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
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.
Unique Garden Tea Flight
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.
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”.
Tuesday, October 5
Artistic and design tour of the Royal Albert Hall
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.
Couture for women Savile Row
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.
LCW Lates: The Savile Row Edition
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 .
Wednesday 6 October
Luxury British Handicrafts Pavilion: Jack Barclay Bentley
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.
From Cremona to London
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.
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.
A knight with Purling London at the Ned
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.
Thursday October 7
Finding Takumi: Metal
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.
Superyachts, private jets and architecture: craftsmanship and design at the highest level
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.
HR Higgins Coffee Tasting Masterclass
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.
Friday October 8
Tramezza: the future of craftsmanship
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.
Scottish craftsmanship with Bruichladdich and Angus Ross whiskey
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.
saturday 9 october
Celebrating Silver: Contemporary British Goldsmiths at Apsley House
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.
Masterclass on working with Nappa Dori leather
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.
Japanese calligraphy workshop with Saori Kunihiro
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.”
The full list of events is here.