It’s that time of year again; when London’s Berkeley Square becomes home to one of the most prestigious events in the city’s social calendar.
It’s none other than LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair, which has grown to become a renowned international showcase for art and antiques. It’s one of only two yearly events to grace the West End square.
We were lucky enough to spend an evening amongst hundreds of guests at the Fair, taking a look at the awe-inspiring works varying from jewellery, furniture, carpets, tapestries, clocks and fine art. Prices ranged from £500 to £500,000 and above; with pieces appealing to the established collector as well as the first-time buyer looking to invest in a piece of history.
As we arrived, it was clear that care and attention to detail is not restricted to the collectables on display. The eye-catching pop-up building has been carefully put together to incorporate Berkeley Square’s majestic trees as part of the structure. They stand tall with the building, effortlessly reminding guests of their iconic London setting.
As we explored the displays from 100 exhibitors, our eyes were drawn to anything and everything –Japanese armour (pictured below), beautiful diamond necklaces, glistening chandeliers and enchanting statues just waiting to transform a room.
LAPADA, sponsored by Delancey, attracts visitors from across the world and is the largest society of professional art and antiques dealers in the UK. Established in 1974, it now boasts 600 worldwide members, who are experts in their fields. Every gallery or dealer is a LAPADA member and must subscribe to a strict code of conduct. Quality is assured, with every piece on sale being vetted by an expert committee of 50 specialists.
Our visit to LAPADA was all the more special, as it marked the latest fundraising evening for charity Maggie’s. The UK charity provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer as well as their family and friends. The first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996 and since then has continued to grow, with 17 centres at major NHS cancer hospitals in the UK, online and abroad. Guests took part in a silent auction to raise money for the cause.
LAPADA has raised more than £940,000 for charity over the last two years – with this year’s event sure to bring the impressive total even higher.