There’s nothing I enjoy more than rummaging around antique shops on a Sunday afternoon. Luckily having just bought my first home I have even more of an excuse to spend my weekends doing exactly that. On an obligatory panic trip to Ikea I was caught off guard when stuck in a traffic jam in Crystal Palace by the amount of antique shops they seemed to house. As a newbee to South East London I’m still constantly discovering new parts to explore and Crystal Palace blew me away. So good are the options on offer here that it’s made me want to restyle every room in our flat! Your first stop has to be Crystal Palace Antiques & Modern. Spread out over four floors it showcases pieces from an array of dealers ranging from classic Victorian, Art Deco, Scandinavian Mid Century through to 20th Century modern pieces. I was like a child let loose in a sweet shop in this super impressive Victorian warehouse with every corner crammed full of furniture, lighting, mirrors, rugs and art. It really is an Aladdin’s cave to suit every taste and the best part is the price. Not over stepping the mark and demanding the kind of prices more central dealers would, you can definitely discover a bargain to be had here.
Next head down to Church Road where you’ll be met with an entire street of independent antique and vintage shops. My favourite of these is Flaming Nora. A small family run business, they sell original retro pieces as well other bits that they have lovingly up-cycled to give a new lease of life. If palm prints and pineapples are your thing then you’ll love what they do here. We managed to pick up this amazing drinks trolley for a bargain price of £60 here. The perfect accompaniment to our 1960’s orange oil lamp.
After a long afternoon of rummaging and bartering we headed to The Crystal Palace Market for oysters. The main restaurant is supplied by their very own butcher and fishmonger and is a firm favourite amongst the locals. We can’t wait to come back and try the rest of the menu.