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Monday, 28 November 2011

Christmas Markets and a Guerilla Craft Fair

Running up to Christmas there is so much going on in London, open studios, markets and so many innovative new pop-ups, it would be a shame to miss anything; now you don't have to...

The Barbican, 11th December between 2-9pm
The Barbican foyers are transformed into an indie Xmas gift market with 60 homespun stalls showcasing cult crafters, artisans, designers, hawkers, butches, bakers and candlestick makers.
Design Bazaar
The Central Gallery, 125 Portobello Road, Notting Hill 27th November - 1st December 12pm - 9pm daily
Notting Hill's Design Bazaar is a week long pop up shop offering an intriguing array of Christmas gift ideas from over 40 of London’s best designers, whether they be established or those that are known in these circles as ‘up and coming’.

East London Design Show
Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LT. 1st – 4th December 2011
Bringing together the best of the UK's independent product, interior and jewellery designers, all under one roof, in Shoreditch, just before Christmas.
East London Guerrilla Craft market 
Vestry House Museum, Saturday 3rd December, 11am - 4pm
Hand-crafted jewellery, fashion accessories, clothing, toys, ceramics, illustration and baked goods are on offer at Craft Guerrilla's Christmas market. 

Once again based in the handsome Village quarter of Walthamstow, Craft Guerrilla aim to delight and marvel the good people of East London with a spiffing array of original, beautifully designed and mouth watering hand made goods!

Lovely Merchants
Sunday 4th December, The Victoria Pub, Mornington Terrace 
Bringing together a group of hand-picked merchants and like-minded creative producers offering a great selection of affordable, unique, interesting and fine things - seasonally selected - for Christmas find 1930s party dresses, a hand-painted baubles, lots of lovely paper goods and Japanese wrapping tapes, organic perfumes and numerous gifts and stocking fillers.

9th December, Mother London, Shoreditch
Popping up for a short, but very special Christmas Poundshop! Poundshop 5 will be launching at Mother London in Shoreditch for one very special Christmas Event 9th December and the webshop will be open over the weekend 9th-11th December in time for Find amazing products for £1, £5 and £10! 

Shelf Pop-up Shop 
Saturdays 3rd 10th & 17th Sundays 4th 11th & 18th +PLUS+ Thursday & Friday 22nd & 23rd 11am ~ 7pm.
The legendary Shelf is popping up @ 13a Boundary Street, London E2, c/o Bold Creative (opposite Boundary & Albion).

Saturday 3rd-Sunday 4th December 2011, 11am-6pm
Escape the hustle and bustle of the high streets and join the artists at The Chocolate Factory for their bi-annual open studio event. Pick up unique paintings, prints, textiles, lighting, sculptures, drawings, porcelain, ceramics and much, much more, plus entry is free!

The Showcase, 33-35 St John's Square, Clerkenwell, EC1M 4DS.  Opening Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th Dec, 1pm - 7.30pm, Friday 9th, 1pm - 9.00pm - evening party with drinks & music. Saturday 10th, 1pm - 7.30pm, Sunday 11th, 12 noon - 6pm 
Filling Santa's sack with hand crafted and designer made goods. WORKSHOPPE brings you a hand-picked selection of goods for giving and keeping, made by some of London's finest young creatives. 
East Wing Craft and Design Shop, Until 8 Jan 2012. 11- 6pm, open late Thurs, Fri & Sat
Designers & Makers offers striking, contemporary and affordable products showcasing British craftsmanship and design. Shop for jewellery, ceramics, stationery, framed art and glassware by 40 established designers and makers in the unique, festive pop-up shop. Find handmade Christmas gifts, featuring hand-picked and specially commissioned items, ranging from £20 to £200.Free admission. 

8-11 December , 10am - 6pm daily, Thursday 6-9pm, Sunday 11-4pm
Christmas festivities come to The Dock this year with a four-day shopping extravaganza and a Sunday food and wine market. Enjoy complimentary champagne and chestnuts at the late-night shopping evening on Thursday 8th December, the evening includes bespoke Christmas card printing from Mr. Smith's letterpress and a personalised gift wrapping service from design and illustration magazine, Wrap. 
Vitra Showroom, 30 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5PG 5 – 22 December, 2011 regular opening hours: 9am – 5:45pm Monday to Friday. Special late nights Thursday 8th December – until 8pm, Thursday 15th December – until 8pm . Special Saturday opening: Saturday 17th December – 11am – 5pm
Returning with a tempting array of gifts from London-based designer-makers as well as new editions of classics from Vitra, Belux and Falcon Enamelware. Open 5-22 December 2011 in Vitra UK’s beautiful Clerkenwell Road showroom, the market will donate 10% of sales to Shelter, the homeless and housing charity. Creative Clerkenwell is curating a stall of design-led work from local designer-makers, featuring members of the Craft Central network.

P.S This second list is by no means definative so if you have anything to add just email me and I'll be sure to include it in the third and final pre-Chrimbo installment.

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