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Retro London Tour

Vintage style is back all over London Town, from old-school candy shops to the speakeasy scene.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  From Fitzrovia to Covent Garden, London is embracing its charming—and sometimes cheeky—past. Every era, from the roaring ’20s to the... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Bourne & Hollingsworth

Named after a defunct British department store where owner Mark Holdstock’s mother once sold gloves, this closet-size basement bar is part 1920’s speakeasy and part English tearoom—floral wallpaper and killer retro cocktails (try the gin fizz or one from the innovative drinks list served Prohibition-style in teacups). The place is known for its... More

2. Cocomaya

Two-part Cocomaya is both a fine chocolate shop and artisan bakery. The vintage cabinets and central table in the lime-green-and-magenta chocolate shop are lined with huge cookie displays, fruit tarts, bowls of powder-sugar-dusted truffles, and various square chocolates with unique flavors like lavender, ginger, green tea, and sour cherry. Former ... More

3. Hope and Greenwood

Inside London’s Covent Garden, Hope and Greenwood is a small confections shop offering a variety of handmade British sweets. Inside the red storefront with a peppermint-striped overhang, this old-fashioned sweet shop features massive shelves and marble counters lined with glass candy jars, each filled to the brim with milk bottles, bonbons,... More

4. Rivoli Ballroom

Opposite the Crofton Park overground rail station, the Rivoli Ballroom is one of the city’s few remaining ballrooms. The grade two-listed building is known for its original 1957 interior, making it a popular place for photo shoots. The ballroom’s large maple dance floor is surrounded by red velvet draperies, elaborate chandeliers, flock wallpaper,... More

5. Treacle Tea House

Situated in London’s East End in the famous Columbia Road flower market, Treacle aims to keep the traditional British teahouse alive. Open just on Sundays, the small bakery sells a selection of fairy cakes, Victoria sponges, and fruit loaves, all lined up in vintage wooden cabinets. The minimalistic décor reflects the basic menu selection, which... More

For more glamour, head to the Waldorf Hilton, which has reintroduced its afternoon Tango Tea in the sumptuous Palm Court; guests can relive 1920’s elegance and take to the floor, accompanied by a five-piece band.?

London, England
United Kingdom