Tuesday, 5 April 2011

London's Best Kept Antiques Secret

The wonderful Lillie Road in Fulham, London is home to over 19 antiques shops offering a huge selection of antique furniture, lighting, mirrors and decorative objects. Originally the number one destination for British and international interior designers, it has a growing reputation as the place to source original pieces bringing with it a new swathe of individual buyers keen to explore the delights of the Lillie Road. 

One of my favourite shops is Nimmo & Spooner. Myra Spooner and M. Charpentier have been in the antiques business for over 17 years and specialise in furniture, lighting and mirrors from the 18th to 20th century.

Nimmo & Spooner 277 Lillie Rd, Tel: 0207 385 2724

Nimmo & Spooner 277 Lillie Rd, Tel: 0207 385 2724

If you're into chandeliers, a trip to Hindley Antiques is an absolute must. Nigel Hindley a lovely friendly chap and amongst other things, has the most superb selection of French chandliers from 1900 to the 1920s. 

Hindley Antiques 281 Lillie Road, Tel: 0207 385 0706

Anyone with a love of antiques and a pampered pooch must visit Alexander Von Westenholz. He not only deals in 19th century antique furniture, sporting prints, Victorian / Edwardian taxidermy but also sells dog boxes which are copies of an early 20thC dog bed made from stained ash and set on old croquet balls with a feather cushion and loose cover. 

Alexander Von Westenholz, 297 Lillie Road,
Tel: 0207 386 1888, www.avwantiques.com

Maison Artefact has been located at 273 Lillie Road for over 8 years. They deal in mostly 19th century French, Swedish and Italian pieces with a wonderful selection of stoneware, metal pieces and other decorative objects. The stunning 19th century French clock face in the photograph below is a massive 117cm in diameter and can be made to work for an additional charge. 

Enormous clock at Maison Artefact,
 273 Lillie Road, Tel: 0207 381 2500
Beautiful mirrors and dining table at Maison Artefact

The garden at Maison Artefact

Exploring antiques shops wouldn't be the same without a quick pit stop and fortunately the delightful Arturos Art & Delicatessen doesn't disappoint. It is a typical Portuguese deli with a lovely garden where you can sit and enjoy a really good cup of coffee.

Visiting the Lillie Road is very easy - it is a 15 minute walk from Barons Court and Fulham Broadway tube stations and there is pay and display parking in the adjoining streets. One word of warning - a few of the dealers lock their shops up and work in nearby offices - they will usually leave a number to call on the front door. Enjoy your visit! 

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