If you’re planning a spot of Christmas shopping in London this year… God speed.
Personally I think I’ll do mine in pyjamas, glass of wine in hand, laptop on knee! But you know, each to their own.
If you’re a traditionalist you will undoubtably head for Oxford St, Regent St, Carnaby St, perhaps even Bond St. Christmas music will be blasting from every store, windows glittering, crowds heaving and eventually you will long for a spot to sit down, somewhere to rest tired feet and enjoy a well earned festive tipple.
I know just the place, follow me!
An old Mayfair favourite has been utterly transformed.
Push through the trees…
Expect a good dusting of snow!
Black tweed jacket // Cashmere scarf
Silk shirt // YSL bag
Dark skinny jeans
Jeweled bow heels
Silver May Success Sparkler
(One for that Christmas list you’re working on…)
Hop across the hopscotch board, through the enchanted forrest and into the glade.
The glade has been transformed with flowers, branches, ferns and fairies.
Handmade from little blooms
Once you’ve made your way past the glade, you’ll stumble into the jewellery box.
The pink dining room at Sketch, one I’ve told you about before but it just never gets old.
Sumptuous pink velvet, looked after by the most glamorous of Christmas elves.
They’ll show you to your table.
Just what you’ll need after all that shopping.
Choose the afternoon tea, and you’ll be presented with a list of teas to go with it.
I thoroughly recommend the Christmas Chai.
And perhaps the champagne poured through earl grey.
It is Christmas, after all!
With a flurry, a tower of treats will miraculously appear.
Savoury, sweet and everything in between.
It’s bottomless, so you can order more of whatever you run out of.
Just be sure to leave room for scones.
Which arrive warm, wrapped in a little blanket and accompanied by clotted cream and fig jam.
Take your time, tea is meant to be a long, luxurious affair.
Plus it’ll give you time to visit the newly decorated loos!
A winter wonderland in itself!
I know, I know. You love these beauties, don’t you?
Black satin, twinkling jewels, chic black bows… if we were playing party shoe bingo I’d be jumping up and down on my chair saying “That’s a bingo!” in my best Christopher Waltz voice.
They’re part of the winter collection from my old British favourites, Dune London.
Don’t be put off by the hight, they’re my comfiest dancing shoes. And if you’re still put off by the height, try these.
I’ve popped my seasonal faves above, but honestly have you seen these? Manolo who?
Rosie, the queen of weather appropriate footwear.
Did I mention they play Christmas hymns as you walk through the snow covered forest?
You’ll just have to go and see for yourself!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to dust off my Michael Bublé album…
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