Christmas Maker Markets, London 2017

One of things I love most about winter is the arrival of brand new seasonal maker markets. With Christmas around the corner, it’s the perfect time to buy presents before the panic sets in. Below you’ll find some of my favourite seasonal maker markets in London – pop the dates in your diaries!

BUST London Christmas Craftacular 

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When: Sunday 27 November, 11am-5pm

Where: York Hall, 5 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green E2 9PJ

Why: The BUST London Craftacular is back, featuring talented, crafty vendors, pop-up cafes, DJs, and DIY workshops. Entrance is £3, and the first 100 shoppers get a goody bag.

I went to the BUST Summer Craftacular last year with my sister and loved it. As well as browsing the wares from independent makers, you can also take part in fun workshops – last year we did a weaving workshop with Peas & Needles – one of my all-time favourite craft workshops.

Christmas Crafty Fox Market

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When: 3-4 December, 11am – 5pm

Where: Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 8LQ

Why: The Crafty Fox Market is putting on a host of Christmas markets – this one is in Brixton, and promises the opportunity to support independent designer-makers for a festive shopping experience – with DJs, drinks, food, and an exciting array of craft workshops – more details coming soon.

If you know of any more maker markets not to be missed this winter, please pop them in the comments below. Personally, I can’t wait to start my festive shopping!

Makers & Friends Pop-Up Shop

A few weeks ago I was invited to a fun blogger workshop and ‘Meet the Maker’ event at the brand new curated pop-up shop, Makers & Friends near Angel tube station in Islington, London.

If you haven’t yet seen it, Makers & Friends is a roving pop-up shop for independent designer makers, allowing fresh start-up companies to sell their work, possibly for the first time, on the high-street.

The shop is the brainchild of Zen Zhou, an independent maker herself, who now curates the shop, selecting the best independent British makers to showcase and sell their wares.

I was thrilled to be invited to their inaugral workshop on the week of their launch along with a handful of bloggers from the Creative Bloggers Facebook group. I chat to many of these girls online pretty regularly with the weekly #cbloggers Twitter chat, but it was so nice to meet them in person.

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