The 2017 Chelsea Book Fair is now over. The 2018 Fair will be held on the 2nd and 3rd of November.
And keep an eye out for our redesigned website, coming soon!

Visitor Information


The Chelsea Old Town Hall is on the King's Road, (opposite Sydney Street) London SW3 5EE.


Tickets are FREE on Saturday by quoting “the website” to ticket staff on the door! Otherwise, you may register for a free ticket for Friday or pay on the door: £10 for one ticket, or £15 for two.

Opening Hours

Friday 3rd November, 2pm to 7pm

Saturday 4th November, 11am to 5pm

Condition of Entry

No books, maps, prints or manuscripts of any description may be taken into the Book Fair and must be left in the secure cloakroom provided. Similarly, all bags (except small handbags) must be checked into the cloakroom. All bags taken into the fair will be searched upon entry and exit. Your co-operation is much appreciated.

Public Transport

The nearest underground stations are Sloane Square and South Kensington, both about 10 mins walking distance and there are many buses that can be caught along the King's Road from Sloane Square if you prefer. Please use the excellent Journey Planner at for full travel information.

Driving & Parking

Chelsea Old Town Hall is now back outside the Congestion Charging Zone. There is no parking at the venue itself. Parking may be available at one of the many coin-fed parking bays on the streets around the Chelsea Old Town Hall, and at car parks in the area, but can be expensive.  

Favourable parking rates at the LCP, Edith Grove

The LCP is located at Edith Grove, SW10 0ED, a 15 minute walk or short bus or cab ride to Chelsea Old Town Hall. Parking rates are normally £3/hr, or £25 up to 24 hours, but the following special rates are available for Chelsea visitors:

For the special day rate of £12 for four hours or more, simply park as usual and tell the attendant in the booth when you leave (before 9pm) that you were at The ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair. If there is no one in the booth please be patient as they may be on patrol in the car park. If you collect your vehicle after 9pm you will have to pay the full price using the ticket machines and no refunds can be made.

The special long-stay rate is £30 for Thursday the 4th to Saturday the 5th of November. Drop-off any time after 5pm on Thursday and collect anytime on Saturday before 9pm. You must book in advance by emailing and quoting “BOOKFAIR / VISITOR”. The LCP will then email you an Access Card so you can come and go during those three days.

Please note there is a height restriction of 1.9m.

This is an externally organised service / offer and the ABA are unable to assist you if there are any problems with any aspect of this offer - please approach the LCP direct.


The onsite café will be open throughout the Fair serving hot and cold light lunches, refreshments, wine, beer and spirits. Alternatively, the King's Road boasts cafés, bars and restaurants of every description, all within easy walking distance of the venue.