Concierges' Guide to London: Shopping: Art, Antiques & Collectibles

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ALFIES ANTIQUE MARKET "Famous throughout the years" for being "really good fun," this converted warehouse on Church Street draws "a collection of dealers all under one roof" to offer "a little bit of everything." More than 70 vendors. (AH, GM, CS, MW) +44.20.7723.6066, www.alfiesantiques.com

 

BERMONDSEY SQUARE ANTIQUES MARKET "Little-known" dealer’s market where "all the people who sell on Portobello Road on Saturday buy on Friday morning." Near London Bridge, market is open Fridays at 4 am, but arrive "by 3 or 4 am, knowing exactly what you’re looking for." "You won’t find a Louis XIV chair, but you’d probably find something very interesting." (MB, AH, ST) www.bermondseysquare.co.uk/antiques.html

 

CORK STREET "The most famous street for commercial art galleries," this Mayfair stretch is home to Messum’s, The Gallery in Cork Street, and the Adam Gallery, among others. A good place to view and buy the works of "young, modern, talented British artists." (AD, MB, BM, ST)

 

DOVER STREET A few blocks from Cork Street is Dover Street, where some of "the best small galleries" provide "a lot of options" for discriminating art collectors. Rather than go to one gallery, "walk around Cork Street, Dover Street, and Albemarle Street." (ST, AD)

 

GAGOSIAN GALLERY Larry Gagosian, who has championed artists ranging from Cy Twombly to Damien Hirst, has two "major" galleries in town. (CS) Davies Street, +44.20.7493.3020; Britannia Street, +44.20.7841.9960; www.gagosian.com

GRAYS West End market with some 200 dealers of antiques and "really nice" vintage jewelry, "but also smaller things like silver, little paintings, and toy soldiers." And even life-size soldiers: "An Australian gentleman wanted to buy a body-armor suit from 1787. I sent him to Grays, and he found exactly what he wanted." (MDC, AH, MW) +44.20.7629.7034, www.graysantiques.com

 

HAUNCH OF VENISON Art with a "bit of an edge" at this West End contemporary art gallery. (BM) +44. 20.7495.5050, www.haunchofvenison.com

 

THE PIMLICO ROAD "Wonderful road" with "very interesting" shops and "high-end" antique furniture. But "not just for furniture. If you want a Louis Vuitton trunk, you could buy one there." (MB, AD, BM, CS) +44.20.7730.7315, www.thepimlicoroad.com

 

PORTOBELLO ROAD Tourist spot in Notting Hill that on Saturdays becomes essentially "a flea market with good shops." (AH, BM, CS) www.portobellomarket.org

 

SPRÜTH MAGERS Contemporary art gallery on Grafton Street stands out for being "modern art that is not too left field." (ST) +44.20.7408.1613, www.spruethmagers.com

TRADITION OF LONDON Specialty toy retailer in Mayfair is "one of the world’s preeminent sellers of toy soldiers." Also find model aircraft, books, and magazines. (GM) +44.20.7493.7452, www.traditionoflondon.com

 

WHITE CUBE The "highlight" of Mason’s Yard is this "very contemporary" and "good-size" gallery, which has featured the works of Damien Hirst and many others. (BM, GM, CS) +44.20.7930.5373, www.whitecube.com

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