The London Coffee Festival
Coffee is now our national drink. We enjoy 3.2 cups a day as against 2.4 cups of tea, and a quarter of us say we couldn’t get through the day without our Java fix. London celebrates with a massive beano in the brick-lined caverns of the Old Truman Brewery.
Find more than 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls, see demos from world-class baristas, taste blends galore, sip coffee-based cocktails, check out coffee machines and join workshops, talks and debates. Learn how to pair different coffees with the right foods — oysters and espresso anyone? Also enjoy live music with DJs, art exhibitions, the School of Chocolate, and much more.
April 7 – 10 at the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, E1.
Ceramic Art London 2016
Ceramics are perhaps the strongest arm of current craft. See why in this impressive international round-up, in its 12th year and in a new venue in revitalised King’s Cross. There are 68 UK exhibitors (including Emily Gardiner, pictured), but artists also come from all over Europe and from Japan, Australia and Korea, totalling 88, all carefully vetted for artistic and technical excellence. Buy direct from makers. Prices start from £30 for a small bowl/mug. London’s Sue Paraskeva’s porcelain vessels are £250 each and Barry Stedman’s large thrown earthenware platters cost £230.
April 8 - 10, Ceramic Art London at Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square, N1C.
Pick Me Up Graphic Arts Festival
This buzzing 12-day festival is fun for all ages, a fabulous forum for illustration, animation, 3D installations, ceramics, stationery and more. See work by emerging and established artists, buy artworks and limited-edition prints from as little as £5, and get them framed on site. Renowned typographer Alan Kitching — featured in a separate Life in Letterpress retrospective, pictured, at Somerset House — will complete a Utopian-themed artwork live over several days.
From April 21 to May 2, Pick Me Up at Embankment Galleries, Somerset House, Strand, WC2.
Can you judge a home by its postcode? Harrods has a go this month, with a London edit by Annalise Fard, director of Harrods Home. In lavish store windows in the Brompton Road and in room settings on the third and fourth floors of the store, you will find, for example, the Chelsea Townhouse, with a cool mix of neutral shades, marble and metallics, to introduce exclusive furniture by US interior designer Kelly Wearstler. Also explore the eclectic Hampstead House, pictured, in calm blues, where furniture at the cutting edge sits happily amid period details. The Notting Hill Villa is “British bohemia”. Lastly, go east to the Shoreditch Loft, with Italian leather furniture and a giant Anglepoise lamp.
Open now until April 28 at Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1.
Made London: Bloomsbury
Meet up to 100 British designer makers at this new selling event in stunning Edwardian rooms in a listed house that was originally an “arts and crafts settlement” where the rich helped London’s poor. Find textiles, glass, ceramics, wood and metalwork, plus fashion accessories, and drop into the café in the walled garden. We like these cushions in machine-knitted British-spun lambswool by Prilly Lewis.
Made London: Bloomsbury - The Design and Craft Fair, April 29 to May 1, at Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place, WC1.