The UK’s first and only LGBTQI+ museum, Queer Britain, is set to bring a whole lot of queer culture and products to a London market. For three days during Pride Month, from June 9-11, the Queer Market will take over the nearby Canopy Market in King’s Cross. There, visitors will be able to browse and purchase goods from ten queer vendors. These will range from artwork to jewellery, ceramics, wine, coffee and more.
Throughout the year, Canopy Market is actively working to bring a historic market hall back to life. Located under a Victorian steel and glass roof in the heart of King’s Cross, the market brings together a variety of independent producers. These producers offer up some of London’s best designers and artists, alongside fresh produce and artisan food. And while you’re browsing you can nosh on street food, sip on craft drinks, and boogie your way around the stalls to the music filling the air.
The Canopy Market takes place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from 12-8pm on Fridays, and 11am-6pm on the weekends. Find it at the West Handyside Canopy, just around the corner from Queer Britain.
Queer Market vendors
In keeping with Canopy Market’s typical offerings, the Queer Market will also offer a variety of goods for sale, alongside refreshments and imbibements. We’re particularly excited to check out the wares from Artist Named Nobody (who has worked with the likes of Tinder and Wingstop, among others) and ceramicist Lily Deason. Artist Named Nobody creates digital portraiture that celebrates “the beauty of blackness through art”. Meanwhile, Lily Deason makes bright, graphic, hand-painted pieces that “bring a little joy to your day when you use them”.
Accompanying these vendors at the Queer Market will be queer art and gifts from Conscious Euphoria, LGBTQIA+ themed merchandise from Fox Fisher, and colourful, bold designs from Marble Head Studios. Shaven Raven will also be there, selling gift wraps and greeting cards, while Softcore Hardware will be selling kink-influenced silver laser engraved jewellery.
And to drink, make sure not to miss Madame F, a wine brand started in collaboration with Queer Britain. As well as sponsoring the Madame F Queer Britain art award, the brand offers up a variety of lip-smacking vegan wines. They have also pledged £30,000 per year to the art award and the museum itself so as to champion “queer creativity, education and inclusivity”. So, it’s wine that feels as good to purchase as it tastes to drink!
If you’re there in the early afternoon and aren’t quite ready for alcohol yet, be sure to grab a cuppa from We Are Here Coffee. The Margate-based queer coffee roastery makes high-quality, but uncomplicated, specialty coffee that works with ethical and eco-conscious importers to ensure everyone in the supply chain is fairly paid.
Head on down to Canopy Market, at West Handyside Canopy, N1C 4BH, from June 9-11 to check out everything on offer from the Queer Market. Queer Britain is nearby, at 2 Granary Square, N1C 4BH.