Christmas Markets, Fairs & Open Studios

What: Swedish Christmas Market

When: 21 November: midday – 8pm; 23 November: 10am – 6pm & 24 November: midday – 5pm

Where: The Swedish Church, 6 Harcourt Street, W1H 4AG

This market attracts over 6,000 people 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, make your way to the café for Swedish meatballs and cakes.

What: Rosi di Ruig Open Studio

When: 22 November: 10.30am – 3pm

Where: 1a Stronsa Road, W12 9LB (entrance around the corner on Kinnear Road)

A chance to buy some of Rosi’s gorgeous hand crafted bespoke paper lampshades and wooden or ceramic lamps whilst having a look at her studio where she works her magic.  As well as avoiding shipping costs, you’ll also be able to pick up her stock (including some brand new items) at a small discount too.


What: Cressida Bell Open Studio

When: 28 November: midday – 8pm; 30 November: 10am – 6pm & 1 December: midday – 6pm

Where: 24 – 26 Clarence Mews, E5 8HL

Once again 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 seconds at reduced prices plus wine and food will be served.

What: The Hand Sale

When: 27 Nov: 6-9pm, 28 Nov: 10am – 7pm, 29 – 30 Nov: 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 and it’s one of our favourite craft fairs.  You’ll find everything from poetry books to clothes and jewellery to antiques.  Stallholders this year include Poppy Fraser, Kirsten Hecktermann, Justine Tabak and Day Dress.  Note: the preview evening on the 27th November is definitely the best day to go.

What: Canopy at King’s Cross Christmas Market

When: 29 November – 22 December

Where: Canopy Market, West Handyside Canopy, King’s Cross, N1C

Open daily with carol singers and live jazz, the market will have three specially themed weekends: 29th November – 1st December: ceramics and crafts; 6th – 8th December: Winter London Craft Beer Festival and 13th – 15th December: Crafty Fox.

What: Wild Christmas Fair

When: 30 November: 11am – 11.30pm; 1 December: 11am – 7pm

Where: 3-4 Eccleston Yards, SW1W 9AZ

A collection of stalls curated by Jemima and Lucy from Wild at Tart with beauty to fashion and homeware to food for sale.  Wild at Heart will be hosting a wreath making masterclass on Saturday 30th and there will be Gingerbread House workshops on Sunday 1st.  Live Music will be played throughout the day and there will be a DJ on Saturday evening.

What: Belgravia Christmas Market

When: 1 December: 11am – 5pm

Where: Elizabeth Street and Eccleston Yards, 

With over 60 boutique stalls and live music, this is a very merry market – we thought the food was particularly good last year.

What: ShopUp from Babyccino Kids

When: 1 December: 11am – 6pm & 2 December: 10am – 5pm

Where: Chelsea Town Hall, King’s Road, SW3 5EE

A great selection of kids’ clothes, toys, books and much, much more all from independent businesses selected by Babyccino Kids.  There are activities on offer for children too – from a visiting Santa, a healthy cafe and kids exercise classes for the body, mind and soul from Alma.

What: Christmas by the River

When: 29 November – 2 January

Where: London Bridge City, SE1 2DB

Over 70 stalls will gather together as well as creative workshops.  We particularly like the sound of ‘The Snowman’ 12 Days of Christmas sculpture trail and the series of family events including storytelling and arts and crafts.

Christmas Markets & Open Studios
— Francesca
6th November 2019