A history of water in the Middle East by Sabrina Mahfouz

British Egyptian Sabrina Fahfouz grew up with ambitions of being a spy. She has two passports, speaks two languages and has a cultural understanding of two very different countries. But it when it came to applying for MI6, it turned out she wasn’t quite British enough.

So now she’s on her own intelligence mission – to explore who really holds the power in and over the Middle East. In a world long obsessed with access to oil, will water soon become the natural resource that dictates control, or has it been all along?

Directed by Stef O’Driscoll, the production journeys across twelve different countries using theatre, poetry and music to share stories of women across the region. From the British imperialist ownership of natural resources, to the environmental urgency of the present, water has shaped lives, policies and fortunes – and it will shape all our futures.

On show at the Royal Court Theatre from 10 October to 16 November. Tickets from £15-£25. Book yours here.

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Holy Trinity Arts & Crafts Festival 2019

The annual Arts and Crafts Festival returns to Holy Trinity Church on Sloane Street, described as the ‘cathedral of the Arts & Crafts’ by Sir John Betjeman, from 19-22 September.

The Festival aims to highlight the exquisite craftsmanship in a wide range of creative disciples, understand the symbolic relationship with the revival of Catholicism in the Church of England, and provide an urgent voice that speaks to the contemporary and relevant social context of the social Movement.

Book your tickets for an exciting programme of events here.

Programme:

Thursday 19 September 

Personality, Philosophy & Practice, John Ruskin in 2019

The bicentenary of John Ruskin’s birth. The gala opening will explore the personality, philosophy and practice of Ruskin with a Discussion and Q&A. Contributors will include Dr Suzanne Fagence Cooper, Andrew Hill and Sarah Woods, whilst moderated by Gerard Brown.

Tickets: £10, drinks reception and book signing

Friday 20 September

Schools workshop: Image & the imagination: Exploring Stained Glass, 10am – 3pm

Hosted by Genista Dunham, a stained glass artist trained in the traditional method and influenced by Medieval Art.

Discussion: Fabric of Society, 7.30-9pm

Explore the powerful relationship between textiles and the role they have and continue to play in global trade and society. Discussion between Jonathon Hope, Katy Emck CBE and Nigel Atkinson, hosted by Sanjeev Davidson.

Tickets: £10, drinks reception and opportunity to view, discuss and purchase the contributors’ work

Saturday 21 September

Exhibition: Thomasina Beck

Embroidered waterclour on gesso flower paintings. Free admission.

Demonstration: Paul Jewby – master craftsman and wood sculptor

Throughout the day, free admission.

Guided Tours

12pm, 2pm, 4pm by Open House and Holy Trinity guides

Talk: Christopher Whall’s Stained Glass, 11am

Talk by Peter Cormack, leading authority on the stained glass windows by Christopher Whall in Holy Trinity followed by guided tours. Free admission.

Illustrated Talk: The Alchemy of Stained Glass, 2.30

Festival artist in residence, Genista Dunham. Talk, followed by public stained glass workshop.

Talk: free admission. Workshop tickets: £10

Performance Premiere: Mass Movement, 7.30pm

A programme of music and dance that celebrates art is the expression of man’s pleasure in labour, also includes the premier of two new contemporary dance pieces.

Tickets: £15 (concessions £10), includes post-performance informal discussion and drinks

Sunday 22 September

Sung Eucharist: Apprentice’s Service, 11am

Sunday Eucharist dedicated a celebration of image and imagination with guest Preacher Reverend Richard Lloyd Morgan

Illustrated talk: Exploring Stained Glass: ‘The light and the dark’ Thomas Denny, 2pm

Leading British contemporary stained glass artist and landscape painter. Free admission.

Workshop: Image & Imagination, 3.30 

Led by Genista Dunham. Tickets: £10

Performance: Ayodeji Malcom Guite, 5pm

Poet Malcom Guite performs a selection of his work. Free admission.

Workshop: Choral Evensong and Benediction, 6pm 

Beautiful evening service led by professional choir of Holy Trinity.

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The Clockmaker’s Daughter – In Concert

Fra Fee (The Ferryman) and Christine Allado (Hamilton) are joined on stage by Wendi Peters (Coronation Street) to perform the acclaimed new British musical, The Clockmaker’s Daughter.

Set in the fictional time of Spindlewood, The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a musical fairy tale built around themes of prejudice, discrimination, animosity and fear of the unknown. Like most towns of age, Spindlewood has its traditions. But no practice, custom or old wives’ warning is so firmly adhered to as ‘The Turning of the Key’.

Purchase your tickets to this must-see performance here.

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Discover One of Chelsea’s Hidden Gems

For one very special weekend in June, 8th and 9th, some of London’s hidden green spaces are opened up to the public for enjoyment and discovery as part of Open Garden Squares. This is your opportunity to visit one of Chelsea’s exclusive private gardens; explore the history, enjoy delicious refreshments and listen to a wonderful live jazz trio.

Open from 10am – 5pm, Cadogan Place North and South will be one of London’s finest green spaces open to the public. Soak up the tranquil atmosphere and enjoy one of Chelsea’s hidden gems for this weekend only. Tickets can be purchased here.

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London Craft Week: Artisan Chelsea

Returning for its fifth year, London Craft Week returns to London for a magical combination of imagination, individuality, passion and skill and Chelsea is delighted to be part of it. Celebrating the masters of creativity, Artisan Chelsea will join a curated programme of events which will allow you meet the markers and gain access to exclusive exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops.

The Weave Workshop at Anya Hindmarch, 9 May & 11 May

  • See the brand’s craftspeople demonstrate the intricate weaving technique used to create the Neeson Collection. Weave your own design to take home. Booking necessary.

Macgregor and Michael: A Leather Masterclass at Bentley’s, 8-11 May

  • Join traditional leather craftsmen, Neil Macgregor and Valerie Michael as they recreate a Victorian Gladstone bag and reveal their techniques. Booking not necessary.

An Emporium of British Craftsmanship at Smythson, 8 May

  • Discover Smythson’s rich and rather curious craftsmanship history and enjoy a rare glimpse of how each piece is brought to life. Join them for a glass of champagne in this one-of-a-kind workshop. Booking not necessary.

Liberty Shorts-Making Workshop at The Fashion School, 12 May

  • Join The Fashion School in Chelsea, a hub of responsible fashion, to make a pair of beach or bed shorts in signature Liberty-printed fabric. Beginner friendly, booking necessary.

Artisan Ice-Cream Tasting at Ice Cream Union, 8-10 May

  • Learn how artisan ice creams are produced and how it differs from industrially produced varieties. Booking necessary.

The Craft of Cheesemaking at London Cheesemongers, 8-9 May

  • In a delicious tasting, discover examples from producers and maturers who work tirelessly to turn a variable raw ingredient into a household favourite, cheese. The tasting will substitute as a light meal, including 6-10 cheese, bread biscuits and interesting wines and beers. Booking necessary (18+).

Designing a Jewel in Support of Horatio’s Garden at Cassandra Goad, 8 May

  • To celebrate the work of Horatio’s Garden, a charity which helps spinal injury patients in NHS hospitals, Cassandra Goad launches her new quote pendant, inscribed with inspiring words from the family of the charity’s’ namesake. Booking necessary.

Making Chelsea: A Talk and Tour on Curating a Characterful Area, 11 May

  • Crafting the neighbourhood for over 300 year – from exquisite detailing on historic buildings to the wider urban environment, past to present, micro to macro – join Cadogan to discover Chelsea from the perspective of the craftsmen who made it.

Restoring a London Legend at Belmond Cadogan, date TBC

  • Following a historic renovation, the Belmond Cadogan Hotel reopened this year. Rediscover the London legend with an afternoon tea or cocktail at Adam Handling Chelsea.

 

 

 

 

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Just Opened: Chelsea General Store

The Chelsea General Store has just opened! Each product is very carefully and thoughtfully sourced so you will be able to find everything you need (and want!) to fill your kitchen cupboards. The shelves are lined with locally sourced products and have hunted down the best products from every category including a splendid collection of spirits, fine chocolates & truffles, extra virgin olive oils, delicacies from Sicily…

See you there!

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Hottest new opening in Chelsea: Belmond Cadogan Hotel

After a historic renovation, the wait is finally over for the hottest opening in Chelsea; Sloane Street’s Belmond Cadogan Hotel. It’s walls tell incredible tales from glamour to scandal, from Oscar Wilde to Lillie Langtry and now it re-opens in the heart of Chelsea offering a luxury home-from-home retreat in its next chapter.

It’s impressive doors on Sloane Street, with doormen dressed in uniforms reminiscent of 1960s London and the Mary Quant King’s Road era welcome you in to a roaring fireplace and sweeping staircase leading up to the 54 bedrooms. Impressive details include a bronze cast of 600 books, honouring Oscar Wilde’s story, and 400 pieces of original artwork lining the walls, commissioned from mostly British artists paying homage to the artistic enclave that is the Belmond Cadogan. Further details and playful touches, include Oscar the peacock, glittering in Swarovski crystals and the bespoke tea sets and hand-knitted tea cosies in bedrooms.

The “Best of British” dining is led by Head Chef, Adam Handling, and guests can expect daringly modern and innovative recipes which are enhanced by the restaurants sustainability ethos. Expect theatrical dishes such as Lamb Wellington and his signature creation, Truffle Cheese Doughnuts.

Each of the 54 bedrooms and suites are unique and offer nothing bust the most exception experience for guests. Working fireplaces, large bathrooms with deep, freestanding roll-top baths with bespoke book and champagne holders ensure a home-from-home experience for guests. Each guest also has private access, through 21 Pont Street, as well as access to the exclusive Cadogan Place Gardens so they too can feel like a Chelsea resident.

For more info and to book, visit their website here.

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Veganuary

For those who’ve committed to Veganuary or merely fancy dipping their toe into the world of veganism, Chelsea should be your first port of call on the Vegan trail with a number of restaurants offering extensive vegan options. There will be no need to pick at a plate of limp lettuce or fearing the forgoing of your weekend bacon sarnie; here are some of our top suggestions for your health fix and happy tummys.

Wulf and Lamb on Pavilion Road is becoming widely known as a vegan hub. Tuck into comfort classics (vegan of course) as we hit the coldest months of the year. Expect creamy linguine and a mac ‘n’ cheese to die for, and craving a burger? Well you can get that too – the Wulf Burger, a seitan burger topped with tomato, baby gem, pickle, red onion and cashew aioli in a brioche bun. Get ready for the latest menu additions coming on 7 January too, pizzas!

The Good Life, just up on Sloane Avenue, is a haven for the healthy (or those trying to be). The menu offers breakfast all day long as well more substantial meals, including chestnut and almond waffles with coconut yogurt, berry and chia compote with a banana mash and a hillbilly chilli; a three bean chipotle chilli with coconut yogurt, chives and roasted sweet potato accompanied with quinoa or brown rice. Not only that but the fridges are filled with delicious juices for those on a detox and the sweet treats to take-away are enormously popular.

The Ivy Chelsea Garden is also a must-visit with a year-round vegan menu, offering vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options for the health-conscious. The warm Asian salad is a plate of colour and exciting flavours; watermelon, pak choi, broccoli, cashew nuts, sesame, coriander and a hoisin sauce and we hear the roasted butternut squash and grains should be your main of choice.

Tucked away on Ellis Street is Raw Press. Once discovered, vegans and wannabe vegans will return time and time again. There is an extensive menu of juices, smoothies and acai bowls and a revolving menu of different salads for lunches when you’re craving some colour and vitamins this January. For something a little naughtier, try the ‘Forbidden rice bowl’ or the nachos which come with a cashew ‘sour cream’, pumpkin ‘cheese’, guacamole and a salsa. Healthy has never been so indulgent… or easy!

Heading to Duke of York Square? Click here for delicious vegan options at the Square.

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Experience Bronze Wood & Leather with Jo Malone London

Now’s the time to escape the everyday and indulge the senses. Join Jo Malone London to experience Bronze Wood and Leather, the new Cologne intense.

Enjoy a glass of British sparkling wine and chocolate treats. Jo Malone London stylists will indulge you with a relaxing Hand & Arm massage while you discover the story of the fragrance and how to layer it.

Each Saturday throughout January. For more information and to book, call the Jo Malone London Sloane Street boutique on 03701392512.

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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 leaving on Symons Street outside The White Company, 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
  • Enjoy Christmas cookies and cinnamon tea whilst shopping at Dermalogica. With every purchase you will also receive a complimentary Flash Glow Holiday SkinSolver Facial Treatment with every purchase
  • If you head further up the King’s Road you will find Baar & Bass who are offering a 15% discount in store for this day only as well a complimentary gift with every purchase

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
  • Champagne Colour Consultations at Kiki McDonough – a glass of champagne along with a personal colour appraisal looking at which gemstones and jewellery designs suit the client best. Clients will also receive a goody bag to take home. Appointments are 30 minutes in length, and they ask that you book in advance

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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