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.

Olympia play it again for a Casablanca ball

21 May 2012

For the third time, fair organiser Ingrid Nilson is hoping to enliven the first Friday of the Olympia International Fine Art and Antiques Fair with another Secret Antiques Dealers’ Ball on June 8 at The Hilton Olympia Hotel just next door.

Olympia stand sales enjoy an early surge

27 February 2012

CLARION Events announced last week that stand sales for the Summer Olympia fair this June are up over 100 per cent from this time last year.

Subtle changes to summer fairs calendar

16 January 2012

The dates for the trio of major London summer fairs have now been released.

Moves to head off Tube cuts at Olympia

18 July 2011

EARLS Court and Olympia Venues (ECO) are trying to head off Transport for London’s plans to close the Earls Court/Olympia District Line link on weekdays.


Clarion breathe new life into Olympia fair

27 June 2011

What a difference a year makes.

Clarion set early bookings deadline for Olympia

04 April 2011

IN a forthright announcement, organisers Clarion Events have stated that they are setting an absolute deadline of April 20 for applications to exhibit at this year's Olympia International Fine Art & Antiques Fair.

Dealers and organisers agree on way forward for Olympia

14 March 2011

A JOINT initiative by Clarion Events and the Fairs Forum of dealers promises to re-establish the Summer Olympia fair as a broader-based marketplace this June.

Resolving the Lester question

09 August 2010

IS David Lester co-owner of the Olympia summer fair or not?

Clarion Events take back control of Olympia fair for 2011

19 July 2010

NEXT summer’s Olympia fair is reverting to British management and organisation, with owners Clarion Events taking the reins back from US entrepreneur David Lester.


Hausburg cabinet wins object of the year

14 June 2010

WINNER of the Country Life-LAPADA Object of the Year, announced last week at the London International Fine Art Fair at Olympia, was the so-called Hausburg cabinet belonging to Kensington Church Street dealers Butchoff Antiques.

Lester on a learning curve?

23 November 2009

MORE than 100 dealers braved gales to be at Olympia at 9.30 on the morning of November 18 for a meeting called by Florida impresario David Lester. They were there to discuss the London International Fine Art Fair, the renamed June Olympia which he co-owns with Clarion but very much runs himself.

Simms leaves Olympia for Florida

17 August 2009

DAVID Lester’s Florida company International Fine Art Expositions have announced that Freya Simms, who recently stepped down after four years as show director of Olympia’s antique fairs, is joining them as director of sales and marketing at Expoships and IFAE.

Lester unveils his plans for Olympia fair

10 August 2009

David Lester has unveiled his new plans for next year’s summer Olympia, now branded the London International Fine Art Fair.

Lester takes reins of Olympia’s summer fair

20 July 2009

FLORIDA fairs impresario David Lester and his wife Lee Ann have taken control of the summer Olympia fair. They have already rebranded it the London International Fine Art Fair.

Lester secures Olympia deal

14 July 2009

FLORIDA-based fair organiser David Lester and his wife Lee-Ann have secured a deal with Clarion Events to become the directors of the June Olympia art and antiques fair.


Ulysses sold for £275,000 at Olympia

08 June 2009

THERE were notable sales in the first hour of the two fairs which opened at Olympia in West London last Thursday.

Olympia feels the pinch but sees pockets of good business

24 November 2008

AT the close of this month's Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia there was no doubt that the worldwide banking crisis and now the recession had taken their toll.


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.