Grays Antique Market, London
Tube: Bond Street
Tel: 44 207 629 7034
Concierge.com's insider take:
In this labyrinth of over 200 tiny antique shops crammed full of collectibles and curiosities, you'll rub shoulders with serious collectors in search of a first-edition book, designers seeking inspiration on the racks of vintage clothes, and antique-jewelry aficionados in their element, browsing the huge range of sparklers. Bennie Gray—the man responsible for the equally beguiling Alfies Antique Market in Marylebone, known for its 100-plus stalls brimming with Art Deco, silver, furniture, and vintage clothing—opened Grays in 1977 (13–25 Church St., NW8; 44-207-723-6066; www.alfiesantiques.com). Originally the HQ of a water-closet manufacturer, the restored 19th-century red-sandstone building pays homage to its aqueous origins by channeling the Tyburn River (a tributary to the Thames which, oddly enough, runs through the building's basement) into an indoor trickling stream complete with arched oriental bridges and goldfish.
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