Calling all art lovers: why you must visit Walton Fine Arts

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If you know anything about London’s Chelsea, you must know it has a rich, esteemed history in the fine arts. Once the home of the great 19th Century painter J M W Turner and the stomping ground of the Victorian-era pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (Rosetti, Holman Hunt, Millais and more), this historical resonance was deepened in the 20th Century thanks to the emergence of bold, daring and cutting-edge arty clothing establishments during the Swinging Sixties and the punk-informed mid- to late ’70s, as well as its growth for fine artists of all kinds, gallery owners and antiques experts.

And, playing a significant role in keeping this tradition alive today, don’t doubt it, is Walton Fine Arts. It may be hidden away behind the imposing retail monolith that’s Harrods, but don’t let that deceive you, this Knightsbridge venue is a major player in the contemporary arts scene; being a popular source for those in the know on the lookout for prized pieces by some of the very best fine artists at work today.

Awesome artworks

Indeed, with a floor space of less than 3,000 sqft., Walton Fine Arts may be far from the largest, but it arguably enjoys one of the finest reputations in Europe; its cool, modern interiors simply ideal for its role as one the most prominent specialists for works by the likes of Francis Bacon, Banksy, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Robert Indiana, Fernand Léger, Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matisse, Takashi Murakami, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Lawrence Schiller and Andy Warhol.

It’s also where you need to head to pick up photos from Schiller’s legendary last session with Marilyn Monroe. Moreover, the gallery was also the first to exhibit works by white-hot street artist Bambi (whom some see as the new Banksy) and remains the exclusive global agent for her original works.

And, if all that sounds too good to be true, then just do a quick search on the ’Net for the gallery and you’ll find its praised to skies in online reviews. Particularly recommended for the friendliness and knowledge of its staff, in addition of course to the breadth and depth of its diverse range of contemporary artworks – especially in terms of pop art – and the availability of these works at all prices (not least affordable prices; ideal then for gifts should you be enjoying a stay at one of the London hotels near Chelsea), then this is simply a venue not to be missed.

Exceptional service

And yet, frankly, given the gallery’s run by third-generation specialists in the fine arts, perhaps none of this should be such a surprise. After all, Walton Fine Arts claims it sets out to provide its visitors-turned-buyers with assurance in quality, condition, authenticity and high-quality museum standards to all purchases. Advice too is a priority, though, with the venue looking to offer expert direction on how best to build up an enviable art collection – in addition to what may work best in these terms for your home’s pre-existing interior décor.

So if, during a short-break away spent at accommodation in Chelsea London, you just fancy browsing somewhere with an unrivalled reputation for incredible artworks or, indeed, if you’re looking for something cool and current to hang on your walls back home, a visit to Walton Fine Arts is what it must be.

Not least because this gallery is ideal for those staying in the capital at the likes of San Domenico House hotel Chelsea, given it’s located in the über-hip district that’s Knightsbridge, brimming as it is too with brilliant bars, awesome restaurants and trendy boutiques. Indeed, this is just the area to stroll around for style gurus; those who appreciate fine art and beautiful things of all kinds.

Address: 152-154 Walton Street SW3 2JJ
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7581 2332
Open: 10.30am-5.30pm Monday-Friday; 11am-5.30pm Saturday