Like Portobello Road? 7 other places to find antiques in London
Everybody knows about Portobello Road antiques market. It’s popular for a reason – in a beautiful part of London surrounded by envy-inducing homes and a large selection of antiques traders, it’s a fantastic experience. But if you want to avoid the crowds that flock to Notting Hill, we’ve pulled together a list of 7 exciting places to find antiques in London that you might not have heard of:
#1 Lillie Road
Lillie Road Antique Shops, Lillie Road, Fulham, London, SW6 7LL
Over fifteen antiques shops line this quiet and unpretentious street in Fulham. Stocking pieces in a range of styles and periods, you could spend an afternoon hopping from shop to shop. On sunny days, the traders keep their doors open and chat outside to one another, lending the place a friendly, market feel.
Our favourite shop on the road has to be 269-Antiques. It is absolutely filled to the brim with bedside tables, lights, chandeliers, mirrors, mirrors and more mirrors! What this trader lacks in presentation is more than made up for by the stunning pieces you can find hidden away at the back of the shop.
#2 Bermondsey Antiques Market
Bermondsey Antiques Market, Bermondsey Square, London, SE1 3UN // Fridays 6am to 2pm
Tucked away in a sweet square in between Borough and Bermondsey Tube stations, this Friday market is relatively small, but well worth the trip. Get there early (a sneaky pre-work trip even!) to pick up the best pieces of French and Scandinavian furniture pieces, a range of decorative items and some cracking mirrors. A lot of the traders sell at the antiques bigger markets in London and surroundings too, but this is a chance to get to them where there’s fewer punters and more chance of a bargain!
There’s a lovely Swedish place called Hej Coffee with a few tables and chairs that catch the sun, perfect for a post-market debrief.
#3 Church Street
Church Street Antiques, Church Street, Marylebone, London NW8 8DT
Alfie’s Antiques Market, 13-25 Church Street, Marylebone, London NW8 8DT
Squeeze past the market stalls selling every type of fruits, vegetables, socks and sandals to make it into one of the calm havens of the antique shops lining Church Street. Church Street is also home to Alfie’s Antique Market, one of the most famous place to find antiques in London. Alfie’s is a multi-storey treasure trove of retro furniture, vintage goodies and decorative items.
#4 The Old Cinema
The Old Cinema, 160 Chiswick High Road, London W4 1PR
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, the Old Cinema in Chiswick is an absolute gem. They’re an antique, vintage and retro ‘department store’, stocking pieces from a collective of dealers and traders all under one roof.
When you’re there, look up! There’s a stunning gilded dome ceiling, one of the original features of the cinema that stood on this spot from 1908 to 1934.
#5 Northcote Road
Northcote Road Antiques, Northcote Road, London SW11 6QB
Braemar Antiques, 113 Northcote Road, London SW11
Yuppie Northcote Road in Clapham has some lovely shops, cafes and at the top end, a covered antiques market.
Our favourite antiques shop on Northcote road is Braemar Antiques, selling a lovely selection of nineteenth century decorative pieces including some stunning lighting and practical furniture pieces.
#6 Camden Passage
Camden Passage, Angel, Islington, London N1 8EA.
Hidden behind Islington’s swanky Upper Street, Camden Passage is a lovely place to spend an afternoon. Known for its vintage shops and antique stalls, as well as independent shops and boutiques, the Passage has a lively feel.
#7 Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road Flower Market, Columbia Road, London, E2 7DX // Sundays 8am to 3pm
So it’s not strictly a place to find antiques in London. BUT, Columbia Road Flower Market is such a beauty that we wanted to sneak it onto the list. Head over early to pick up flowers to put in your favourite antique vases (see, there is a tenuous link!).
There’s an interiors shop just off the main market stretch called OpenHouse, which stocks antique furniture and accessories to go with your floral purchases.
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