March 8-14 2012
'At Alfies Antique Market in Marylebone, your vintage handbag comes with a chat about its provenance, and a bit of hunting is often rewarded with a genuinely rare piece of furniture. A rambling network of four floors, the indoor market houses some 75 clued-up sellers offering jewellery, clothing, homeware and decorative items predominately from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
You'll find a fine collection of industrial lighting at Stephen Lazarus on the first floor, soms good vintage ad posters around the corner and distinctive furniture at Decoratum.
Prices may seem a little steep if you're used to Spitalfields, but you can't beat the place for its dedication to unusual antiques. Another draw is the rooftop cafe, currently changing hands but due to reopen on April 3, with its peaceful sun-trap terrace from which to peer out over London's chimney pots.'