When I’m in London, I can’t help but buy a few kilos of fashion magazines: vintage ones, but also those heavy ones who resemble coffee table books. These are five places in the heart of London you should visit too if you’re a magazine lover. Beware, you could browse there for hours.
1. Wardour News in Soho (118-120 Wardour Street, near Oxford Street)
Wardour News may seem like an average magazine-shop-which-also-sells-cigarettes-and-bottles-of-spring-water, but it’s collection of magazines is enormous. Go there at the beginning of the evening, so you can grab a bite next door – at Brasserie Côte – afterwards.
2. Vintage Magazine Store in Soho (39-43 Brewer Street)
A mecca for magazine lovers. At first glance the store looks a bit shabby, but you have to go to the basement, where you will find thousands of vintage magazines, ranging in price from £ 5 – £ 15. Some editions go back to the fifties, but there are also more recent ones. And they don’t just sell British magazines, but also international editions.
3. Department store Selfridges (Oxford Street)
The magazine section on the ground floor, past the Topshop / Miss Selfridge / All Saints-section (through the left entrance), is not necessarily pleasing to the eye, but does have a very wide range of commercial and independent magazines. Next, go to the second and third floor, where you’ll find the fashion photographed in these magazines. (Tip: On the third floor you’ll find the more affordable brands.)
4. The office of British Vogue (Hanover Square, a street off Regent Street)
You sadly won’t be able to visit the Vogue office, but just to the side of the building is the go to place for all editions publisher Condé Nast publishes worldwide: from the Japanese Vogue to Casa Vogue Brasil and from the Korean W to the Russian edition of Allure. Also, Vogue‘s fashion books are available here.
5. The museum shop at Tate Modern
The larger the museum, the larger the museum shop and in this case that means a huge wall full of art and fashion magazines. The heavier types, like Purple Fashion, POP magazine and LOVE Magazine. On the fifth floor you can enjoy a drink while having one of the best views of London, on the Thames.