If the only way you can contemplate tackling Christmas shopping is with a healthy portion of food in one hand and a strong drink in the other, the Secret Emporium Christmas Market is where you need to be. Made great not just by the fact it sounds like something you’d find nestled next to Ollivander’s Wand Shop, the event is promising a magical selection of over 50 British Independent Designers in a Victorian warehouse in the heart of Shoreditch. Everything from womenswear to illustration and art will be on offer, as well as the all-important chance to stuff your face. Food experts from Wilderness Festival and The Breakfast Club will be plying the crowds with warming grub, and there will also be gourmet burgers from Bleecker St Burger and flatbread wraps courtesy of French & Grace. Smokey Tails will also be on hand with mulled winter cocktails to help maintain a suitable level of merriment.
For every Secret Emporium event (they’re also the brains behind Secret Garden Party and Wilderness Festival), two scholarships are awarded to young designers starting out with their own labels. Look out for this year’s scholars – jewellery designer Strange-Loop and accessories designers K & J.
The Secret Christmas Emporium is on December 14-15, 10am-10pm, at the Nicholls & Clarke Building, Bishopsgate, Shoreditch E1 6DB. Entry is £1.
Find out more about Secret Emporium here.