It’s that time of year again. December has come with all the joys of Christmas as always.
Guided by a British gentleman, I have took the decision of discovering in depth London in Christmas time. Nevertheless ‘pushed’ to try some outdoor activities, the outcome was quite amazing (few photographs and a short summary about the places made my Christmas, to be totally honest):
If you really wish for a relaxed eve on Piccadilly Street, head to the Swans Bar at Maison Assouline for a late afternoon lunch and cocktail. Part museum, part bookstore, part Parisian style café is housed within a former bank building designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1922. The beautiful architecture is complimented by Assouline’s books and unique furniture. One could spend hours browsing their coffee table book selection, exploring their cabinet de curiosités or shopping their newest line, Assouline Interiors, a selection of luxury library furniture and décor.
20 years ago, the magnate Prosper Assouline was holidaying in the south of France when he was actually inspired to create a beautiful book about one of his favorite hotels in the world, the Colombe d’Or. This brought the kick off of his publishing company which has produced since over 1,200 art, fashion, design and architecture books.
Called the most luxurious department store in the world, since 1707, Fortnum & Mason provides a treasure trove of hampers, tea, coffee & sweet treats for the most ‘picky’ clients.
Carnaby Street in the heart of London’s West End, two minutes away from Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus, in Soho the City of Westminster, Central London. Close to Oxford Street and Regent Street, it is home to fashion and lifestyle retailers, including a large number of independent fashion boutiques. You will find 150 shops and over 50 independent restaurants and bars to spend your time with friends.
You can’t come to London and not visit Selfridges department or Harrods, as hard as it sounds for Christmas.
Sr. Harry Gordon Selfridge was an American retail magnate who founded the London-based department store Selfridges. The new store opened to the public on 15 March 1909 and Selfridge remained chairman until he retired in 1941.
Selfridges, also known as Selfridges & Co., is a chain of high end department stores in the United Kingdom. The flagship store on London’s Oxford Street is the second largest shop in the UK (after Harrods) and opened 15 March 1909.”
Regent Street receives over 7.5 million tourist visits per year and there are over 20,000 people employed in here. Its Grade II listed facades, originating from the designs of famed architect John Nash, are considered some of the most distinguished architecture in London. Stroll down Regent Street and you will also notice a number of works by leading contemporary artists, of art commissioned by The Crown Estate.
Regent Street was in fact the world’s first shopping street, and now our ongoing £1 billion investment program has transformed it once again into the world’s premier shopping destination, where leading brands regularly choose to launch their European Operations.
This amazing place is much more than just retailing, it’s a prestigious business address too. It offers space for small offices and growing businesses as well as large, modern office space for international companies such as Lloyds, Twitter and Apple. In addition to the impressive retail space that Regent Street offers, the Mile of Style also comprises 400 small offices and 750,000 sq. ft of space for larger offices too.
We all know that world class businesses deserve a world class environment. And that is why we are clear that the ‘bits between the buildings’ are as important as the buildings themselves. Look to Regent Street’s pedestrianized food quarters on Swallow Street and Heddon Street for the perfect spot to eat, drink and relax.
Leaving aside the gorgeous activities which we all enjoy, what is the real meaning of Christmas?
Is it the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the postcards in the mail, the festive dinners with family and friends, the snow in the yard, rosy frozen cheeks, stockings hanging from the fireplace, and shouts of “Merry Christmas” to those who pass us in the streets? Might be, but is also that time of the year when we all gather together, we aim to be better giving, loving, caring and sharing as many smiles and greetings from the heart to the ones who truly needs it. Is that time when we give everything we can to all those who truly needs it!
Merry Christmas everyone!
It will be continued with some country side muse soon …