The Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair
Now in its twentieth year, this is a major fair at Olympia which attracts around 22,000 visitors annually. Go and goggle at magnificently fine antiques and art from around 140 exhibitors selling everything from lighting, furniture, art and textiles to jewellery, ceramics and silver. And maybe choose a Christmas present for a collector. Ask for an “art advisor” to help find that very special piece, and rest assured that every piece is checked for authenticity by experts.
*Tickets in advance are £10 single, £17 for a pair; tickets on the door are £13 single, £19 for a pair; call 0871 6207062
* Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14; olympia-antiques.com
Sunday 14 November
Find a fascinating array of specialist dealers selling 1950s and 1960s furniture, ceramics, glass, textiles and more. New traders at this animated event include Lucy Bates (vintage fabric), Kicsi Haz (Eastern European 1950s design) and SkinFlint (retro and vintage lighting). Meet contemporary designers such as Chris Eckersley, People Will Always Need Plates, Karen Downing, The Assembly Rooms, Jonathan Field, Michelle Mason, Paperboy and Curiosa and Curiosa. Also enjoy food and entertainment – and there’s plenty of parking.
* Entrance £7 (or £6 up to one week in advance from modernshows.com)
* Dulwich College, Dulwich Common, SE21
London Art and Contemporary Designer Craft Fair
See - and buy - the very best of contemporary art and design from leading UK artists and designer-makers, in a stunning new venue, set in 32 acres of award-winning grounds, near to Richmond Park.
* Tickets are £4.50; or £3.50 for over 65s; accompanied children under 14 are free
* Bank of England Sports Centre, Priory Lane, off Bank Lane, Roehampton, SW15; craftinfocus.com
Christmas in the West End
The lights go on in Oxford Street on 4 November, in Regent Street on 9 November, and in Bond Street on 18 November.
West End VIP Day is on 27 November, 10am-6pm. Oxford and Regent Street are closed to traffic so that Very Important Pedestrians (VIPs) can easily access over 600 shops, many of them world-famous. Watch out for special promotions, demonstrations and offers, plus street music and clowns, food and children's’ entertainers.
Spirit of Christmas
Kick start Christmas – albeit a bit early – with a visit to this fun and festive beano at Olympia. Seek present inspiration in a gift hall crammed with all those exclusive sort of suppliers you don’t find on the High Street. And shop ahead for Christmas food and drink. Hands-on workshops will ensure you wrap presents with aplomb – or even make your own table decorations.
* Tickets are £16 in advance and £18 on the door, and include free entry to The Luxury Travel Fair taking place next door
Hammersmith Road, Kensington, W14; spiritofchristmasfair.co.uk; 0871 230 1089
Country Living Fair
Shop from over 390 small businesses, with inspiration galore for gifts, decorations and food – lots of it not available elsewhere. Also enjoy talks, demonstrations, tastings and more.
* Tickets are £12.50 in advance, or £16 on the door
* Business Design Centre, Upper Street, N1; countrylivingfair.com/xmas
Fine Cell Work Christmas Emporium
Sale of exquisite needlework, including cushions, throws, quilts, cosies, bags and cute patchwork creatures, made by inmates in 30 of UK’s prisons. Homeware designs are created by big names such as Charlene Mullen, Kaffe Fassett, Cath Kidston and Nicky Haslam, for exclusivity and wit.
* 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, London W11; finecellwork.co.uk
Alexandra Copeland, at the Joss Graham gallery
Find distinctive vases, bowls and plates by this talented ceramicist who draws freehand onto pots with vivid-blue cobalt oxide. Also on sale are fine rugs and carpets collected in Afghanistan from 1972 onwards.
* Joss Graham, 10 Eccleston Street, SW1; 020 7730 4370; jossgraham.com
Made in Clerkenwell
Billed as a “happy crafternoon”, the winter open studios at Craft Central are spread over two buildings, where over 90 designer makers are selling well-made, innovative and exclusive ideas for Christmas presents. Or treat your home - there’s china, glass, woodware, metalwork, and more. Or you could just spoil yourself – fashion items are exclusive and the jewellery is wonderful. Selling at a “pop up” design shop are Esther Coombs’ illustrated cake stands (up-cycled from vintage crockery), Charlene Mullen’s handcrafted cushions and Susan Bradley’s sleek London landmark bookends. Also visit Ikuko Iwamoto’s studio to see bizarre and exquisite ceramics and Sarah Hocombe for enchanting fresco paintings.
* Admission: is a modest £2.50 per person (under 16’s free)
* Clerkenwell Green and 33-35 St John’s Square, EC1; 020 7251 0276; craftcentral.org.uk
Marvel at the work of this ace cabinet maker and wood carver in a solo show - George Mkrtichian is famous both for meticulous restoration work and imaginative new design. His pieces range from lavish cabinets, mirrors and picture frames to candlesticks and lamp stands, and distinguished clients for commissions have included The National Gallery and The Imperial War Museum.
* The University Women’s Club, 2 Audley Square, South Audley Street, W1; georgylevan.co.uk
Ineke Hans at the Aram Gallery
Open now until 13 November
The first UK solo show for this original and innovative Dutch designer explores her working process, her thoughts, motives and fascinations, whether working for herself, or for distinguished design companies such as Ahrend, Arco and Cappellini. Also on view: the personal and often poignant objects that have influenced and informed her designs. And Aram Store is always good to visit, with its huge spread of modern furniture and quirky, colourful accessories.
* 110 Drury Lane, WC2; 020 7557 7526; thearamgallery.org