Calling all creators and shakers. London Craft Week is back to take over the capital from Monday 8 to Sunday 10 October ccrafts with a wide variety of activities, exhibitions and tours offered. From making chocolate and smelling, to tasting cocktails and calligraphy, this is a great opportunity to find a unique new hobby or simply learn more about these ancient skills. Check out our top picks below.
Relearn your cutlery skills during a knife techniques workshop
Turns out there are a lot more knives than most of us have probably realized. Join Borough Kitchen for an evening of slicing, slicing and segmentation, with an emphasis on the craftsmanship behind the Blenheim Forge knives made in London. You will be led by an expert in shiny sharp objects and learn how to use different types of knives to cut and sculpt all kinds of shapes. Perfect if you are having dinner parties anytime soon.
October 6, 6.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. 129c Upper Street, N1 1QP. £ 39, reservations here.
Manufacture, make and repair with the fashion school
Everyone knows that fast fashion is out, second hand is in fashion and mending your clothes is here to stay. Chelsea Fashion School will teach you a bunch of techniques to repair, modify and recycle your belongings according to the contents of your wardrobe. Bring clothes for training and don’t worry if you are a complete beginner – no previous sewing experience is necessary.
October 8, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 6 Burnsall Street, SW3 3ST. £ 25, bookings here.
Drink Japanese cocktails in artisanal glassware
Sip on an evening of decadence during this artful cocktail tasting session. The Pantechnicon’s chief mixologist will introduce you to the lesser-known Japanese distilled spirits, shochu and awamori, and answer all your questions about their history and flavors. You’ll get two cocktails served in special handcrafted glassware (one mimics the texture of fruit, the other mimics flake ice). Cheers!
October 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 19 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8LB. £ 45, bookings here.
Detoxify your body and mind with essential oils
It’s time to relax. Hackney Herbal is hosting a Wellness Workshop where you will learn about the health benefits of incorporating herbs into your lifestyle and, most importantly, how to use them correctly. You’ll also have the option to get your hands dirty and combine oils like a mad scientist to create personalized products to take home with you.
October 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and October 7 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Mills Fabrica London, 36-40 York Way, N1 9AB. £ 40, reservations here.
Discover the specialist secrets of the Royal Albert Hall
Outside of shows, the Royal Albert Hall is normally not open to the public, so this tour is a great opportunity to get a close look, in all its glory. An expert guide will take you on a tour of all of the building’s architectural highlights – from clocks to busts – to learn about the design, history, and construction of this iconic Victorian-era landmark.
October 5 and 7 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Royal Albert Hall, SW7 2AP. £ 16.25, reservations here.
Spruce up your space with your own handmade wall art
This two-hour session hosted by the founder of Ambar (a custom-made household goods brand and design studio) will guide you through creating your own hand-woven wall composition. As you make a yarn wrap, you’ll experiment with color and texture, and you’ll probably feel like you should apply for a job on one of those interior design TV shows.
October 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Studio NS13, E8 3RL. £ 55, reservations here.
Become a bamboo expert at this fascinating exhibition
Bamboo is not just hollow wood or what pandas eat. It is actually a treasured cultural material that is used for spiritual and practical solutions to life, and there is much to be learned about it. Find out all about bamboo art and its links to traditional cultures and contemporary work, at this show organized for London Craft Week by Crafts on Peel.
October 4 – 10, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm. The Loft, 180 Strand, WC2R 1EA. No reservations required. Find out more here.
Watch these Persian carpet weavers in wonder
Have you ever wondered how these gloriously intricate Persian rugs – the ones posh people always seem to have in their living room – are made? Interior designers Robert Kime open their showroom for a day, where their artisans will restore a selection of antique woven rugs before your eyes. Watch the process take shape throughout the day and marvel at it.
October 7 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Robert Kime Showroom in London, 190–192 Ebury Street, SW1W 8UP. To free, find out more here.
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