So Last Century is south London’s exciting Vintage & Retro Fair held in Beckenham, Catford and Tooting
Dozens of hand-picked traders selling a range of affordable 20th Century vintage and antique items: midcentury decor, lighting and furniture, ceramics, homeware, kitchenalia, brocante, vintage clothing, accessories & jewellery, original illustrations, prints and vintage maps, repurposed goods and much more. We often have a small clutch of designer-makers, plus a local guest artist displaying and selling their work, too.
At most of our events there’s the Vintage Tea Room with its superb offering of delicious cakes and scones. There’s often great street food, local beer and excellent coffee available outside too, often served from vintage vans.
Our visiting gramophone DJ can sometimes be found spinning her 78s, as well.
Check the dates in Upcoming Fairs for full details about each particular event.
We look forward to seeing you soon…
Our next event:
So Last Century Vintage Market at the Mansion
Sunday 1st July 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm, at Beckenham Place Mansion, Beckenham Place Park, London BR3 1SY
Always very popular, this will be the fifth event we’ve held at this beautiful, though relatively undiscovered, Georgian mansion house set in stunning parkland in south-east London.
On the day there’ll be a stunning, hand-picked selection of 30 top-quality vintage traders, in the Atrium, Drawing Room, Dining Room and outside, too. Expect to find mid-century decor, lighting, homeware and furnishings, vintage travel posters, prints, antique maps and etchings, brocante, clothing, accessories, jewellery, and much more, including house plants for sale.
Plenty of food and drink will be on offer, including delicious hotdogs by Gourmet Sausage Maker, wonderful souvlaki by The Greek Way , excellent coffee by Plot and an ice cream van! The Mansion Cafe and newly-opened outdoor Terrace Bar will be serving, too.
Splattermake and KnowHowYou sewing, textiles and craft studio will be also be open on the day, and you’ll be able to see the wide range of classes and courses they have to offer. Studio Kooks will also be holding their regular, pre-booked, yoga classes. Out on the grass, younger visitors can be transformed by fantastic local face painters, Tiger Dragon Butterfly.
Visit artist Sophia Lyons’ in her studio and gallery on the first floor, and see her beautiful canvasses, many of which will be available to buy. Some of the other artists’s studios may also be open on the day.
Don’t forget to check out Cigarette Records in their new shop, in the basement. Owain will help you find what you’re looking for amongst the thousands of records he has in stock, and may introduce you to something you’ve never heard before!
And finally, not to be missed, is the fascinating Visitor Centre run by The Friends of Beckenham Place Park. Crammed with artefacts, maps, and documents, you can find out about the rich history of the Park.
So come along on the first day of July to discover gorgeous vintage treasures, and a whole lot more besides!
Dog-friendly and accessible to disabled visitors (except artists’ studios on the 1st floor)
Beckenham Hill Station – 8mins walk
Beckenham Junction Station – 15mins
Ravensbourne Station – 15mins
Bus – 54, 354, 320, 227, 367, 181
We strongly recommend using public transport and/or walking to the event if possible, as the single carriageway access road to the Mansion can get very congested, particularly around midday. If you do prefer to arrive by car, there is limited parking available at the Mansion, although we advise avoiding the busiest period. Note that vehicle entry is only via the Beckenham Hill Road entrance (Sat Nav: BR3 1SY).
Alternatively, there is plenty of free parking available near to the Downham entrance on Old Bromley Road (Sat Nav: BR1 4LE), or on Crab Hill by Ravensbourne Station, (Sat Nav: BR3 5HE), from where the Mansion is an enjoyable 15 minute stroll across the Park.
The nearest cashpoint is at Waitrose near Beckenham Junction Station, a 15 minute walk away, so make sure you bring plenty of cash. Although many of our traders take cards these days, not all of them do.