Dear Diva Readers,
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The legendary Alfies and Grays Late Night Shopping events are a fantastic way to shop for rare and beautiful Christmas gifts.
Grays Antique Center is home to a diverse collection of luxury antiques, fine jewelry, silver and Asian art. Seconds from Bond Street and Oxford Street, Grays is a focus of the London antiques trade and is home to over 200 of its finest dealers.
They are located at 58 Davies Street & 1-7 Davies Mews, London W1K 5AB and the late night shopping event takes place on Thursday, 26 November 2015, from 5pm-8pm.
Alfies Antiques Market (formerly Jordan’s department store) has around 75 antique dealers trading there along with a fabulous rooftop cafe. The adjacent part of Church Street also has some 20 shops selling twentieth century antiques. At Alfies you will find a huge range of antique and vintage goods including vintage fashion and accessories, modernist furniture and lighting, costume jewelry and 20th century decorative arts.
They are located at 13-25 Church Street, Marylebone, London, NW8 8DT and the late night shopping event takes place on Thursday, 3 December 2015 from 5pm-9pm
At both events you can enjoy vintage inspired music and entertainment, plus complimentary canapés and drinks to add to the festive atmosphere while you browse. There are over 300 dealers across the two markets, so take advantage of this opportunity to shop after hours in two of London’s largest and longest-standing antiques centers and, if that is not enough, for those last-minute shoppers both Alfies and Grays will be open right up until Christmas Eve!
Their in-house services range from engraving a personalized message on your presents to creating a bespoke piece with one of their jewelers. The two centers also offer a personal shopping service and gift certificates as well. There is no better place to find that one-of-a-kind gift!
Alfies and Grays are never short of the perfect gift. With a varied selection of items— from fine jewelry to homewares— and a divers price range, you’re sure to not leave empty handed! I’ve even had a preview of some of the pieces which will be available and want to share them with you below. Here’s a little sampling to whet your shopping appetite!
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The Antiques Diva®