The House Fair
Meet retailers and explore their furniture, flooring, kitchens, lighting, wallcoverings and more at this House & Garden magazine event which sits alongside the Spirit of Summer fair for fashion/home accessories and gifts. A total of 350 exhibitors includes the Stone & Ceramic Warehouse and Amy Kent bespoke rugs. Talks and demos include colour advice from Joa Studholme of Farrow & Ball. Take tea at Wedgwood Home Café, or sip a glass at the Louis Roederer Champagne Bar. Tickets: £16 online, £20 on the door.
June 22-25, The House Fair, Olympia, Hammersmith Road, W14
Craft + Manufacture: Industrial Design by Foster + Partners
Starchitect Sir Norman Foster is possibly most famous for the Gherkin in the City. Less known are his designs for interior furnishings and fittings. David Nelson, practice head of design, says: “We bring to products our special skills in engineering and mathematics, plus our detailed studies of how people live.” Results on show include door handles, taps, lighting and furniture, such as the Tecno Nomos table, pictured.
Now until July 2 at the Aram Gallery, 110 Drury Lane, WC2
Connaught Village Summer Festival
This free fun day and evening is for everyone, in a central location full of upmarket specialist shops and restaurants, five minutes from Marble Arch station. Try special menus, street food and free ice cream, cakes and Pimm’s. See the vintage fire engine and meet the firemen, play crazy golf and enjoy candy floss, arts and crafts, popcorn and a treasure hunt. Workshops include cheese-and-wine pairings at Buchanan’s Cheesemonger — pictured is owner Rhuaridh Buchanan — and pottery demos at Mud Australia, both in Porchester Place.
June 22, 2pm to 8pm, Connaught Village Summer Festival, Connaught Street and adjacent area, W2
Surrey Artists’ Open Studios
More than 300 artists are putting on shows and sales of their work, along with demonstrations and workshops. At the age of 92, Mary Wondrausch is the oldest exhibitor. She’s known for her slipware, with delicate “trailed” decoration. Glassmaker Adam Aaronson has a table full of bargain glassware, with pieces from £5. He’s also doing hot glass demos, or you can book a “taster” glassmaking course, £40. Newcomers include Sarah Louise Dix whose fanciful chairs wear “clothing” — such as laced corsets, pictured.
June 4-19, Surrey Open Studios
More London summer open studios include Pullens Yard in south London, June 10-12, and Cockpit Arts, June 2-5 (Holborn) and June 10-12 (Deptford).
The Spitalfields Journey
See two magical 18th-century homes of Huguenot silk weavers. The tour, £25, taking in both houses, lasts an hour and 45 minutes and includes a Victorian garden synagogue rarely opened to the public. Dan Cruickshank, the art historian and TV presenter, is a local, and calls the museum “exquisite”.
June 7, 11, 14, 18, 21 and 25, noon and 1pm at Dennis Severs’ House (pictured) in Folgate St, E1, and the Museum of Immigration, Princelet St, E1
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