Our venue at the Royal Horticultural Halls

 

Our antiques fair is held at Lindley Hall, The Royal Horticultural Hall in London's Victoria- minutes from Tate Britain, Vincent Square and the iconic Channel 4 building.  You can take a 360 degree tour of the hall here, we are located here- it's easily accessible from Victoria and St James Park stations.  

The Royal Horticultural Hall opened its doors for the first time in 1904, at the height of the Edwardian era as a purpose built exhibition hall for the Royal Horticultural Society.  It was designed by Edwin J Stebbs, an ideal space for exhibitions with natural light flooding in.  

Adams Antiques Fairs has been established at 'The Horti', as it's affectionately called, since the 1970's and is the longest running monthly Sunday antiques fair in London.  With over 140+ stalls of quality antiques at each event, it remains an extremely popular event with morning queues around the hall- we recommend arriving early!

Opening of the Lindley Hall by HM King Edward VII and HM Queen Alexandra, 22 July 1904

Lindley Hall as it stands today

 


THE HISTORY OF ADAMS ANTIQUES FAIRS

 

Matthew Adams studied Costume & Theatre Design at Central School of Art in the mid-1970s. On leaving college Matthew somehow found himself living in Iran where he supplemented his meagre teacher's income by trading watches, bags, clothes and accessories between Tehran in Iran and Herat in Afghanistan. On returning to England in 1979 he carried on trading by selling antiques and vintage fashion at the now defunct north London Swiss Cottage Market and by the early 1980s had set up the thriving Stables Market in London's Camden Lock (see recently discovered flyer for the very first market below). In between dealing in antiques, textiles and vintage fashion both in London and America (including regular stands at Penman Antiques Fairs, The Decorative Fair and Olympia Fine Art & Antiques Fair during the mid-80s), he has been running antiques, vintage fashion and retro events in London ever since and is by far the most successful and longest running one-day fairs organiser in central London.

Matthew also runs the infamous Frock Me! vintage fair, held at Chelsea Old Town Hall at dates throughout the year.

A flyer for Matthew's first market at the Stables in Camden which he started in 1981

A flyer for Matthew's first market at the Stables in Camden which he started in 1981