From Portobello to Covent Garden – London antiques markets set out their stalls

Buyers of art and antiques are spoilt for choice in London. It’s a city with long-standing streets of antiques dealers and a plethora of fairs and markets, despite the challenges posed by rising rents and rates. Most are complementary rather than in competition with each other. Roland Arkell and Kate Quill report

GRAYS Where: 58 Davies Street, London, W1K 5AB When: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 11am-5pm Nearest tube: Bond Street graysantiques.com The once-ubiquitous London antiques centre is now an endangered species. Slowly, one-by-one, formerly thriving venues have wilted under pressure from rising rents and property developers. But there are still beacons of light. Grays antiques centre on Davies Street has faced its fair share of challenges. Business rates in this prime location have rocketed while the pedestrian visiting the off-Bond Street emporium today is still faced with walking past ...