Monthly Archives: September 2009

LAPADA Antiques Fair, Berkeley Square 24th – 27th September


This week See’s the start of the annual LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair, which has moved to an exciting new venue. It will be held in the centrally located Berkeley Square in the very heart of Mayfair, in a purpose built marquee which will also contain a bar and restaurant.

The Fair features over 90 leading dealers in fine art and antiques, from traditional to contemporary paintings and sculpture, exceptional English and Continental furniture and works of art, jewellery, clocks and watches, ceramics, glass and other decorative arts.

More details below ..

The Chelsea Antiques Fair: 22nd – 25th September


Next Tuesday sees the beginning of another Chelsea Town Hall Antiques Fair. This time there will be over 35 exhibitors in the intimate and relaxed atmosphere of the town hall on the King’s Rd. Most of the dealers from all parts of the Country belong to LAPADA or BADA and as usual, some of the exhibitors will deal in a variety of specialist items. This is now the countries oldest running fair.

For opening times and details on how to get there, visit their site below


Friend Of The Month, September – Agios Ioannis Olive Oil



This month, I would like to introduce Andrew and Susie Carmichael. They own property and olive groves in a remote village in the mountainous easterly part of Crete called Agios Ioannis.

The village is quite special, as it is remote and unspoilt, enjoys many months of sun each year and its supply of water comes down the mountains fresh enough to drink. The Carmichael’s fell in love with the village and eventually acquired a few olive groves along with their properties. They quickly learned from the local farmers, the ancient techniques for harvesting and maintaining the trees without the use of any artificial methods or pesticides and this led to the production of a small amount of fresh virgin olive oil each spring.

This has grown slightly, and each year they produce over 2000 bottles of  fresh (organic) virgin olive oil, which has a light grassy peppery flavour.

Having stayed in the village where it is produced and the seeing the olive groves, I am now a dedicated fan!  The oil is available in Partridges in London, but if you would like to obtain the oil straight from the Carmichael’s at a reduced cost, then please visit them via their website below and please mention that I referred you.

The oil, as it is so unique, makes a wonderful alternative gift or present.


20/21 British Art Fair, The Royal College Of Art 16th – 20th September


This week begins the annual 20/21 British Art Fair, which is held at the Royal College Of Art in Kensington Gore, London. There are around sixty top International gallery owners exhibiting works from both well established and emerging artists, including Grayson Perry, Damian Hirst, David Hockney and Barbara Hepworth. Admission is £8.00 and there is a cafe and bar inside. . .

For more information on how to get there, opening times and parking, visit their website: