Nothing is better than looking fabulous while still having a bit of extra cash in your wallet. With that in mind, The Resident picks out the best fashion-focused charity shops in Notting Hill for designer and vintage clothing
1 Mary’s Living & Giving Shop for Save the Children, Westbourne Grove
When you walk into the Mary’s Living & Giving Shop for Save the Children on Westbourne Grove you could be walking into any of the expensive boutiques that populate Notting Hill. It is a cohesive shopping experience with interesting decorations and a curated collection of clothing from high-end brands with a selection from the high street. This shop has new clothing donated by the brand and designer shoes and accessories along with a men’s section. They have a selection of shirts, jackets, trousers, ties and shoes. If you can’t get enough, you are in luck, there is another shop a 10 min walk away on Eglin Cres. Open Tues-Sat 10am–6pm.
177 Westbourne Grove W11 2SB;savethechildren.org.uk
2 Cancer Research UK, Portobello
Cancer Research UK on Portobello is an amazing charity shop that manages to feel like a boutique with its quality clothing selection but stay with its charity shop roots. You can find everything from charity shop treasures that are stylish but very kind to your wallet, all the way up to luxury designer items for an amazing price. In addition, the back half of the shop is dedicated to vintage clothing and a men’s section. Currently, the shop has designer shoes from Prada, Miu Miu, and a pair of Stella McCartney Lucite Platform Sandal in Black. Open Mon-Sat 10am-6.30pm & Sun 12pm-6pm.
183 Portobello Road W11 2ED; cancerresearchuk.org
3 FARA Foundation
If you want to save a bit, but don’t feel like rummaging through clothing from the high street to search out the designer finds, the Notting Hill FARA Charity Shop is the place to go.Their fabulous window displays and sleek modern interior create an enjoyable shopping experience that causes you to forget you are in a charity shop. The shop is filled to the brim with high-end brands and designers. You will still find some clothing from the high street but they are limited. This FARA is not limited to women’s clothing they also have a small men’s section as well as books and bric-a-brac. Open Mon-Sun 10am-6pm.
10 Elgin Crescent W11 2HX;faracharityshops.org
4 Trinity Hospice, Notting Hill Gate
Trinity’s stores are known for their quality merchandise and the Notting Hill shop has vintage accessories, womenswear and menswear, and top designer brands such as Moschino, Prada, Alexander McQueen and Gucci. For the brave among you, there is an Alice and Olivia Leopard Print faux fur coat in stock now. Open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm & Sun 11am-5pm.
20 Notting Hill Gate W11 3JE;trinityhospice.org.uk
5 FARA Kids & Baby
FARA’s adorable window displays always make you want to step inside, while the quality of donations is extremely high. There is usually a large selection of pretty garments for girls and an array of excellent designer names, with everyone from Christian Dior to Ralph Lauren. Keep an eye out for soft toys, books, homeware, cots, and the occasional Bugaboo too. Open Mon-Sun 10am-6pm.
39 Ledbury Road W11 2AA; faracharityshops.org
6 Octavia Foundation, Queensway
Step inside Octavia’s distinctive red exterior for an excellent choice of immaculate-looking fashion wear, antiques and quirky gift ideas. Scan the shelves for a pair of killer heels and you might just find designer and high-street names like Marc Jacobs. Open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm.
178 Queensway W2 6LY;octaviafoundation.org.uk