A pick of the best designer markets this December

The Season of open studios and Christmas Fairs is well and truly upon us, so we thought we’d give you a taster of some of our favourite London pre-Christmas haunts and gatherings, to whet your appetite for thoughtful design, away from the horrible High street.

Our old alma mater, Cockpit Arts in Holborn had their Winter Open Studios in November, but don’t forget their spacious sister act in Deptford featuring a selected showcase by our favourite design journo Dominic Lutyens, @dominicLut plus considered fashion and accessories from the lovely Jasmine Carey of Deco 22, wonderful turned wood pieces by maker-du-jour, Eleanor Lakelin and fabulous illustrated homeware from my old friends Lush Designs.

Cockpit Arts Winter Open Studios 2016

Cockpit Arts Winter Open Studios 2016

Designers doing interesting things with leather to look out for: 
Tania Clarke-Hall  - beautiful and unusual leather jewellery, Mark Tallowin - handbag maker and knife-smith extraordinaire, and rising star Fflur Cadwaladr Owen  - recent RCA graduate & Leathersellers company award winner.

COCKPIT ARTS Deptford
18-22 Creekside, London, SE8 3DZ
3 - 6 Dec Thurs 6 – 9pm, Fri, Sat & Sun 11am – 6pm, £3 entry.

If you’re heading East, try The Shoreditch ChristmasTriangle  every Thursday in December, and The London Artisan Market at the Old Truman Brewery every Sunday, celebrating independent producers of all kinds.

Or, if your'e in the City, catch the Ray and Charles Eames show at The Barbican before heading to the Christmas market, hosting a mix of makers, vintage, designer and food throughout December,  Friday - Sunday from 12.  
Happy hunting!