Olympia International Arts and Antiques Fair

Olympia International Arts and Antiques Fair is a chance to see and learn about antiques in a refined setting. The fair runs from 18 to 28 June and will give the public and those from the art world the chance to examine a variety of high-quality antiques, attend talks and enjoy drinks and entertainment at the Kensington Olympia Exhibition Centre. If you’re staying at Strand Palace Hotel and are planning to attend, here’s a little look at what you can expect.

The Sinquefield Collection

The guest exhibition at this year’s show is ‘There’s No Place Like Home: American Scene Painting (1850s-1940s) in the Sinquefield Collection’. American philanthropist and eminent collector Rex Sinquefield will be giving the public a rare glimpse into his private collection of American Regionalist art, which has never before been shown outside of the United States. Expect to see works by the likes of Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood, major proponents of this style, which focuses on life in 20th-century rural America.


Among the galleries exhibiting is Austin Desmond Fine Art, which specialises in 20th century and modern art. Items available to buy include Complex Yellows by abstract and figurative artist Patrick Heron and Tamarisk by Cornish painter Peter Lanyon. Head to Manuel Castilho Antiguidades stand to learn more about Indo-Portuguese and Oriental art. Elsewhere, Paul Mayhew Fine Art will shine a spotlight on the Old Masters, as well as sculptures and fabric-based art. Hali magazine will also be bringing a variety of rugs and other fabric sellers to the Olympia after a decade’s absence.


A series of enlightening lectures will also take place over the duration of the fair. Get a sneak peek at the Victoria and Albert Museum’s upcoming exhibition on luxury during a talk by curators Leanne Wierzba and Jana Scholtze on 19 June. On 24 June, Dr. Dora Thornton will give an introductory lecture on the British Museum’s Waddesdon Bequest, which includes 300 or so precious objects from Renaissance Europe. Rosemary Crill, a senior curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, will also be delivering a lecture entitled Hali: The Fabric of India on 26 June. It will be about the exciting collection of Indian fabric that’s due to exhibit there later in the year.

Anything else?

Outlets selling champagne, juices, light bites and pizza will be available for the fair’s patrons. Those visiting the Spirit of Summer Fair (17 to 20 June) at the Olympia will be able to visit the arts and antiques fair for no extra cost.

How to get there

Strand Palace Hotel is within easy reach of Olympia. Just take the District line from Embankment Tube station, get off at West Kensington and walk to the Olympia. The journey should take just over half-an-hour. Strand Palace Hotel is also near Leicester Square where you can take the Piccadilly line to Barons Court then make your way on foot to the fair.

If you want a hotel near the Olympia International Arts and Antiques Fair, why not opt for Strand Palace Hotel? It is easy to catch the Tube to the venue and our hotel is also near other lively central London districts – perfect for post-fair entertainment.

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