In preparation for my trip next month, I've been looking through some of the books I have about London. One of the books I bought when I first moved to the UK and was working in London was The London Antiques Guide, which is one of the books I've featured on my sidebar.
I used to get up bright and early and go to the antique markets before work, as I didn't have to be there until about 9:30 a.m. Portobello Road is perhaps the best-known of the markets, but there are others including Spitalfields, Bermondsey, Covent Garden, Greenwich and St. James's.
From the London Antiques Guide's website, it looks like they might have different versions for the American and British markets. I have the UK version. The book is divided, street-by-street and style-by-style and also includes auction houses and antiques fairs and markets. One of the big fairs I liked was the one at Alexandra Palace, also known as Ally Pally. It's held several times a year, but not when I will be there.
With the exchange rate so bad for Americans going to London, I will mostly be looking. Even though I still have a UK bank account. I don't want to deplete it!