Located just five minutes from Selfridges, Grays Antique Centre offers an entertaining antique-hunting experience among more than 200 independent dealers selling a broad array of collectible, antique and vintage items.
Housed in a stunning red terracotta building, Grays Antique Centre claims to be “one of the world’s largest and most diverse collections of fine antiques, jewellery, and vintage fashion”. And while the emphasis of Grays Antique Centre is very much on antique silver, watches and jewellery, there are a number of stalls that specialize in militaria, porcelain, English ephemera, glass, tribal & Asian art, ethnic items and general antiques – vendors located downstairs showcase fabulous vintage clothing and costume jewellery.
Whether a fan of buying antiques or just browsing, the broad range of dealers of the Grays Antique Centre can bring out the aspiring Lovejoy in anyone.
Prices at Grays Antique Centre are on the more expensive end when compared to London’s regular flea markets. However, this gives room for haggling if you feel like to – especially in The Mews building, which is down the small side road to the left of the main door, and is slightly more vintage and affordable. Alternatively, visitors can just treat the place like a free museum and admire some very ‘high end’ quality objects.
Antiquing Tip Of The Day
The flea-market experience is about finding hidden treasures; the most valuable items are not those that you think will be valuable for resale. The really priceless things are the objects you personally love.
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