So first stop is Bloomsbury with Lamb's Conduit Street and Rugby Street's shopping evening this Thursday 6th December. With perfect gift buying homeware shops like Darkroom (colours and patterns? yes please), Thornback & Peel (screen-printed and beautifully packaged pressies) and Ben Pentreath (awe inspiring antiques and unusual gifts) opening their doors late for Christmas shoppers and even a suitably seasonal treasure hunt to boot:
Then head Eastwards to the East London Design Show an annual chance to see over 100 stands from design brands in Shoreditch Town Hall on from Friday 6th with a private view then open to the public until Sunday 9th December. Make sure to check out Lollipop (for most excellent stationery - where I bought my xmas wrapping paper last year!), Volpe and Volpe (elegant ceramics) and Ham (fun quirky gifts - with pigs...and cakes). Plus 38 new designers will be showing this year - making ELDS ideal for one-off unique gifts from brands that'll be making it big on the design scene soon.
Start the weekend of 8th and 9th December of even more excellent shopping firstly at the Crafty Fox Market with over 40 stalls of designer/makers just up the road from me at Brixton's Dogstar. There'll be stands from the likes of Jim Bob Art (who is the illustrator behind their smashing flyer) and Birds in Hats (illustrations which you'll be pleased to hear do exactly what it says on the tin) along with workshops, for the shopping shy, from very impressive folk including craft queen Perri Lewis and talented screen-printer Mr Wingate, so plenty to keep you busy there!
Then over in sunny Camberwell the princes' of pattern Mini Moderns will be opening their studio (along with neighbours in creative Empress Mews) from Friday 7th - Sunday 9th. Pop in for gifts, samples and end of the line bargain loveliness:
South London continues to reign supreme with this bumper sales weekend. Next jump is over to Peckham for the fabulously named Pexmas also on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December. A mixture of vintage and handmade fine festive products including Threads vintage clothes and homeware from Shop Eastern Bloc means there should indeed be frivolities aplenty Peckham way.
Phew, that's just one week! Tired yet?! More to come (knee dependent of course...).