Though shopping on the high street for the latest trends and newest items is a great way to ensure you find the product you want, heading to an antique store in London can be just as beneficial. It also means many a happy hour can be had searching through a trove of treasures from times past. By staying at the Grand Park Hotel London not only are you choosing to stay in one of the best 4 star hotels in London, but you’re also choosing to place yourself in a great location for antique shopping and bargain hunting. As you’d expect in a city like London, which wears its past proudly, there are a number of world class antique stores just waiting to be discovered.
Check out our pick of the top antique stores in town if you’re looking for vintage gems to take home as a memento of your trip. Prices and styles vary of course so it’s well worth setting aside time to visit at least a couple of these options.
Alfie’s Antiques Market
Alfie’s Antique Market is one of the biggest indoor markets in London, with a whole host of different stalls selling antiques, clothing and collectables. It’s a great place to visit if you’re in search of home accessories, unique pieces and rare items. Alfie’s Antiques Market is popular amongst those who work in television and who need authentic and unusual props, as well as interior designers and householders with an eye for design and a taste for the eclectic.
Portobello Road Market
For a more relaxed antique experience, head to Portobello Road Market. Portobello Road Market is one of London’s most iconic, thanks to its old school charm and traditional shopping experience. For those that are new to antiques or simply want to see what’s on offer, Portobello Road is a good place to start and it’s easy to get to from Grand Park Hotel London.
Gray’s Antiques Market
Gray’s Antiques Market first opened its doors in 1977 and was founded by antique dealer, Bennie Gray. It has since grown, evolving over the course of the last four decades to become one of London’s main antique hubs today. The market comprises of a number of different stalls, manned by around 100 dealers. Here, buyers will find more expensive and high end antiques – with a focus on Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco periods – many of which wouldn’t look out of place in a 4 star hotel in London.
Though not a store as such, Camden Passage is well worth a visit if you’re looking to find one-of-a-kind antique buys. It is made up of adjoining markets and antique shops, all of which offer items from a variety of eras. Most of Camden Passage sellers focus on homewares and memorabilia, but there are areas with more unique items. There are also stalls dedicated to collectibles such as stamps.
London is home to some of the country’s best and biggest antique stores, so you won’t find yourself short of places to explore in search of the perfect purchase.