Popular antique markets
One of the most popular markets is on Portobello Road. This antique market is located in the well-known district of Notting Hill, where stately Victorian houses with decorated pillars and balustrades set the tone for the street. Be sure to come early if you prefer a quiet browse as it becomes quite crowded later in the day.
At an old railway yard in the north of the city you’ll find Camden Market. The northern section, where a horse market used to be held, is now full of specialist shops selling antiques and eccentric furniture. The former horse hospital also contains two floors of antiques and curiosa.
Antiques at Bermondsey Antique Market
Bermondsey, home turf for professionals
At Bermondsey Antique Market, the day begins at 4:00 am in this hunting ground for professional dealers and collectors. From cut-throat razors and candle extinguishers to telescopes and old globes – you have to rummage around but there are bargains to be found. The market may not be picturesque but it is less busy than most others. Many antique shops with furniture and accessories are also located in old warehouses along Bermondsey Street and Tower Bridge Road. The market is held on Fridays only until 1:00 pm.
A great variety of antiques
Kings Road and Islington chic
Chic antiques and art can also be found in the southern section of the Kings Road. The dealers here are highly specialised and love to talk about their trade. They travel the whole world in search of the most unusual items – from richly decorated Imari porcelain to world-famous Biedermeier furniture.
The suburb of Islington is a paradise for antique lovers with its beautiful, old shopping arcades. Camden Passage, York Arcade, the old Victorian Mall Antiques Arcade – each is more impressive than the previous one. They specialise in silver items, art nouveau, art deco and Eastern art, while the Pierrepont Arcade has stacks of old English crockery.