Category: Collectables

Optimistic View

Uncertainty in the financial markets has been reflected in an increased number of people visiting Bourbon Hanby Arcade opposite Chelsea Old  Town Hall  in King’s Road on the corner of Sydney Street in London seeking alternative investments.  Few things are more tangible than antiques and jewellery that appreciate whilst being appreciated. Those of us who have acquired […]

Back On Posh Pawn

Leading London jewellery dealer Ian Towning never looks jaded, but his expertise when looking at jade is much sought after, as seen in the first of the latest series of Channel 4 television’s prime time programme, Posh Pawn. Top end of the market pawnbroker, James Constantinou of Prestige Pawnbrokers, brought a collection of jade for […]

Shop To Let

Bourbon Hanby Arcade is back in the news with an advertisement at the beginning of 2016 in the weekly Antiques Trade Gazette following the rare availability of a shop to let in a prime position. The Arcade’s location in the heart of Chelsea’s internationally famous west London upmarket shopping street opposite the Old Town Hall in King’s Road attracts buyers from […]

Festive Season Break

Bourbon Hanby Arcade will close for the festive season from 4pm on Thursday 24 December 2015 until 10am Monday 4 January  2016 when normal open times resume from 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. Proprietors Ian Towning and Les Barrett and all the dealers wish everyone a stunning Christmas and sintillating New Year.

TV Channel 4 Featured Pawnbrokers Open In Manchester

Fine jewellery expert Ian Towning of Bourbon Hanby Arcade, opposite Chelsea Old Town Hall in London has been a regular consultant on all three series of Channel 4’s highly successful prime time series of Posh Pawn. This show follows the pawn brokers business of James Constantinou with shops in London’s Hatton Garden and Weybridge in Surrey. […]

Monday night @ 8.30pm

Channel 4 presents ‘The Shoppers’ Guide to Saving Money at 8.30pm on Monday 23 November 2015 when presenter Dan  Fishwick travels to Tel Aviv to find out if diamonds are all they are cracked up to be. Back home co-presenter Kate Quilton  looks into the value of one of these precious stones and invites Chelsea jewellery specialist Ian Towning […]

Which One?

At their Halloween evening celebrations in Croydon, The South London Anglo-Indian Society invited Chelsea jeweller and television personality Ian Towning to call the raffle and  judge the amazing – and some scary – fancy dress costumes. Attended by around 200 local members and friends it was a great occasion. “It was a difficult choice to […]


Jenn said “Yes!” when Richard popped the question and proposed to her in Ian Towning’s showroom at Bourbon Arcade in Chelsea. Then she chose an 18ct white gold sapphire and diamond ring  with a central diamond of approximately 1,000ct with a shaped sapphire on each shoulder. Ian congratulated the happy couple from Walton-on Thames and popped the […]

Inspired Choice

The centrepiece of a recent exhibition of Coco Chanel jewellery in London were unique pieces recreated from 1932 designs seen in old films and photographs. These have inspired some people who have always dreamt of having a piece of beautiful jewellery remembered from the past to be recreated especially for them. Bourbon Hanby has been making such pieces for […]

Advice on Selling

Well known as one of London’s leading authorities on jewellery, Ian Towning has a wide range of knowledge and is an expert on antiques and objets d’art in general. Besides regular appearances on Channel 4’s Posh Pawn, he is frequently asked to talk about antiques on chat-shows. These often result in requests from people seeking advice on many things from individual items and collections […]