The Lillie Road

London

Tucked away in a residential corner of Fulham is one of London’s best antiques shopping streets and one of the few remaining authentic antiques dealer communities in London. Home to 19 dealers offering a wide variety of furniture, lighting, mirrors, artefacts, taxidermy and decorative arts to suit all tastes. Here you will find everything from traditional French country painted furniture to classical English furniture to mid-century and garden furniture. The road has been the interior designers’ best kept secret for years, and it seems more recently savvy individuals are now also regulars to the Lillie Road looking for interesting and good quality pieces.

A benefit of the Lillie Road’s residential location is that the prices are much lower than its neighbourly New Kings Road and Pimlico Road. Another advantage of shopping here is how peaceful it is. Unlike nearby Notting Hill, there isn’t a tourist in sight. You can browse in peace, having a far more personal experience, getting to know each shop owner as you go.

If you are unable to make it to Fulham anytime soon then you are in luck as each seller posts the majority of their stock online at the communal Lillie Road Association website. New stock comes in every week so keep your eye out online in-between visits.

To get you started, here are some of my favourite shops:

Image credits: Puckhaber

Address

No. 281 Lillie Rd, Fulham

Puckhaber

With an emphasis on originality and keeping in touch with latest interior trends, Puckhaber has been a continuous success in it’s 30 years of business. A rather endearing working format of mother and son, it appears that the good eye runs in the family. Specialising in French and Swedish furniture with original paint, early silvered or painted mirrors and a variety of other interesting objects d’art, there is always something unusual when you visit.

Another strength of Puckhaber is their care over branding and display. Their stripped back store proves the perfect canvas on which to display their unusual pieces - follow them on Instagram for inspiration if nothing else.

Address

No. 289 Lillie Road, Fulham

Cubbit Antiques

Matthew of Cubbit Antiques’ love for antiques grew when he started his career at Chesney’s, Britain’s leading fireplace supplier. Exposed to some of the most sought after architectural pieces, Matthew’s appreciation grew, and he soon partnered up with two friends running an antique and architectural yard. Together they subsequently spent several years supplying prestigious antiques dealers with everything from lighting, fireplaces and garden furniture bought on endless buying trips around the UK and abroad.

The long term plan was always to open a stand alone store and sell online and here it stands in the form of Cubbit Antiques. Charming Matthew runs the store and his old friend and business partner Stuart does what he does best, scouring the country and beyond, finding all of their fabulous stock.

Address

313 Lillie Road, Fulham

Dorian Caffot de Fawes

French born Dorian trained at Sotheby’s before spending 7 years working for a well known antiques dealer in Chelsea where he built up his knowledge of 20th century (Belle époque, Art Deco, Modernism and 1950s) furniture and lighting. He recently moved into no. 313 Lillie Road to open his own store offering elegant, unusual and sometimes quirky furnishing and Decorative Arts from this period.

address

No. 277 Lillie Road, Fulham

Nimmo & Spooner

Lillie Road traders since 1990, Nimmo & Spooner specialise in Continental and English items from the 18th-20th Centuries.

This store is also one for good display and branding - decoration has been kept raw and to a minimum with exposed original floors and white washed walls;
they set the scene exactly right and you will want to walk away with each and every naturalistic table and rusted Georgian lamp they sell.

address

No. 273 Lillie Road, Fulham

Maison Artefact

Maison Artefact was opened by Victoria Davar in 2000 stocking some of the finest 19th Century French and Swedish furniture, with a small injection of Italian and eclectic English decoration.

This white washed store is full of covetable foxed mercury mirrors, glittering chandeliers, unique objets d'art, paintings, prints and rare books. Their garden tends to also be decorated with some unusual architectural gems so have a quick roam in the magically overgrown secret space before you leave.

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