From 2nd December, store and restaurant doors will reopen, ready to dazzle you with their festive displays. With celebration in the air – literally – as our Spirits sail above you, now is the time to visit central London, safe in the knowledge that many protective measures will be in place (find out more here) so you can enjoy your time in the wonderful West End.
We’re delighted to share that on the 5th, 12th and 19th December – the first three Saturdays of the month - Regent Street will be completely traffic free.
The length of the iconic curve will be pedestrianised to aid social distancing, meaning you will be able to enjoy London’s most loved shopping street to the full. We hope this will help to make your gift-buying a little less stressful.
Seeking inspiration on exactly where to visit whilst you’re in central London? Keep reading to discover winter workshops, gift-wrapping, present personalisation and more. Plenty of our restaurants are reopen so you can have a festive feast whilst in our neighbourhood too.
Personalisation and Gift Wrapping Services
Regent Street and our neighbour St James's both boast an array of world class brands, all of whom are on hand to create bespoke, unique gifts for your loved ones this Christmas. Luxury leather-goods label Aspinal of London is providing both embossing and engraving; shirtmaker Emma Willis is offering monogramming; legendary British brand Turnbull & Asser is monogramming cufflinks and Burberry’s Scarf Bar is offering shoppers the opportunity to fully customise one of Burberry's most iconic pieces. Meanwhile, Hunter is inviting customers to personalise any Original Tall boots with up to three monogrammed letters, exclusively at the Regent Street store, as well as the chance to shop the new Hunter x PETER RABBIT™ 2 collaboration with a special gift accompanying select items. Visitors can enjoy Tommy Hilfiger's Customisation Lab, housed on the first floor of its Regent Street store, providing various tailoring and personalisation options, as well as complimentary monogramming every Saturday until Christmas for those who spend over £70 at Calvin Klein's Regent Street store.
In addition, Hotel Chocolat offers gift wrapping, with the chance to select a gift box for just £1, fill it with your chosen Selectors and have it ribbon-wrapped by their team. For a select number who visit kate spade new york reopening week, you can expect a gift with purchase, whilst Rapha is offering a special shopping evening at the Soho store on the 19th December, as well as special Festive 500 rides for members.
Heddon Street's latest opening Heddon Yokocho will be offering 50% off all ramen dishes from Wednesday 2nd to Thursday 3rd December, and offering a new three course Christmas set menu for only £24.50 to celebrate. Meanwhile, Francos is giving a complimentary glass of Tattinger to you, with gifts increasing to a complimentary bottle for your second visit, or meal for your third visit in December.
At The Langham, Artesian Bar is back open for a festive tipple - serving disco-inspired cocktails alongside a new food menu, as well as the return of their Festive Afternoon Tea with veggie, vegan and gluten-free options. The Wigmore meanwhile will be serving an Appledore Farm Turkey Pie as part of its menu with all the trimmings - visit the website for opening times and dates.
Art Exhibitions & Window Displays
The culture vultures among you will have the opportunity to explore a selection of extraordinary art at some of London’s most iconic galleries. Institutions including the White Cube Gallery, and the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) are just a couple of the galleries that have must-see exhibitions on show, where you can discover works by household names such as Tracey Emin as well as emerging artists. Cristea Roberts Gallery will be showcasing an exhibition Cornelia Parker: Through a Glass Darkly until the 19th December, with 25 new prints featured.
And as you wander around the neighbourhood, discover a wonderland of joyfully designed Christmas window displays and shop-fronts. Department stores including Liberty London and Fortnum & Mason, gems such as Aesop and Floris in St James's and brands such as L’Occitane and Anthropologie all have enchanting displays providing some much-needed festive cheer.
For more inspiration of December ‘must-do’s’ we’ve curated a guide to walking to and from central London from different starting points in London here. We’ve also curated guides to Cosy Knits here and festive gifting here.