The Ideal Home Show returns to Earls Court from 14-30 March and, we have to say, it’s looking pretty good for its age. The show began as a publicity exercise for the Daily Mail in 1908, the same year that the Olympics first came to London. Past visitors include the Queen, who has attended 11 times. Well, she does have plenty of rooms to decorate in her city pad.
Show sections include Interiors, Home Improvements, Gardens, Food & Housewares, Technology, Woman (sorry men, looks like you’ll have to make do with a new drill or something), Shopping and Show Homes. Money guru Martin Lewis will be on hand to offer financial advice to visitors, and design experts will offer free 30-minute consultations.
Special talks and workshops take place throughout the show, including Linda Barker’s advice session on using colour in your home (18 March), and a daily Fashion and Dance Show, plus cooking demonstrations from Aldo Zilli and Phil Vickery.
We’ve had a peek at the extensive list of exhibitors, and it seems that every home sector is covered, from furniture companies, to barbecue retailers and swimming pool beanbag makers. We’d better buy ourselves a pool before we get to that stand.
The Ideal Home Show takes place at Earl’s Court 14-30 March. Tickets cost £12 for a weekday or £14 for a weekend ticket, and can be bought here.