About this time last year, I remember hearing about the Renegade Craft Fair & thought that I would definitely go next year. Well, a year later I (along with my OH) find myself heading towards Brick Lane. Never having been to Brick Lane at all, the whole day was an adventure. The area around Spittalfields, Brick Lane & the Truman Brewery is amazing.
After cycling across London on the hideous Boris bike (great idea, just not for me) we had breakfast at The Luxe which is part of Spittalfields Market.
The whole area is absolutely beautiful & I couldn’t take enough pictures of the architecture. Take this door for example. We walked down a road beween Commercial Street & Brick Lane and all the houses were very elegent – like something off Upstairs, Downstairs. I especially liked this house, which was in between house number 11 and house number 12. It reminds me of Harry Potter & platform 9 and 3/4!
This wasn’t the only amazing feature we saw on this street. Most of the houses also had wooden shutters – something I’ve always wanted. But not only that, they had these gorgeous little iron men to hold them open. Have you ever
seen anything cuter? (Other than a pug, obviously!)Most of the houses had them, and those that didn’t looked sadder because of their loss.
All this set me in great spirits as we headed towards the Renegade Craft Fair.
When we arrived, we decided to walk around the outside first then look at stalls in the middle. It was amazing! There are so many talented crafters, designers and creative people is was very inspiring. To say I was a little overwhelmed is probably an understatement!
The range of stalls was pretty impressive, while owls seem to be everywhere, as does acrylic, every stall had their own style. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, most stalls only took cash, and as I didn’t have much (when do I?!) I wasn’t able to go mad. But I did find enough (of my OH’s) money to buy some washi tape, some stamps and a Renegade Craft Fair pencil – I do love a good pencil! I could have bought a lot more & actually wanted to but forgot to go back. It’s a good job I picked up plenty of business cards so I can order online!
After a good old mooch about, we headed off to enjoy the rest that Brick Lane had to offer & we weren’t disappointed. Such a cool place – I’d definitely go back, with an empty credit card! If you didn’t make it to the Renegade Craft Fair this year, then you could do worse than to put it in your diary for next year. It was a lovely experience and everyone was so lovely. It’s well worth a visit! x