Thank god for London Craft Week. Now in its third year, this London-wide festival celebrates exceptional craftsmanship from around the world. Expect to see everyone from woodworkers and perfumers, to diamond cutters and glass blowers. Think hidden studios, rising stars, celebrated masters and a whole lot of luxury.
With almost 150 different events across the capital, hosted in collaboration with international brands including Georg Jensen, Alfred Dunhill, Bamford, Christy's, Loewe, The Craft Film Festival, Gerrard and Floris, come and discover traditional skills in their modern incarnations.
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Here's our curated edit of what to see, what to do and where to eat during London Craft Week 2017 to get you on your way.
London Craft Week 2017: The Highlights
Wednesday 3 May
Mulberry: The Passion of Making (10am-7pm)
Drop by Mulberry's flagship store in New Bond Street and see the in-house craftsmen and women making the brand's iconic handbags.
Mulberry, 50 New Bond Street, London, W1S 1BJ. Booking not necessary.
Thursday 4 May
Making costumes for television with Ray Holman at Angels (11am-4pm)
See how costumes are made for TV and film, with a tour around BAFTA winner costumier Angels before joining a talk with Ray Holman, costume designer for film, television and theatre.
1 Garrick Road, NW9 6AA. Booking necessary.
Friday 5 May
British Museum Korean Ceramics: Behind the Scenes with Curator, Eleanor Soo-ah Hyun (3pm-4pm, 4pm-5pm)
Guests will have the opportunity to handle a rare group of Korean ceramics and ask the museum's curator of Korean art about the artists, processes and techniques.
British Museum, Great Russell St, London, WC1B 3DG. Booking necessary.
Saturday 6 May
Retrouvius Architectural Salvage and Reclamation (2pm-4pm)
An intimate affair, Maria Speake of salvage and design purveyors Retrouvius is joined by footwear designer Tracey Neuls to discuss the role of craft in their work.
Retrouvius Salvage, London, NW10 5NS. Booking necessary.
Sunday 7 May
The Jimmy Beaumont Capsule Collection (9am-7pm)
In collaboration with the Beaumont Hotel, Savile Row tailors bring to life a bespoke capsule wardrobe. Created for the Beaumont's fictional character Jimmy Beaumont, you will see designs for a tux, a three-piece suit and everything in between.
Savile Row, London, W1. Booking not necessary.
Where to eat at London Craft Week 2017:
Make sure to stop by Seymour Place, the official dining destination for London Craft Week. With exclusive events and promotions taking place throughout the week at the street’s restaurants, cafes and delis – you could take in a VEG Talk at The Gate, or enjoy a complimentary glass of wine at Vinoteca – this is the perfect spot to sit back, relax and gather strength ahead of a busy afternoon or evening. To see the full selection of participating restaurants, click here.
This bespoke showcase of workshops, talks, exhibitions viewings and drop-in sessions celebrates London's exceptional craftsmanship, cultural heritage, diversity, innovation and talent. With a bespoke online planning app and a special discount code for new-Uber users, LCW2017, there really is no excuse.
Londoners, get your diaries out and start planning!
For the full list of participating restaurants and the full programme of events for London Craft Week 2017, please click here.
|What||London Craft Week 2017|
|Where||Various Locations | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Bond Street (underground)|
03 May 17 – 07 May 17, Times vary between events
|Website||Click here for more details|