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A cure for festive fatigue pops up in London

A Christmas shopping Circus comes to town for five days

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A cure for festive fatigue pops up in London

December 13 2011
Lindsay Macpherson

Anyone suffering from a seasonal bout of festive fatigue, brought on by too much time trawling the high street search of the perfect present, might find a welcome antidote in Circus, a creatively reimagined Christmas shopping market curated by House of Hackney, the luxury homewares label dubbed “Colefax and Fowler on acid”.

Running for five days from Wednesday December 14, Circus will present an almost entirely British selection of homewares, ceramics and jewellery hosted in a theatrically decorated disused power station in Shoreditch, east London. Designers such as Les Chiffoniers, Emma Franklin, print designer Arlette Ess and Shady H Lighting have each created their own pop-up to the brief “the more imaginative the better”, and the eccentrically displayed products on display run the full gamut from Swarovski-studded hosiery by Candy Baker (from £40), handmade leather jewellery by EA Burns (£45), ceramic ice-cream cones by Anna Barlow (£330 for three) and even taxidermy by artist Polly Morgan (price on application).

A feast of seasonal treats will also be on offer – think mulled wine, Bloody Marys and a liquid-nitrogen ice-cream bar – as well as festively themed goodies from east London baker Lilli Vanilli, whose Christmas-with-a-twist wares include gold-studded Christmas puddings, whisky-salt-caramel popcorn and Courvoisier-laced mince pies.

A Fashion Trunk show run by designers and stylists such as fashion blogger Susie Bubble, footwear designer Atalanta Weller, and accessory and prop designer Fred Butler will sell current collections and bric-a-brac, with all donations going to the homeless charity Crisis, to help feed people at its annual Crisis at Christmas event.