London has a little something for everyone, and it’s a rare occurrence that it’s the same city twice. With so much to do in this vibrant metropolis, we called upon or local vendors for their favorite gems in the city they call home.
Have a cuppa and a crumpet, tip your hat to Big Ben, toast DIY crafts at a pub, and be sure to check out all of the amazing vendors joining us for the Fair. Read on for a creative selection of must-dos, and we hope to see you out & about, and October 8 + 9 at our 1st Ever Renegade Craft Fair in London!
London has an amazing selection of markets to browse. While we are partial to shopping at our Fair, when not browsing the wares at RCF, Alice Gabb suggests Broadway Market on Saturdays, and Columbia Road Flower Market on Sundays. Kate, of One/of a kind boutique, seconds Columbia Road, and says you will find not only flowers, but a great selection of “art, cupcakes, vintage fashion and furniture.” Andrea of roxypop agrees, and says “I really enjoy taking the tube to Aldgate East station and walking through Brick Lane, picking up some tasty treats at the food stalls and then walking straight through to the flower market. This route also means that we are lucky enough to stop by the Tatty Devine store and check out their rotating exhibits!”
While not exactly a market, Andrea also suggests a stop on Maltby Street. She explains, “Maltby is a small gathering of London’s finest purveyors of food and drink opening its doors for the public to see what they do and to do their weekend food shopping. The list of stalls here is quite impressive including Monmouth Coffee, Neal’s Yard dairy and bakery, The Kernal Brewery and La Grotta Ices.” Yum. We’ll take one of each!
For other shopping options, Kim, from Art Equals Happy, recommends Prick Your Finger as a must “For anyone with an interest in knitting, crochet, spinning and other woolly things! They have a super unique and handmade outlook on the world of craft as well as being really lovely ladies. Plus all the wool sold in their shop is made in the UK- so it’s perfect if you fancy a little non-tourist souvenir. Located near Bethnal Green, it’s a short bus/bike ride away from the Renegade venue!”
If you need to send a note back across the pond, or elsewhere, Kate from One/of a kind boutique suggests popping into Shelf for “delicious stationery,” and Andrea of roxypop also cites Blitz as another must-shop while in London. She explains, “this vintage department store was started by a group of established vintage dealers and carries furniture, books, records, clothing and accessories for both men and women, and soon, an on-site cafe that will serve coffee from a converted vintage Fiat car.” This sounds right up Renegade’s alley!
Between shopping at the Renegade Craft Fair and the other hot spots around town, one is bound to get thirsty or hungry, so you might as well ease out of your spending spree with a shop that has food and bevvies. Anna, from A Alicia, has just the fix and suggests a stop at Drink, Shop & Do, “a gorgeous vintage inspired cafe/cocktail-bar/shop, 2 minutes from Kings Cross station, in a converted Victorian Bathhouse!”
Alice Gabb’s favorite hidden gems for food are Violet Cafe on Wilton Way and Hackney City Farm, and Kate from One/of a kind boutique suggests Story Deli – RCF’s Sara concurs, as their pizza ranks in her top five meals of all time!
For drinks, Parul, of Just Noey Ltd., enjoys a pint at Ye Olde Mitre Pub, explaining it is “probably one of the oldest in London, and literally hidden in an Alley way.” If tea is more your style, Parul suggests a trip to “The first ever Twinings Tea Shop that opened in 1705. It houses all their teas and coffees and is a really nice place to buy gifts for people back home.” English breakfast, with milk and sugar, please.
To escape the hustle and bustle around town Katie, of POPCORNY, suggests a stroll along the canal that connects Camden, Islington and Shoreditch. She says, “I would recommend first taking the tube to Angel, turn right, locate ‘Camden Passage‘ a hidden gem of a street behind the main bustle. You’ll find some interesting brick a brack/antiques and cafes within this narrow little street. Then turn back and walk down Duncan Street and down onto the canal. On a sunny day it’s peaceful watching the narrowboats making their way through the old fashioned locks… if you keep going you’ll find a lovely bar called Narrowboat, perfect for a drink overlooking the canal.”
Parul, of Just Noey Ltd., recommends the South Bank Walk, “starting from the West- the Dali Museum/London Eye near Waterloo to the Design Museum to the East.” A suggestion is to “try spotting St. Bride’s Church. Apparently the architecture of church inspired the modern day tiered wedding cakes.”
Anna, of A Alicia, suggests a stroll through Victoria Park to see the autumnal colors, and also recommends a stop by the The V&A (her “absolute absolute favourite museum”) to check out the current exhibition, Power of Making. Every crafter and lover of crafts will be happy to “celebrate the role of making in our lives.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Blighty, you couldn’t be better – we are so excited to host our first Fair abroad in London!
A huge thank you to our local vendors for all of their must-dos!
Please comment below if you have any London city tips to add, and we will see you soon! Cheers!