Ever fancied using the tradesman’s entrance? Well, this weekend (Oct 3, 4, 5) from 10am-6pm, you can bang down the back door of Best of Britannia, an exhibition where Britain’s best designer-makers sell their wares to both buyers and the public. The three day event opens with a trade-only day on Thursday before opening its doors to customers Friday and Saturday. It’s less trade show, more classy market where everything is made exclusively in the UK; from gin and beer, accessories and handcrafted eyewear to G Plan Vintage furniture, Nigel Cabourn menswear, Joseph Cheaney & Sons shoes from Northampton – even a lovely pair of (antique-inspired) globes.
The venue is Clerkenwell’s Farmiloe Building, a sprawling gothic warehouse and one-time filming location for Christopher Nolan’s whole Batman trilogy, David Cronenberg’s ‘Eastern Promises’, and ‘The Da Vinci Code’ (but don’t let that put you off) – and BoB organisers promise a British fashion pop-up department store, cult Soho salon We Are Cuts, Small Batch Coffee, and a string of art, music and food events, film screenings and talks. Look out for brilliant London-based brands Kennedy City Bicycles, Christopher Raeburn and Jessica de Lotz jewellery. Dan Jones
Admission is free, but best to register first via bestofbritannia.com