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Rebecca Hughes


Sunbury Antiques Market

I am often asked by friends and clients ‘where can I find good vintage pieces for the house?’ The trouble in London is that many of the markets have become tourist attractions, meaning that prices have shot up in value and that quality is more centred around ‘flat whites’ than unique antiques. 

The answer is ‘Sunbury Antiques Market’ based at Kempton Race Course. If you, like me are not afraid of early starts and can hold your own when it comes to bartering, this is the place for you.

The market opens at 6.30am and is possibly the only place I’ve seen such an excited queue at an unearthly early hour. As the gates open visitors of all ages are literally sprinting to their favourite sellers. The grounds are huge so there are several options as to what you can choose to see first. There is an indoor area which sells a variety of antiques, china, vintage clothing and fabrics, jewellery, etc. and feels similar to a Portabello Road market, wondering between stores.

Outside there are all sorts of beautiful things to stumble on; vintage rugs, French linens, old trunks, suitcases and boxes, vans full of mirrors and glass arrangements and of course furniture.

The market is huge so requires a fair bit of patience and rummaging around, but is quite literally a treasure trove of delights. I would suggest that it is important to go with a plan as many things there will be interesting but might not be right for the aesthetic of your home. Don’t let passion get the better of you!
I would also say that it is stronger for some items than others. If you are looking for an interesting kitchen table or chairs, you have a pretty good chance of being able to find something at a great price. If you are on the hunt for something specific, like a corner sofa then the odds are very much stacked against you. But, until you get there, you never know.

Despite the early hour Sunbury Antiques market, offers a pretty good chance of stumbling across something unique that you might love and is a great morning out – especially if the sun is shining! The market happen bi-monthly and you can find all the dates on the website below. Have fun and shhhh,… don’t tell too many people!


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