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Gray's Antique Markets, London

(3.2/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
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  • I stumbled upon this place looking for a particular person, and all amongst the hundreds of tiny units of antique jewellery! My eyes were amazed at all the different things you could buy and it all se...  more »
  • We found it by chance. It takes a whole afternoon to comb through all sectors. There are crazy anti vampire kit type items dated 1800. I think the philosophy of buying whatever it is always the same: alright spending a modest fee to invest on a souvenir but for major purchases I would not risk.
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  • This flea market is a suite of shops more or less narrow, some having only a few 2-3 m2! As in all these markets must hunt for a long time to find a bargain but here can be more that way so the place attracts wealthy clients around the world. Goods: a lot of jewelry, watches, nice stands of silver with a few exceptional pieces that never stay long in the window (for lovers, a ride at the Silver Vaults, Chancery Lane subway, it's worth the trip), very interesting stalls of art from the Middle East in the second building, beautiful Chinese porcelain. No or very little furniture. Very few paintings.
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  • Unexpected find. Huge number of jewellers and antique dealers. Most of the jewellery was pretty traditional and on the expensive side (rubies, diamonds etc etc).
  • Excellent labyrinth of Vintage Fashion and jewellery. I bought some gorgeous 50's earrings from TanyaR Vintage. Friendly trader. A hidden Alladin's Cave.
  • One of London's best kept Vintage clothes accessories and jewellery secrets. also features Vintage Mode. TanyaR Vintage...
  • Highly recommended but for one dishonest dealer, without whom I would have given this treasure trove of an antiques market a 5 star rating. Very close to Selfridges, Grays Antiques Market is to be found down a side mews off Davies Street, and inside the building are lots of small independent shop units. Put aside a good hour or two to fully explore as there's loads to look at and bargains to be had: from classic antiques, rare coins, silverware, jewellery, clocks and watches, and more, to the modern antiques of today including trendy vintage clothes, jewellery, furniture. Unfortunately, I had a very bad first impression with the first unit I went to, Pieces of Time, an antique and modern watch and clock shop on the ground floor at the front of the building on the far right hand side. I had already spoken to them after seeing their advert online and, after explaining I had three gold antique pocket watches I wanted valued as I was considering selling them, co-owner and "antique pocket watch specialist"Johnny Wachsmann encouraged me to go down to Pieces of Time with my watches. These antique gold watches had been given to me by my ex, who worked in Hatton Garden his entire adult life, so I had some idea of their worth but I wanted a current valuation if I were to sell them. Thank goodness I went there with a friend, who watched Mr Wachsmann appraising my watches, and he whispered in my ear that "call me Johnny" was a horrible man who was obviously lying and we should leave immediately. It was good to have confirmation of what I could see for myself: Johnny couldn't hide what he thought of me as it was written all over his face - imagine a fox licking its chops at the sight of a rabbit caught in a trap. Clearly he thought I was a clueless nitwit of a woman whom he could easily hoodwink. He told me that, in his "expert opinion", two of the antique pocket watches, one a 9 carat gold full-hunter, the other a 14carat gold double-hunter, were "worthless", but he would "take them off my hands" if I sold him the third pocket watch, an 18carat half-hunter, for which he offered £250, stating it was "the only one of any value" and that his was a "generous offer". Luckily, his transparent greed was also written all over his face so I made my excuses and we left. In the end, I sold them to the next antique jeweller I took them to, a shop in Farringdon, for £1450 (£650 for the two "worthless" watches and £850 for the other one that Wachsmann had "generously" offered £250 for). Incensed by this man's dishonesty and blatant attempt to rip me off along with concern for those who might not know the value of their items, I felt duty-bound to complain to Grays Antiques, which I did via their website. They replied promptly with full apologies, although they said that they had spoken to Mr Wachsmann who (of course) failed to take responsibility for his behaviour and Grays claimed not to have heard any complaints about Pieces of Time before. This I find hard to believe although, unless you are on the website, you wouldn't know where or who to complain to in the market itself. Also, you need the time and inclination to make a complaint. I made the effort because I felt this was particularly egregious and, as my friend had witnessed the entire conversation, he could confirm what was said. To be fair to Grays Antiques, I decided to give them another chance, and I'm glad that I did. Obviously, I gave Johnny Wachsmann and Pieces of Time a wide berth, but I did spend a wonderful afternoon exploring the many units on two floors crammed with gorgeous artefacts and (thankfully) run by friendly owners who were happy to chat knowledgeably about their stock, and open to 'discussing' prices too, as are most kosher dealers. Sorry this is such a long review but I felt I needed to explain the reason for giving Grays Antiques a lower score than I would have liked to and the reason for it. Don't let one bad apple spoil a great antiques and quality bric-a-brac browsing experience in the heart of the West End.
  • Very interesting place, the collections are amazing