Christmas specials

Drag yourself away from your computer... and try some actual real life shopping in an actual real life shop at these Christmas pop-ups. Online design shop (which is a virtual market space for independent designers and shops to help them reach a wider audience) has got together with the people over at Design Junction to create bricks and mortar pop-up shop at 53 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials in Covent Garden until 5th January. It's full of colouful, playful, handmade items (see above).


As well as hosting the hottest (coldest?) ice-skating spot in town Somerset House is also upping its retail game by inviting a number of independent companies to join its pop-up Christmas Arcade. Back for a second year the arcade includes companies such as quirky design shop Theo, British hat makers Christy's Hats, chocolatier William Curley and crafts from Handmade in Britain. It's open until 5th January. 


It's not a pop-up, it's a triangle, the Shoreditch Christmas Triangle to be precise. Twenty-eight local designers, shops, studios, galleries and cafes are open late every Thursday night from 5th December in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The festive eyewear pictured is from Maiden