Christmas Shopping Event 1 December

Join us for a spectacular day of Christmas shopping on 1 December – a Saturday filled with festive fun and sparkle to see stores and restaurants offer exclusive Christmas promotions for one day only. Where better to start your Christmas shopping and welcome in this special season than in the heart of Chelsea? Festivities include complimentary horse and carriage rides, delicious drinks and nibbles, wreath making with Chelsea Physic Garden, fantastic gifts with purchase and other unmissable in-store activities.

If you missed your chance to join in with the wreath making classes at Chelsea Physic Garden, join them at one of their three two-hour classes on Duke of York Square with places for ten lucky people. Classes are £45pp, from 10.30am-12.30pm, 1-3pm and 3-5pm and are bookable here.

From the finest designers and flagships on Sloane Street to the affordable luxury in and around Duke of York Square, and Pavilion Road’s independent boutiques and gourmet retailers, Chelsea is the ultimate shopping destination this December.

Make sure you visit the Festive Food Market for gourmet treats, carol singers and Christmas favourites throughout the neighbourhood to top of your seasonal celebrations!

A full map of activity can be downloaded here.

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Weekend highlights

Horse and carriage ride

Begin your shopping experience in festive style with a complimentary horse and carriage ride. Starting at Sloane Square, enjoy the sparkling Christmas lights and soak up the atmosphere.

Shopping highlights

Duke of York Square

  • Enjoy delicious light refreshments in Aesop
  • Taschen are offering a 10% discount if you spend over £75 and shoppers will receive a free copy of “Man Meets Woman” (worth £10, while stocks last)
  • Mention the Christmas shopping event and whilst dining, sip on a complimentary cocktail at Manicomio
  • Receive 15% off when you spend £300 in Monica Vinader
  • Neck & Neck are have a 10% discount in-store and receive complimentary gift wrapping with your purchases as well as delicious Christmas candies
  • Sip on complimentary prosecco whilst you shop at LK Bennett and with your purchases, receive a luxury cosmetics bag to take home with you
  • Enjoy fizz in store, and for every £310 spent in store, shoppers at Vilebrequin will receive a gift with purchase
  • Head to NARS for your Christmas beauty overhauls. The first five customers who book in for a paid service will receive a deluxe goodie bag and the offers do not stop there; the expert team will be on  hand to offer ten minute festive transformations. Should you share a selfie of your new look (T&Cs apply), you will also be entered in to a prize draw to win a fantastic NARS prize. Throughout the day, make sure you also make the most of their complimentary gift wrapping
  • Boden have complimentary monogramming on selected purchases, particularly their wonderful cashmere, to add a personal touch to your gifts. English sparkling wine from Nyetimber will be served all afternoon whilst you shop, and should you spend more than £50, receive a gift with purchase (whilst stocks last)
  • Indulge with Gallery Mess’ Festive Afternoon Tea and their exclusive prices for the day only; £22 for one, £39 for two with the option of bottomless prosecco for two hours at £22 per person
  • Stop off at T2 on the King’s Road for complimentary tea tastings as well as 15% off in-store (20% for T2 members)
  • If you’re shopping at Daniella Draper, tuck into their festive drinks and nibbles and if you spend over £200, receive a True Grace Christmas candle
  • Treat your little ones to a visit to Trotters and feast on mince pies and leave with a special balloon
  • To help fuel your days shopping, enjoy prosecco and panettone at Twinset and receive a pouch bag with every purchase
  • Enjoy a special cocktail with Polpo on the  terrace
  • Receive 10% off all day in Trilogy
  • Dubarry will be fully stocked with complimentary Bubbles and Pies for hungry shoppers
  • Liu Jo will be serving festive drinks and offering exclusive in-store promotions to help with your winter wardrobe
  • Quench your thirst with complimentary drinks and make the most of the 10% discount at Franchetti Bond
  • Visit the new story library at Miista and with every purchase select your favourite book to take away for free, as well as complimentary gift wrapping
  • For every purchase over £100, receive a complimentary handbag tube gift set (worth £19) from Ortigia
  • Spend over £150 in Rigby & Peller and take away a Noble Isle stocking filler box and receive £10 off when you spend more than £200
  • Picking up some presents in Links of London, enjoy a glass of fizz and shop their exclusive 10% and 20% discounts on 18kt gold
  • Enter into a fantastic £500 giveaway at swimwear store, Bluemint

Sloane Square

  • Satisfy your sweet tooth with 20% in-store at Artisan du Chocolat
  • Pick some delicious Roast Chestnuts at Annoushka’s chestnut cart on Pavilion Road then receive an exclusive 15% discount and entry into a festive competition
  • Keep warm this winter and pick up some cashmere gloves on special offer this Saturday only at The White Company
  • Deck the halls with mistletoe, offered with every purchase from Club Monaco
  • Personalise your gifts with complimentary personalisation on selected items, receive a special gift with purchase and warm up with a complimentary hot chocolate at BOSS. Customise your hot chocolate with different toppings at the hot-chocolate stand, marshmallows and cream and all the sweet treats you can imagine
  • Spend over £250 at Tateossian, then you can take home one of their beautiful Coral Lapel Pins
  • Present a shopping receipt from the shopping event at the Sloane Square Hotel and receive 50% off all drinks at the first floor wine bar
  • Stock up your tableware at David Mellor ready for the festive season with 20% off all David Mellor designs
  • Enjoy a staple Christmas treat at Colbert who are offering complimentary mince pies all Saturday
  • Receive 20% off purchases when you present the shopping event map at Samuel French Bookshop
  • Sip on bubbly with Christmas nibbles and pastries in Tom Davies and treat a loved one to their Exclusive Experience Gift Voucher (worth £495)
  • J Crew will be on hand with complimentary refreshments as well as an exclusive 20% discount for one day only
  • Refresh with refreshments at Bentleys on Lower Sloane Street
  • Treat the leading lady in your life to something from Libby London and be entered into an exclusive £250 prize draw and receive free alterations on anything purchased that day
  • Visit Peter Jones for a full festive experience; listen to the sounds from a brass band, catch Father Christmas and enjoy a gin and tonic at the Tanqueray gin bar on the ground floor

Sloane Street

  • Embrace the festive season whilst you shop listening to live Christmas carols in-store at Escada
  • Book your spot at Jo Malone London’s Festive Floral Centrepiece Masterclass to create the perfect accessory for your Jo Malone London Candle and the finishing touch to any sparkling celebration. Sip on festive festive and tuck into homemade mince pies from 12-4pm. Booking fee £25
  • Rag & Bone are offering delicious refreshments as well as entry for shoppers into a gift card raffle
  • Head to Giorgio Armani and Armani Casa for an exclusive shopping service with sparkling prosecco and Armani Dolci chocolates
  • The Fold have decked out their store with Christmas decorations and are offering mulled cider and delicious treats for all shoppers. All visitors will be invited to enter into a festive competition to win an assortment of luxury prizes; from a limited edition silk scarf to a VIP shopping spree, as well as gift card and personal styling session. If you don’t win won of these prizes, make sure you make the most of the 30% discount available on the day
  • Relax at The Rib Room Bar at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower and receive 50% off signature cocktails, selected wine and champagne from 5-7pm then enjoy the music from the resident jazz band from 7.30pm
  • Roger Vivier will be offering a special welcome to shoppers, as well as well-deserved glasses of champagne
  • Shop at Giuseppe Zannotti and enjoy refreshments and festive treats. Should you spend over £1,000 you will also receive complimentary gifts to take home with you
  • Visit the illustrator in-store at Fendi to pick a unique gift and tuck into champagne, mulled wine and mince pies
  •  If you’ve got a full house this Christmas, Yves Delorme are offering complimentary guest towels (100% cotton) when you spend more than £40 and receive a 10% discount along with a  special gift if you spend more than £150. Enjoy Laduree macaroons whilst you shop
  • Enjoy Christmas canapés at Chanel
  • Visit Boutique 1 for an exclusive 15% off all brands to find your party outfit and get your sugar hit from complimentary festive cookies
  • When you shop at Delpozo, make sure you visit the in-store illustrator who will be on hand to sketch your portraits (with purchase only), feast on the complimentary refreshments and make the most of the  30% discount (on selected illustrations)
  • La Perla are hosting a ‘What’s Your Bra Size’ event as well as offering prosecco and showcasing their latest collections
  • Cassandra Goad will be transformed into a land of gold and chocolate. Exquisite jewels and delicious treats; children can explore the land of gold in search of chocolate treasure whilst you admire the sparkling jewels with a glass of mulled wine. An advent competition will also begin this Saturday, with the chance to win a pendant or pair of cufflinks
  • Bulgari will tempt you with their typical Italian Christmas refreshments
  • Smythson’s illustrator in-store will be able to sign or illustrate your Christmas cards for a unique and special touch
  • Whilst in awe of Cartier’s jewels, enjoy complimentary Cartier cookies and champagne
  • Emilia Wickstead’s flagship store will be serving complimentary champagne and Christmas treats
  • Shopping at Anya Hindmarch for your Christmas presents, enjoy festive drinks and receive an exclusive gift with purchase (minimum spend applies)

Pavilion Road

  • New to the  street, Papersmiths will be monogramming selected notebook designs with their hot foiling machine for the first time in-store
  • Heidi Klein are offering an exclusive 10% off all items in-store as well as serving drinks and nibbles throughout the day
  • Curate the perfect British beauty gift with free gift wrapping at Cosmetics a la Carte. Catch their complimentary make-up drop-in clinic with a glass of champagne and head out with a beautiful new look
  • Moyses Stevens will be fully stocked with freshly-made wreaths and all your Christmas decorations to kick off the festive season
  • Add something personal and a touch of sparkle to your purchases from Olivia von Halle who are offering a same day glitter monogramming service. Available in amethyst pink or green flash, up to three letters can be chosen to be placed, for free, on the pocket of a pyjama or on the front of an eye mask
  • Head to Pavilion Wine for a day of Perrier Jouet Champagne tasting. Sample their latest product ‘Blanc de Blancs’ and sale by glass of cuvees and their famous ‘Belle Epoque’. Jonathon Simms (Champagne Ambassador for Pernod Ricard, owners of Perrier Jouet) will be on hand from midday to share his expertise, and their will also be mulled wine and cognac for those who feel the cold
  • Indulge with a Festive Afternoon tea from Hans’ Bar & Grill, available exclusively for £25, including a glass of champagne.
  • Picking up something cosy from The White Company, don’t miss out on a free gift worth £20 when you spend £100
  • Try something new this season and enjoy a complimentary scoop of an exclusive Christmas flavour when any ice cream is purchased at Ice Cream Union. Exciting flavours include Christmas pudding, brandy butter and mince pie
  • Refresh with radically seasonal Sicilian mimosas and festive treats from Violet cakes (of Royal wedding fame) and screenprint your own Christmas tote to take away at Natoora
  • Visit Sarah Chapman to be in with the chance to win a years supply of best-selling Overnight Facial, and as a thank you for entering, you will receive a complimentary travel sized product especially selected for your skin type (while stocks last)
  • Feast on complimentary festive pigs in blankets from Provenance butcher
  • Warm up with hot mulled mead at London Cheesemongers, try their Christmas themed tasting menu and complete the visit with mince pies
  • Book a blow dry at Salon Sloane and receive a complimentary hair treatment and Revlon Professional Hydro Nutritive conditioner
  • Enjoy festive sips and snacks at Kate Spade. The Kate Spade cookie cart will be in store from 11am – 6pm (and Sunday 12-3pm) where customers can personalise their bespoke cookies upon purchase. There will also be prosecco and festive snacks to celebrate
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Christmas Lights Switch-On

It is nearly time to start planning your favourite festivities and as diaries are likely to get filled up quickly, save the date for Chelsea’s Christmas Lights Switch-On taking place on 17 November.

Expect entertainment for all the family; meet real reindeer and even see Father Christmas turn on the lights himself with his special helper. Enjoy Christmas cheer and delicious treats which will be available from 2pm across the area; Duke of York Square, Sloane Square and Pavilion Road as we build up to the magical moment when the lights are switched on at 5pm on Sloane Square.

Full Schedule:

Duke of York Square

2.15pm – Meet the Reindeer

2.15pm  – Meet Santa Claus & his Elves

3pm – Silver Belles, meet our sparkling stilt walkers

Pavilion Road

2.15pm – Vintage Singer Megan McConnell

3pm – Meet Santa Claus and his elves

4pm – Silver Belles, meet our sparkling stilt walkers

Sloane Square

2pm – Christmas food stalls open

2.45pm – Event host Des opens the show

2.50pm – The Choir of St Luke’s Chelsea

3.20pm – Flaming Sax

3.35pm – Snowflake Ballerinas

3.45pm – Chelsea Pensioner Singers

4.20pm – Snowflake LED Ballerinas

4.30pm – Megan McConnell and her Vintage Players

4.45pm – Silver Belles, meet our sparkling stilt walkers

4.50pm – Santa Claus and his special helper arrive

5pm – Chelsea Christmas Light Switch-On

5.05pm – Megan McConnell and her Vintage Players

5.15pm – Event closes

 

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Still No Idea

The latest thought-provoking and must-see play, ‘Still No Idea’ at Royal Court runs from 31 October – 17 November.

Best mates, Lisa and Rachael are making a new show almost a decade after they created their first piece together. Back then, with no idea where to start, they went onto the streets to ask the public what they wanted to see. When they saw Lisa in a wheelchair and Rachael not, what the public said they wanted was funny, jaw-dropping and ultimately heart-breaking. Thus they made the show, ‘No Idea’. Now, people have noticed a change; more disabled people are being accepted in mainstream media.

‘Still No Idea’ is the whole story to date; the British public, the professional writers, the TV Executives. Part verbatim theatre, part improve, party comedy sketch show; this is a raucous and mischievous expose of good intentions gone bad and sometimes no matter how hard we try, we still have no absolutely no idea.

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The Botanist’s 10th Birthday

It’s time to celebrate a decade of one of Sloane Square’s most iconic bars and restaurant! This October, they have partnered with internationally acclaimed jeweller Alex Monroe who also celebrates a decade since he created his iconic bumblebee necklace.

As part of their joint birthday, on 24 October, meet Alex himself at three-course dinner. Feast on a specially curated menu inspired by Alex’s bumblebee collection and expect culinary delights including whipped Ragstone cheese, salt-baked heritage beetroot, honeycomb and walnuts and Valrhona manjari chocolate pave, salted caramel ice cream and bee pollen. Tickets are £85pp to dine and diners will have the opportunity to indulge in some retail therapy from a £25 Alex Monroe voucher, topped off with a welcome ‘Honey Bee’ cocktail; a delicious mix of Kettle One Vodka, Cranberry lemon, honey, peach bitters topped with Ginger Ale.

Alex has also designed a ‘Botanist Bee’, the most intricate ring featuring 18ct miniature yellow gold bees and Madagascan blue sapphires nestled within entwined gold flowers and leaves (RRP £1995). This will be available to one lucky bidder through online auction here.

To join the celebrations, book your tickets here.

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Pavilion Road Tasting Tour, London Restaurant Festival

London Restaurant Festival Competition T&Cs

Didn’t quite make it in time to pick up tickets to the Pavilion Road Tasting Tour on 4 October? Visit our Pavilion Road Instagram (@pavilionroad) for the chance to win two tickets to the sold out evening.

T&Cs

  • To enter, you must follow @pavilionroad on Instagram
  • The competition will close at 7.59pm on Wednesday 3 October 2018
  • The winner be contacted after the competition closes on Wednesday 3 October 2018
  • The prize includes two complimentary tickets to the  London Restaurant Festival Pavilion Road Tasting Tour on Thursday, 4 October at 6.30pm
  • London Restaurant Festival will arrange the prize with the winner
  • The prize must be redeemed on Thursday, 4 October. No monetary or produce exchange will be allowed

 

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This coming of age story by Debris Stevenson was inspired by Dizzee Rascal’s seminal album.

In a strict Mormon house somewhere on the outskirts of London; between East London and Essex, a girl is given Dizzee Rascal’s ground-breaking grime album – Boy in da Corner.

Precisely 57 minutes and 21 seconds later, her life begins to change – from feeling muted by dyslexia to spitting the power of her words, from being conflicted about her sexuality to discovering the capability to explore and feeling alone to being given the greatest gift by her best friend.

Debris Stevenson is a young poet, lyricist and dancer who has performed her unique work everywhere from BBC Radio 3’s The Verb to the Roundhouse.

 

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Chilgrove Gin Tasting

Along Chelsea’s beautifully curated artisan street, Pavilion Road, sits Pavilion Wine, the wonderfully established wine shop overflowing with delicious wines perfect for every occasion.

On 14, 21 and 28 August at 7.30pm, join for a complimentary Chilgrove Gin tasting evening.

Chilgrove Gin is created in a sleepy hamlet in the Sussex countryside using an unusual technique and is made of Sussex grown botanicals and distilled from grapes. Its smooth and balanced taste is perfect, irrespective of occasion or season so why not book your spot to discover more.

 

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Jamil Naqsh Exhibition

Visit the Pontone Gallery’s latest exhibition this summer featuring a series of works by Jamil Naqsh, the best known contemporary artist from Pakistan.

The paintings employ modern motifs that have been long identified with Naqsh’s work, however, he uses them in ways, that to a European audience, seem even more closely attuned than formerly to aspects of the European classical tradition. His work reflects the culture of Pakistan as well as the role of the Indian Subcontinet, both Muslim and non-Muslim and are tranquil paintings which are certain on the story they want to share.

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Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend

Head to Kensington & Chelsea this weekend where over 50 participants, including museums, galleries, artists studios and iconic local venues across the borough, open their doors to celebrate its cultural legacy and extraordinary creative future at the  first ‘Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend’. From South Kensington’s museum quarter to the bustle of the King’s Road, from the urban bohemia of Notting Hill, to the modern elegance of the  design museum, this weekend will be  a journey through history. Enjoy a diverse programme of events which includes gallery and museum exhibitions and specifically curated events, public talks, blue plaque tours, public art, children’s workshops, installations and food and drink pop-ups.

Renowned photographer will transform the iconic Square with a dynamic photographic art installation. O’Neill will honour the residents of Kensington & Chelsea through a series of large scale photographic images ranging from band members of the Rolling Stones to 60s icon Twiggy and chef, Gordon Ramsay.

Pavilion Road will host the Love Kensington & Chelsea Street Art Project, a competition for artists who will create a piece of street artwork using typography, using the heritage of the  area as inspiration. You can then vote for three shortlisted artists and the winner will install their artwork on Pavilion Road. Voting closes 24 July.

The Saatchi Gallery will host ‘After Nyne’ talks; these will feature a number of influential speakers including Alison Jackson, Michael Wolfson and Debbie Carne.

Explore the area at leisure in an array of ways to see as much of the action as possible. You can enjoy a self-led tour using the map, which can be downloaded here or collected on the day, through guided walking tours or a complimentary Red Double Decker Hop-on/Hop-Off bus which will be operating on Saturday (1-4pm) and Sunday (1-5pm).

Further information can be found here.

 

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Pity

The latest play to land at the Royal Court in Sloane Square is Rory Mullarkey’s new play which asks whether things are really getting worse, and if we care.

 

A normal day. A person stands in the market square watching the world go by.

There’s ice cream. Sunshine. Shops. Some dogs. A wedding. Bombs. Candles. Blood. Lightning. Sandwiches. Snipers. Looting. Gunshots. Babies. Actors. Famine. Fountains. Statues. Atrocities. And tanks. (Probably).

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