With the festive season upon us, what better way to make the Christmas shop more enjoyable than by avoiding the crowds and finding truly unique handmade gifts for your loved ones. Over the years, craft markets and handmade gifts have become more and more popular. The days of craft markets just selling an array of knitted tea cosies have gone and what's now on offer is high quality, bespoke products.
London has become the heart of craft markets, with a different event on nearly every weekend. We've decided to list a few of our favourites this Christmas season.
Sunday 19th November 12-5pm - SoLo Craft Fair
Prince of Wales, 467- 469 Brixton Road, Brixton, London SW9 8HH
SoLo Craft Fair is returning to the iconic Prince of Wales in Brixton for a festive event with over 50 independent traders selling everything from homeware to art to fashion. They are known for having very high quality traders at all their events. In addition to the craft stalls, there will be a Game of Thrones jewellery making workshop and kids play area. The market often boasts a line up of musicians and the bar will be serving drinks - so all guests can have a break from their Christmas shopping! Free entry.
Saturday 25th November 11am-4pm - Love West Dulwich
Rosendale Road, Dulwich, SE21 8EZ
Dulwich is big on Christmas Markets this weekend with Love West Dulwich and Dulwich College Christmas Fair. Love West Dulwich is a lovely community event that is happening across two roads in Dulwich. The Craft Fair is on Rosendale Road with a smaller, selective group of independent traders who sell everything from fashion to art to cakes. There will be DJs playing Christmas songs and performances by local kids' classes and workshops. Around the corner on Croxted Road there will be a range of street food and other entertainment. A great event to bring the family to. Free Entry.
Sunday 26th November 11.30am-4pm - Dulwich College Christmas Fair
Dulwich Common, London SE21 7LD
Friends of Dulwich College will once again be throwing their incredible Christmas market which takes over the grounds of this beautiful historic school. The grounds will be separated in to different sections to serve your festive needs. There will be the shopping hall, street food, Santa's grotto, activity zones and a charity football match. Entry is £3 and free for under 18s.
Sunday 3rd December 10am-5pm - Beckenham Market
Venue 28. 28 Beckenham Road, Beckenham, BR3 4LS
Beckenham Market has brought 'Shopping with Soul' back to South East London with lovely community events that include food stalls, drinks, craft traders and tons of entertainment for the little ones. This event is going to have a special festive spin on their normal bi-monthly market with Santa's Grotto, wreath making and other family festive activities.
Sunday 3rd December 11am-6pm - Bust Craftacular
York Hall, 5 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PJ
Bust was born in New York and is seen as one of the coolest indie handmade markets around. They do an event twice a year in London in the beautiful York Hall and this year the market will have over 70 independent traders selling their handmade and vintage wares, DJs and workshops. We also highly recommend signing up to their mailing list for great creative feminist news.
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December 11am-6pm - Renegade Craft Market
The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, E1 6QL
One of the biggest craft markets in the States crosses over the pond once a year for this huge Christmas handmade fair. Set right in the heart of bustling Brick Lane, the market reflects the energy of Shoreditch with over 100 traders showcasing their unique, handmade gifts. A Xmas craft fair must!
Thursday 14th December 4pm-9pm - Crafty Fox Market
Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, London, E2 8EA
What's Christmas without a night market? Especially with the special combination of the Geffrye Museum and Crafty Fox Market. Crafty Fox showcases some of the best independent traders and they curate their events so there is such a huge range of handmade products on offer. So get off work early, grab a mulled wine and spend your evening browsing the stalls at this great event.
Happy Handmade Shopping Everyone!
Drawn Together Art will be selling at SoLo Craft Fair, Love West Dulwich, Dulwich College Christmas Fair, Beckenham Market and Renegade - Come say hi!