London's March events diary: home and interiors shows

Barbara Chandler's top five homes and interiors events in London this month
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Dancer with Ball from Hickmet Fine Arts, £9,950, at Chelsea Antiques Fair
Alan Titchmarsh
The Ideal Home Show, from March 15-April 1, will feature celebs such as green-fingered Alan Titchmarsh

1. Ideal Home Show

March 15-April 1 at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London, SW5 (
A unique feature of this domestic extravaganza is the fully built homes at its centre. A highlight is the architect-designed Prince’s House, a tribute by Prince Charles to the Arts & Crafts aesthetic.

Find interiors, DIY, home improvements, and food and home celebs, including gadget girl Suzi Perry and green-fingered Alan Titchmarsh (pictured). Advance tickets cost from £12 (call 0844 858 6763); children under 16 go free.

2. The Chelsea Antiques Fair

March 13-16 at Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, SW3 (01825 144074;
A new look for a much-loved old show has about 40 quality dealers in porcelain, furniture, silverware, ceramics, glass, jewellery, pictures and glass setting up shop amid the late-Victorian opulence of the restored Old Town Hall, with its marble pillars, abundant gilding, chandeliers and oil paintings. Tickets cost £5.

3. Marking the line: ceramics and architecture

From tomorrow to April 17 at Sir John Soane’s Museum
3 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2 (020 7405 2107;

Ceramics at the cutting edge by four revered contemporary artists showing at the exquisite home of Regency architect Sir John Soane, on the fringe of Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Soane’s house is a showcase of his own work and a stunning lesson in the use of small spaces. Now comes an avant-garde troop of pots, portraits, busts and sculptures, all to see for free. The exhibition will move to Sir John’s country home, Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing, in July.

Visit the Cassina store in Brompton Road on Thursday evenings until April 2 for a tour of their modern furniture classics, including these Zig Zag chairs (1973) by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld

4. Authentic Icons

Now until April 2 at Cassina, 238-242 Brompton Road, SW3 (020 7584 0000;
Thursday night is party night throughout March at this essential show for lovers of modern classics. You get a free guided tour, prosecco, canapés — and discounts. Hear gossipy stories behind iconic furniture designs by Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, Gerrit Rietveld and Franco Albini, and see why a numbered design from a licensed maker, though costly, is a better investment than a cheap China fake.

5. The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show

March 14-17 at Olympia Two and Olympia West Hall, Hammersmith Road, W14 (01394 288521;
Bone-up on basic craft techniques at this new show for knitting, crochet, and sewing with around 130 specialists suppliers on standby for both newbies and dab hands. There’s a gallery of beautiful patchwork quilts, book signings, you-can-do-it workshops and displays/fashion shows to prove it. Salute the spring at a dressmaking “factory”, and enjoy a garden of seasonal knitted flowers. Tickets £15 adults, £14 concessions, £6 children (four to 18).

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