South London has an abundance of antiques shops, selling just about every antique imaginable – from marble fireplaces to Georgian kitchen cupboards and Victorian radiators. Here’s our guide to the best antiques shops south of the Thames.
Northcote Road Antiques Market
This large indoor market has been running since 1986 and boasts more than 30 dealers selling antiques and collectibles. Shop here for vintage furniture, glassware, pottery and mirrors. Products include a French carved oak mirror and a 19th-century wooden children’s chair.
Northcote Road Antiques Market, 155a Northcote Road, London, +44 20 7228 6850
Crystal Palace Antiques
Crystal Palace Antiques, housed in an old Victorian warehouse, is renowned for its extensive selection of antiques and vintage gems. Billed as ‘London’s largest antique and design emporium’, more than 20 dealers sell antiques from a range of time periods, including mid-century modern and Victorian.
Crystal Palace Antiques, Imperial House, Jasper Road, London, UK, +44 20 8480 7042
This quaint shop in Tower Bridge specialises in folk art, both contemporary and antique, from Europe and farther afield. With new stock arriving daily, make sure you pop in regularly to get the best picks.
Modern Folk, 98 Tower Bridge Road, London, UK, +44 20 7064 1089
Battersea Park Road has a number of antiques shops that are worth a visit. Try Alberto’s Antiques, for its selection of vintage marble fireplaces, mirrors, radiators and chandeliers. Products come from a range of time periods and styles, like Victorian and Rococo.
Alberto’s Antiques, 164 Battersea Park Road, London, UK, +44 20 7223 3919
New Vintage, also in Battersea Park Road, sells a mixture of antique and vintage remodelled furniture. Currently on sale are a 1950s kitchen cabinet and a Victorian chest of drawers. The shop also sells accessories, including a good selection of tea sets, lampshades, ornamental mirrors and old trunks.
New Vintage, 256 Battersea Park Road, London, UK, +44 20 3490 6097
Your final stop on Battersea Park Road should be Circa Battersea. This store specialises in mid-20th century furniture and lighting. The shop stocks furniture by French and Italian designers, including Maison Charles, Maison Jansen, Paolo Buffa, Gio Ponti, Willy Rizzo and Osvaldo Borsani. Lighting is stocked from renowned designers like Murano, Venini and Fontana Arte.
Circa Battersea, 551 Battersea Park Road, London, UK, +44 20 7223 3919
Take a trip to this ‘cave’ of curios. The self-described shop of ‘thrifty finds, reclaimed doors and architectural salvage’ is packed with hanging chandeliers, sinks, antique fireplaces, Victorian radiators and other reclaimed goods. The store itself is a landmark in the south London roadside, with the entranceway made up of stacks of second-hand furniture and creepy mannequins.
Bleu sells a plethora of antique and mid-century modern furniture and lighting. Its stock has included pieces by Han Wegner, Charles & Ray Eames and Charlotte Perriand la Corbusier.
Bleu, 135 Dulwich Road, London, UK, +44 7958 673703
The Junk Shop & Spread Eagle
This quirky shop in Greenwich is packed with antique furniture, lighting and collectibles. The shop is run by Toby Moy, who comes from a family of antiques dealers (his father Dick set up in the shop in 1954), so you’ll be in expert hands. Make sure you check out the tearoom at the back of the shop, too.
The Junk Shop & Spread Eagle, 9 Greenwich South Street, London, UK, +44 20 8305 1666
The London Architectural Salvage and Supply Co. (Lassco) is well-known for its architectural antiques and vintage furniture. Shop here for limestone and marble fireplaces, garden statues, ornate chandeliers and reclaimed oak flooring. Lassco has two branches in South London, on Maltby Street and in Brunswick House, as well as a store in Oxford.
Modern Shows was set up after a one-off show by founders Petra Curtis and Lucy Ryder Richardson nearly sold out in its first day. The small business runs several shows, each comprising a carefully curated selection of mid-century modern furniture and other 20th-century design classics, including wallpaper, ceramics and cushions. The next London show, called Mid-Century Modern, will be held in Dulwich College, mainly in the Brutalist-designed Christison Hall, in March.