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About Urban Makers

About us – Makers Markets in East London

Urban Makers was founded in Bow, East London, by two designer friends Ilka Dickens and Julia Redgrove. Since 2015 we have been hosting makers markets, pop-up shops and creative workshops in London.

You can find us at Old Spitalfields Market on Wednesdays and on the last weekend of every month. We also host seasonal makers markets at the Ecology Pavilion, Mile End Park.

We believe in nurturing creative people with unique businesses, dreams and ideas. We have curated a range of gifts which are not only beautiful but ethical and made with care for the environment. Every time you buy from us you can be rest assured that you are supporting an independent small business which in turn helps our economy where it needs it most.

Our Urban Makers Shop is open 6 days a week at 347 Roman Road E3 5QR.

Want to sell with us online? Apply here

Please see our events page for upcoming markets and workshops and how to apply. Read our FAQs here 

Julia and Ilka

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Meet the Makers on our Blog

What to Bring to a Makers Market: Essential Checklist for Traders

Participating in a makers market is an exciting opportunity to showcase your creations, connect with customers, and make sales.  Every Wednesday, Urban Makers hosts guest markets at Old Spitalfields Market, with additional markets on the last weekend of each month. Our beloved Christmas Market in Mile End, now in its ninth year, is a festive […]

Meet the Maker – Hanaa from La Plante Carnivore 

In this week’s Meet the Maker we chat with Illustrator Hanaa from La Plante Carnivore We’re excited to introduce you to Hanaa, the creative force behind this vibrant and bold brand. As the founder and artist of La Plante Carnivore, Hanaa infuses her unique style and playful spirit into every design, making her stationery stand […]

Gifts for Foodies – Delightful Treats for the Culinary Enthusiast

Gifts for Foodies – Delightful Treats for the Culinary Enthusiast. Finding the ideal gift for the foodie in your life can be a joy, especially when you explore the world of handcrafted and artisanal products. Whether they love to cook, bake, or simply savour delicious flavours, these gifts are sure to impress. Here are some […]

Affordable Gifts for Teachers: Handcrafted by Independent Makers

Affordable Gifts for Teachers: Handcrafted by Independent Makers With the holiday season approaching, it’s time to show appreciation for the hardworking teachers in our lives. This year, consider gifting something unique and heartfelt, crafted by independent makers. Here are some affordable gift ideas that are perfect for teachers and educators – made with love and […]

Urban Makers Christmas Market Returns to Mile End Park in 2024

We’re thrilled to announce that Urban Makers are returning to the Ecology Pavilion in Mile End Park, East London, to host our annual festive makers’ market in 2024! Our 9th Christmas market promises to be more exciting than ever, with a fabulous array of sustainable and ethical products crafted by talented designers. Save the Dates! […]

Dog Shampoo Bars – the eco-friendly choice that’s kind to your dog

.Guest Post by Sue from Kind2 We’re thrilled to introduce our latest guest blog post by Sue from Kind2, “Dog Shampoo Bars – the eco-friendly choice that’s kind to your dog,” where we delve into the world of sustainable pet care and introduce you to a game-changer in the grooming routine of our furry friends. […]

Wedding Gift Ideas 2024 – Unique and Handmade

Supporting independent makers by choosing handmade or artisanal wedding gifts, adds a personal touch and uniqueness to your present. Here are some creative ideas for wedding gifts for the happy couple. Wedding Gift Ideas 2024 – Unique and Handmade   Shop our full range of Wedding Gifts here  Wedding Cards: By choosing a card crafted […]

Father’s Day Gifts & Present Ideas

Father’s Day Gifts & Present Ideas: Support Small Businesses and Spoil Dad with Thoughtful Presents. Father’s Day is fast approaching (Sunday 16th of June 2024) and what better way to celebrate Dad than with a gift that’s as special and unique as he is? This year, why not show your appreciation by supporting independent small […]

Gifts for London Lovers: Unique Finds for the London Enthusiast

Gifts for London Lovers: Unique Finds for the London Enthusiast  Are you searching for the perfect gift for someone who adores London? Whether they’re a native Londoner, a frequent visitor, or simply enchanted by the charm of the city, we’ve curated a list of delightful gifts that capture the essence of London’s vibrant culture and […]

Best Easter Gifts for Kids

Easter heralds a season of joy, renewal, and indulgence, yet not all revelers seek to stock their baskets solely with chocolate delights. For those in search of thoughtful alternatives to the conventional sugary treats, look no further. Discover the Best Easter Gifts for Kids. From handmade stuffed animals to cute bunny hoodies, these thoughtful gifts […]

Art Deco Gift Ideas

Art Deco Gift Ideas. Art Deco, with its distinctive geometric shapes, bold colors, and lavish ornamentation, offers a wealth of inspiration for unique and stylish gifts. Whether you’re shopping for a friend, family member, or colleague who appreciates the glamour and sophistication of the Art Deco era, here are some ideas for Art Deco-inspired gifts. […]

Thoughtful Handmade Gift ideas for Mother’s Day

Thoughtful Handmade Gift ideas for Mother’s Day Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to show appreciation for the extraordinary women in our lives. While store-bought gifts are lovely (we’ve added some inspiring gift ideas below), there’s something truly special about giving a handmade gift crafted with love and care.    In this post, we’ll explore […]