While we all love to bury ourselves deep in the Library’s 15 miles of bookstacks, sometimes the opportunity to gaze at other sources of inspiration is just what we need to keep the brain and imagination in top form. Yesterday members of our patrons’ group, The Founders’ Circle, enjoyed just that, with a special trip to the third LAPADA Arts & Antiques Fair in Berkley Square, just a short stroll away.
LAPADA’s Fair is a treasure trove of beautiful and fascinating things, from exquisite furniture to neo-classical watercolours, antique jewellery, sculpture, rugs, needlework, silverware, glassware, armory and, yes, books. Every object has its own story, and the expert exhibitors are eager to share what they know of the provenance and craftsmanship of their wares.
The Fair is open until 5pm this Sunday, 25th September. All London Library members are entitled to a free ticket, admitting two; tickets are available in the Reading Room and Members’ Room and can also be downloaded here. Enjoy!