Riddle me this:
What activity is fun yet genuinely useful; entertaining but also somewhat peaceful; cheap, but not too cheap (in a reasonably priced whilst also being classy kind of way)? Something that you can do both drinking and not drinking; with your family, colleagues, or a date…
Let us enlighten you…
A couple of streets away from London Fields Station is Earl Of East, a handsome two-floor red brick warehouse space-turned-lifestyle store, set up by partners Paul Dafkos and Niko Firmin. It’s their first permanent venue, after a couple of years of making and selling their own beautifully branded, hand-poured soy wax candles in nearby Netil Market.
Today, you’ll find eight different signature scents, each of which come in three different candle sizes. They also have incense, chocolate, and they collaborate with a number of other cool, independent, locally-based makers, who sell their stuff in-store too.
Arguably the coolest part, however, is their workshops – where, over the course of a 90-minute class, you’ll be taught to make your own. Naturally you’ll kick off with a glass of Prosecco, before learning all about different scents and the best way to combine them. At the end of your class you’ll have made your own 6oz scented candle, which will set overnight and then you can either come and collect it the next day or opt to have it sent out to you via the post.
As well as beginner classes, they also offer Follow Up or Advanced classes, where you’ll build on what you learnt in the first class, although with most of the focus being on you smelling, testing, and using all of the available fragrances and essential oils to make another delicious candle.
Good-looking, charming, and, a candlemaker…
Does it get any hotter than that?
NOTE: Earl of East is open Wednesday-Sunday (and daily in their second King’s Cross branch). Candle-making workshops are £48pp and take place on various days during both the week and weekends. For exact dates, or to book, visit their website here.
Earl of East | 5a Gransden Avenue, London, E8 3QA
Whilst you’re in the area… you should check out NT’s for a cold one too.