This year’s 5th annual London Craft Week is back and better than ever with a 5-day celebration of the most talented creatives, craftspeople and makers around. Head there to shop, discover, talk, mingle, get inspired and well, get crafty.
The 2019 programme is choc-a-bloc full of high quality events. Use our carefully curated guide to London Craft Week 2019 to streamline your visit to the unique festival and get the most out of your time there.
Wednesday 8th May
View: The Jimmy Beaumont Perfume Collection
One for perfume perfectionists: Mayfair hotel The Beaumont will host a viewing of The Jimmy Beaumont Perfume Collection, a very special showcase of the creations of British fragrance makers. The collection, made up of fragrances created by Floris London, Ormonde Jayne, Paul Schutze, Penhaligon’s, Tom Daxon, Sarah McCartney of 4160 Tuesdays, and The Experimental Perfume Club, feature bespoke scents inspired by the famous rebels whose pictures hang in the hotel’s Lotos Room. 8 – 12 May, The Beaumont Hotel, 8 Balderton Street, Brown Hart Gardens, W1K 6TF. No booking required.
Porcelain Worlds: Behind the Scenes in a Globe Maker’s Studio
In this unique and wonderfully creative one-off day-long workshop, guests will make their own globe alongside artist, cartographer and ceramisist Loraine Rutt. In the setting of her own studio, you’ll learn the process of desiging and creating your own globe, and leave with your personally decorated and enscribed creation. 8 May, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Loraine Rutt, Arch 191 Blenheim Court, 48–50 Blenheim Grove SE15 4QL. Tickets cost £275, book here.
Tour of Spencer House with Ben Bacon, Carver and Gilders
If you love classical architecture, book your spot on this tour of Spencer House hosted by Ben Bacon of Carver and Gilders, who helped restore Spencer House to its ’18th century grandeur’. A rare example of 18th century London, Spencer House was a palace built for Earl Spencer I. Its fascinating history will be brought to life in this tour led by Ben Bacon alongside Vicky Wilson, the Collections Manager of Spencer House. 8 May, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Tickets cost £25, book here.
Thursday 9th May
Mount Street Curates: Pringle of Scotland: A Celebration of Scottish Craftsmanship
Mount Streets Curates is a programme throughout London Craft Week that will host a series of talks, workshops and tours around the Mayfair area. One of these events is a workshop with Scottish knitwear brand Pringle of Scotland, where guests will see firsthand the technique of hand intarsia, an impressive and traditional method of knitting. Whilst browsing the brand’s collections, you’ll sip on fine Scottish whiskey and peruse the exhibition of the work of London-based artist and fashion illustrator Frida Wannerberger. 9 May, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Free to attend, email [email protected] to reserve your place.
Savoir’s Extraordinary Beds
Ever wondered how beds get made? Savoir London’s master craftsman TJ Brown will be at the forefront of their London Craft Week event, working live on Savoir’s new STELLA bed, a collaboration between the luxury British beds brand and award-winning interior designer Nicole Fuller, giving guests a behind-the-scenes look at the fascinating processes of star-lashing and tufting, and how a bespoke bed comes to fruition from inception all the way to completion. 9 May, 3:00 pm – 5:00pm. Savoir Beds, 7 Wigmore Street, W1U 1AD. Free to attend.
Friday 10th May
Caran D’Ache Demonstrations
Head to the Paperchase store on Tottenham Court Road to take part in demonstrations to stimulate your senses and your creativity this London Craft Week. Visitors will be able to make their mark on the drawing walls using Caran D’Ache products and explore colour, what it is and how it comes to be. 9 – 11 May
British Standard by Plain English: Weaving Workshop & Rushmatters Collaboration
This weaving workshop will see guests learn how to make their own basket, using techniques such as plaiting, knotting, twining, coiling, sewing and roping. The workshop is part of a collaboration between British Standard, Hoxton’s quirky wooden kitchen and cupboard store, and Felicity Irons, the founder of one of England’s last remaining rush weavers, Rushmatters. The baskets will be created using crops harvested by Irons herself, and after the workshops, guests will sit down to a seasonal, fresh lunch accompanied by a conversation between Irons and British Standard’s founder Katie Fontana, on the subjects of the traditional craft of rush weaving that has largely remained the same since Anglo Saxon times. 10 May, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. British Standard Cupboards, 41 Hoxton Square N1 6PB. Tickets cost £60, book by emailing [email protected]
Saturday 11th May
BUAISOU – Indigo Hands Dyeing Workshop
King’s Cross’s Coal Drops Yard is getting involved with London Craft Week by hosting their own workshops, experiences and installations to showcase their own local makers and creators. Coal Drops Yard have invited BUAISOU to create an installation of indigo hand flags which have been dyed using the traditional Japanese technique. In their 2-hour workshops running on Thursday and Friday, guests will be able to make their own sustainbale hand-dyed bandanas with the help of the BUAISOU team. 9th May, 2pm; 10 – 12 May, 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Lower Stable Street and Stable Street, Coal Drops Yard N1C 4DR. Tickets cost £30, buy here.
Shoreditch Design Rooms: Upholstery Open Weekend
Upholstery workshop and school Shoreditch Design Rooms will be open during London Craft Week for classes on upholstering. During the class you’ll learn how to upholster your own stool, and will be able to take your creation home with you afterwards. Materials provided. 11 May 10:30 am – 3:00 pm. Shoreditch Design Rooms, 2-4 Scawfell Street, E2 8NG. Tickets cost £95, book by emailing [email protected]
Ruth Tomlinson X Annabel Davidson
Jeweller Ruth Tomlinson will be at this year’s London Craft Week with a retrospective exhibition showcasing two decades of her work in the industry. To add to the celebration, a panel discussion will be held with our very own Jewellery & Watches editor, Annabel Davidson, who’ll be joined by other industry professionals to discuss and share thoughts on the collection. 11 May, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Tickets cost £10, book here
Sunday 12th May
Heal’s x Gifu Japanese Craft Market
Celebrate Japanese creators and makers in this market showcasing various independant Japanese creators, a great place to pick up some unique crafts never-before-seen in the UK. Plus, on Sunday, there’ll be a Knife Assembly Workshop with Shizu Hamono where guests will learn how to assemble a traditional Japanese style knife with the knife experts since 1959. 12 May, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Heal’s, 196 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7LQ. Tickets cost £12, book here.
Yinka Ilori: Types of Happiness
What do you think about sitting down? Never really thought much about it? Well, drop in to Yinka Ilori‘s exhibition, Types of Happiness, that explores the art of sitting down through upcycled furniture with a story. The exhibition is inspired by Ilori’s first commission, the re-design of the Thessaly Road underpass in Nine Elms. 8 – 11 May, 12:00 pm – 18:00 pm, 12 May 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. StudioRCA, 1 Riverlight Quay, Nine Elms Lane, SW8 5AU. No fee or booking required.