A collaboration of 80 dealers of antiques, art and design, called Antiques Anonymous, based in Marylebone, London, including those within Alfies Antique Market, is hosting an inaugural flea market on September 24 to highlight the area as a high-quality destination for decorative objects, both old and new
The event, supported by Westminster City Council, will coincide with the last day of the London Design Festival. A spokesperson for the council said, “We are pleased to be working with Antiques Anonymous, to bring this Antiques, Art and Design Flea market to Church Street NW8. There has already been a great deal of interest in this first event, and I’d encourage people to visit this diverse and vibrant part of London to give it their support so that it can become a regular event on the London event calendar.”
More than 50 professional antique, vintage and design-obsessed dealers from across London and further afield will join the dealers on the street to provide retail therapy for vintage and design fans, complemented by artisan street food, live music and pop-up shops and exhibitions. The event will also bring together the local community, highlighting talent in the area.
With several of the boutiques on Church Street having begun life as stalls within Alfies, the Church Street area is rapidly evolving into a one-stop design destination, hosting some of the largest collections of high-calibre antique and contemporary design pieces in Europe. Newcomers like Daniel Raphael Gallery, Cutler & Gross Vintage and a return to the street from Les Trois Garcons – whose previous incarnations include the famed, eponymous Shoreditch restaurant – herald a new and exciting era for Church Street. Not to mention recent pop-ups such as, ‘Jessica Ogden: Still,’ an exhibition exploring the relationships between Ogden’s earlier and later works curated by the University of the Arts London, which bring a younger and more creative audience.
The group’s website www.antiquesanonymous.london is due to launch soon.