Ah, north London, home to some of the capital’s best grassy hangouts with great views – like Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill in Regent’s Park. Buried among these green paradises are a surplus of cracking antiques shops and markets, all waiting for you to find second-hand treasures. We’ve chosen some of our favourites to get you started.
Marylebone’s Church Street is filled with antiques shops, many of which started life as stalls in nearby Alfies, which is also in Church Street. Have a look inside 25-years-old Les Couilles du Chien – renowned for stocking unusual antiques such as a taxidermy moose and Murano chandeliers – and family-run James Worrall for 19th to 20th-century furniture and ornaments. Other antiques shops to look at in this street include Rare Rugs, Patricia Harvey Antiques and Matt Mitchell.
Okay, this isn’t really a shop – but this fair in the historic Grade II-listed Ally Pally, which brings together more than 300 antiques dealers, is a great place to find reclaimed treasures in north London. It costs to enter – £12 before 9:30am and £6 afterwards – but there are great deals, with vintage clothing, ceramics and jewellery sold at competitive prices. As Pirates of the Carribean’s Captain Barbossa would say, the prices are ‘more what you’d call “guidelines” than actual rules’, so get haggling.
The next fair will be on 18 February. For more dates visit here.