One very cool thing indeed about moving to London and setting up shop in a new apartment are the vintage possibilities. In a very old city that has accumulated a lot of very old stuff, there is a constant turnover of furnishings and decor as it’s out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new…or in-with-the-old, for that matter.
Turn on the telly and you’ll see that antiquing is a classic British pastime. The UK is where the “Antiques Roadshow” was born, and shows like “Flog It!” reflect the popularity of auctions. You can go highbrow at one of the Christie’s fine art salerooms on King Street or Old Brompton Road in London, or just take antiquing at your own pace without the competitive pressure of bidding with a stroll through any of the famed Portobello Road shops. If you’d like to give the live auction scene a try, though, check out Lots Road in Chelsea. Located just off the King’s Road, this massive saleroom auctions hundreds of lots every Sunday. Both antique and contemporary goods are for sale, which you can browse at their website or just visit first-hand.
My husband and I wandered over to Lots Road yesterday, just to sift through other people’s old crap for the heck of it; one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, as they say. It’s fun to think about what valuable or sheerly conversational pieces we might one day collect for when we repatriate to the States and need to fill a new house. (Afterward, we treated ourselves to brunch at the darling Megan’s Deli nearby on the King’s Road. Its quaint, country vintage atmosphere inside and garden out back preserves the charm of one’s antiquing afternoon.)
Just another option to consider if you’re in the midst of an international relocation to London and leaving your furnishings at home. Even furnished London apartments may need an extra piece here and there. Or maybe you’re simply interested in collecting the fine or quirky items the UK has to offer, wishing to join the natives in this cultural ritual. Going once, going twice…you’re SOLD! on the idea already, I can tell. 😉