Are you looking for that specific vintage armchair that fits perfectly in your living room or just want a relaxing time to see what antiques you can find? Well, you’re in luck…
At Secret London we love a good market, and we’re lucky to have so many in our capital. From street food markets galore to some of the finest flower markets in the world, we don’t fare too badly on the old market front. But did you know that our beloved city is also packed with some of the best in the country? antique marketsplus a host of affordable accessories antiques? Here’s our rundown of ten of the best places in town if you’re looking to shop and pick up some real gems:
1. Portobello Road Market, West London
Arguably one of the best antique markets in London, Portobello Road Market is famous for being the largest antiques market in the world with over 1,500 stalls vying for your attention when the market is in full swing on a Saturday. It’s also one of the oldest places in town to shop for antiques and dates back to the early 19th century.
Although Saturday is the main day, it is also the busiest, so you can fight the crowds very well. Friday also offers antiques at the southern end of Portobello Road, as well as second-hand and vintage clothing stores. You’ll also find delicious street food, freshly baked goods and that famous blue door from the iconic 1999 film Notting Hill here. Oh, and it’s about to go car-free – don’t forget to haggle too!
2. Old Spitalfields Market, East London
Every Thursday at this Grade II listed institution there is a popular all-day antiques market, considered by many to be one of the best antique markets in London. It sells everything from vintage clothing to shabby-chic art, ceramics, jewelry, and even age-old military clothing. From bargain gems to high-end vintage goods, there’s something for everyone here, whatever your budget.
Famous artists like Tracy Emin regularly Old Spitalfields Marketand you’re just a stone’s throw from some of the best food and drink stalls in town – perfect if you’re looking for a refill shop.
3. Town House, East London
Are you staying in Spitalfields? Well, look no further than Townhouse – one of London’s best-loved antique shops. Housed in an early 18th century building, it’s also a gallery featuring great exhibitions and works of art by contemporary artists.
Look for treasures including oil paintings, glassware and furniture, and there’s also a lovely little cafe that makes delicious cakes and hot coffee. Are you looking for something new to decorate your walls? Then head to this antique shop in E1.
4. Two Columbia Road, East London
Another antique shop turned art gallery, Two Columbia Road is the place to go if you want to find collectible furniture from places as far apart as the United States, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. Items range from Danish stools to teak bookcases and comfortable granny lounge chairs.
There are also light fixtures for sale as well as eclectic artwork available. Stock is changed and updated often, and the showroom is only open certain days of the week, so we recommend checking ahead. through their website to see confirmed opening hours.
5. Camden Passage, North London
This scenic spot isn’t actually in Camden but in Islington’s Angel, and it’s arguably one of the most scenic spots in London, with films such as wonder woman and TV shows like Kill Eve. It also houses a very good antiques market, which takes place every two weeks on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Called Pierrepoint Arcade, it sells everything from vintage costumes to printed stamps and antique books. Below is the Camden Passage The market itself, which features an eclectic mix of vintage and retro clothing, photos, luggage, collectibles and various other bric-a-brac.
As well as their weekly markets, you can also find independent antique shops such as Caroline Carrier – which sells antique china – and The Antique Paper Company, which sells a plethora of old maps.
6. Atomic Antiquities, East London
This charming antique shop in Shoreditch High Street specializes in mid-century modern furniture, vintage lighting, rugs and ornaments, with most items dating from the 1920s to the 1980s.
There is a lot of stock for sale at Atomic Antiquities, much of which comes from well-known designers such as Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wagner and Mario Bellini. It is also one of the most affordable antique shops in London, and the owners take great pride in providing both excellent service and high quality items.
7. Vintage Heaven, East London
vintage paradise on Columbia Road is another complete treasure and a worthy addition to this roundup of antique shops and antique markets in London. Aptly named, this is the place to come if you’re looking for vintage crockery, glassware, fabrics and other kitchenware, and designers on offer include William Morris, Johnson Ware, Pyrex and Woods Ware.
There is also a lovely cafe out back called Cake Hole which serves a selection of delicious cakes, cream teas and English teas for breakfast. Note that this antique shop is only open on weekends, so it’s the perfect place to spend some time before or after exploring the Columbia Road Flower Market.
8. Grays Antique Centre, Central London
Better known as Grays Antique Market, this Grade II listed location is located right in the heart of Mayfair and claims to have one of the world’s largest and most diverse collections of antiques, jewellery, books and vintage fashion in its expansive interior. .
It houses over 100 specialist antique dealers over two floors, and each has the abundance of luxury stock you would expect from an international fair. It’s not exactly cheap at Gray Antiquities Center – but you’re getting luxury antiques after all – and the savvy dealers themselves are open to negotiation.
9. Furniture and Arts Building, West London
Located in the center of Chelsea, just off the famous King’s Road, you really can’t miss this antiques and furniture dealers market – partly because it’s bright green, but partly because it’s is one of the best places to buy antiques in London.
Spread over three floors, the Furniture and Arts Building – otherwise simply known as “FAB” – is home to a diverse collection of businesses supporting the interiors industry, selling everything from rare antiques to quirky sofa covers and everything in between. Hours of operation vary from business to business, so if you’re visiting a particular gallery or showroom, it’s worth checking with them first to avoid disappointment.
10. Greenwich Market
Located in the UNESCO-listed area of Royal Greenwich is this gem of an antiques market, which combines arts, crafts and antiques with mouth-watering street food stalls that incorporate cuisines from around the world. It’s a great day and the market prides itself on promoting local British designers in its various shops and stalls.
Surrounded by independent shops, bars, pubs and cafes, Greenwich Market is a great place to spend a few hours, and you can find everything here, from vintage headwear to different collectibles. It’s worth noting that the antiques and collectables market only operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, so it’s best to plan a visit if you’re looking to find some antique gems.