SHOPPING & CHRISTMAS
We’ve been to quite a few Christmas Fairs in our time and have learnt (by bitter experience) to be fairly picky about the ones we return to. Here are our favourites:
What: Cressida Bell Open Studios
When: 23 November: midday – 8pm, 25 November: 10am – 6pm & 26 November: midday – 6pm
Where: 24 – 26 Clarence Mews, E5 8HL
Once a year Cressida Bell, artist, print maker (and cake maker extraordinaire) opens her studio doors. Granddaughter of Vanessa Bell, you’ll find Cressida’s distinctive prints on her scarves, lamp shades, cushions, washbags, stationery and china. You can also buy one-off items and seconds which aren’t available online. RSVP at email@example.com
What: Swedish Christmas Market
When: 23 November: 11am – 8pm; 25 November: 11am – 7pm & 26 November: midday – 5pm
Where: The Swedish Church, 6 Harcourt Street, W1H 4AG
This market attracts over 6,000 people over the 3 days and we’d advise that you try and avoid Saturday when it gets very busy with long queues. You’ll find lots of Swedish food on offer plus Swedish Christmas decorations, calendars, books, lights, textiles and gifts. If you get hungry, head upstairs to the café for Swedish meatballs and cakes.
What: The Hand Sale
When: 29 November: 6 – 9pm, 30 November: 10am – 8pm & 1 December: 10am – 5pm
Where: St Mary’s Abbott’s Centre, Vicarage Gate, W8 4HN
Run by designer Kristen Heckterman, this market is a collection of small scale designers selling jewellery, clothing, home accessories and antiques including Hambro & Miller, Molly Mahon and Tim Plunkett. The £2 entrance fee will be donated to support The White Helmets – neutral rescue workers operating in Syria. Do note that the stalls take mostly cash or cheques rather than cards.
What: The Design Museum Market
When: 1 December: midday – 8pm; 2 & 3 December: 10am – 6pm
Where: The Design Museum, High Street Kensington, W8 6AG
Returning this December, we really liked this market last year. It’s quite a surprising mix of jewellery, ceramics, textiles, glassware, homewares, children’s gifts and graphic design. A great market to look for a more original gift and/or to commission a new designer directly.
What: ShopUp from Babyccino Kids
When: 3 December: midday – 6pm, 4 December: 10am – 5pm
Where: Chelsea Town Hall, King’s Road, SW3 5EE
If you need presents or clothes for children then this is a great place to buy them. You’ll find clothes, toys, books and much, much more all from independent shops as selected by Babyccino Kids. There are activities on offer for children too – from visiting Santa, Christmas crafts, a free music workshop to photo sessions.