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Arts and crafts in London

London (including Inner London and Outer London) is in the South East of England. It has a population of around 8,170,000 and covers approximately 157,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey.

London is the capital city of England and the UK and its history has been largely shaped by the River Thames which runs though it. There is evidence of human occupation in the area dating back over six thousand years. However the first recorded major settlement was Londinium which was built by the Romans, destroyed by Celtic Queen Boudicea and the Iceni tribe and rebuilt to became the capital of the Roman province of Britannia. Centuries of decline followed the fall of Rome and invasion by Anglo Saxons, Vikings and Normans. Within the ancient walls of Londinium, the Medieval city of London was later established, which became the capital again and grew into a wealthy trading and financial centre. Visitors to the Museum of London can see exhibits which tell the story of the development of London from prehistory through to the modern day.

London is among the worlds most cosmopolitan cities and within it can be found a great diversity of people and cultures from across the globe. The term Greater London is now used to describe the old city and the surrounding 32 boroughs, which are surrounded by the home counties from where many of the capitals workers commute. The cities public transport network of buses, overground and underground trains is among the oldest and largest systems in the world and its airports the busiest. The capital is a global leader in areas such as finance, fashion, the arts, education and media and has long attracted people looking for success in their chosen field. Over the centuries some of them have dropped or thrown artefacts into the River Thames and some have since been found on its banks, including coins, pottery, jewellery and glass.

There are more than 200 galleries and museums in London, housing some the worlds most important cultural treasures, which attract millions of visitors each year. The British Museum has millions of items in its collection, representing human civilisation from across the world dating back through thousands of years of history, including sculptures, paintings, prints, books, jewellery, coins and pottery. The Victoria and Albert Museum has the worlds largest collection of decorative art and design, with exhibits from many countries, including textiles, costumes, furniture, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass and metalwork. The National Gallery, located in Trafalgar Square, has a collection of thousands of paintings and drawings, from Medieval, to Renaissance and Impressionist. There are many important works by great artists, such as Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Canaletto, Turner, Constable, Degas, Cezanne, Monet and Van Gogh. Tate Modern is in what was once the Bankside Power Station and the galleries collection of contemporary and modern art includes work by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Francis Bacon, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst.

There is a great variety to the architecture of London, although most buildings in the centre of the city were constructed after the Great Fire of 1666. Among the cities many iconic buildings are Buckingham Palace, St Pauls Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Elizabeth Tower which houses Big Ben. There are four World Heritage Sites, which are Kew Gardens, the Tower of London, Greenwich and the site of Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster. London has a rich cultural and social life, with many theatres, concert venues, pubs, clubs and parks of various sizes, that provide a venue for a wide range of events as well as a place to relax away from the busy city streets. Works of literature created by writers such as Samuel Pepys and Charles Dickens have been set in London and many television programmes and movies have been filmed in the city. Those wanting to experience something of Tudor England, can travel out to the Borough of Richmond upon Thames, to visit Hampton Court Palace which was built during the 16th century and became a Royal residence of among others Henry VIII and Charles I.

Seven Dials Christmas Market

Seven Dials Christmas Market

Seven Dials Central London, Covent Garden, London, London

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 (7 day event)

Chubby chucks handmade toys

Chubby chucks handmade toys

Dulwich, London

I AM TAKING A BREAK FOR A FEW MONTHS TO COMPLY MY SOFT TOY AMIGURUMI WORK WITH THE RELEVANT GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS (CE MARKINGS) BUT WILL ...

QBox

QBox

Brixton, London

The QBox (light art) is a handcrafted remote controlled art piece with celebrities or personal portraits, which lights up in different ...

Meraki London

Meraki London

Wansworth, London

Meraki London was founded in 2018 when we noticed the lack of go-to gift shops for an affordable but easily personalised present for all ...

Frames By Sian

Frames By Sian

Newham, London

I use decoupage to decorate photo frames. My current Etsy shop lists frames of various sizes and designs, all unique due to the technique ...

Creationz Craft

Creationz Craft

West Norwood, London

I design, create and personally make handcrafted cards, sourcing quality and varying materials to make individual unique, crafted cards. ...

Rileys Candles UK

Rileys Candles UK

Redbridge, London

Welcome to our Wonderland! We make 100% natural wax scented and unscented candles. Each one is made with love and hand poured by us to ...

Heather

Heather

Tower Hamlets, London

original artwork on canvas using acrylic but also using mixed media to create interest with particular focus on colour and texture. contemporary ...

Myrtle and Soap

Myrtle and Soap

Westminster, London

We make all of our products by hand in small, fresh batches. They are vegetarian, palm oil free and made with simple, natural ingredients. ...

Alice Luetchford

Alice Luetchford

East Dulwich, London

Im Alice - an artist, Londoner and international ski racer. My husband and I ski for Great Britain at the World Para Alpine Ski races ...

Amy Elizabeth Embroidery

Amy Elizabeth Embroidery

Hillingdon, London

My Name is Amy Elizabeth, I am an embroidery designer based in London. I recently graduated from a textile degree and am a start up business ...

Dayos Cards

Dayos Cards

Kilburn Park, London

Dayo’s bespoke cards have been handmade with love and care. Some cards shown are characterised by distinctive, hair styles, hats, caps ...

Alessandra Handmade Creations

Alessandra Handmade Creations

Fulham, London

I love fabrics! I love their colours, textures, playability and the infinite creativity options that they offer. They have all the colours ...

Craft house

Craft house

Bow, London

Handmade sewing bits. For adults and children. Made to order crafts that everyone will enjoy and love. Wedding gifts.

Katie Tinkler illustrations

Katie Tinkler illustrations

London, London

I digitally draw animals, food and plants with bold and vibrant colours. I draw everything from a single stem of a Peony flower, to a ...

OBox Gifts

OBox Gifts

Waltham Forest, London

Mini figures gifts which can be personalised for any special occasion for those who have a love of superhero’s, popular characters or just ...

Cardabelle Design

Cardabelle Design

Camden, London

I am a sole trader producing all my own artwork and designs. I get my products made in the uk to high specifications. I started Cardabelle ...

Missys Headbanz

Missys Headbanz

Borough, London

Hey Missys Headbands here, I do hope your well. As you can gain from my name I design cute Headbands / Alice bands for everyone. I initially ...

Lumos

Lumos

Mottingham, London

Unique lighting and decorative art using redundant objects either from the past or those which have previously provided a function and ...

Belovedaarts

Belovedaarts

South Norwood, London

Here at Belovedaarts we design and sell beautiful felted wall hangings and digital prints to grace your home, office or studio. We produce ...

Pickles press

Pickles press

Blackheath, London

Childrens stories, follow the life of a tiny grey-striped kitten, named Pickles, who is taken in by a family with disabilities. He then ...

The Handbag Atelier

The Handbag Atelier

London, London

The Handbag Atelier is an online course platform for beginners wanting to learn how to make leather handbags and accessories by hand at ...

RenigArt

RenigArt

Putney, London

I first started painting when I came to the big city of London, There I found my love and passion for paintings which I give my soul and ...

Frost Fair

Frost Fair

Finchley, London

Finchley Womens Institute and Stephens House and Gardens are proud to announce or 9th Annual Frost Fair on Sunday 17th November 2019 at ...

Preserved moss art

Preserved moss art

Mill Hill, London

For our crafting process we are using 2 types of preserved moss imported from EU. We have a wide range of colours to choose from and each ...

Urbee

Urbee

Greenwich, London

Urbee is a company with a vision, not only to provide lovely products for people, homes and gardens, but to also raise awareness of how ...

The Chocolate Carpenter

The Chocolate Carpenter

Hampstead, London

I am a retired journalist and newspaper editor finally having the time and space to indulge in a lifelong passion – working with itch a ...

Kaz Afrocentrics

Kaz Afrocentrics

Ladbroke Grove, London

I enjoy sewing, and love working with African prints and fabrics. I offer a co-ordinated look, by making clothing with matching bags and ...

Gamze Polat Lor Jewellery Design

Gamze Polat Lor Jewellery Design

LONDON, London

Gamze Polat makes contemporary and handcrafted jewellery. She has been designing and making bespoke pieces in a London based studio for ...

Collage Novelties

Collage Novelties

Islington, London

Our exclusive collections combine contemporary design with local as well as international craftsmanship. CollageNovelties prides itself ...

Bahars Designs

Bahars Designs

Chingford, London

I make dance clothing and accessories specialized for Argentine Tango. I started my dance wear business in London two years ago. Tango ...

Aadam Candles

Aadam Candles

Hackney, London

After years of purchasing the usual store bought candles, I decided I wanted to make my own candles, and thats how I got here. I had no ...

Amelia Js Gifts

Amelia Js Gifts

South Croydon, London

Amelia Js Gifts is a small start up business inspired by my twins Amelia and Jackson. I wanted to put my Art background to some use and ...

Unique little gifts

Unique little gifts

Harrow, London

I make ornaments including candles, Christmas decorations and flowers using recycled books. I also make unique crayon sets including personalised ...

Hardy and Walsh Handmade

Hardy and Walsh Handmade

Greenwich, London

We love to make clothes and accessories that not only make people feel happy and confident but are practical, long lasting and exceptionally ...

Kath Dare Jewellery

Kath Dare Jewellery

Forest Hill, London

Kath Dare Jewellery is unique hand crafted sterling silver jewellery that is made using traditional techniques in a studio in south London. ...

Alien Hearts Jewellery

Alien Hearts Jewellery

Lewisham, London

Alien Hearts is the brainchild of jeweller Aline Duriaud who creates handcrafted, contemporary sterling silver and semiprecious gemstone ...

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Dulwich, London

Tis the season to be jolly....tra la la la ....well you know the rest and 129303. For us crafters, tis also the season to make Christmas ...

The paperwork involved in making soft toys

The paperwork involved in making soft toys

Dulwich, London

This week apart from recovering from a small bout of illness, Ive been working on continuing to CE certify the rest of my soft toys. For ...

New to blogging

New to blogging

Dulwich, London

New to this whole blogging thing. I have never been one to communicate with people through blogging or writing of any kind as I prefer ...

MY WEBSITE Find all my sculptures here

MY WEBSITE Find all my sculptures here

Islington, London

Buy my sculptures and read about me here on my official website! www.artmallow.co.uk Find me on Instagram: @artmallow

Development Creationz

Development Creationz

West Norwood, London

The development of your business, working full-time and running a home is most challenging and yet can be so rewarding. I am so excited ...

Creationz Craft Fair 2019

Creationz Craft Fair 2019

West Norwood, London

I am launching Creationz Craft Fair in 2019 I have attended many craft fairs and there is so much artistic skills to be seen, However ...

Card Inspirationz launches its Website

Card Inspirationz launches its Website

West Norwood, London

A goal for 2017, get the website operational This has been my most biggest both in terms of financial and time investment to date with ...

Dayos Cards RED

Dayos Cards RED

Kilburn Park, London

Can you get into the colour of love? Are you going for the silky smooth look? Or the Red Foxy Frilly look? Remember you are allowed to ...

The Closing of 2016

The Closing of 2016

West Norwood, London

It has been an eventful year for Card Inspirationz and of the 3 Business Goals set I reckon 2.5 have been achieved: 1) Have my own website ...

Joining the community

Joining the community

Notting Hill, London

It feels like a bold move to be joining the UK Craft Fairs community, and, I hope, stepping into a new world of sharing ideas and experience. ...

Kims ideas

Kims ideas

Blackheath, London

Well I must start by telling you that I lost my sight the day of the royal wedding (Kate and William) due to the lack of care in hospital ...

Cardabelle Design News

Cardabelle Design News

Camden, London

Welcome to my new blog, well my first ever actually. I had the idea for Cardabelle Design year ago and I have been slowly building it up ...


David Bailey

(Born 1938 in Leytonstone in London), Photography

Famous 20th century fashion and celebrity photographer

Bryan Stanley Johnson

(Born 1933 in London in London), Fiction

The writer of Christie Malrys Own Double-Entry in 1973, a dystopian meta-fiction about a disalutions man rans his life using the Double-Entry book keeping system.

Bridget Riley

(Born 1931 in Norwood in London), Art

Bridget Riley is a British artist who was born in Norwood, London. After attending Cheltenham Ladies' College, she studied at Goldsmiths College and the Royal College of Art. She is known for her Optical Art, an abstract style which utilises optical effects to engage and stimulate the viewers senses. One of Britain's best known artists, her work appears in major collections around the world.

Jean Simmons

(Born 1929 in Lower Holloway in London), Music, Theatre

She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1948 for her role in Hamlet, the Laurence Olivier version. During the 50s she moved to America and work in Hollywood. She performed in the Londons West End during the 70s.

Derek Davis

(Born 1926 in Wandsworth in London), Pottery and ceramics, Painting

Derek Davis developed his ceramics, coming up with several innovative techniques. In 1994 he had an eye operation which afterwards left him unable to work with the pottery kiln, which was when he then started to focus on his painting.

Anthony Alfred Caro

(Born 1924 in New Malden in London), Sculpture

Caro was a modernist sculptor who found success in the 1950s. He is also accredited with being the first person to remove the plinth, allowing viewers to be more connected with his work.

Antonia Forest

(Born 1915 in Hampstead in London), Fiction

Forest was a writer of books aimed at a young audience, you may as a child have read her most famous works about the Marlows.

Alicia Markova

(Born 1910 in Finsbury Park in London), Dance

Dame Markova was a great ballerina and along with Sir Anton Dolin was a founder of the English National Ballet.

Julian Bell

(Born 1908 in St Pancras in London), Poetry

He created two main books of poetry, Winter Movement in 1930 and Work for the Winter in 1936 among other works.

Kenneth Muir

(Born 1907 in London), Nonfiction

A scholar and prolific author of works on Elizabethan, Shakespearean and other theatre.

Eleanor Hibbert

(Born 1906 in Canning Town in London), Fiction

A prolific writer of romantic, historical and Gothic fiction with around 200 novels written under many pseudonyms.

Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton

(Born 1904 in London), Photography

Famous British fashion photographer and award winning designer.

Eric Ravilious

(Born 1903 in Acton in London), Painting

Known particularly for his watercolours of the South Downs, he was a painter, designer, book illustrator, wood engraver and war artist.

John Melville

(Born 1902 in London), Painting

Painter, who was part of the Surrealist Movement.

William Roberts

(Born 1895 in Hackney in London), Painting

William Roberts, British artist, was a war artist and painted groups of figures and portraits.

John Nash

(Born 1893 in London), Art, Engraver

John Nash, British artist, painted landscapes and also worked as a wood-engraver and illustrator.

Mark Gertler

(Born 1891 in Spitalfields in London), Painting

Mark Gertler, British artist, painted portraits and still life pictures.

Claud Lovat Fraser

(Born 1890 in London), Painting

You may be a ble to see some of his work at the Tate in London, including works like The Slave Market, Nude Study and Seater Female Nude.

Christopher R. W. Nevinson

(Born 1889 in Hampstead in London), Painting

Christopher Nevinson, British artist, painted landscapes and also worked at etching and lithography.

Paul Nash

(Born 1889 in London), Painting

Paul Nash, British artist, painted surrealist pictures, landscapes and was a war artist and book illustrator.

Edith Mary Evans

(Born 1888 in Pimlico in London), Theatre

There is an English Heritage blue plaque on her house at 109 Ebury Street, London. She was mainly a stage actress but was in a silent movie called A Welsh Singer and she makes an appearance in East is East the 1917 film directed by Henry Edwards. It is quite a charming film that you can watch on the bfi site.

Virginia Woolf

(Born 1882 in Kensington in London), Fiction

Virginia was her middle name and Woolf her married name. She came from a wealthy family and home schooled. She wrote a number of novels, The Voyage out, Night and Day, Jacobs Room, Mrs Dalloway, To The Lighthouse, Orlando, The Waves, The Years and lastly Between the Acts. She was also a writer of short stories and a critic amongst other literary works.

Pamela Colman Smith

(Born 1878 in Pimlico in London), Illustration

Smith is most famous as the illustrator of the Rider-Waite tarot deck, that you would see in 1970s films. The original cards were around since the 15th century.

Ambrose Heal

(Born 1872 in Crouch End in London), Furniture

He was an apprentice cabinet-maker in Warwick and then bedding designer in the family firm, Heal and Son. He wa a founder member of the Design Club, which was formed back in 1909.

William Heath Robinson

(Born 1872 in Finsbury Park in London), Illustration

Robinson was a cartoonist and illustrator who created drawings of overly complicated devices, hence the term Heath Robinson, when describing something that is overly complicated for the task in hand.