Tuesday, 13 December 2011

BBC Homes & Antiques

January 2012
All I Want for Christmas...

Visit Britain

The Country's Collectables
January/February 2012

The Country's Collectables - By David Adams
"As well as whole neighbourhoods of stores, London has some great antiques centres, where small shops are gathered together under one roof. Alfies Antiques, in Marylebone is a fantastic place to buy 20th century furniture and vintage fashion."

"Best for...
Vintage Fashion
Alfies Antiques, Marylebone, London.
Dealers in this excellent antiques centre include specialists in classic British and American clothes from the 20s,30s,40s, and 50s. www.alfiesantiques.com"

Time Out Best Shops 2012

"Church Street in Marylebone, home to the excellent Alfies Antique Market, has blossomed into antiques row."
Alfies Antique Market is featured in the 'Furniture arcades & covered markets' section.

The Girl Can't Help It is also featured along with vintage shop Persiflage, both at Alfies Antique Market

BBC Homes & Antiques

December 2011

Pretty scent bottles from Alfies Antique Market (bottom left)

Friday, 18 November 2011


November 2011

Alfies Christmas Shopping Party


November 2011

Alfies Christmas Shopping Party

The Daily Telegraph

Saturday 8th October 2011

A Miller's Tale
Judith Miller, star of the antiques roadshow, tells Christopher Middleton how to find bargains which will appreciate in value.

Eikoku News Digest

November 2011

Japanese magazine based in London. The article is about the silver industry in London.

Period Homes & Interiors

December 2011

Whats on where -December

House & Garden

October 2011

Insider - new collections.

Wooden luggage from Tin Tin Collectables.

The Independent

Friday 18 November 2011

Advertisement promotion - House & Home
Celebrate a classic - Alfies Antique Market, home to more than 75 antique, vintage and 20th century design dealers, celebrates 35 years in business. Visit on Thursday 8 December, from 5pm - 9pm for cocktails and canapes as you shop design classics.

Vintage Explorer

Winter 2011

Many Happy Returns by Mark Hill - 1950s consumer furniture

Thanks to Manic Attic - Alfies Antique Market

Miracle on Regent Street

Published in 2011.

Book written by Ali Harris

Alfies Antique Market. Not so much a hidden delight as a well-known wonder, Alfies is a regular haunt for all vintage lovers, whether you're a serious collector or not. Its maze of antique shops has world-renowned experts selling beautiful 20th century design and collectables. It's a must visit and the perfect place for a meander on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

Homes & Gardens

December 2011
London notebook - vintage idea

Alfies Christmas Shopping Party


December 2011

Have a very vintage Christmas at the 35th anniversary of London's Alfies Antique Market on 8 December.

Monday, 10 October 2011

The Telegraph

Antiques: How to find a bargain


"We are hoping to furnish a town house. While there are great bargains to be had at markets around the country, for the cream of the crop you can’t beat the big city. Judith has brought us to the bustling antiques colony on Church Street, just north of the Marylebone Road, in North London. Its capital is Alfie’s Antiques Market, which sits behind an Egyptian-themed fa├žade, and has a warren-like interior that is altogether more Marrakesh than Marylebone...

Painful though it may be to those who grew up in the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies, that era is now considered not just antique territory, but also very desirable. This is why, a few minutes later, we find ourselves standing in front of four stylish Italian dining chairs, on Bruna Naufal’s stall.

“They have a good shape. They’re made of lovely wood, they’re fashionable, date from the Fifties and will appreciate in value,” says Judith approvingly. “The asking price is £900, but we’ll try for £700 and get them for £800.”

To the antique-buying novice, of course, spending £200 on a kitchen chair could take you well out of your comfort zone. But again Judith returns to her point about it being an investment, rather than money down the drain. And she’s not finished yet.

Having solved the problem of what to sit on around the dining table, she now sets about finding something to sit on in the living room. “And don’t think it has to be a sofa,” she says. “Two upholstered chairs can work just as well.”

In the event, though, we decide against the luxuriously appointed Thirties Gio Ponti armchairs on Francesca Martire’s stall (£7,000 apiece, with sofa an extra £7,500) and go for the altogether wackier row of wooden French cinema seats being sold by Stephen Hall (£495).

“They’re fun, have character, and are in line with the recession zeitgeist. This revolves around the idea that the outside world is horrible and ghastly, so we’re going to create our own world and 'cocoon’ at home,” explains Judith. “That said, you might need some cushions.”

Of course, no home is complete without a dining table, and she suggests that we fill that gap not with a conventionally shaped rectangular piece, but with a glamorously circular rosewood creation, with a built-in rotating lazy Susan at its centre.

Designed in the Seventies by Richard Young for a firm called Merrow Associates, it comes with a glowing recommendation from Judith. “It’s beautifully made, practical and, being circular, it’s more sociable than any other shape,” she says.

At £2,800 it is also quite expensive, so for now we tell the dealer, Charles Rooney, we’ll think about it and focus instead on crockery. Judith suggests we look for items that aren’t matching, but from the same “family”.

To which end, she suggests buying a series of “trios” (that’s cup, plate and saucer), all made in the Twenties. All are made by the same design firm (Shelley), but all have subtly different patterns. Each trio costs between £65-£170 at Beth Adamss stall, just by the front door.

Or we can go for matching pieces, such as the Red Domino range, made by Midwinter in the Fifties (white with red and white rims). The plates cost £15-£25 each, and tureens go for £65 (on the Robinson Antiques stall). They are all on Judith’s mid-20th-century modern shopping list..."


Sunday, 9 October 2011

Marie Claire

October 2011
My World - Eva Green

Eva Green recommends 'The Girl Can't Help It' at Alfies Antique Market in October's Marie Claire.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

House to Home

House to Home recently featured Jamie Theakston's house. On his landing is a fantastic glass chanderlier from Decoratum at Alfies Antique Market. Photographed by Paul Massey.

See the full photoshoot here.

Friday, 7 October 2011

In Viaggio

In Viaggio - A new Italian Magazine by Chef Mario Batali

Alfies Antique Market is featured in an article about London markets written by Giorgia Buran.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Louis Vuitton London City Guide

Find Alfies Antique Market included in the 2012 Louis Vuitton London City Guide. On sale in Louis Vuitton stores from the 15th October.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

ES Magazine

My London: By Hannah Nathanson
2nd September 2011

"Which shops do you rely on?
For vintage clothes and unique pieces of furniture I go to Alfies Antique Market in Marylebone. I love the red velvet cake at the Hummingbird Bakery in Notting Hill and I go to Anthropologie for fantastic homeware and bits for my kitchen. I've also discovered a fantastic bike boutique called Luv Handles on Bolingbroke Grove in Wandsworth for bike accessories and gorgeous vintage bikes."

Read the full article here.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

The Vancouver Sun

Nice mention of Alfies in an article in The Vancouver Sun on shopping in London

This is what they had to say about Alfies -

"Alfie's Market: This emporium of all things fabulous positively throbs with antiques, mid-century modern design and cutting-edge home inclusions that would render even the most design literate slack jawed. If you want to buy a tiny precious collectible, say a crystal ashtray, or something more substantial, like a Knoll sofa, then this massive mecca is undoubtedly the store for you. ."

You can read the full article here

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

O Globo Newspaper

Article in O Globo a national Brazilian newspaper written by Fernando Duarte.

Rough translation of the article below:

"Taking the route of Notting Hill is almost automatic for anyone who is in London and is interested in antiques. However, the task requires a lot of patience in terms of crowds and tourists wandering the place invariably interested in garments and second-hand clothes that share space with antique stalls on Portobello Road. This problem does not happen at Alfies. Despite being one of the largest antiques markets in the country and the largest the capital, it has an atmosphere of oasis, hidden within the streets of Marylebone.

With over 75 exhibitors, spread over four floors, Alfies does not stock the Portobello souvenirs that take up space. It is a destination for those who are really interested in items ranging from vintage clothing and rare furniture, through to jewellery, chimes and contemporary furnishings. And the fact it is still a well-kept secret means a visit is one without stress. It's just not recommended for the claustrophobic, because it is a maze with narrow booths and showrooms. It's the kind of place where you find a booth selling cards postcards from the Victorian era for a bargain, right next to someone offering 17th century French furniture for thousands of pounds.

“The weekend collectors join the professionals and nobody fights” says Mark Stephens who has a booth with an abundance of second hand clocks, including Swiss models. People who also seek the market are the customers who does not want to be seen by the general public: celebrities in search of discretion. Regulars according to Stephens and his colleagues, include the designer Stella McCartney and supermodel Kate Moss.

The market, which is 35 years old this year, also has a cafe on the roof terrace, and the menu has a surprising variety of dishes, from the typical English greasy breakfast to Sri Lankan fish cakes. “Since the last recession in 1988, the market has been adapting to new times and today is an ideal place to anyone looking for contemporary furniture” explains Jenna Garner, PR manager at Alfies.

A source tells of the restoration workshops at Alfies. In one of them is the Brazilian Emilia Porto, whose passion for post-war chairs and lighting has become one of the more sought after stands in the market. Her buyers range from people who want a closer look at a rare sofa-designed by Sigvard Bernadotte of Sweden, famous for design and the renunciation of a silver spoon - son King Gustav VI, he lost his titles in 1934 when he married a commoner. “ The sofa is valued at least U.S. $ 25 000, because I know of only one another in London. There are people who come here just look at it closely” accounts the Rio native, who has been in Alfies for seven years.

Their chairs are also great pieces for hire for photographic and film productions. “This one is mine, but she managed to break the arm” claims Emilia jokingly, pointing at photo of Kylie Minogue on the cover of "Cosmopolitan" in which the Australian singer shareds space with a pink restored chair. Thirteen Interiors, Emilia’s stand in Alfies, is also a point of interest to those looking for lighting fixtures and vases. The Rio native is in love with Murano glass. “Although I end up helping everyone here. There is always a neighbour who needs someone to look after their stand or visit the cafe. Because we are in a quieter environment than Notting Hill we work as a small community. A dealer always knows if something might interest others.” Alfies is on Church Street, in Marylebone."

BBC Homes & Antiques

August 2011
The Vintage Issue

50 Best Vintage Shops

Alfies has been voted one of the 50 best vintage shops in the country. Coming in at number 2 the description reads:

"'The world's your vintage oyster in Alfies - a buzzing antiques market wiht a rather nice roof cafe on top.' says Katherine. Over 100 dealers sell everything from mid-century furniture to Jessie Tait ceramic. Look out for the Girl Can'ts Help It and Ian Broughton who lives and breather the Fifties."

Fabulous Fifties

Above: Midwinter 'Harmony' Trio Teacup from Geoffrey Robinson
at Alfies Antique Market. £25

Below & Above: Midwinter 'Maguerite' Coffee Pot from Geoffrey Robinson
at Alfies Antique Market. £70.

Bags of Fun by Madeleine Marsh

Superb article on vintage handbags from the 1950s. The Girl Can't Help It and Deborah Woolf Vintage are both named as places to buy. Find their shops at Alfies.

H&A Project

Above: Vintage 'P72' Armchair, designed by Osvaldo Borsani for Techno, Italy, 1955, £3800, from Francesca Martire. Midwinter 'Harmony' Trio Teacup,£25 and Large Midwinter Coffee Pot, £120, from Geoffrey Robinson. 1950s Robert Opie scrapbook (just seen) from Tin Tin Collectables. All at Alfies Antique Market.