Handmade and Homeware – the Craft and Home Shows at Olympia

At Strand Palace Hotel we love great design, so we’re very excited about January – the month that beautiful people interested in buying and selling beautiful things hurry to London’s Craft and Home trade shows, which are currently taking place at Olympia.

Running until Tuesday 13 January, the co-located shows (one badge offers entry to the Craft, Home and Top Drawer shows, which are all taking place at the same time) are trade only and offer a chance to get first sight of glorious new ranges of handmade and homeware goods.

Craft show highlights

Craft focuses on ‘products with provenance’ and brings together over 100 leading makers skilled in basketry, blacksmithing, book art, ceramics, enamelling, fashion accessories, furniture, glass, interiors, jewellery, knitwear, leather, lettering, metal work, wood, millinery, mosaic, paper, printmaking, stone carving and textiles. As well as a chance for buyers to feast their eyes on ‘objects with heart, soul and individuality’, make decisions on their new lines and make contacts with artisans, Craft also offers a range of educational masterclasses. Subjects range from building trust to spotting trends, and there will also be the chance to hear the chairman of Heal’s, Will Hobhouse, speaking on ‘The Rise of the Designer-Maker’.

Home show highlights

Reviewing last year’s Home show, the Evening Standard wrote that it was “the biggest concentration of any trade show around at the moment of interesting and happening designers, both new and established, both small and large — and all put together in a brilliantly accessible way”. The focus of Home is on high to mid-market home and garden goods and includes a chance to see new collections and products, many of which will not be seen at any other U.K. event. There is also a programme of masterclasses, with a highlight being the chance to be inspired by renowned British designer Sebastian Conran, who will discuss the concept of good design.

What you need to know

Entry is free if you register prior to the shows. Otherwise, tickets cost £20 on the door. The shows run until 13 January, and are open 9.30 to 18.00 today (Monday) and 9.30 to 17.00 tomorrow (Tuesday).

Wheelchairs are available on loan for visitors with limited mobility.

Looking for hotels near Embankment with fast and easy access to the Craft and Home shows? Buses leave for Olympia right by Strand Palace Hotel and take you directly to the Craft and Home shows. Alternatively, you can also travel to Olympia by tube, leaving from Embankment station near Strand Palace Hotel.

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