Love Cool Gifts? Don’t Miss London Craft Week 2015


From 6th – 10th of May, the new annual event hits the streets of London to celebrate, showcase and investigate all things crafty.

Held across the capital, from Savile Row to Southwark, London Craft Week crams in a load of fun and interactive happenings. If you’re interested in learning more about skilled crafts or buying unique artisanal gifts, come to watch and learn from the makers.

Where to Stay

London Craft Week events are held at various locations across London. Base yourself in our Covent Garden Travelodge to be in reach of shopping and museums, and close to Craft Week locations such as Vacheron Constantin, Savile Row and London College of Fashion.

If you want to be near the South Bank, book into our Southwark location near to Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA), which is hosting a number of daily events.

What to See and Do

Some highlights include The Crafted City, held at Contemporary Applied Arts on Bankside. This specially constructed pavilion, designed and made by leading artisans, is a gathering point for discussion about craft in contemporary life. During the four days there will be a series of workshops, lectures, meals and debates about crafts. It is a good place to really get involved.

Another fascinating event to take part in is the watchmaking presentation from Swiss Master Watchmakers at Vacheron Constantin. Not only will you get a chance to see these craftsmen in action, but Vacheron Constantin will also let visitors assemble movements and try their hand at engraving.

Meanwhile, throughout the festival, Fortnum & Mason hosts a curated selection of workshops, talks and demonstrations, including a series of events hosted by glass artists Michael Ruh and Saddler Mia Sabel.

What to Eat and Drink

Those of you who are interested in food (most of us!) will love Fox & Squirrel’s The Craftsmanship of Food. On the 8th of May Fox & Squirrel will lead a special walk between interesting cafés and small restaurants in Bloomsbury. Along the way you’ll get tasters and talks by the chefs and artisans.

The walk will explore the importance of artistry in food, the history of the area and the importance of craftsmanship in the history of food as recipes got passed down through word of mouth and apprenticeships. Tickets are £50 and include all tasters.

Other options include a delectable afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason’s or a range of wonderfully exciting street food at Borough Market, very close to Contemporary Applied Arts. You must try a traditional pie from The PieMinister.


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