Christmas Shopping and Markets
Looking for presents and decorations can be fun but also a busy time for anyone. If you prefer to stay local, Harrods could be a great option. Walking distance from South Kensington and with almost everything you could imagine in one place, it could prevent those last minute shopping trips we are all too familiar with.
If you are searching for decorations and gifts with a difference, you can enjoy the bright lights, colours and atmosphere of Italy as you do your shopping. Dolce and Gabbana have joined forces with Harrods to bring you a market of Italian treats, tradition and festivity.
Covent Garden offers a Christmas market of little trinkets and handmade gifts. With mistletoe garlands settled amongst sparkling fairy lights and winter workshops on the doorstep, it is definitely worth a visit. Only 10 minutes on the Piccadilly line from South Kensington, you could immerse yourself in an afternoon of therapeutic artistry. Noel Christmas pop up shop offers wreath making and exclusive gift-wrapping sessions. These skills will stay with you all year round and give your Christmas a more personal touch.
If you prefer a sweet treat, you could enjoy an afternoon tea with a difference. Hosted at the famous Savoy Hotel, ‘The Scents of Christmas’ afternoon tea has been designed by perfumers Penhaligons. The afternoon experience is inspired by the aromas and flavours that stimulate the feeling of Christmas.
A Treat for Yourself
Amongst the hustle and bustle of busy shoppers, and attending many events, it is important to take time to just relax. Pampering sessions, from massages to manicures, can be enjoyed at many of Chelsea’s beautiful health spas.
With many to choose from, Ushvani has a dedicated spa pool area and steam facilities just for ladies. Treatments are inspired by Moroccan traditions to recharge and calm your mind. Saunas, steam rooms and exfoliation scrubs will leave your skin feeling soft and party ready.
Dining in Chelsea
Feeling like royalty after some much needed pampering does not have to finish any time soon. You could continue into your evening with a delicious cocktail at K Bar on Queens Gate. Sit back and soak up the ambiance of the sophisticated interior and luxurious setting.
Chelsea has an abundance of brilliant restaurants to discover, offering delicious food and calming atmospheres at any time of the day. The Bluebirds Café on Kings Road is highly recommended for its alfresco dining and elegant décor.
For a little outfit inspiration, it is worth visiting the Suzannah boutique in Marylebone. Their friendly staff will provide you with an effortless service and happily assist you with your fashion needs. Cashmere capes and beautifully tailored dresses will see you through to the new year in style. Her exclusive designs are carefully crafted with expert tailoring and fit. You will not be disappointed. What ever occasion you are shopping for, weddings or ready to wear, you are sure to find something completely timeless here.
Some of our favourite shoes this season include our very own Chloe in Cinder suede and rose gold. This style will go with almost everything and add an extra touch of glamour to your look. The Olivia style will allow you the luxury of comfortable feet all day, but still prove practicality in unpredictable weather. You have the luxury of the softest suede or Italian leather for a more versatile approach. We love how these these styles can be dressed up or down for an all round staple shoe this season.
If you are looking for a glamour and sparkle filled evening, you could become a Hollywood star for the night. Inspired by 20s fashion and style, The Roof Top Gardens will give you just that. Presented by Vida Alta on 22nd December - The Great Gatsby's Winter Garden Party could be a great event to put in your calendar and something to look forward to. An exclusive evening of live music, 20s dress and style.
Step into a fantasy world of the Magical Lantern festival at Chiswick House. Gardens come alive with beautiful colours and hand sculptured lanterns. A great place for entertaining little ones and filled with fascinating animations, fairground rides and Santa’s Grotto.
If you prefer to spend evenings inside, then The Curzon Cinema in Chelsea often has many performances to see. Concerts, Ballets and Theatre screenings will leave you spoilt for choice. Enjoy a traditional cinema experience here with leather seats and retro style popcorn.