LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair
The original Antiques Roadshow
The LAPADA fair has always had a reputation for providing art and antiques from a range of good and trusted dealers, but it has changed from quite a relatively modest affair to a spectacular annual event in the heart of Mayfair
Freya Simms, Country & Town House
For just one week a year, the UK’s largest association of artists and dealers swap the antique shops of London for the fresh air of Berkeley Square. LAPADA is a one-of-a-kind showcase featuring everything from furniture and fine art to carpets, ceramics and clocks. And 2019 will see this prestigious London antiques fair mark its tenth anniversary with a diverse collection of authentic, original pieces – plus a stylish, sociable atmosphere.
September brings together a select group of 100 members, carefully selected by LAPADA’s specialist vetting committee. The pieces chosen for this curated collection are available to buy, with veteran collectors rubbing shoulders with first-time buyers – and price tags ranging from £500 to £500,000. Visitors travel from across the world for this exclusive fair, one of only two events staged in Berkeley Square each year.
All the fun of the antiques fair
This elegant quad, with its centuries-old trees, Georgian architecture and aristocratic past, is the perfect setting for London’s most exclusive antiques fair. In between striking deals, visitors can sip English sparkling wine and order from bespoke menus created by award-winning chefs in LAPADA Brasserie – all overlooking Berkeley Square.
In keeping with the visionary spirit of LAPADA, Monday at the fair continues the legacy of Lee Alexander McQueen and his Sarabande foundation with a glamorous gala. ‘The Craftsman’s Dinner’ is LAPADA’s charity party, with an exclusive guided tour for starters. Alongside delicious food, the event serves up an auction set to feature lots from Wallace Chan and Sir Antony Gormley. Funds raised will support the next generation of creative minds through scholarships and subsidised studios.
As well as browsing (and buying), visitors can listen to a programme of inspiring lectures and panels, presented by The Arts Society. This year, The Ashmolean Museum is the headline act, with its upcoming Last Supper in Pompeii exhibition inspiring 2019’s keynote lecture.
And for those who want to stretch their legs – as well as their minds – a series of expert-led walking tours unearth some of the stories and secrets behind the fair. Dive into Berkeley Square’s illustrious past. Or examine the artworks and antiques (and their makers) that have shaped London through the centuries.
13 - 18 September 2019
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