Brands are coming together for London Craft Week for the second time with an ambitious programme of 130 events across the city, featuring hidden workshops and unknown makers alongside celebrated masters, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands.

It will take place from May 3-7 and give us a chance to see world-class fragrances being developed scent by scent, diamonds being cut and polished, porcelain being hand painted, silver being shaped, glass being blown and Chinese calligraphy being performed live. That’s a perfect opportunity to see products as more than objects and experience first hand the many different stages of the creative process.

Creating your own festival programme can be a daunting task so to take the pressure off your shoulders we have narrowed down the list to 10 things you should do during this year’s London Craft Week.

1. The Craft of Wallpaper

What? An exhibition of wallpapers by the UK’s most innovative makers.

When? 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 3-7 May

Where? Geffrye Museum

How much? £8, booking required for panel discussion


2. Concrete Workshop at the Institute of Making

What? Concrete workshop supervised by a creative concrete innovator Leigh Cameron.

When? 10 a.m. – 12.30 p.m., 4 May

Where? Institute of Making, UCL

How much? Free, booking required


3. Crafting Japan at Dartmouth House

What? Demonstration of  traditional tea ceremony, knife-sharpening, fan making and paper crafting.

When? 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., 5-6 May

Where? Dartmouth House, Mayfair

How much? £20, booking required

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4. Collecting Craft and The Market for Making at the Royal Academy of Arts

What? Informal panel discussion exploring the recent state of craft and its market joined by leading art world experts and scholars

When? 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., 3 May

Where? Royal Academy of Arts

How much? £20, booking required

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5. Patrick Grant at Norton & Sons

What? Patrick Grant talks through the process of designing and developing new tweeds

When? 11 a.m., 4 May

Where? Norton And Sons, Savile Row

How much? £15, booking required

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6. Kathryn Sargen from Swatch to Stitch

What? Demonstration of bespoke garment making from pattern creation to final piece.

When? 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., 6 May

Where? Katryn Sargen Bespoke Tailoring, Saville Row

How much? Free, no booking

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7. Diamond Polishing and Cutting at Backes & Strausse

What? Demonstration of diamond cutting and polishing run by two Geneva master craftsmen

When? 3 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.

Where? Backes & Sttrauss, Grosvenor St.

How much? £15, booking necessary


8. Crafts at Fortum & Mason

What? An all day programme showcasing the making process of the  of backgammon boards, wooden sculpture, textiles and jewellery alongside a display of limited edition pieces, available to buy,

When? 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., 3-7 May

Where? Fortum & Mason

How much? Free, no booking


9. At Home with Carl Hansen & Sons and Mourne Textiles

What? Demonstration of weaving and upholstery making

When? 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., 3-5 May

Where? Carl Hansen Showroom, Clerkenwell

How much? Free, no booking required


10. Wang Dongling at the British Museum

What? Live demonstration of calligraphy on the floor of British Museum by Wang Dongling, widely recognised as China’s greatest living calligrapher

When? 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., 6 May

Where? British Museum

How much? Free, no booking required