Aug 17, 2011
London Antique Markets: A Shopping Guide
Portobello Road, W11 1LU; Antique section runs between Chepstow Villas and Elgin Crescent
Spitalfields Market, which beckons buyers daily into its marketplace, a recently renovated building out-skirted with contemporary art and light installations. Thursdays are prime antique-hunting days, when you’ll find a wide range of idiosyncratic knickknacks, large vintage furniture pieces, and wonderfully worn luggage and trunks.
Brushfield Street, London, United Kingdom E1 6DT
Brick Lane Market, where Eastern food meets East End style. First known for it's curry houses, the area’s marketplace is quickly becoming a mecca for retro finds every Sunday. Seek out The Tea Rooms, a cavernous space beneath 93 Feet East that houses reasonably priced antiques and ceramics. Don’t leave without perusing the carpet stall, located just off of Brick Lane on Bacon Street, where you can find well-made carpets and rugs at budget prices. Finish your trip off at Goodnight Vienna, a stall selling Ercol tables and chairs in near-perfect condition.
Brick Lane, E1 6PU
13-25 Church Street, Marylebone London, NW8 8DT
Camden Passage, a quaint cobblestone alley in London's Angel neighborhood. Uproot treasures ranging from one-of-a-kind finds to vintage mass-produced gems. If you're lucky, you’ll also find fabulous design-y souvenirs such as antique tea sets and furniture adorned with the Union Jack. Hit the streets early and enjoy brunch at the Breakfast Club (31 Camden Passage), a sunny yellow stop that boasts delicious breakfast foods with an American spin.
Camden Passage, off Upper Street, N1 5ED
Camden Market's obstacle course of hagglers selling kitschy tourist bric-a-brac, to make it to The Stables, a converted horse hospital where dealers sell their antique and vintage wares out of wooden stalls. Open daily, it's a great spot to find vintage threads; It's the weekends that attract antique dealers and shoppers! For a mid-shopping break, head to the charming cafe in the back of the downstairs area for a traditional tea for two.
Chalk Farm Road, (opposite junction with Hartland Road), London, NW1 8AH
> All images courtesy of Brittny Drye