Christmas Opening Hours

An incomplete and growing roundup of Christmas opening hours around the area, to help you make your festive plans. Submissions always welcome: email peter@​camberwellonline.​co.​uk, or flag/DM me on Instagram or Twitter (I’m @camberwellblog on both) or Facebook.

Food & drink

Stormbird and The Hermit’s Cave will close on the bank holidays: Christmas, Boxing, and New Year’s Days, open regular hours otherwise.

The Crooked Well will close at 9pm on Christmas Eve, and stay closed for Christmas and Boxing Days. They’ll be serving food all day on NYE (no info on hours), but will be open New Year’s Day from 12.30–17.00.

The Sun will close at 11pm on Christmas Eve (8pm for food), stay closed on Christmas Day, then reopen 12–6pm (food until 5pm) on Boxing Day. NYE open until 2am (food 9pm), NYD 12–8pm (food until 6pm).

If you want a drink on Christmas Day, Grove House will open from 12–3pm, and will be open throughout Christmas albeit with reduced hours (12–8pm) until the 30th. I’ve also been told (not confirmed) that The Cambria is open from 12–3pm.

Theo’s will close on Christmas Eve and reopen on the 28th, remaining open over NYE and NYD. FM Mangal will close from 24th-26th December, and on 1st January. Fladda will close Saturday 23rd, reopening only on the 9th January.

The Pigeon Hole have a nice long break; they’ll close at 5pm on 23rd, and reopen at 8.30am on 5th January. Cafe at the ORTUS will have a slightly shorter break, closing at 2pm on 22nd December and reopening on 2nd January. Maloko will close at 5pm on Christmas Eve and stay closed for Christmas and Boxing Days.

If coffee’s your thing, Lumberjack will close at 3pm on the 23rd and reopen at 10am on New Year’s Day.  Spike + Earl will close at 3pm on the 23rd, stay closed on the 24th to 26th, then open again from the 27th to 30th with limited opening hours of 10am to 3pm.

The Hill Baker will close at 1pm on Christmas Eve and reopen on 9th January.


If you need any pills over Christmas, note that Day Lewis Pharmacy on Church St. will close 24th-26th December, and 31st December to 1st January. But if your dog swallows some tinsel, the London Animal Hospital will be open 24-hours throughout the holiday season.

And if you over-exert yourself and need some physiotherapy, Support & Sustain will be closed on the bank holidays but will be available by phone for urgent enquiries, and offering some free advice clinics to help ease the load on the NHS.

If you want to buy some new vinyl with your Christmas money, Rat Records will be closed from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day.

Camberwell Christmas: Winter Art and Craft Events

As Winter sets in, it’s time for Camberwell to do what it does best: arts and crafts. Plenty of events happening throughout December, and plenty of opportunities to buy locally-made Christmas presents. If you have news of any more events, leave a comment below or talk to @camberwellblog on Twitter, and I’ll update this list.

December Events

2nd-3rd and 9th-10th December: the big ticket event, Camberwell Arts Open Studios. “This season we have over 100 artists opening their doors to the public, from East Dulwich to Burgess Park and from Peckham, through Camberwell to Loughborough Junction.” Participants include Arebyte Studios, Art in the Park, Clockwork Studios, Coldharbour Studios, and many independents. “Studios east of Denmark Hill will be opening the weekend of 2–3 December and those west of Denmark Hill 9–10 December.”

Both weekends will also have guided studio walking tours—tickets are £5.71 (very precise) on Sunday 3rd and Sunday 10th—and the Made in Camberwell Arts Market at The Tiger; “We are offering different traders selling original gifts on each Saturday. From quirky to elegant, luxurious to essential, upcycled and reworked to dazzlingly new. We have everything to delight all the senses – taste, touch, sight, scent and sound.” For full details of the Open Studios, tours, or Arts Market, pick up a copy of the brochure around town, or download the brochure as a PDF.

30th November to 3rd December: Christmas Open Studios at Vanguard Court, SE5 8QT. “Bags, Ceramics, Furniture, Jewellery, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Silverware, Textiles. Meet the artists and explore their workspace.” Vanguard are part of the Open Studios event above, but also keeping their doors open a little longer.

5th December: All’s Well, a talk by Camberwell artists and local mental health charity CoolTan Arts “will explore the idea of “All’s Well”, which runs throughout Camberwell’s culture and history.” Tickets are free but you’ll need to register.

9th and 10th December: Pexmas Festive Market in Warwick Gardens, SE15 5AQ (technically outside of Camberwell, but it’s so close I’ll allow it). “Mulled Wine. Stalls. Street Food. Tunes.” Last year’s event was great, look forward to seeing it again.

16th December: The good news is that Organoke is back. “Forget ‘Little Donkey’ and come sing your heart out to Karaoke Christmas Classics with one of London’s oldest church organs turned up to 11, before rounding off the night with an afterparty in the Crypt.” The bad news is that tickets are already sold out. You can join their mailing list to be notified of any returns.

17th December: Christmas Celebration at Myatt’s Fields Park. “We’ll have a Christmas market from 2–5pm, children’s workshop to make your own christingle from 4–5pm, mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies and from 5pm carols by candlelight around the bandstand, led by Southwark Concert Band.” Facebook event page.

Get Funding for Your Own Business Event

Following the success of this year’s Camberwell Fair, they are able to support three local businesses to host their own event between January and May 2018. The event could be a performance, workshop, talk, a launch of a new product, an exhibition… whatever will promote your business locally. The Camberwell Fair team will be able to support the business in a number of ways, including:

  • £200 to spend on any aspect of the event
  • Marketing support
  • Event management guidance
  • Advice on local partnerships
They encourage collaborations, so community organisations are able to apply if they have a partnership to benefit local businesses. Applications close 28th January,  but the event must be staged before May 2018. For full details, please visit:

This weekend: Camberwell Arts Open Studios

It’s the second instalment of Camberwell Arts Open Studios this weekend!

Camberwell’s artists, makers and creators will once again open their doors to art lovers, collectors and gift seekers where everything you can image will be on show:  jewellery, paintings, textiles, fashion, photography, ceramics, homewear, accessories and more.

Visit seven fantastic studios bursting with creatives:  Coldharbour Studios, Clockwork Studios, Remakery, Whirled Cinema, Warrior Studios, Artichoke Printmaking and Empress Mews, plus Richard Watkins and Nicholas Vaughan exhibiting in their own spaces.

Most studios will be hosting private views tonight (Fri 9th Dec 18:00–21:00) and will be open all weekend (Sat 10th & Sun 11th Dec 11:00–18:00).

Pick up a brochure from shops and businesses throughout SE5 (while stocks last) or download a PDF.

Want to delve deeper? Visit each of the artists’ websites directly from our open studios page.

We will also be hosting guided walks around Camberwell on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December at 11am from the Junction Bar on Coldharbour Lane.

We hope to see you there!

A new weekly market starts Sunday

Camberwell Market logo

From this Sunday, 4th September, Camberwell will have a new weekly market. It will happen from 10am to 4pm in the new market area on the Green, and focus on street food, arts and crafts (presumably to not compete with the Saturday farmer’s market).

Can’t find full details of the opening week’s line-up, but confirmed food stalls are: Rainbo (Asian salads and gyoza dumplings); Return of the Mac (macaroni cheese); Kaki Lima (Indonesian street food); and Pomodoro e Basilico (vegan Italian). Some of these were at Camberwell Fair last weekend, so if you enjoyed the food there, there’s no reason you shouldn’t here.

For the launch of the market there’ll be a specially-made beer called Saint Giles — no word on who it was made by, or how many will be available, but I’m keen to try it out.

In an interview with the South London Press, market organiser Will Herman said:

What we’re trying to do is establish a new haven for foodies and art lovers south of the river, showcasing the best of what is local.

And while the word ‘foodies’ might make me grind my teeth, it will be nice to have a new option in the area. I only wish there was some way we could combine the two weekend markets to have something a little bigger with perhaps an increased chance of success for both.

This weekend: Get ready for Camberwell Arts Winter Open Studios.


Working on Camberwell Arts is like painting the Severn Bridge: The work is never over!

No sooner has the summer festival been put to bed, then planning for Winter Open Studios took over.

Open Studios is nothing new, however this is the third collaborative event coordinated by Camberwell Arts on behalf of studios of Camberwell, and this winter it is bigger than ever, with over 120 artists, makers and creators across 11 locations simultaneously throwing open their doors to art-lovers and gift-seekers.

With hand crafted jewellery, textiles, fashion, ceramics, homewares, accessories, as well as a wealth of visual art from the internationally renowned to the up and coming creatives of Camberwell, there has never been a better reason to visit and shop local this Christmas for something truly unique and support the creative arts.


Download the PDF brochure from our website

The event kicks off Friday 27th Nov 6–9pm with private views at:

And then will continue 11–6pm on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th, with all studios open*


Follow our social media feeds for introductions to everyone taking part:

We also delighted to have a classic Italian coffee machine mounted on a vintage Russian motorcycle driving around the studios on Saturday and Sunday keeping all artists and art loving public fresh hot beverages. We shall get them to tweet their locations so keep your eyes peeled on Twitter: @Sidecar_coffee

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If you have any ideas of how we can make the event even bigger and better, or if you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact me: camberwellartsfestival@​gmail.​com

Cheers, and see you there!
Jordana Leighton, Camberwell Arts.


*Please note there will be a mini pop up at Clockwork Studios, however their main event is the 11–13 Dec.