Forget everything you know about ropey old car boot sales: this sprawling family-friendly vintage bash is next-level. Returning to King’s Cross at the end of this month, the two-day mini festie is worth a trip – whether you’re a petrolhead or not.
The big news this year is it’s situated in brand new Coal Drops Yard as well as Granary Square, with more traders than you can shake a dog-eared old A-Z at.
There’ll be over a hundred vintage (which means pre-1989) vehicles and traders. In Coal Drops the joys of all things three-wheeled will be celebrated with the rare bright orange 1960s Bond Bugs and Del Boy Trotter’s trusted ride from comedy series Only Fools and Horses. Plus, a specially curated exhibition of Reliant Robins with stained glass windows by artist Stuart Langley is to be exhibited for the first time in London.
And there’s a chance to take a seat on arguably the world’s most famous bus – Harrington Legionnaire – which appeared in 1969 British comedy caper film, The Italian Job.
The Fair rightly champions sustainable shopping – with secondhand, vintage and reworked pieces alongside small independent makers offering upcycled fashion, jewellery and textiles.
When you’re done browsing the books, ceramics and memorabilia, slouch off to the Wellbeing Area for demos throughout the day, and free head massage workshops in 1960s Airstream caravans.
And don’t forget the usual ragbag of opportunities to eat and booze. You can knock back craft beer, cocktails and sniff out eclectic street food (hint: head to the converted London bus for the quirkiest bar.)
What else? A roaming theatre company, dance classes and, of course, DJs playing a vinyl-only selection of 1940s-80s tunes. So you can even throw a shape or two. Although not on a vintage car bonnet, mind.
The Vintage Classic Car Boot Sale is at Coal Drops Yard and Lewis Cubitt Square from 27-28 April. Entry is £5 (classiccarbootsale.co.uk).
Main image: Will Slater