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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.

Felix Dexter Foundation Day of Positivity and Tribute Concert

Felix Dexter Foundation Day of Positivity and Tribute Concert

Hammersmith Town Hall, Hammersmith, London

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Frost Fair

Frost Fair

Avenue House, Finchley, London

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Radlett Artisan Market

Radlett Artisan Market

Newberries Parade, Radlett, London

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Extraordinary Artisans at Lauderdale House

Extraordinary Artisans at Lauderdale House

Lauderdale House, Highgate, London

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Radlett Artisan Market

Radlett Artisan Market

Newberries Parade, Radlett, London

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Radlett Artisan Market

Radlett Artisan Market

Newberries Parade, Radlett, London

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Gillis flowers

Gillis flowers

Walthamstow, London

Welcome to Gillis flowers. So to the important questions. What do I create? Why am I here? Who am I? I hope the following will give at ...

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 ...

Irisdale Fine Art

Irisdale Fine Art

Muswell Hill, London

We sell superior quality hand made oil paintings designed and painted by professional artists at affordable prices. We utilise high quality ...

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 ...

Papershades

Papershades

Muswell Hill, London

Lampshades dont have to be boring, they can be art! I have used paper to make my art for years. Ive discovered that I can use my paper ...

Perla

Perla

Haringey, London

My art works reflect my personality. I have always been fascinated by feminine gestures, exhibitionism, makeup, fashion, but most of all ...

Dayos Cards

Dayos Cards

Camden, London

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

Personalised Illustrated Gifts

Personalised Illustrated Gifts

Newham, London

My name is Taaya Griffith. What started as a hobby, drawing portraits for family, friends and colleagues has turned into Swanky Portraits. ...

Marilyns Cat Shop

Marilyns Cat Shop

Mill Hill, London

Marilyns Cat Shop sells handmade knitted cats for gifts and decorations. I make cat-inspired jewellery and accessories. I have always loved ...

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 ...

cecilia salazar

cecilia salazar

Southgate, London

Hi I gifts for babies and also make variety of gifts in general, would inform me if the space that youre going to have give the table and ...

Malina Jewellery

Malina Jewellery

Notting Hill, London

We are proud to present our Purple and Gold Collections. Purple Collection offers a more affordable range and Gold Collection is full of ...

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 ...

Kelly Goss Art

Kelly Goss Art

Catford, London

I was born in Zambia (central Africa) and spent my youth there and in South Africa. After completing my university degree in Cape Town, ...

Amy Vance Design

Amy Vance Design

Hillingdon, London

My Name is Amy Vance, I am a designer/maker based in London. I design and make statement jewellery pieces, trinket dishes, make-up/clutch ...

Card Inspirationz

Card Inspirationz

West Norwood, London

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

FJgsaior

FJgsaior

Ealing, London

Hi, our hobby is making handmade crafts.We use our own idea and design to make some uncommon handmade crafts for customers, Why we sell ...

DeMEC Jewellers

DeMEC Jewellers

Southall, London

A unique range of eco-friendly and handmade jewellery, made with Vegetable Ivory and mixed with all sorts of precious and semi-precious ...

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 ...

BabyBints Crafts

BabyBints Crafts

Hackney, London

Handmade accessories for children, babies and special occasions. Including baby blankets, personaliased gifts, wedding ring cushions, childrens ...

Roots Chic

Roots Chic

Walthamstow, London

The founders of Roots Chic are African Caribbean women whose inspiration for the product came from the original Ghanain template which ...

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 ...

Jane Susanna ENNIS

Jane Susanna ENNIS

Camden, London

Knitwear. I make Shetland Lace Scarves and Shawls, Fair-Isle Berets and Crochet flower brooches. All items are hand-knitted by me, using ...

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 26th November 2018 at ...

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 ...

Tideline Art

Tideline Art

Greenwich, London

I am inspired by mudlarking finds, driftwood, glass and pottery collected along the banks of the River Thames. Fragments of wood with ...

RomArt

RomArt

Leyton, London

My name is Roma. I love art. My passion is creation. I make lots of handicrafts but mainly Tilda style home decor things. I use only high ...

Lettsom Womens Fellowship

Lettsom Womens Fellowship

Camberwell, London

We are a small group of women who meet in our locality of Camberwell, to make items to sell on market stalls. We share skills and make ...

Phoenician Glass

Phoenician Glass

Middlesex, London

Our products are Phoenician glass and ceramics made in the ancient West Bank city of Hebron, well-known for its traditional glass-blowing. ...

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 ...

Apothecary Essence

Apothecary Essence

Camden, London

Here at Apothecary Essence we use the finest essential oils, mixing these with natural soy wax to create exquisite candles to suit your ...

Denalis Jewellery and Cards

Denalis Jewellery and Cards

Ealing, London

Hello my name is Denise and I live and work in West London. I make colourful beaded jewellery - necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings. ...

Beads and more by Yashma

Beads and more by Yashma

Tooting, London

We are a small family run business dealing in only the finest quality Czech glass beads and American metal findings, for both professional ...

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. ...

Hunam Skincare

Hunam Skincare

Balham, London

I started my own skin care when I couldnt find products I could use after I was diagnosed with Lupus. After 15years of just making soaps ...

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

Camden, 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 ...

Long absence

Long absence

Ealing, London

Im emerging from 7 long months of building work and finally am putting my new work room together. No more working at the dining table ...

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. ...

Fair time

Fair time

Ealing, London

No fairs for a month and I am itching to get back. I am starting off on Saturday back at one of my favourites, and regulars, Twickenham ...

Busy busy bee

Busy busy bee

Ealing, London

After a lovely long break after Easter I have hit the ground running. New beaded products, new card designs: I have added sets of wine ...

Need to get organised

Need to get organised

Walthamstow, London

Well having made 106 origami poinsettias and just about getting my Christmas makes finished I have decided that my focus in the new year ...

Busy times ahead

Busy times ahead

Walthamstow, London

Had a busy few days trying to get ready for the next few weeks as I have four craft fairs in the run up to Christmas! Its my first year ...

Website

Website

Walthamstow, London

Well I have finally managed to get my website set up. Its still very basic and needs filling out and adding to but as someone who is not ...

Origami jewellery

Origami jewellery

Walthamstow, London

Made my first sets of earrings today and Im very happy with them. Two pairs are made from double sided origami paper and the red and gold ...

My first beads and a new challenge

My first beads and a new challenge

Walthamstow, London

Really pleased with my beads, I used a pearlescent paper which I had sprayed with different coloured inks. It was actually offcuts from ...

Just to say hello

Just to say hello

Walthamstow, London

Hi, Im new to this site and relatively new to selling at craft fairs. To give you a bit of background until about 2 years ago I was a ...

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, Dame

(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, Prof

(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, Sir

(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.

Dame 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.