Have you ever wanted to go antiques shopping but had no idea where to start? I’ve received a few emails recently asking for suggestions and I spent a long time putting together a list of the places I have been to and I thought it might be nice to share this with you.
Now, unfortunately, this list is very much based around London, so apologies to all my lovely followers from America, Australia, Japan, Germany, France, Canada, India (the list goes on – I LOVE checking out the locations of visitors to the site! It always amazes me that someone from Indonesia or Iceland has found my little blog). However, to all of you from other parts of the UK and the world, please do leave a comment and tell us all the best antiques shops or markets near you just in case we visit your part of the world soon. One of my favourite things to do on holiday is to spend the day wandering around flea markets, brocantes and antiques shops.
So here goes (in no particular order)…
1. The Old Cinema – 160 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 1PR
Huge shop with a variety of antiques, vintage finds, upcycled furniture and reproductions.
2. Alfie’s Antique Market – 13-25 Church Street, Marylebone, London, NW8 8DT
Church Street is a treasure trove with shop after shop filled with all sorts of antiques.
3. Bermondsey Square antiques market – corner of Long Lane and Bermondsey street, London, SE1 3FD
Right up the street from me, this market is open every Friday – get there early as a lot of professional buyers pick up all the good stuff. Each stall is filled with different antiques from jewellery to cutlery. This market isn’t about fine antiques – think more car boot sale.
4. Lassco – 30 Wandsworth Road, London, SW8 2LG and 41 Maltby Street, Bermondsey, London, SE1 3PA
This is one of my favourite places ever. It’s an enormous Georgian manor house slap bang in the middle of the Vauxhall roundabout. Every room in the house is filled with different antiques: baths, sinks, radiators, salvaged floorboards, door knobs, apothecary bottles, furniture, street signs etc. There is also a cafe and all the furniture is for sale! Love it.
5. Stella Blunt – 75 Broadway Market, London, E8 4PH
This shop is full of lovely vintage finds: 1950’s Formica tables, G-Plan, 60’s glasswear, handpicked curios, art deco mirrors, Victorian kitchen tables.
6. Kempton antiques market – Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex, TW16 5AQ
A sprawling mass of antique market stalls. Go prepared with a keen eye, car/van, comfortable shoes and stamina.
7. Bleu – 327 Railton Road, Herne Hill, London, SE23 0JN
Mid-century and modern vintage furniture and lighting.
8. Barn Antiques Centre – Station Road, Long Marston, Warks, CV37 8RP
This is near my mother-in-law’s house and it’s a huge barn divided into smaller sections filled to the brim with all sorts of affordable antiques.
9. Vintage Heaven – 82 Columbia Road, London, E2 7QB
Based on Columbia Road I love popping in here whenever I go to the flower market. Overflowing with vintage china, pottery and glass wear.
10. Crystal Palace Antiques – Junction of Westow Hill & Jasper Road, London, SE19 1SH
Four floors of antiques and vintage finds.
11. Two Columbia Road – 2 Columbia Road, London, E2 7NN
12. Eltham Palace Art Deco fair – Court Yard, Eltham, Greenwich, London, SE9 5QE
The Art Deco fair happens here twice a year and the Great Tudor Hall is filled with beautiful Art Deco pieces as well as a marquee. Well worth a visit as you can see the Art Deco house and beautiful gardens at the same time.
13. Northcote Road Antiques Market – 155a Northcote Road, London, SW11 6QB
This is a bit of a tardis as it opens up into different sections run by different dealers. There’s also Braemar’s just up the street.
14. Modern Shows – various locations around London
These fairs show case the best of mid-century and modern vinatge design. This October they head East to the recently refurbished Grade II listed Haggerston School, Erno Goldfinger’s only secondary built between 1964 and ’65. Buy tickets in advance or on the door.
15. The Modern Movement at Brockwell Lido – Brockwell Park, Dulwich Road, London, SE24 0PA
For the last six years the recently refurbished 1930’s lido at Brockwell Park has hosted the Modern Movement. Sellers bring their mid-century furniture and sell it around the pool. Pop into the cafe there, too.
15. Home Barn – Wilton Farm, Marlow Road, Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 3RR
A gorgeous barn filled with vintage and rustic pieces. A really lovely place to visit.
16. RE-found objects – Bishops Yard, Main Street, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5LA
If you can’t visit here, make sure you check out the online shop. A collection of vintage pieces that you won’t be able to resist.
17. Tower Bridge Antiques – 71 Tanner Street, London, SE1 3PL
Reasonably priced antique furniture. Can take a bit of effort finding the gems here but there are definitely some to be found.
18. Camden Passage – Islington, London, N1 8EF
This collection of vintage and antique shops, along a cobbled pedestrianised street, is the perfect weekend visit.
19. Arch 389 – Mentmore Terrace, London, E8 3PN
An arch under a railway filled with retro furniture and knick knacks. Good for a dig around.
20. Cobbled Yard Vintage Store – 1 Bouverie Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 0AH
A rough collection of Victorian, retro and industrial furniture – hunting is required here!
Please, please, please leave your favourite antiques shop, market or fair in the comments section (no matter where you are from) – would be AMAZING to build up a personally recommended directory! x