Ian Towning | London’s well-known antique expert

Ian Towning: London’s well-known antiques expert

Ian Towning is one of London’s foremost antiques dealers, and appears regularly on television as an authority on antiques.

In 1976, Ian opened an antiques unit at the long-established Chelsea Antiques Market on King’s Road, Chelsea, where, over a twenty-year period, he established his reputation. After the closure of this famous market in 1997, Ian and his partner opened the Bourbon-Hanby Arcade on the corner of Sydney Street and the King’s Road, Chelsea. The name of the arcade is derived from Ian’s royal family background on his mother’s side.

Bourbon-Hanby Arcade, now well established, is known as ‘The Jewel in the Crown’ of the King’s Road. It is the only remaining antiques emporium in central Chelsea.

Ian’s dedication and excellent eye make Bourbon-Hanby a key destination for lovers of antiques. Bourbon-Hanby also offers jewellery repair and remakes, antiques investment consultancy, and valuation for insurance purposes.

Ian appears regularly as an antiques expert on the Dickinson’s Real Deal series on ITV 1, and on Channel 4’s hit series, Posh Pawn. In demand for his unique combination of expertise and sheer fun, he has also recently appeared on television as guest of both Alan Carr and Alan Titchmarsh.

Art and antiques consultancy is a field in which Ian is increasingly involved, and he has an outstanding track record in successfully concluding major sales for high-net worth individuals and high-profile clients.

Ian’s busy festive season included filming for the Christmas edition of Channel 4’s Posh Pawn, and helping to launch Prestige Pawnbroker’s stunning new Manchester shop.

On 7 February 2016 Ian will be valuing antiques for clients at a lunchtime event at Full Moon Restaurant in Hersham. Booked tables only, so please contact the restaurant to reserve your table.

You can also meet Ian at a lunchtime valuation event at Somkid’s (formerly Thai Garden) Restaurant in Weybridge on Mother’s Day, 6 March 2016 – or just drop in to the Bourbon-Hanby Arcade in Sydney Street, Chelsea SW3, where a warm welcome is always guaranteed. There are many more events coming up in 2016, so watch this space.

Ian is also currently in cooperation with Swanneck Ltd, who are about to launch the Swanneck pen for left-handed writers. For more information please visit the Swanneck pen website.


Short documentary on the life of  Ian Towning who runs one of London antique shops.

Ian Towning is represented by Seamus Lyte at SLM Ltd.

For booking enquiries, call Seamus on 07930 391 401 or 020 7738 8896

Alternatively email [email protected].

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