Take a journey through St James’s between 9th – 15th May for an inspiring series of events showcasing the best of London craftsmanship. Fill your diary with after-hours events, exhibitions and masterclasses throughout central London.
9-14th May: Fortnum & Mason’s The Art of the Exceptional: A Jubilee Celebration of Makers
Explore a series of exhibitions showcasing the work of Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST)-supported makers, culminating in the creation of a one-off hamper filled with handcrafted items. A true celebration of excellence in craftsmanship, this hamper is the crowning moment at the end of a series of four exhibitions, running at Fortnum & Mason’s Piccadilly store until June.
Time: 9-14th May, 10:00 - 19:00. 15th May, 11:30-18:00
9-14th May: The John Smedley Craft Prize Exhibition
In 1784, John Smedley made a conscious decision to produce artisanal garments, made with only the finest yarns and craft skills. This is a legacy which continues to this day and forms the inspiration for The John Smedley Craft Prize in partnership with QEST which seeks to inspire and nurture British craftspeople who have honed exceptional skills across any discipline using traditional techniques. Visit John Smedley on Jermyn Street during London Craft Week to see the stunning work of the 2022 Craft Prize Winner, Zoë Wilson. Plan your visit on 12th May for a drinks reception to celebrate Wilson’s new collection.
Time: 9-14th May, 12:00 - 17:00. 12th May, 17:00-19:00
9-15th May: Joséphine de Staël in Collaboration with Floris
Inspired by Floris’ floral perfumes, Joséphine de Staël presents a fine jewellery collection handcrafted using the ancient techniques of lost-wax casting and vitreous enamel. This exhibition focuses around a contemporary interpretation of a Parisian Art Nouveau jewel to bring Floris’ perfumes to life. Plan your visit to uncover these hand-sculpted jewels, cast in silver and either gold-plated or enamelled, using light and colour to celebrate the floral world.
Time: 9th – 13th May, 09:30 - 18:00. 14th May, 09:30 - 18:30. 15th May, 11:00 - 17:00
10 May: The Quest for Excellence: Rémy Martin Masterclass at D.R. Harris & Co.
Hear about the history of renowned chemist and perfumer D.R. Harris & Co., founded and operating in St James’s since 1790. Book your ticket and discover what makes this Royal Warrant Holder an expert in traditional gentlemen’s grooming while enjoying exclusive tastings and cocktails from Rémy Martin – all infused with The Original Pick-Me-Up, D.R. Harris’ famous morning reviver, reimagined as cocktail bitters.
11 May: An Evening with John Lobb and Rémy Martin
Spend an evening sipping on cocktails with fifth generation members of the Lobb family, the world’s most famous bespoke bootmakers, as you step into photographer Richard Boll’s artistic archive. Explore the remarkable range of characters and historical figures who chosen to wear shoes made by the original John Lobb company. Book your ticket now.
12 May: Creativity and Craftsmanship After Hours in Princes Arcade
Get your ticket to go behind-the-scenes at the one-of-a-kind boutiques in hidden gem, Princes Arcade. Celebrate the best of creativity and craftsmanship with after-hours masterclasses and demonstrations from Luca Faloni, Prestat, SIRPLUS, Mantidy and more. Topped off with exclusive cocktails from the House of Rémy Martin.
13 May: From the Heart of Cognac: Rémy Martin Food Pairing at Paxton & Whitfield
Join Britain’s leading cheesemonger for over 225 years, Paxton & Whitfield for an evening of interactive and sensory tasting with Rémy Martin’s Brand Ambassador Jack Charlton. Book your ticket on a guided journey through different servings of Cognac paired with artisan produce from Paxton & Whitfield, which has been aged to perfection in cellars underneath Jermyn Street.
Time: 19:00-19:45, 20:00-20:45
Whether you’re visiting one of our carefully crafted events, wandering between the many exhibitions in our neighbourhood, or browsing the boutiques of Princes Arcade, you’re sure to enjoy this wonderful week in central London.