London Map Fairs

Last Saturday was for the first time I attended the London Map Fairs. Located at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington, this two days fair is arguably the largest antique map fair (in the world or in the UK? not sure since I have never attended similar fair before).

The World's Largest Antique Map Fairs
The World’s Largest Antique Map Fair (arguably)
London Map Fairs
London Map Fairs – yes admission free!

And this is the prestigious Royal Geographical Society where the Fairs is based.

Royal Geographical Society
Royal Geographical Society

This is one of the first rooms in the Fairs.

Yes more maps and maps at the London Map Fairs
Maps on display

I honestly don’t know what to expect at the Fairs. But I am glad that I did visit the Fair! I even treat my husband an Uber trip to come with me to the Fair!

Some exhibitors are from outside the UK such as Germany, Italy
Beautiful maps

In this Fair, I saw beautiful collection of maps that I have never seen before! That interests me to find out more about collecting antique maps! Some maps are divided into geographical location. So you can see specific map about specific location! That fascinates me more to find out maps from South East Asia!

Fascinating to look at some of the old maps
Fascinating to look at some of the old maps

I finally found a map that describes Batavia. I bought it from the Altea Gallery stall. Here is the map in detail. Click here for more.

London Map Fairs 2018
London Map Fairs 2018

The location at the Royal Geographical Society is quite beautiful and grand. See these high ceilings and pillars below.

Some stalls at the London Map Fairs
Some stalls at the London Map Fairs

The tea room is pretty too. Look at the painting!

Tea Room at the Royal Geographical Society
Tea Room at the Royal Geographical Society

You can see huge fireplaces too.

Nice Big Fireplace at the Royal Geographical Society
Nice Big Fireplace at the Royal Geographical Society

Here are the exhibitors of the London Map Fairs 2018.

London Map Fairs 2018 Exhibitors
London Map Fairs 2018 Exhibitors

Some exhibitors are from Italy, Germany, France, and as far as USA.

Exhibitors at the London Map Fairs
Exhibitors at the London Map Fairs
Large Area for displaying the maps
Large Area for displaying the maps

Some maps are so very expensive. Sometimes I am afraid to hold it because I know I can’t afford it. I think some dealers are also afraid of me holding the maps because they thought I will tear or break it. Oh well.. Lucky me that I did not break any map.

More corners more maps at the London Map Fairs
More corners more maps at the London Map Fairs

There are also some lectures in this Fair. I did not attend any though.. But they are seem to be interesting talks.

Talks at the London Map Fairs
Talks at the London Map Fairs

All in all I am so grateful that I attend the London Map Fair. I may explore more about antique maps especially about the South East Asia maps. It is fascinating to learn more about history by looking at the antique maps. Because some of these maps are published in the 16th, 17th, or 18th century, so it would be great to learn what the world/country/city/island looked like at that time, from the point of view of the cartographer. Amazing!

Antique Maps on display at the London Map Fairs
Antique Maps on display at the London Map Fairs

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