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London Antiquing

On an antiques-shopping adventure, discover one-of-a-kind jewelry and accessories at too-good-to-believe prices.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Full day

Overview :  From Covent Garden to Grays jewelry emporium, London Town is overflowing with time-worn treasures and bargains galore. On Portobello... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Adams Antiques Fair

Prior to launching Adams Antiques Fair at the Royal Horticultural Hall, Matthew Adams studied costume and theatre design at Central School of Art. In addition to organizing this fair, which is the longest-running Sunday antiques fair in London, Adams frequently runs retro events in London, including the Frock Me! vintage fashion fair. At this... More

Alexandra Palace, or the Ally Pally, as it’s familiarly called, is a spectacular Victorian pile. The location is reachable by taxi but we recommend the Tube—even if your pockets are deep, do you want to spend nearly $80 on a cab before you even get there?The cost is $7 to enter the show, which offers a range of popularly priced merchandise. Our... More

3. Alfies Antique Market

Specializing in treasures dating from the 1920s onward, this Church Street market is home to more than 100 experienced and enthusiastic dealers, making it the largest permanent indoor antique market in the country. Both seasoned collectors and casual adorers of all things vintage are delighted by the irresistible gems showcased throughout Alfies’ ... More

4. Central Gallery

Though the fancy jewelry offerings are hardly bargain-basement, they are exquisite and well worth the prices, which are at least a third less than they would be in New York.

125 Portobello Rd., Portobello Road Antiques Market
London, England
United Kingdom


5. Crown Arcade

Bargain-seekers and serious collectors find treasures among the 18th- and 19th-century glass pieces, silver, and arts and crafts at this Portobello Road Market shop. Open on Saturdays, this purple store between Gallery 117 and Humble Pie is frequently hidden behind a wall of touristy T-shirts and handbags. Don&rspuo;t be fooled: the interior... More

6. Grays

Grays, an antiques center with the most fabulous jewelry in London, hands down, is by reputation as expensive as it is elegant. But it turns out that even the glittering Grays is not beyond the modest means of thrifty antiquers. Head downstairs, where Jo Elton and Olly Gerrish sell paste serpents and enamel butterflies. On the main floor, Sylvie... More

7. Jubilee Market

Sure, this flea is rough and tumble, with plenty of unspeakable junk, but there is also a goodly amount of fashionable items—heaps of fur coats from the 50’s and 60’s (the English seem to have turned irrevocably against wearing fur; you rarely see a fur coat on the street but there are plenty at the markets); stacks of British Vogues from the 1930... More

8. Rogers Antiques Gallery

The Saturday-only arcade with a wildly eclectic range of merchandise has inexpensive art-deco chains.

65 Portobello Rd.
London, England
United Kingdom


9. Sunbury Antiques Market

Every other Tuesday 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road
Middlesex, England
United Kingdom