Decorators and interior designers have for years used Alfies Antique Market in London as a secret weapon – a place where they could go to discover unique and unusual items of furniture to wow their clients and build their reputation. Here’s the best bit about this market, though—it’s open to everyone.
Clichés like “treasure trove” and “bohemian chic” are often overused, but in the case of Alfies Antique Market they are accurate descriptions. Even if you don’t know much about antique furniture, furnishings, clothing, or jewellery, you will find the atmosphere intoxicating and the items on sale fascinating.
It is not the best place in London to pick up bargains – Alfies Antique Market is more prestigious collectable than bargain basement. It is one of the biggest antiques markets in the city, however, so it is a must-see destination.
The building that houses the market is interesting in its own right. It is located in Church Street and has an attractive and well-preserved Egyptian-style art Deco facade. Alfies Antique Market has been in this building since 1976.
Today the market is spread over four floors and features up to 100 antique dealers. Most of the items you will find are antique or retro 20th century pieces, ranging from fashion and fashion accessories to furniture and decorative artwork.
There is also a fifth floor in the market which is home to the hugely popular rooftop restaurant. It is the perfect place to grab a spot of lunch after perusing the eclectic range of items for sale, and meeting the passionate dealers, on the floors below.
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The area around the market is also worth a visit. Alfies Antique Market has given the location a reputation for antiques, so there are more permanent shops selling similar items in the streets surrounding the market. Many of these shops are run by people who started off in the market before moving to a shop location. If you are looking for some retro clothing, or a piece of furniture to feature in your home, you are bound to find it either in the market or the streets around.
Alfies Antique Market has enjoyed four decades of success because of the range and quality of its offerings. It is definitely worth a visit.
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