Christie's
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Famous Christie's, whose name speaks of extraordinary art and international glamour, opened its doors in 1766 to launch the world's first fine art auction house.
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Neighborhood: St. James's
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII, the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier destination for high end craft and bespoke design. Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing junction of Piccadilly Circus at its northeast corner and none of Central London too far away, this is an surprisingly central and accessible part of town, especially given its prosperous demeanor.
How to get there
  • Green Park • 5 min walk
  • Piccadilly Circus • 6 min walk
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The previews at Christie's are always fascinating to visit, with its variety of different spaces enabling it to fill everywhere for a major large scale auction, or to have several different previews and exhibitions on at one time, which is often the case. The quality of the art on show is often of such quality that it puts our national collections in the shade.

I was fortunate to visit in the week before the doors closed because of the coronavirus situation, to view what was probably the last of the physical auctions for a while, where, with modern Prints and Multiples downstairs and around the main staircase, the grander rooms at Christie's were filled to overflowing with six private collections in the UK and Europe, curated by David Hicks, Maison Jansen and Colefax & Fowler. I mourned the loss of Christie's in South Kensington, but time has shown that is made the right decision to close it and concentrate on the main auction house in Mayfair and the use of interior designers is a fascinating way to see how the different art and antiques could be brought together.

For me, the most interesting room was from the collection of the late Lord and Lady John Cholmondley where modern work by artists such as Damien Hirst, Paul Huxley and Peter Struychen is interspersed alongside the antiques.

Their auction of Prints & Multiples had strong representation by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso and other masters of 20th and 21st century art, plus, in particular, a good selection of prints by David Hockney.

I look forward to being able to revisit once the current situation allows auctions to resume.
Written April 13, 2020
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futtock21
London, UK11,627 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Solo
Whilst many of us are still waiting for that elusive timed ticket for a future visit to one of our great London institutions there’s art a plenty on exhibition now at most of London’s Mayfair and St. James’s auction houses. Christie’s in King Street is particularly impressive at the moment with exhibitions in virtually all of its spaces. Upstairs in the grandest rooms 18th and 19th century furniture, clocks and sculptures none more striking than a long row of gold animal heads. Downstairs left mainly British prints and paintings on sale for the Maggie Coles cancer trust. But everywhere else a preview of a vast upcoming online auction called ‘dialogues across the centuries’ featuring European art from the Renaissance to modern day. My favourite room featured mainly British art with huge floor to ceiling works by Joe Tilson and Alan Jones one by the latter occupying an entire end wall.
Written July 15, 2020
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Rajesh Parmar
High Wycombe, UK1,307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
The Free show was only for few days only before to be auctioned off all the proceeds going to charities. The art on show over 200 collection was on display own by George Michael. It was wonderful 3 floors of art on display also playing his music playing in the background. I came twice to see again. I love every bit of it. Also thank you to all the staff there were wonderful There was free coffee and bit food.
Written March 10, 2019
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Steven G
Beaminster, UK25 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Solo
Sellers beware! Christies commission charges for selling your antiques are truly outrageous, especially as they also take 25% plus VAT from the buyer. I was even charged £150 for a photograph to appear in their catalogue. For items up to a few thousand pounds you can expect to receive less than half of an item's value by the time they send you a cheque.
Written September 7, 2015
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brucestalker1
Poole, UK860 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
What a surprise this was. Visited Christies to see the two Francis Bacons due to be sold on 6th October and then there was all this wonderful art on display to be auctioned over the next 3 - 4 days. As this was our first visit, we did not know what to expect or whether, as people who were obviously not going to bid for any of the pieces, how we would be welcomed. However, the staff were very welcoming and we were able to wander round at will, taking time to really examine many of the art works. A very enjoyable experience, made all the better by watching the auctions on line later in the week. This was a great way to see art that may not have been available for public viewing for a very long time and/or may not be available in the future. Will now watch for further auctions.
Written October 9, 2017
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James M
London, UK74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Solo
One the first Tuesday of every month Christie's holds an open evening at their branch in South Kensington. There is a talk, a pop-up bar, and you are free to walk around and look at the art which will later be auctioned. They sometimes have a mock auction which is great fun when you can imagine yourself bidding in the millions for a piece of furniture, or less for a David Beckham shirt.

My visit in December corresponded with the anniversary being the day previously.

The staff were amazingly friendly. The mince pies were the best I've ever tasted. The wine was somewhat over-priced and when they ran out of glasses, it was served in paper cups - totally out of character with the ambience of the place.

I'm not personally an art lover and cannot comprehend some of the ridiculour prices some paintings had as a reserve, but I can appreciate how it can be a wonderful experience for those who like that kind of culture. It offers an ideal opportunity of seeing artifacts and paintings which you won't find in a gallery and it is all absolutely free.
Written December 13, 2016
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KLE2013
Centreville, VA3,680 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Solo
Christie's Auction House was founded in 1766, and its main headquarters have been on King Street since 1823. As you enter the impressive building in St. James a wide staircase draws you up to the massive first floor galleries. Displays of items in upcoming sales are on preview for days before the auction and showings are open for free to the public. Check the auction calendar and do avail your self of the option to view wonderful pieces of fine art in an intimate and uncrowded setting.
During my visit in June, a preview of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite paintings was marvelous. Attending an auction is quite a thrilling experience. The items sold at King Street can fetch tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Written July 19, 2016
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parisvisitor775
London, UK320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Christie’s in King Street, just parallel to Piccadilly and South of the Royal Academy and Fortnum and Masons. The preview sale viewings are truly outstanding and the presentations are very good. You can just browse around any time and pretend you’ve got lots of money! The staff are very welcoming. The previews only last for a few days before the auctions so try to pick the best time to go - check online. Lovely atmosphere for any one who likes art and it’s all free to view.
Written December 12, 2019
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Electricwarrior
United Kingdom411 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
This was mine and Mrs.Electric's first ever visit to Christie's. David Gilmour has decided to sell ( most of ) his guitars for charity. And they were displayed here with thought, kindness, professionalism and love. We were treated wonderfully from the minute we walked up to the door to the moment we left. Usually i am a miserable devil. I brought myself up on Pink Floyd ,The Cure and Radiohead, so don't expect me to be happy...haha). But today I was very happy indeed. Mrs.Electric had booked the viewing for me as she knows how much respect I have for David Gilmour( Both for his music and his politics which influenced me greatly). She also knows that, post stroke, I have the organizational skills of a slab of wet concrete...haha.So she took it upon herself to make the booking. I felt the love.
And Christie's did David Gilmour proud. Not only were the guitars beautifully displayed, but there was no glass either so the essence and the smells permeated into the atmosphere. You were not allowed to touch of course. But you could get right up close and take photos of these things of beauty. And you could almost FEEL the man present. No surprises really , as Christie's had also adorned the place with photos, posters, and excellent live footage coupled with a superb sound system.
I want to thank the following people for making the day so special. The lady who was outside and ushering people in at their allotted time. Thank you for not laughing at my attempts at speaking Russian, and for letting us in a little bit early. Thanks to Scott who was dishing out complimentary tea and coffee. Any thing free, and we are on first name terms immediately Buddy.Ha ha. Thanks to the two ladies on the stall who sold me a bag for £15 . Both had better hair than me...sniff :))). A huge thank you to Paul from security for such a warm and wonderful conversation. I could quite happily have a drink with the man. Thank you also to the delightful lady who had produced the online lot number list and spent so much time with me while she double checked and confirmed that the Bill Lewis guitar was NOT listed for auction. Finally, thank you to the adorable French lady at the bottom of the stairs.
This was a very personal visit for me. I had a stroke in Thailand in 2012 ( what a clever man...haha) and it was Pink Floyd music and David's music ( along with some Black Sabbath ) that i listened to for hours while trying to force my left hand back to life. So to be in the same room as all these magical things. It was a truly magical experience. And of course everyone who visited ...we were all there for the same reasons. The love of music, the love of the 'Floyd, and the love of a man who is doing all this for charity. What a perfect day. Thank you .
P,S. And the Bill Lewis ? Well, here is a tale. I was a teenager in the seventies and being the proud owner of a black Fender Strat with maple neck ( It got stolen :((( ) i decided that i would learn the lead solos to money. I wore out 7 copies of TDSOTM...and could NOT hit those top notes in the second solo section. It drove me POTTY....lol. Of course the years go by and I finally learned that the solo was played on the Bill Lewis guitar from Canada which had 24 frets!!!! When I came face to face with it at the Pink Floyd V and A exhibition, all of my emotions came to the fore. I simply glared at it and said 'Oh, you CLUCKING bastard'. :)))) .I got some very strange looks. Can I afford any of the auction items? Nooooo. But I have my £15 bag. And I have come away wanting to pick up a guitar again. Wow.
Written March 31, 2019
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Alan H
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Had gone there to see Dave Gilmour's guitars for auction, but they are not on site yet. Instead looked around the art work from many famous artists about to be sold soon. Courtesy tea and coffee available, and welcoming staff thank you.
Written March 1, 2019
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