Bookings open for London Craft Week events

In October, many astute people and places will open their doors to show their crafts to the general public. This is part of London Craft Week, a spring event that takes place in the fall due to you know what.

Most events are free, and you can just walk around to see what’s going on, from exhibits to craft demonstrations, but some must be booked in advance.

Below are the main events from the very long list of what’s happening that are likely to be of particular interest. Note that some events offer all-day tickets, but are clearly not meant to be an all-day event.

The full list of events is here, or a PDF program can be downloaded from here.

from October 4 to 10

Hand & Lock: behind the scenes of a 250-year-old embroidery house

£ 15

Embroiderers to the British Royal Family, Savile Row and top European designers, Hand & Lock opens for a week to offer a glimpse into Britain’s oldest embroidery house.

Admission is an open day, but guided tours require a reservation.

Details here

Unique Garden Tea Flight

£ 15

Go on an immersive journey in a single garden tea with JING. Their tea experts guide you through a tasting that brings three loose teas of incredible character, craftsmanship and flavor to life.

Details here

Behind the scenes of the English National Opera

£ 10- £ 20

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the English National Opera with live demonstrations and tours of their costume and prop workshops, plus a guided tour of the London Coliseum with the chance to see sets and props on stage for their next revival of Philip Glass’s production of “Satyagraha”.

Details here

Tuesday, October 5

Artistic and design tour of the Royal Albert Hall

£ 16.25

Discover the little-known gems of fine art in the Royal Albert Hall’s collection and learn about the incredible building feats undertaken to create this London landmark.

Details here

Couture for women Savile Row

To free

Banshee founders Ruby Slevin and Rocco Tullio hold a demo on how to create a Savile Row costume for women from start to finish. Tailored tailoring for women is on the rise, but remains a fairly new concept to many – this demonstration gives an overview of the processes involved.

Details here

LCW Lates: The Savile Row Edition

£ 35

Take a behind-the-scenes look at bespoke tailoring and meet the people who make Savile Row one of a kind at Henry Poole, H Huntsman, Dege & Skinner, Cad & The Dandy and Savile Row Valet. Discover the heritage, techniques and individual style of each of the houses during an after-hours experience, including demonstrations of signature techniques, and receive style advice while sipping cocktails courtesy of Sipsmith .

Details here

Wednesday 6 October

Luxury British Handicrafts Pavilion: Jack Barclay Bentley

To free

Bentley has delivered a century of unmatched craftsmanship. At the Bentley factory in Crewe, thousands of highly skilled craftsmen are involved in making their cars by hand – from veneers, embroidery and leather on the inside, to the paint that adorns the exteriors. Jack Barclay provides a demonstration of the unique techniques involved in delivering the breathtaking details that accompany a Bentley.

Details here

From Cremona to London

To free

The curator of instruments of the Royal Academy of Music, Barbara Meyer, and luthiers present a lutherie inspired by the famous community of classical luthiers of Cremona, 1550-1750. A demonstration compares the Academy’s collection of modern and period instruments. A visit to the gallery of ropes follows.

Details here

Floris

To free

Join the Floris Perfumery team and family for perfume-making demonstrations, fragrance profiles, and a glimpse into the fascinating heritage and stories behind nearly 300 years of handcrafted fragrance making.

Details here

A knight with Purling London at the Ned

To free

Join Purling London for an evening devoted to chess in the beautiful surroundings of The Ned. Expect live painting, chess games, and the ability to customize your own chess piece. A range of Purling London art chess sets are on display.

Details here

Thursday October 7

Finding Takumi: Metal

£ 25

Learn about the process of creating the distinctive wavy stripe and marbling patterns of Damascus steel during a lecture and workshop with blacksmith Will Barker. Participants have the opportunity to create their own custom Damascus metal keyring.

Details here

Superyachts, private jets and architecture: craftsmanship and design at the highest level

£ 5

Winch Design is a studio specializing in the design of superyachts, jets and private residences. Go behind the scenes, listen to the Winch team on what it takes to design for UHNWIs, and meet the talented artisans who work on these unique projects.

Details here

HR Higgins Coffee Tasting Masterclass

£ 35

Join David and Tony Higgins for a coffee tasting masterclass at their boutique in the heart of Mayfair. Explore the processes of growing and roasting coffee, from harvesting to origin and choosing the best grape varieties to the art of blending, roasting, brewing and tasting.

Details here

Friday October 8

Tramezza: the future of craftsmanship

To free

Visit Salvatore Ferragamo’s Old Bond Street store for a special demonstration by one of their artisans on the key steps in making a handmade Ferragamo Tramezza shoe. Accompanied by a selection of Tuscan wines.

Details here

Scottish craftsmanship with Bruichladdich and Angus Ross whiskey

£ 15.00

Discover Scottish craftsmanship with a whiskey night with Bruichladdich and furniture designer Angus Ross. The evening includes an introduction to Bruichladdich with brand ambassador Abigail Clephane, a tasting of four Bruichladdich whiskeys and a talk by Angus Ross on sustainability in his work.

Details here

saturday 9 october

Celebrating Silver: Contemporary British Goldsmiths at Apsley House

£ 12.50

Explore the world of silver with contemporary British goldsmiths at Apsley House. Meet maker Ray Walton, watch live demonstrations, and listen to lectures on silver commissioning, collection and techniques in the museum’s unique room, with its exceptional collection of fine silver.

Details here

Masterclass on working with Nappa Dori leather

£ 40

Discover Indian craftsmanship par excellence with a masterclass on leatherwork led by Nappa Dori. Sew and color a leather envelope pouch while learning about the brand’s creation and the work of traditional Indian artisans.

Details here

Japanese calligraphy workshop with Saori Kunihiro

£ 15

A meditative workshop on Japanese calligraphy using a brush pen, led by Saori Kunihiro from Kyoto, Japan. Learn how to write the five characters A · ri · ga · to · u, the Japanese word for “thank you.”

Details here

The full list of events is here.

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