Olympia Fair

The London Olympia exhibition venue in Kensington was designed by Henry Edward Coe and first opened its doors in December 1886. It has hosted an annual summer art and antiques fair since 1972 which has been a fixture in the London art and antiques calendar ever since.

The event is currently run by Clarion Events who also organise the annual Winter Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia.


Jewellery strong at Winter Olympia

06 November 2008

THIS month's Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair, to be held at Olympia from November 10 to 16, has a particularly strong jewellery section, with international Geneva-based jewellers Grima showing for the first time at any fair, and one of London's fastest rising young stars of the jewellery scene, Symbolic and Chase, also making their debut.

Cato apologises after TV mistake at Olympia fair

14 July 2008

AT their Council meeting last week the British Antique Dealers Association decided on no further action regarding complaints by some members that well-known Kent dealer and fellow member Lennox Cato was fitted with a microphone while carrying out vetting duties at last month's Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair.

Olympia fair stand awards announced

09 June 2008

AWARDS for best stands were presented on June 5, the preview day of the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair, which closes on June 15.

Vacant spring slot as Clarion scrap FORM

07 April 2008

AFTER two stagings, Clarion Events, organisers of the Olympia fairs, have abandoned their new fixture FORM. In 2009, for the first time in 13 years, it looks likely that there there will be no Spring art, antiques or design fair at the West London exhibition complex.


£200,000 bid sets new record for Scottish sword

21 December 2007

At 3ft 21/4in (97cm) long, this exceptionally rare Scottish Highland two-hand sword or claymore dates to the third quarter of the 16th century. So rare is it, in fact, that no other example has appeared on the market in recent years.


Shock resignation of Winter Olympia fair manager

03 December 2007

EXHIBITORS and observers were shocked when Stephanie Dieckvoss, show manager of the Winter Olympia Fine Art & Antiques Fair, left Clarion Events, the show’s owners, just five days after the fair closed on November 18.


Olympia gets off to a good start

19 November 2007

OLYMPIA’s Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair, which closed on November 18 is the premier pre-Christmas fixture in London. This 15th annual staging proved no exception and, as usual, it got off to a strong start.

Antiques return as Clarion rename Olympia Summer fair

22 October 2007

CLARION Arts, owners and organisers of the Olympia fairs, have announced a change of name for their June flagship fair – the third change of name in two years. It will run next year from June 5 to 15 as Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair.

Appeals process changes Olympia vetting procedure

18 September 2007

Dealers make up fair’s management board


Appeal for witnesses after £250,000 gems theft at fair

18 June 2007

Partridge Fine Art lost £250,000 worth of jewellery to thieves at the Summer Olympia Fair. The thieves struck at the dealers’ stand on Sunday afternoon, when four items were taken. The police were informed immediately and Partridge spokesman Oscar Humphries told ATG that they were hopeful of recovering the gems.

Hali fair dropped

26 February 2007

Exhibitors find a fortnight in London too costly to bear

Owners deny ‘£420m sale of Olympia’

18 December 2006

AT £420m, the deal would have brought St James Capital a 70 per cent profit on the £245m they paid for the complex just two and a half years ago. But it appears that last week’s London Evening Standard scoop on the sale of Earls Court and Olympia was, at the very least, a little premature.

Spring Olympia... back to FORM

23 October 2006

CLARION Arts have named their Spring Olympia fair FORM.

Clarion Arts commit to Spring fair

15 August 2006

CLARION Arts, the owners and organisers of the three annual Olympia fairs in West London, have reaffirmed their commitment to the Spring Olympia and appointed a dedicated show manager for that troubled event.

LAPADA join BADA at Olympia for Winter fair

07 August 2006

Clarion Arts have announced that this year’s Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia will be held in association with both of the UK trade associations.


Guinevere's tiles bring judges' smiles

26 June 2006

A panel of judges, including interior designers Alidad and Kit Kemp and representatives from World of Interiors and Homes & Gardens, deemed Guinevere Antiques to have the best stand of The Summer Fair, Olympia.

Looking ahead to a glorious Grosvenor

05 June 2006

This is the month the trade in London really goes into overdrive, starting this week with the opening of The Summer Fair, Olympia on Thursday (June 8). Olympia is just one of four major London June fairs and these are complemented by an increasing number of dealer exhibitions around the capital.

Olympia go for design rather than antiques in the Spring

08 May 2006

2007 fixture will be cut to three days

Clarion secure at Olympia

19 December 2005

REPORTS that Earls Court and Olympia are up for sale will not affect Clarion Events, who own and organise the three Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fairs.

Sotheby’s see off casino bid to stay at Olympia

25 November 2005

EC&O agree ten-year lease as they drop MGM partnership