Creative Christmas at Hotel Elephant
Join Us at Our Christmas Market at Spare Street – a new street dedicated to Creative Enterprise in Elephant & Castle
Friday 30th November – Sunday 2nd of December 2018
Market Open: Friday: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Market Open: Saturday & Sunday 11am - 6pm
Entry Fee: Free
Hotel Elephant is excited to invite you to celebrate Christmas at Spare Street – Southwark’s newest street dedicated to Creative Enterprise. Sip a mug of mulled cider as you browse the wide selection of original artworks, artist prints, illustrations, ceramics, jewellery, and sculptures.
With appreciation of handmade products at an all-time high, this will be the perfect opportunity to find a unique and meaningful Christmas gift. From the colourful and tactile t-shirts from Use & Enjoy, papercut illustrations from Klara Smith, contemporary jewellery from silversmith Esme Tanner and not to mention glittery ‘boobles’ and butts from Jesus and the Dinosaur! The Christmas market at Spare Street will offer a wide range of handcrafted works that will delight your friends and family this Christmas. With prices ranging from a few pounds to £100+, this is a great opportunity to buy affordable handcrafted gifts straight from the makers.
The artists and makers showcasing their work at the Christmas market have taken part in our Creative Enterprise Program, which includes twelve-hours professional development workshops, delivered by The Design Trust. This program is part of Hotel Elephant’s commitment to encourage and support creative entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses. This program has been supported through Southwark Council’s High Street Challenge.
Creative Christmas Market Trail
For those that love exploring, why not make a day of it? Hotel Elephant is pleased to continue our partnership with our friends and neighbours at the Pullens Yards, who’s Christmas Open studios will be taking place over the same weekend. The historic Pullens Yards is just 5 minutes’ walk from Spare Street and is home to over 50 studios, their bi-annual open studio events are a regular fixture in our festive calendar. Plus, on Saturday 1st December the popular Crafty Fox Market will be taking place just 10 minutes’ walk from Spare Street at Mercato Metropolitano, where their carefully curated selection of designer-makers will be selling delightful gifts for all ages. This is a great opportunity to discover a wealth of talented makers and you're sure to find that unique gift (or two) from these three Christmas events !
Throughout the weekend Hotel Elephants café & bar will be open serving speciality coffee, pastries and toasted sourdough sandwiches. The bar will be offering a wide selection of craft cider, beer, and cocktails!It is free entry for the whole weekend, please see our website for details and profiles of the artists and makers which will be exhibiting. RSVP via our Eventbrite to benefit from exclusive news and offers from our café and traders over the weekend. We are excited to welcome you to Hotel Elephant!
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Pullens Yards were purpose-built for designer-makers in the late 1880s. The studios have housed craftspeople, working with their hands, for a hundred and twenty years. Unsurprisingly, over this length of time, what most of the crafts-people produce has evolved: at one time the Yards boasted lace makers, fan makers and cabinet makers; who have been replaced by today’s filmmakers, jewellers and artist potters. A few crafts have stayed, furniture designers and letterpress printers are here now, just as in the days of Queen Victoria.
Crafty Fox Market is here to support talented emerging designer makers and artists with opportunities to showcase and sell their work.