Have you noticed how chilly the mornings are now? And the bite of Autumn is setting in just as the sun is itself setting earlier, too? I’m loathe to rush the gorgeous Autumn days away, especially as we’re promised an Indian Summer this year, and the days are glorious, but there is one date to put on your calendar.
The Spirit of Christmas Fair (yes, there, I’ve said the C word) – taking place between 4-9 November at Olympia – is one of my favourite seasonal events for a spot of Chrimbo shopping.
A must on my calendar each year, it manages to gather together a lovely selection of unique, independent boutiques and emerging design talent, so it’s perfect for sourcing really unusual gifts for loved ones.
I always go along with my sis and indulge in much oohing and aahing over quirky homewares, hip jewellery and covetable interiors bits and pieces (in fact, I often go away with more for me than anyone else and usually am armed with leaflets and cards for little home-style pieces that I’ll later buy from stalls and shops that have caught my eye).
As usual there’s also a Food Hall filled with artisan produce and specialist delis – perfect for planning that ultimate Christmas menu or for buying gastronomic treats for friends.
This year, the expert-led workshops include the secrets of scenting with Miller Harris or Jo Malone London, icing techniques with Biscuiteers and a Champagne experience with Louis Roederer’s Master of Wine.
It’s in the diary, tickets ordered. Don’t miss it!