Visit London Blog » christmas http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Christmas Carol Concerts in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/12/christmas-carol-concerts-in-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/12/christmas-carol-concerts-in-london/#comments Fri, 13 Dec 2013 08:29:00 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=36696 Nothing sings Christmas like a candlelit concert. Whether you’re looking to belt out a few notes of your own or sit back and soak up the surroundings, here’s the shortlist of the top locations to hear carols in the capital.

Christmas carols at Hampton Court Palace (17-23 Dec)

The fairytale one. Henry VII’s Tudor palace hosts its famous do-it-yourself carol singing accompanied by the Epsom & Ewell Silver Band. Sing your heart out beneath the stars in the courtyards of the palace. Illuminated in the dark, this makes a stunning night-time destination. Don’t forget to try out the ice rink!

Christmas Carols in Trafalgar Square (9-22 Dec)

The traditional one. For years crowds have flocked beneath this gigantic tree in Trafalgar Square to listen to songs and join in with carol services. Every night until 22 Dec, different carol groups will be singing all the classics, from Deck the Halls and Good King Wenceslas, to Ding Dong Merrily on High and The Holly and the Ivy, plus it’s all for charity.

Southwark Cathedral Christmas Carols (Throughout December)

The family one. Singing, readings, and music all under the roof of the stunning Southwark Cathedral. Highlights include the Cathedral Sing-in, The Southwark Cathedral Choir Concert and the Christmas Eve ceremonious Building of the Crib– an event created specially for children and which follows the Nativity Story with readings and carols. See choir boy Raphael revel in the festive atmosphere of Southwark Cathedral in this heart-warming video. Watch it for a chance to win a five night trip to London!

St-Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Carols (Throughout December)

The grand one. This landmark church hosts an outstanding music programme throughout the year with lunchtime concerts and top musicians but is even busier than ever in the festive season. Special concerts include the incredibly popular Choir of Christ’s College Cambridge’s Glory of Christmas by Candlelight and two chances to see the English Chamber Choir and Belmont Ensemble of London perform Handel’s Messiah.

Royal Albert Hall Christmas Festival (13-24 Dec)

The lively one. The Royal Albert Hall’s Christmas Sing-along does exactly what it says on the tin and features all the classic tunes and Christmas hits. Other concerts at the venue include The Glory of Christmas, The BT Christmas Concert, Anton and Erin’s Christmas Cracker, Carols by Candleight and Royal Choral Society Christmas Carols.

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What’s On This Weekend: 7-8 December 2013 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/12/whats-on-this-weekend-7-8-december-2013/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/12/whats-on-this-weekend-7-8-december-2013/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:00:41 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=36443

It’s starting to get very festive in the capital this weekend, and whether you want to see running huskies on a sleigh ride at the London Wetland Centre, or running Christmas puddings in Covent Garden, we have you covered!

Meet Santa and his Huskies

Children can get hands-on at WWT London Wetland Centre’s winter weekend by jumping on a husky sleigh ride before visiting Santa in his magical grotto, set deep within a pine forest. This unique Christmas event also allows children to meet the Polar Explorer at his base camp and hear tales of his icy adventures, before making their own explorer’s equipment from recycled materials and learning about the science behind the winter months. 7-8 Dec

The Great Christmas Pudding Race

Cheer on the festively dressed teams at The Great Christmas Pudding Race, all in the name of raising money for Cancer Research. Clad in fancy dress and darting around Covent Garden, this is a unique and chaotic spectacle to break up any Christmas shopping trip. 7 Dec

The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

Peter Wright’s production of the classic Christmas tale sees dancers from the Royal Ballet bring The Nutcracker to life against the lavish backdrop of the Royal Opera House. A family-friendly tale of magic and heroics set to the music of Tchaikovsky is sure to bring back that childlike sense of wonder to anyone lacking in Christmas cheer. 4 Dec-16 Jan

Christmas is Cancelled

The English Civil War is blazing into life, the King is captive but plotting, and the Long Parliament is trying to cancel Christmas! Go back in time with this weekend of historical family fun at the National Army Museum and join in with carol singing, festive games and even help decorate the Museum galleries. Suitable for ages 5-11. 7-8 Dec

Coriolanus at Donmar Warehouse

One of the Shakespeare’s most violent and thought-provoking tragedies is returning to the stage at the Donmar Warehouse this week, starring Tom Hiddleston (War Horse, Thor). Coriolanus was adapted for the big screen in 2011 with bona fide stars Ralph Fiennes and Gerard Butler trading blows, and now the bard’s revived classic of power and politics returns to the London stage with a Hollywood star of its own. And, if you can’t get hold of tickets, this will be showing live at selected cinemas nationwide from 30 Jan. From 6 Dec

Statoil Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall

Warm up those neck muscles as some court legends dust off their racquets to see who still has the ability to win a major tournament at Statoil Masters Tennis. Pat Rafter, Greg Rusedski, Mark Philippoussis, John McEnroe, Goran Ivanisevic and his old nemesis Tim Henman will all be lining up in the unique sporting arena of the Royal Albert Hall to compete in the six man round-robin tournaments. 4-8 Dec

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What’s On This Weekend: 30 November-1 December 2013 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/whats-on-this-weekend-30-november-1-december-2013/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/whats-on-this-weekend-30-november-1-december-2013/#comments Mon, 25 Nov 2013 10:00:26 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=36285

There are some great one-off events to get you in the festive spirit this weekend, including the Christmas Dollshouse Festival on Friday and a free Belgravia Christmas Market on Saturday.

Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park

The already picturesque gardens of the Duke of Northumberland’s London home have been transformed into a glittering enchanted woodland (above) this winter. Taking in the Arboretum of Syon, the path around the 18th century lake is lit up to magical effect, giving the surrounding landscape a mythical feel. Culminating at the Great Conservatory, which dates back to 1820, this is a unique way to explore the striking house and gardens of Syon Park. Ends 2 Dec

Belgravia Christmas Market

The exclusive London district of Belgravia is hosting a one off Christmas market on Saturday. Elizabeth Street will be lit up with festive lights and lined with traditional Christmas stalls selling arts and crafts, jewellery and homeware. Santa and his reindeer will also be in attendance and there will be carol singers and a traditional brass band. Be sure to head down to Pimlico Road for family-friendly entertainment including jugglers, trumpeters and stalls selling festive treats, including roast chestnuts and toffee apples. 1 Dec

Christmas Dollshouse Festival at Kensington Town Hall

Another, entirely different, one-off event this weekend is taking place at Kensington Town Hall. Peruse the finest craftsmanship of dolls and dollshouses and keep your eyes peeled for celebrity fans such as Jonathan Ross and Helena Bonham-Carter. Kids can also try their hand at painting miniature Christmas trees from 1pm. 30 Nov

Starring Vivien Leigh: A Centenary Celebration

The latest exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery shows Hollywood icon Vivien Leigh in more than 50 portraits, including rare vintage photographs, magazine covers, vintage film stills and press books. Leigh was best known for her Oscar winning turns in Gone with the Wind and opposite Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire, as well as her glamorous marriage to Sir Laurence Olivier. 30 Nov-10 Jul

Parsifal at the Royal Opera House

For a dose of high culture this weekend, be sure to see Wagner’s final great work, as Parsifal is being given an inventive new staging at the Royal Opera House. The opera was 25 years in the making and is based upon the classic story of the Holy Grail and deals with themes of prophesy and redemption. 30 Nov-18 Dec

Emil and the Detectives at the National Theatre

The latest family friendly production from the National Theatre follows the success of War Horse and His Dark Materials with the story of young Emil’s adventures in 1920s Berlin. When his money is stolen on the train by a mysterious stranger, Emil thinks he’s lost everything, until he embarks on a journey to catch the thief. 25 Nov-19 Dec

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Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/hogwarts-in-the-snow-at-warner-bros-studio-tour-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/hogwarts-in-the-snow-at-warner-bros-studio-tour-london/#comments Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:22:53 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=36145 Warner Bros. is treating Harry Potter fans to an early Christmas present as its London studio tour has been given a festive makeover. Hogwarts in the Snow launched last week and offers visitors the opportunity to see the studio dressed for Christmas.

Although the studio tours run throughout the year, Christmas is one of the most magical times of year to experience Hogwarts. A gigantic Christmas tree lights up the lobby, while the Great Hall reveals Christmas as it was at Hogwarts in the first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

The Great Hall has been extravagantly decorated with Christmas trees, holly, mistletoe and golden wreaths, while the dining tables are laid as if for a festive feast. To add to the magic, the windows give the illusion of snow falling outside. Seasonal props include the dress worn by Hermione at the Yule Ball, while festive sets include the Boy’s Dormitory and Gryffindor Common Room festooned with tinsel and Christmas cards.

When you step outside, you can experience a light snow fall, try some Butterbeer and have your photo taken outside Privet Drive and the eerily-lit Hogwarts Bridge.

The most mind-boggling and spectacular sight of all is the castle model of Hogwarts in all its snowy glory. This hand sculpted 1:24 scale construction would have taken one man 74 years to complete and is the jewel of the art department. Rich in detail with real plants, hinged doors and thousands of lights, the model was used for aerial photography and fooled many movie-goers into believing it was a real castle.

The artificial snow used on the Hogwarts castle model throughout the Harry Potter film series is dendritic salt. Visitors can enjoy interactive demonstrations involving the artificial snow-making process. During the filming of the model castle for winter scenes, a member of the crew had to put salt on the model by hand with a sieve – like dusting sugar onto a cake.

If you ever wished you lived at Hogwarts, you’ll love this fabulously festive tour! 

Hogwarts in the Snow runs until 12 January. Book here.

Learn more about the Harry Potter Studio Tour by watching Dan Quirke sharing his London Story. Watch this video for a chance to win a dream trip to London for two. Find out more here.

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What’s On This Weekend: 23-24 November 2013 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/whats-on-this-weekend-23-24-november-2013/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/whats-on-this-weekend-23-24-november-2013/#comments Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:00:36 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=36098  

Christmas season is well and truly on its way now as Winter Wonderland opens its gates and Taste of Christmas promises foodie delights beyond turkey and all the trimmings.

Winter Wonderland

The popular Winter Wonderland takes over a corner of Hyde Park again from 23 November. This free attraction has a European feel and something for all ages, with ice skating, fairground rides, a big wheel, traditional gifts for sale and copious amounts of festive food and drink. 23 Nov-5 Jan

Taste of Christmas

If you’re looking for fine dining this festive season, head over to Taste of Christmas festival at its new home of the Tobacco Docks. Taste dishes from some of the capital’s finest restaurants and watch celebrity chefs display their skills on stage, including Michel Roux Jr, Mark Hix, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and Masterchef’s Monica Galetti. 21-24 Nov

Santa’s 5D Grotto at Westfield London

Kids can meet Santa Claus in five dimensions this winter at both Westfield shopping centres. Children will be treated to the animated story of Elbow the Elf, who saves Christmas. As well as a 3D visual experience the extra dimensions of wind, lights and elf dust make this a different grotto experience altogether. Kids receive a free gift from Santa and have the opportunity to feature in the Elbow the Elf film. 21 Nov-24 Dec

London Jazz Festival

This weekend is your last chance to sample the London Jazz Festival, which closes on Sunday evening. There are a whole host of musicians and events dotted across the capital, but head down to the Southbank Centre over the weekend to be sure to catch some jazz. Closes 24 Nov

Henry V

The latest play from the star-studded Michael Grandage Company’s first season sees Jude Law take on the eponymous role as the King of England at the Noel Coward Theatre. Shakespeare’s historic epic deals with Henry V‘s struggles to maintain power and control during the bloody Hundred Years’ War with France. 23 Nov-15 Feb

From Morning to Midnight

This play at the National Theatre opens on 19 November, just in time to catch it over the weekend. Considered the German playwright Georg Kaiser’s expressionist masterpiece, From Morning to Midnight remains relevant today as it charts what happens when an ordinary man steps out of his bourgeois lifestyle for something more exotic, and dangerous. 19 Nov-15 Jan

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What’s On This Weekend: 16-17 November 2013 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/whats-on-this-weekend-16-17-november-2013/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/whats-on-this-weekend-16-17-november-2013/#comments Mon, 11 Nov 2013 10:00:36 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=36002

Strap on your skates this weekend as two of London’s most beautiful ice skating rinks open for the festive season, or for something a bit more magical Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will be blanketed in snow from 15 November.

London’s Best Ice Skating Rinks

There are plenty of places to scrub up your Dancing on Ice skills in the capital this winter, but two of the most iconic locations, namely Somerset House (14 Nov) and The Tower of London (16 Nov), open this weekend. Tickets start at £8.75 at Somerset House and £11.50 at the Tower of London. Until 5 Jan

Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is going festive from 15 November. The castle and sets will all be redecorated using the actual props from the Christmas scenes in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Fans can also see Harry’s first ever Christmas present – his invisibility cloak – and the hand-knitted jumpers that Molly Weasley gave Ron and Harry. 15 Nov-6 Jan

Christmas at ZSL London Zoo

The Christmas events keep coming this weekend as London Zoo rolls out Santa and his sleigh from 16 November. Kids can meet Santa and his reindeers, decorate gingerbread and prepare special treats and presents for the zoo’s other animals. Tickets to meet Santa are £25.50 for children aged 3-10 and £15.50 for ages 11-16. 16 Nov-24 Dec

Southbank Centre Christmas Market

Adults and children will both appreciate the treats on offer down at the Southbank Centre from Saturday onwards. More than 80 wooden chalets will set up along the river for the festive period, offering hand crafted gifts and traditional German market fare, including Glühwein, bratwurst and even chestnuts roasting on an open fire. 16 Nov-24 Dec

Hello, My Name is Paul Smith at the Design Museum

If it feels a bit too early to be getting into the Christmas spirit there are some great exhibitions opening this weekend, including an insight into the career of British fashion designer Paul Smith at the Design Museum. Adult tickets start at £11.75. From 15 Nov

Large Hadron Collider at the Science Museum

For a more educational outing, the Science Museum launches its latest big exhibition on 13 November. Guests can immerse themselves in the world of CERN scientists, buried deep beneath the Swiss-French border in an effort to discover the elusive Higgs boson particle. Adult tickets are £10. From 13 Nov

Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and Disney’s Fantasia

Finally, you can revisit the weird and wonderful world of Disney classic Fantasia at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday as the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will accompany a restored version of the original 1940 cut, dancing broomsticks and all. Tickets from £30.50-45. 14:30 and 19:00 on 16 Nov

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10 Alternative Christmas Events in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/10-alternative-christmas-events-in-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/10-alternative-christmas-events-in-london/#comments Tue, 05 Nov 2013 11:05:43 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=35916 Christmas planning is officially underway. Have yourself a quirky little Christmas this year and discover some real winter gems with our list of 10 alternative festive events.

1. Bluebird Ice Rink, Chelsea (£10)

Don’t miss this glamorous pop-up ice rink in the heart of Chelsea. Away from the more mainstream rinks, this little gem is nestled in the wonderful Courtyard at Bluebird Chelsea. Take to the ice for Christmas parties, festive drinks with friends or fun dates. 11 November to 5 January

2. Belgravia Christmas Market (FREE)

Explore this classic one-day Christmas market in the prestigious London district of Belgravia. See Elizabeth Street glowing with festive lights and packed with traditional Christmas stalls before taking a stroll down to Pimlico Road where you’ll find jugglers, trumpeters and stalls selling roast chestnuts and toffee apples. 1 December

3. Fish Market’s Funfair Terrace, Liverpool Street

A real winter wonder! Based inside the city’s oldest surviving warehouse built by the East India Company, D&D’s Fish Market offers a taste of the freshest fish and shellfish sourced from the British Isles. Cosy up with a blanket and a mug of hot spiced cider in the heated terrace, complete with a wall of twinkling fairy lights and snow globes. Don’t leave without trying an alcoholic snow cone! 1 November to 24 December

4. Christmas Dollshouse Festival at Kensington Town Hall (£11)

The one-day event attracts visitors from all over the globe and is regarded as the world’s finest gathering of craftsmen who work in miniature. Many celebrities including Helena Bonham-Carter, Tim Burton and Jonathan Ross have been spotted perusing the festival. 30 November

5. Christmas Fair at Chelsea Physic Garden (£5)

This unique two-day Christmas fair is held at London’s oldest Botanic Garden. Shop exclusively selected seasonal gifts before taking a guided tour of one of the most important centres of botany and plant exchange in the world. 30 November to 1 December

6. Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park (£7)

Take a romantic stroll through the illuminated woodland, soaking up the magical atmosphere of the 18th century lake. The trail finishes at the Great Conservatory on the site of an old medieval abbey. This charming event is the perfect way to experience the striking London home of the Duke of Northumberland. 16 November to 2 December

7. Once Upon a Christmas in Covent Garden (£35)

Explore the heart and hidden charms of Covent Garden’s iconic Piazza as the area is transformed into a panto playground for adults. In this immersive theatre event, audience members are sent to the hidden corners of Covent Garden in order to save Christmas. Adults-only. 18 November to 15 December

8. Santa & His Huskies at the London Wetland Centre (£5)

One for the kids. Snuggle up with huskies and let them take you on a sleigh ride before visiting Santa in his cosy Christmas grotto in the northern pine forest. There’s plenty of mulled cider, hot chocolate and mince pies to go round. 7 to 8 December

9. Christmas Past: 400 Years of Seasonal Traditions in English Homes at the Geffrye Museum (FREE)

Rediscover the rich and vibrant traditions of Christmas gone-by at this free event at the Geffrye Museum. Authentic festive decorations transform the Geffrye Museum’s period rooms so that you can take a glimpse into how Christmas has been celebrated in English middle-class homes over the past 400 years. 26 November to 5 January

10. Prêt-à-portea- A fashionista’s Afternoon Tea at the Berkeley (£29-£55)

Style gurus will want to feast on this new Autumn/ Winter 2013 Collection. See designer items turned into cakes, mousses and biscuits. Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley Hotel sees all the classic elements of the traditional English afternoon tea except that the pastries resemble the latest catwalk designs.

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London Shopping News: House of Holland, Harrod’s Christmas Shop, Godiva, Harvey Nichols http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/london-shopping-news-house-of-holland-harrods-christmas-shop-godiva-harvey-nichols/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/london-shopping-news-house-of-holland-harrods-christmas-shop-godiva-harvey-nichols/#comments Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:48:24 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=34996 From the opening of Harrods Christmas shop to designer fashion being flogged from the back of an ice-cream van, London has some fabulous shopping treats in store for you this week!

Christmas Arrives Early at Harrods

Christmas may be five months away, but Harrods has already opened its festive shop. The Christmas World department opened in the luxury store last week as shoppers have been soaking up blissfully tropical temperatures in the capital. Sited on the third floor of the Knightsbridge department store, the 2000-square foot space oozes wow-factor with a snow-globe village, a life-size alpine ski chalet and a replica of the Tower of London. It’s also heaving with Christmas cards, stocking fillers and decorations. Plush crackers can be snapped up from £14.99 to an eye-popping £1,299. If you have cash to splash, there’s a 6ft Santa Claus that could be yours for a cool £3,999. Also available are vintage-style festive decorations created by New York designer Eliot Raffit.

Henry Holland Tours London in an Ice-cream Van!

Roll up, roll up for Henry Holland’s Ice Cream van! Forget frozen treats, the fashion designer is touring the capital in a Mr Quiffy van – named after Holland’s voluminous hairstyle – with his ice-cream-inspired summer collection in the boot. Kicking off in Covent Garden, the roving pop-up will sell a House of Holland limited edition collection that includes everything from iPhone covers to signature slogan t-shirts, all priced from £15 to £150. There’s even a mirror at the back of the van for people who want to try clothes on. The mobile boutique will be in the Covent Garden Piazza on 2-3 August; Carnaby Street on 8-10 August; Monmouth Street, Seven Dials from 15-17 August and Spitalfields from 29-30 August.

Godiva in Covent Garden

Luxury chocolatier Godiva has opened a brand new store in Covent Garden’s Market Building. As well as stocking Godiva’s signature gold gift box collection, you can also indulge in chocolate bars, ice-cream and delicious strawberries dipped in chocolate. Yum!

Savile Row Tailor in Harvey Nichols

Calling all stylish men! Savile Row tailor Chester Barrie is to open a concession in Harvey Nichols’ flagship store in Knightsbridge tomorrow (August 1). Founded in 1935, the company offers ready-to-wear clothes, as well as bespoke tailoring.

 

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London’s Best Christmas Trees http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/12/londons-best-christmas-trees/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/12/londons-best-christmas-trees/#comments Thu, 06 Dec 2012 15:00:28 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=30520 Christmas is one of the most exciting times of year in London; this year, the city’s Christmas decorations are looking fantastic. Here’s a round-up of some of the best Christmas trees in town, ranging from the traditional to the quirky.

The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree is an annual gift from the people of Oslo since 1947 as a token of gratitude for British support of Norway during the Second World War The Claridge’s Christmas Tree 2012 was created by Kally Ellis, founder of renowned British floral designers McQueens Covent Garden boasts not one but two trees: this traditional version, and a quirkier one in the East Piazza (see video below) Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living have an innovative Christmas tree – Ice-circles, a sculpture created by designer Mark Humphrey. The 3m tall "tree" is fashioned from a series of perspex circles; inside, a green light gives a sense of traditional foliage The tree at the Tower of London is a more traditional affair Gary Card’s Electric Christmas tree is part of the final instalment of the Vauxhall Ampera season at the Kings Cross Filling Station

Here’s a great video of the Kensington Palace tree. From 1 December 2012, Kensington Palace is transformed into a palace-size advent calendar, with a daily programme of exciting events, music and activities, all inspired by the young Princess Victoria’s Christmas diaries.

Did you spot the elf?

In Covent Garden, there’s a unique 26ft (7.9m) tall Barrel Tree in the East Piazza. Interested in how it got there? Here’s a video explaning all:

Have you spotted any more amazing Christmas Trees in London? Make sure you add any photos you take to our flickrpool.

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London Shopping News: Cambridge Satchel Company; Zaeem Jamal; Jewellery at Harvey Nicks; and Butlers on Sloane Street http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/12/london-shopping-news-cambridge-satchel-company-zaeem-jamal-jewellery-at-harvey-nicks-and-butlers-on-sloane-street/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/12/london-shopping-news-cambridge-satchel-company-zaeem-jamal-jewellery-at-harvey-nicks-and-butlers-on-sloane-street/#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2012 18:08:09 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=30507 Two new shops launch for Christmas, with promises of further London Fashion Week fun; plus there’s a jewellery showcase in Harvey Nichols; and don’t miss the helpful Christmas butlers on Sloane Street…

Cambridge Satchel Company Opens Debut Seven Dials Store
If, like me, you’re a fan of the Cambridge Satchel Company, you’ll be thrilled to hear the brand is opening its first standalone store in Seven Dials. Located on Short Gardens, the store will open in two phases: first as a pop-up store on Saturday this week in time for Christmas, and open until January. Then the rest of the shop will be completed in time for London Fashion Week in Feburary, where they’ll have an exclusive Bloggers Lounge. I’m really looking forward to this one.

Zaeem Jamal Opens New Kings Road Boutique
And here’s another store with a split opening, combining Christmas and London Fashion Week. Luxury eveningwear brand Zaeem Jamal opens its new flagship boutique on London’s Kings Road today, coinciding with the area’s late-night Christmas shopping evening. However the official celebrity launch is planned for London Fashion Week in February, where the brand will also launch a bespoke shoe service. Pop in to peruse the boutique’s two floors, with the ground floor dedicated to ready-to-wear dress, gown and accessories collections, while the lower section features a swish private bespoke area and suite.

Harvey Nicks Jewellery Designer Showcase: 6 Dec
Head to Harvey Nichols on Thursday between 7pm and 9.30pm for a special evening showcasing their beautiful jewellery collections. Enjoy up to 20% off on the evening, plus sip on complimentary Champagne and sample funky bejewelled canapes while you shop for that perfect Christmas gift. Stylist Melissa Lund will be on hand, running a Jewellery Clinic offering top tips on how to wear this season’s key trends, stones and colours. Make sure you RSVP: eventsrsvp@harveynichols.com

Quintessentially British Christmas Shopping on Sloane Street
On 6, 13 and 20 December, there’ll be special shopping events taking place on Sloane Street. Look out for a host of traditionally uniformed British butlers. Lining either side of the street between Basil and Pont Streets, the butlers will be on hand to open car doors, guide visitors into stores and provide information about Sloane Street’s luxury retailers. In full uniform and holding umbrellas, the butlers will act as beautifully dressed beacons on wintry evenings, welcoming all Christmas shoppers to the street.

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