The sequence of the three events sees the Olympia International Fine Art & Antiques Fair (June 7-17) overlapped by Art Antiques London (June 13-20) followed just over a week later by Masterpiece (June 28 to July 4).
The calendar is subtly different from last year when Olympia and Art Antiques London (incorporating The International Ceramics Fair and Seminar) both opened on June 9. This year they will overlap rather than clash. The new dates also mean there will be less clear air between the first two fairs and Masterpiece at the end of the month.
Talk of the disjointed London summer season abounded at last year's fairs. Two events opening on the same day proved unpopular, while overseas visitors in particular were asked to make a choice between an early or a late June trip.
Haughton Fairs, organisers of Art Antiques London, held since 2010 in a purpose-built pavilion in Kensington Gardens next to the Albert Memorial,were the last of the three organisers to declare their hand for 2012. Theysay the new dates have been well received by exhibitors.
After celebrating its tenth anniversary last year, Master Drawings London is returning once again to Mayfair, St James's and Bloomsbury from June 27 to July 5.