Kingston Antiques Centre

With more than 100 dealers offering a startling array of antiques and quality vintage items from bygone eras, few customers leave empty handed. The centre is a favourite haunt for serious collectors, celebrities, university students, interior designers and local people. The large, rambling building provides space over two floors and has retained some of the original features to provide nooks and crannies framed by an imposing double staircase. Well-known within the antiques trade it attracts dealers from all over the world and is a favourite recording location for the media, hosting programmes such as Bargain Hunt, The Bill, House Gift and Law & Order.

Specialist dealers offer beautiful - and sometimes bizarre - items that attract international bargain hunters - clocks and watches, silver and gold items, mirrors, paintings, sculptures and prints. One of the largest collections of vintage jewellery in the south of England is housed in a series of cabinets lining the walls.