LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair has become a foremost international showcase for art and antiques, as well as one of the most prestigious events on the London social calendar.
What to expect at LAPADA
100 exhibitors present work from across the art, antiques, design and decorative arts spectrum at this event. LAPADA includes jewellery, furniture, carpets, tapestries, antiquities, clocks, ceramics, silver and fine art, authenticity is assured thanks to a 70-member specialist committee pre-vetting everything on sale.
With prices ranging from £500 to £500,000 and above, sought-after pieces appeal to both the established collector and first-time buyer alike. The event starts on a Wednesday and runs until the following Thursday. The opening day is reserved for a Collectors’ Preview and Champagne Preview from 3pm-8.30pm. Thereafter, visitors can browse the fair daily from 11am until either 7pm or 8pm in the evening, depending on the day.
Art investors and high net worth individuals attend this prestigious fair. Mark Francis Vandelli from Made in Chelsea has attended previously along with Sheridan Smith. HRH Princess Eugenie is also often spotted.
Event hotspots and hospitality
The VIP preview day is the golden ticket. However, if you attend on other days the Event Oracle Brasserie is a popular stop off and overlooks Berkeley Square on the first floor.
Did you know
This is one of only two yearly events to grace the beautiful Berkeley Square, which is a prime London location in the heart of Mayfair.
Authenticity of everything on sale is assured thanks to a 70-member specialist committee, who pre-vet every single item that is put up for sale. The Vetting Committee is comprised of dealers and other members of the trade, including restorers and auction house specialists who are selected for their knowledge, expertise and integrity in their respective discipline.
Berkeley Square has been home to a number of famous residents. Winston Churchill lived at number 48 as a child and Charles Rolls, who was the founder of Rolls Royce, was born there.
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What to wear
Many people frequent the show from the plush local offices in the surrounding area and they will pop in during a lunch break of after work, so you can expect to see plenty of smart business wear. Think city glamour with a nod to the art world.
Directions for LAPADA
Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6EN, UK
Driving is difficult in the West End so most people are driven and dropped off to the venue by taxi or a chauffeur. The nearest tube stations are Green Park, which has the Piccadilly Line, and Bond Street, which operates on the Central Line. Both are about a 5 minute walk away. View Location.