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things to do :: Got Craft? London (UK)

It may not be as trendy as East London, but in a place called Tooting Broadway on the Northern Line, you will find the Tooting Tram and Social pub (46-48 Mitcham Road, London SW17 9NA). On Sunday, November 27th from 11am-5pm, it will play host to London’s newest craft fair, Got Craft?. Started in 2007 in Canada, Got Craft? began as an indie craft fair aimed at bringing together a community that fosters handmade and DIY culture.

Featuring over 20 hand picked designers, some of my favourites include custom liqueurs by Alchemist Dreams, decorative wooden ornaments by Anna Wiscombe, homemade jams and chutneys by Homemade Hampers, vegan friendly skincare products by Lovely Gorgeous Things and Pretty Zoo who uses her own illustrations to make beautiful jewellery pieces. Browse this year’s artist line up online – http://gotcraft.com/london/vendors. Buttercupcakes will also be running a tea and cake station with a selection of hot and cold menu items and a full bar will be available by the Tooting Tram and Social.

For those feeling inspired, Crafty Pint, a collective of local creatives living and working in South London, will be leading interactive workshops to teach you how to make your own bow ties using recycled materials and Lynne from Papermash will host a DIY wrapping station (donation to charity). And don’t miss DJ Frida Black-Heart akaDebbie from Craft Guerrilla spinning her crafty beats from noon to 4:00pm!

Admission is £1 and be one of the first 30 people through the door for a coveted reusable tote bag from EtsyUK filled with goodies from all of our stalls! For more information, visit our website here.

discover South London (UK)

When I first moved to London, friends told me that people who live in South London stay in the South and people who live in North London stay in the North. I’m here to tell you that it isn’t true!

To prepare for the first ever Got Craft? London on Sunday, November 27th, we decided to help our visitors make it a day out by rounding up a few of our favourite places South of the Thames. So grab a cuppa, visit our stall holder page to see all of the talented handmade designers that will be at Got Craft? and start planning your weekend!

There are numerous markets to choose from in London and new-to-me Venn Street Market in Clapham is one of my favourite finds. Make sure to pick up a vegan cupcake from Ms. Cupcake and a fancy coffee drink over at Esca Coffee Shop just around the corner. If you wake up late and miss most of the goods, walk down the street to Breads Etcetera on the Clapham High Street for some freshly baked treats!

To escape the hustle and bustle of London, pack up a picnik and take a stroll through Clapham Common. Stretching across 108 acres, you will often find people jogging and playing Rugby. There’s even a skateboard park and cafe.

Heading into Tooting, a local added that the halal mixed grill from Pandoos and the hazelnut dessert from Mirch Masala is a must. Of course, we must not forget our lovely hosts, the Tooting Tram and Social! With their eclectic mix of vintage furniture, the coverted tram shed has a vast selection of beer and wine for you to enjoy. Just across from the Tooting Tram and Social is the Gala Bingo building that was formerly the Granada Tooting Cinema. Built in 1931, it is considered to be one of the most spectacular cinemas in Britain and is open to the public for a peek.

Hungry in Brixton? Make sure to check out all the shops and places to eat at Brixton Village or take a seat at the Dogstar Pub, sister to the Tooting Tram and Social and home of Crafty Fox Pop Up Market. Brixton Whole Foods is also a great stop for those looking for specialty health food and bulk herbs (lavender for crafting!).

Have any South London tips of your own? We would love to hear from you! We are super excited to be hosting our first craft fair in London and look forward to meeting all of you real soon! Cheerio!

photo via flickr: CubaGallery