There's something rather lovely about losing yourself in an antique market and having a good old rummage! Which is exactly what happens when you go to Alfie's Antique Market near Marylebone. It's an indoor maze of little shops and split-level grottos with over 75 dealers selling everything from art deco china to retro mannequins, and Georgian glassware to vintage tin toys and clothing.
It's a brilliant place to while away a few hours, and for those with a good eye, there's definitely a bargain to be found. Everyone is really friendly and helpful, unlike some antique dealers who can be quite intimidating, especially when just browsing.
One of the best things about Alfie's is the Rooftop Kitchen cafe. A perfect place to relax and admire your purchases over lunch or tea and cake. There's a fantastic roof terrace which is literally an oasis of calm amongst the hustle and bustle. The cafe bakes homemade cakes and offers an excellent menu which changes daily offering seasonal food. They even throw in free wi-fi.
And when you've exhausted Alfie's, you can always carry on rummaging amongst the fellow antique stalls on Church Street, including the market (open every Saturday).
Alfie's Antique Market
13-25 Church Street
020 7723 6066
Rooftop Kitchen Cafe
Open Tue - Sat 10am - 6pm
(Church Street market open every Saturday)