Unchained Mini-Guide to Lower Marsh

By unchainedguide Last edited 109 months ago
Unchained Mini-Guide to Lower Marsh

Nestled in the shadow of Waterloo Station, and a souvenir-programme's throw from The Old Vic, lies the historic market street of Lower Marsh. Most days you'll find the road lined with cockney-staffed stalls - but right behind them, in between the less glamorous high street names, you'll discover some of the quirkiest and most unique shops in the city (we don't think you'll find a licensed knitting shop anywhere else in London!) So if you find yourself around the Southbank this Easter-mas weekend, we recommend you take a small detour. Here are some of the highlights:

Greensmiths - A whole new concept in supermarkets. You'll find some of the best Unchained food shops under one roof.

I Knit London - A knitting supply shop by day. A place to drink alcohol and cross needles at night. Clickety-hic!

Crockatt & Powell - Isn't it good to buy books from people who are passionate about books? These guys live it.

Top Wind - Flutes, flute supplies and everything for anyone with a flute. Including some great banter.

Prophet - Unusual jewellery and funky furniture from a husband and wife team.

What the butler wore - Get that Life on Mars look with great vintage from the 60s & 70s.

Ian Allan Book & Model Shop - A specialist bookshop for transport enthusiasts. Anorak optional.

Radio Days - Not just vintage clothes. This place is a treasure trove of vintage housewares and magazines too.

Last Updated 09 April 2009


No mention of Scooterworks? Vintage wheels, coffee & Northern Soul. Fantastic.


Hey Anthony. I heart Scooterworks, but Unchained is all about the shops. We don't do cafes, bars or any other eateries.


I bloody love Lower Marsh - I used to work around there, it was fantastic. May I also recommend Twice the Siren? I don't know 100% if they're unchained but I imagine they are. Plus shops that have clearly been there for years (the jeweller springs to mind) and know what they're doing.

And always up for the Crockatt & Powell love.


Thanks Rachel. We just wanted to give an overview of some of the great shops on the street. Sorry, if we missed out some other beauties.

Lower Marsh has got so much character, it's great. One of the shopkeepers described it as more Eastenders than Eastenders is. So true!