Congratulations to Her Majesty!

There is sure to be a wonderful atmosphere in central London this Saturday as the nation celebrates the Queen’s 70th year as our monarch. We’re not far from all the action at Horse Guards Parade and the Mall so why not drop by London’s best collectors market for that special historic souvenir. There’s no tourist tat at crazy prices in our market – just collectable bargains and curiosities aplenty!

London’s already buzzing – the Market will be too!

Cute as a Button

Not one but two famous names at the market recently.

Meet Jenson Button, a 14 week old Cockapoo who visited the market recently along with his owner, Russell Grant. Although neither of them has won the 2009 World Formula One Championship or appeared on Strictly, what we do know is that one of them was here because of his interest in collecting Boy Scout memorobilia. Russell is probably more of stamp buff.

The market has always been proud to welcome enthusiasts of all kinds, even if they have double the number of legs we might usually expect. Indeed, possibly the most prestigious position in London – after the PM – is that of Market Dog. That role is currently filled by Dougal but his predecessors (Bart, Headley, Charlie and Matty) were equally adept at wandering round looking for biscuits and a scratch behind the ears.

Business As (Un)usual

After our week off last Saturday, we’re back!

Curious browsers, experienced dealers and committed collectors alike can be found every Saturday at Charing Cross Market. Rare postcards, stamps, coins and militaria abound in a unique indoor location at the heart of Central London. Come and see what makes the market one of the Capital’s best kept secrets – because everybody knows all the best treasure is kept underground…

No Debate About This Uncommon Market…

Simply put, we’re the UK’s only weekly market for specialist collectors. Stamps, coins, banknotes, militaria, ephemera, African ethnography, antiques…Charing Cross Collectors Market has it all. We couldn’t be more centrally located just next to the Embankment Tube station. Look out for the entrance just next to Costa Coffee.

Whether you’re a seasoned collector, just starting out or just curious about what’s on offer, you can be sure of a warm welcome from Jim, Bridget, Dougal the Market dog and all our experienced dealers. We never even know ourselves just what rare and amazing finds will be on show but it’s well worth arriving early for the best bargains. See you there!

New Year, New Hobby…?

If you’ve ever wondered about what draws so many people into the magical world of collecting, why not come down and join us for the first Charing Cross Collectors Market of 2022 this New Years Day!

With knowledgeable traders to help you find your niche and tables full of bargains, you’re sure to find something which will spark your imagination. Whether it’s militaria, stamps, coins, banknotes, ephemera, antiques, postcards, autographs, football programmes…on any given day this is just a sample of the treasures for you to browse through. And you’ll always be sure of a warm welcome from Bridget, Jim and, of course, Dougal the Market Dog!

A Collector’s Cornucopia

The UK’s only weekly stamp, coin, postcard, militaria and ephemera collectors’ market is back this Saturday. Where else could you buy genuine military artefacts, some of the most sought after stamps and postcards from all corners of the globe, coins from the reign of Elizabeth I, historic signatures, ancient African ethnography and any number of other unusual and exotic items all under one roof? Every item has its own story to tell and our dealers are all specialists in their field. It’s unlikely that a more eclectic collectors market exists anywhere else in the world… It’s not for nothing that Charing Cross is traditionally regarded as the very centre of London. It’s certainly the home of collecting. So come along this Saturday from 7am to 2pm, browse to your heart’s content and see what our traders have for you this week!

Rodney Bolwell 1934-2021

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of the market’s founder, Rodney Bolwell.

For many years a significant figure in London’s coin and stamp collecting world, Rodney started his first market in 1974 under the arches on Villiers Street. He quickly became known as a man with integrity and someone who could be counted on to act in the best interest of everyone involved as, for instance, when he charged traders nothing at all for the first three months to help get things off the ground.  This certainly seemed to work and word spread quickly – at its peak, there were 150 stallholders there every week. The Charing Cross Collectors Market became a mainstay of the coin and stamp trade across the whole of the South of England and it was not uncommon for dealers from Europe and the United States to arrive at Heathrow on a Saturday and head straight there.

While he would go on to set up other offshoots in Hays Galleria and Tower Bridge, the trading forum at Charing Cross was always closest to his heart. Unfortunately, in the mid eighties, new development forced Rodney to move the operation. His bid for a place in the nearby shopping arcade was thwarted by an – ultimately baseless – counter bid and, well, that seemed to be that. Fortunately, the station master at London Bridge railway was sympathetic and his help was key to the market’s continuation on the station concourse in 1989. Yet he never gave up hope of returning to its original home in Charing Cross and in 1991 he began negotiating with the new managers of the Villiers Street site, Greycoat Accountants. Citing the Royal Charter enacted by Charles II that there had to be a market in the vicinity, he successfully argued that this was a legal entitlement and by April he, and his loyal band of traders, was back. 
And they’re still very much there.

Through rain and shine, the good and the bad, Rodney’s collectors market has survived. Now under the forward looking stewardship of his daughter, Bridget, the ranks of the coin and stamp dealers have been supplemented by traders in militaria, postcards, autographs, ephemera and antiques. It continues to be a place where deals are struck, old acquaintances renewed and the passion for collecting ignited. There is no better tribute to him. RIP