Come and Visit Iconastas Russian Art !




Iconastas Russian Art and Antiques has been in Piccadilly Arcade, in London's West End,
since 1975.


The arcade is a magnificent covered parade of shops, many of them still independent retailers,
which was built around 1900. Bombed badly during the second world war, the south end,
on Jermyn Street was rebuilt.


Christmas time in the arcade is always a special time with a spectacular display !




We get a huge variety of visitors to the shop; from rock stars and royalty, to lifelong collectors and the 'mildly curious' browser. One such browser (and customer !) was the comedian Ricky Gervais, who chatted at length about these strange wooden panels. Little did we realise that we were to become fodder for one his pod-casts !



I was recently asked to come into the BBC World Service Studio to chat about Lenin statues - in particular one monumental one that was being exported to Germany.
If you'd like to listen to some of this interview, click on the link below:

Chris Martin-Zakheim on BBC World Service March 2016