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Top 5: London Christmas Craft Fairs

23 November 2017 Katie Da Cunha Lewin

Coming up with inspiration for Christmas gifts is never easy; this year, why not avoid the big crowds or department shops, and check out the booming craft scene London has to offer? We’ve found a range of intimate markets and weekend events in cool spaces to offer you a much-needed alternative to the stressful Christmas high street.

London Local
 
London Local brings together over 40 Etsy sellers throughout London at this special craft market. Selling everything from jewellery, candles, and cards to beautiful underwear, bags and ceramics, this market is a great place to support individual makers. You can even do a bit of research online beforehand to check out the sellers on their Etsy pages.
 
London Local is at Tooting Tram and Social on 2 December between 11 – 5. 


Image credit: London Local (c) Diana Stainton

Renegade Craft Fair London
 
The Old Truman Brewery often hosts markets and stalls selling all kinds of weird and wonderful things. This December, the East London space hosts The Renegrade Craft Fair, showing off the works of tonnes of designers and markers.  Focusing on hand made and craft gifts, the fair takes place over the whole weekend, perfect if you want to get all your Christmas shopping done in one fell swoop!
 
Renegade Craft Fair London is on at the Old Truman Brewery on the 9 and 10 December between 11 – 6.


 Image credit: Renegade Craft Fair London
 
The Ministry of Making
 
The Peckham Pelican is a great hub for arts and culture in Peckham. On this December Sunday, the café hosts The Ministry of Making, showing off lots of artists and sellers. There will also be some workshops, including charm bracelet, bunting and wreath making. Listen to some live music, sit on a comfy sofa and generally relax in this chilled South London space.
 
The Ministry of Making is at The Peckham Pelican on 10 December 12 – 6.
 
 
Image credit: Elizabeth Joseph charm bracelet workshop making at the Ministry of Making
 
Jolly Hobbies Japanese Market
 
This little market in Crouch End celebrates all things craft and Japanese. They’ll be offering crockery, accessories and arts and crafts, all made or curated by the local Japanese community.  There will also be handmade Japanese food, including delicious gyoza so you can snack whilst you shop.
 
Jolly Hobbies Japanese Market is at St Mary’s Parish Church in Crouch End on 10 December 1 - 5.


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Horniman Christmas Market
 
This Christmas Market takes place on one of the Horniman Museums’s Thursday lates. The eccentric museum has invited local makers, artist and designers to fill their hall with clothing, ceramics, and even adorable handmade Christmas decorations. You can also learn how to make your own snow globe in a special workshop. An ideal market to bring your family to.

The Horniman Christmas Market is at the Horniman Museum on 7 December 5.30 – 9.30.



Image credit: The Horniman Museum
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