If you’re a bit fed up of the Christmas hype, there’s an event going on in east London that could be just what you’re looking for.
The East London Design Show (ELDS) calls itself a “hugely refreshing alternative Christmas shopping experience to the humdrum conformity of the high street” and features more than 100 independent product, interior and jewellery designers for you to choose from.
There are almost 40 new designers coming to the 2014 event who will be showcasing their wares, including clothes, accessories, ceramics, stationery and furniture.
If the walking around gives you tired legs, you’ll be pleased to know that new for this year is a dedicated food hall. Whether you’re looking for local or national food, or even goodies from further afield, you’ll have the perfect place to sit for a bit of respite.
It’s being held between December 4th and 7th at the Old Truman Brewery. Any children under the age of 15 who are accompanied go for free.
However, if you join the mailing list you can get yourself a two-for-one entry voucher.
Simply get off the tube at Shoreditch High Street and it’s a five-minute walk. Numerous bus routes are suitable as well, like the 8, 55 and 242.
On 4th and 5th December, doors open at 12pm and they shut at 6pm on Thursday and 9pm on Friday – make the most of late-night shopping! At the weekend, the event’s open from 10am to 6pm. On Thursday evening, from 6pm until 9pm it’s the VIP Reception and Design Awards.
There is disabled access and such individuals will gain free entry to the show.
The ELDS began ten years ago after it was set up by glassmaker Della Tinsley and photographer Gideon Clarey.
Why not stay at a Shaftesbury Hotel to allow you to go to more than one day of the event?