Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Vantage Magazine

March 2012

Spotlight: Alfies Antique Market
With over one hundred vendors, Alfies Antique Market is a vast sprawling cave teeming with vintage treasures, reports Lauren Romano.

Filled to the rafters with ephemera, trinkets and retro relics, over its 30 year history Alfies Antique Market has become home to some of the most specialised and experienced dealers in twentieth century design and collectibles. An assorted jumble of furniture, fashion, decorative arts and jewellery is hoarded throughout the labyrinthine corridors and mezzanine levels, which attract collectors, interior designers and loyal customers in search of unique antique gems and expert advice on restoration and investment.

Formally an Edwardian department store, the premises had fallen in to a semi derelict state when founder Bennie Gray transformed the building in 1976 into the imposing Egyptian-style art deco space that exists today.  The success of Alfies is in large part responsible for the establishment of the adjacent Church Street as an antiques haven, something which Gray, born just around the corner on Cosway Street, is understandably proud of. "When I first had the idea, plenty of people said I was mad and that it was doomed to failure - which is just the sort of incentive that makes me go ahead with a plan." These days Alfies Antiques Market is cherished locally and known to be the largest indoor antiques arcade in the country.  The market traders support many community initiatives and hold events including a Christmas shopping evening.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012


February 2012
Interview wit Holly Fulton

Where do you go in London to seek artistic inspiration?
''Preferably to bed in East London, I have my best ideas when horizontal but I also like Alfies Antique Market to view the treasures and get my creative juices flowing!''

Red magazine

March 2012
Best British Shop according to Thandie Newton: Alfies Antique Market

Best British Shop?
'Alfies Antique Market in London's Marylebone. It's full of things that are so drenched in character and uniqueness, you feel proud to give them as gifts. There's a stall selling old posters, and an amazing vintage clothing store, called The Girl Can't Help It. You can drift for hours; it's like being in a museum.'

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Homes & Antiques

February 2012

Barry Landsmann and Hayman & Hayman were both recommended in this brilliant article on silhouettes in February's Homes & Antiques Magazine.