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11 of the most important London art fairs to visit in 2024

The global art world is set to descend for the capital’s impressive lineup of fairs in 2024, which celebrate classical to cutting-edge art and design

Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or a new collector, this year promises a stellar line-up of London art fairs. Maybe you’re in the market for a David Hockney or a piece of vintage Buccellati jewellery. Or perhaps you’re looking for an exceptional piece of 1950s furniture or to pick up a photographic print by one of the UK’s most exciting emerging artists. Whatever your taste, expect a dazzling array of artists, galleries, displays and arts programmes at the capital’s leading art fairs.

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The Best London Art Fairs To Visit

British Art Fair

Saatchi Gallery
26 - 29 September

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Houria Niati (b.1948), Mother and I, 2006, print on canvas. © Houria Niati, Courtesy of Felix & Spear.

As summer segues into autumn, the great and the good of the art world descend on the Saatchi Gallery to celebrate the very best of Modern British Art. All the top dealers from London and across the UK will be there, showcasing their latest collections across the spacious, light-flooded King’s Road gallery. Expect t0 see paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures by the greatest names of the 20th and 21st centuries, such as David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Sandra Blow, Frank Auerbach to Paul Nash, Barbara Hepworth, Grayson Perry and Banksy, to name a few. 

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Paula Rego, Pregnant Girl Disposing of the Evidence (2009), courtesy Tanya Baxter Contemporary
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Rodney Smith, A.J Chasing airplane, Orange County Airport, NY 1998, courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery

As well as providing an opportunity to purchase these pieces – some never seen before – the galleries are also on hand to talk about the artists, their work and give specialist advice on collecting. Don’t miss Solo Contemporary, curated by Zavier Ellis, on the top floor, showcasing some of the most cutting-edge contemporary galleries and artists. With an additional programme of curated events, this is one fair not to miss.

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Eye of the Collector

The Garrison Chapel, Chelsea Barracks
26 - 29 June

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Eye of the Collector 2023. Photo: Linda Nylind

Eye of the Collector is fast becoming one of the most exciting London art fairs. The boutique fair – and accompanying online platform – showcases collectible artworks from leading galleries in a curated dialogue with their architectural surroundings. For this, the fourth edition, the fair takes place in the 1859 Grade II-listed Romanesque-Byzantine style Garrison Chapel at the Chelsea Barracks – a five-minute walk from Sloane Square.

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Wole Lagunju,
Study of Woman Surmounted by Leopard II, 2022. Exhibited by Adrian Sutton Gallery
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Teresa Hastings Not me 2022, tapestry. Exhibited by Sarah Myerscough Gallery

While the exhibitors have not yet been revealed, if previous years are anything to go by, you can expect established artists hanging alongside lesser-known contemporaries. Galleries exhibiting included Arusha Gallery, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, Whitford Fine Art and Dellasposa. In addition to the in-person fair, the online viewing rooms are immersive, with works presented as if they are hanging in an imaginary collector’s home.

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The Treasure House Fair

Royal Hospital Chelsea
26 June - 2 July

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Adrian, Sassoon © Sylvain Deleu

This is the second edition of The Treasure House Fair, which returns to SW3 in June, continuing the tradition of having an annual art show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. The multidisciplinary event – founded by Thomas Woodham-Smith and Harry Van der Hoorn, the duo behind Masterpiece – promises to be one of the best London art fairs to visit this summer, with 70 leading art and antiques galleries from around the world.

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Chu Teh-Chun, Luminosité résonante I, 1988. 3812 Gallery
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Philip Mould - Dod Procter (1890-1972), Davida, circa 1954

All the big-name dealers will be here (Richard Green, Godson & Coles, Osborne Samuel…) who will be joined by the likes of S.J.Shrubsole, the New York jewellery and antique silver specialist, and interiors and furniture designer Rose Uniacke, who will be unveiling her latest antique and vintage finds. Plus, there’ll be ceramics, glass, metalworks, Asian art, Old Masters, and so much more in what promises to be a dazzling display from antiquity to the modern day. There is an Oyster & Champagne Bar, of course, with an outdoor space overlooking the Hospital, the perfect spot for a chilled glass of Laurent Perrier and cultured chit chat.  

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LAPADA Berkeley Square Fair

Berkeley Square, Mayfair
22 - 27 October

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Buccellati

This year marks the 50th anniversary of LAPADA, the largest society of professional art and antique dealers in Europe. As such, the 2024 LAPADA Berkeley Fair Square – which returns to the heart of Mayfair – promises to be particularly special with a series of curated events, as well as 100 exhibitors, all experts across fine art and sculpture to jewellery, furniture and ceramics.

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André Masson, 'Le Miel et Le Lait'. John Adams Fine Art

Expect to see a wealth of museum-worthy works, spanning centuries. Whether you’re in the market for an exquisite 19th-century French gilt bronze and malachite casket, a pair of George III Gainsborough armchairs, a piece of vintage Buccellati jewellery or a painting by André Masson, you’ll find it here. Plus, new for this year is LAPADA Fringe, a celebration of the neighbourhood’s vibrant cultural scene created by establishments such as The Connaught hotel and Cartier. 

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Women in Art Fair

Mall Galleries, St James’s
9 - 12 October

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Following its successful inaugural edition last year, the Women in Art Fair (WIAF) looks set to become one of the best London art fairs. The only fair dedicated to women artists, it seeks to redress the gender imbalance in the art industry, providing a positive platform from which female artists, curators and gallerists can show their work, with the four-day event inviting everyone to consider ideas about gender, sexuality and culture.

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This year’s theme is ‘Time for Unity’, with the Fair taking over all three of the Mall Galleries. The West Gallery will house a booth-style fair, while the North Gallery will be home to an exhibition of work by artists selected via an open call. This year, the selection committee includes contemporary art dealer and curator Virginia Damsta, Jamaican arts ambassador Theresa Roberts, art advisor and AWITA (Association of Women in the Arts) co-founder Katrina Aleska and Women in Art Fair founder Elena Shchukina. The East Gallery will showcase a curated exhibition of works by leading 20th- and 21st-century female artists.

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Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair

Woolwich Works, Royal Arsenal
21 - 24 November

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Established by gallerists Jack and Lizzie Glendinning, Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair (WCPF) is the largest art fair in Europe dedicated to print works, with over 1000 originals on display, across many styles and techniques. The fair was founded not only to situate the medium within the wider context of contemporary art. It also serves to encourage art that’s accessible for all, whether that’s through pricing or enabling budding collectors to go behind the scenes with exhibiting galleries and artists through their year-round Patrons of Print scheme.

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The 9th edition this November promises prints from rising stars to major names. Leading galleries will be bringing works by highly collectible names including Tracey Emin, David Hockney, Grayson Perry and Gavin Turk, plus there’ll be exclusive launches from the likes of artist David Shrigley. A New Collectors Evening promises walking tours, a live DJ set and a return performance from the popular Art Laughs collective; and, new this year, the WCPF Public Art Trail will feature installation works in the historic surroundings of London’s Royal Arsenal.

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StART Fair

King’s Cross
7 - 13 October

2024 is a big year for StART as it relocates from Saatchi Gallery (where it was for a decade) to the newly renovated King’s Cross Town Hall aka KX Town Hall. The fair, founded by David and Serenella Ciclitira, will continue to stay true to its ethos of bringing the work of lesser-known artistic communities – those ‘starting’ out on their creative journey – in front of collectors, as well as showcasing more established artists too.

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The historic light-flooded building will be filled with a wonderfully eclectic array of work, from independent artists and global galleries, across multiple mediums. While this year’s exhibitors are yet to be announced, highlights last year included British paper sculptor Lisa Lloyd, as well as Cambridge gallery The Art Hound, who presented the ‘art of Rock and Roll’ with works by a variety of artists including photographer Scarlet Page, daughter of Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy.

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Frieze London and Frieze Masters

The Regent’s Park
9 - 13 October

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It’s the 21st anniversary of Frieze London and although the details for the 2024 edition haven’t been unveiled, there is no doubt we can expect quite a show in Regent’s Park. Frieze is one of the world’s most influential contemporary art fairs, bringing together the creme de la creme of the art world with exhibiting galleries shining a light on the most exciting creatives working today, with a focus on living artists and innovative practice. 

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A short stroll across the park is Frieze Masters, where yet more heavyweight galleries and dealers display works made before the year 2000 (whereas Frieze London presents work mainly created post-2000), across 6000 years of art history. Bridging the two will be a free display of outdoor works in the park’s fragrant English Gardens, directed by independent curator and writer Fatoş Üstek.

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The Affordable Art Fair

Evolution London, Battersea Park
16 - 20 October

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The Affordable Art Fair returns to Battersea once again, its premise to democratise the art world and make art fun and accessible to all. More than 100 leading national and international galleries will be displaying thousands of contemporary artworks in all styles and mediums – but the one thing they all have in common? They’re all priced below £7,500, with many under £500. 

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PAD London

Berkeley Square
8 - 13 October

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Monette Larsen, Transient Flow. Photo: Valerie Bernadini. Courtesy of London Glassblowing and PAD London
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Chieko Katsumata, Akoda Pumpkin (2024). Courtesy of Dutko and PAD London
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Hemmerle, Earrings in diamonds and beryls. Courtesy of Hemmerle and PAD London

PAD London celebrates its 16th edition in its landmark location of Mayfair’s Berkeley Square. Founded in 2007 by fourth-generation Parisian antique dealer Patrick Perrin, as the sister to PAD Paris, it is the UK’s only fair exclusively dedicated to 20th century and contemporary design. 

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The Decorative Fair

Evolution London, Battersea Park
3 - 8 October

The Decorative Fair isn’t just on the radar of interior designers, it is a leading London art fair and a must-visit for anyone interested in antiques, fine and decorative art and 20th century design. Of the three annual editions (there is also a fair in Spring and Winter), the Autumn Fair is considered a standout, with over 130 specialist dealers expected this year, offering an exceptional array of objects and art.

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This Autumn, the fair comes with a particular focus on Rococo design, showcasing the very best examples of art, furniture and lighting in the flamboyant style that first originated in 18th-century France. And for the first time, visitors can also enjoy Tribal Art London Fair –  the long-established event for collectors and admirers of original tribal and ethnographic art and artefacts – which will be on the mezzanine level. The restaurant provides all-day sustenance for collectors, exhibitors and visitors, and there’s courtesy transport between Sloane Square and the (dog-friendly) fair.   

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