

The inevitable Marilyn, or the Beatles Simpson-version. Just keep calm and have a cupcake. Or an iPad case for 6 pounds.

Creepy diaries

Creepy diaries

In Brick Lane, just not to waste space. Would you like a chair? Or a jacket? Or a window maybe?

In Brick Lane, where we don’t waste space. Would you like a chair? Or a jacket? Or a window maybe?

Colorful paintings

Bright, colorful paintings

Attire for an average day at work

Attire for an average day at work

Even though it was on promotion, I somehow managed to refrain from buying it

Even though it was on promotion, I somehow managed to refrain from buying it

Badges, decoration, small and pretty

Badges, decoration, small and pretty

Vintage car as a shop display window, not sure what the shop was selling, but not cars

Vintage car as a shop display window, not sure what the shop was selling, but not cars

Because the good old 50s are never out of place

Because the good old 50s are never out of place

Above all, keep calm and call Batman

Above all, keep calm and call Batman

Now, I’m aware I have taken picture of probably the most outlandish merchandise on sale, but don’t be misled by my soft spot for anything quirky, as especially the Old Spitalfields Market does sell also beautiful handmade jewellery, clothing and home decorations.

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8 Comments
  1. A lovely motif for a post on London. GREAT photos. They bring back such memories: kitsch, busy kitsch.

  2. Kitschy indeed….but awesome! I want one of the “Keep Calm and Call Batman” signs:)

  3. LOL! The good old 50s are never out of place. I agree!

  4. I’m not big on shopping, but I love looking at markets that sell interesting stuff like this.

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