Alfies Antiques celebrates 40 years

Celebrate the 40th birthday of London's best-loved antiques emporium

A celebration is in order as this year marks 40 years in business for bustling London emporium, Alfies Antique Market.

The anniversary will be marked by an array of events starting next week, which are sure to pique the interest of antiques hunters. The highlight? For the first time Alfies will take a stand at the much-loved Battersea Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair. A variety of Alfies’ dealers will be present including Tin Tin Collectables who sell antique luggage and vintage travel items, Adire African Textiles and Thirteen Interiors who specialize in 20th-century furniture.

Set up in 1976 by Bennie Gray, Alfies Antique Market started life as a derelict department store (previously called Jordans) in Church Street, Paddington. After an unsuccessful attempt to transform the place into a gallery, Gray focused his attention on creating a hub for antiques dealers and it has flourished ever since. Today, the indoor market, which occupies four floors, is a rabbit warren of antiques, mid-century furniture, vintage clothes and collectables – you can read more about its history on p22 of Homes & Antiques’ September issue.

A number of other events will also be held to commemorate the anniversary. From 20th to 24th September, Alfies and the antiques shops of Church Street will be opening a series of pop-ups. Among these will be stalls showcasing the Antiques Young Guns and London Glassblowing, which shares its 40th anniversary with Alfies having been set up by Peter Layton in 1976. There will also be talks and demonstrations, including an upholstery workshop run by Thirteen Interiors and a talk on 20th century glass from H&A contributor and Roadshow expert Mark Hill.

After 40 years of success, the anniversary events are a great opportunity for both committed fans and first-time visitors to see the market in all its splendor. Here’s to another 40 years!

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Images: Alfies Antiques Market today (top) and in the 1970s (above)
Words: Ruby Guyler


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