The private member club is famous for its extravagant decorations changing throughout the year. In collaboration with Swarovski this year, Annabel’s unveiled a glittering crystalized life-sized gingerbread house façade in late November which instantly became social media famous.
TIP: Take a closer look when visiting and admire the huge crystals covering the giant green bow and the Santa figure.
Whoville has come to The Ivy Chelsea Garden. ‘Miracle on the Mount Crumpit’ brings you the ultimate Christmas cheer but beware of the Grinch lurking above your head with sour sneer.
Once you’re ready with your selfies, make sure you try their fun drinks menu which includes alcoholic and non-alcoholic festive cocktails, such as ‘Cindy-Lou Who’ and ‘Whoville Hot Chocolate’ or choose the mean one: ‘Grinch Jooose’.
This restaurant’s terrace in Mayfair is full of Christmas trees and presents. In collaboration with Courvoisier UK, the menu brings you a limited-edition dessert, called ‘As Choux Like It’ and unique spicey Christmas cocktails.
Hedonism Wines is famous not just for their top-shelf wines and spirits. It’s a destination to many Londoners during the festive period to see their magical Christmas installation in front of the shop.
This year they showcase a beautiful Winter scene with show-covered slopes, a snowman, and a red post box to send your secret Christmas wishes to Santa.
Can’t find the perfect gifts for Christmas? Lack of ideas and time? Or just looking for something really special and memorable for someone who has a special place in your heart? Here are 9 shops from around London that will not leave you disappointed.
The world largest comic book, science fiction, fantasy and cult entertainment retailer. Toys, collectables, clothes and accessories, DVDs, video games, comics… and much more. You can find ton of themed gift here such as Marvel, Doctor Who, Rick and Morty, Star Wars, Harry Potter, just to name a few. Not quite a place of hidden gem but Forbidden Planet Megastore is a heaven of geek shopping and definitely a stop on your Christmas shopping tour list.
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, United Kingdom WC2H 8JR
Lego Store in Leicester Square is a must-stop destination when it comes to Christmas present for kids. Lego Store creates a really out-of-this-world atmosphere. The shop is really Instagramable with its interactive Lego sculptures: you can sit next to Shakespeare in the tube, make an imaginary phone call from a Lego telephone box or pose with Sherlock Holmes or a giant English dragon with hat and umbrella.
There are plenty of themed Lego sets to choose from: from Star Wars to Pirates of the Caribbean, from Marvel Avengers to Nasa Apollo 11 Lunar Lander. You can also have a chance to pick up your own monochrome Lego mosaic portrait or create customised Lego figures.
Stamp Centre is buying, selling and evaluate coins, stamps, autographs and watches. It also sells cool collectable props from films like Harry Potter, Star Wars, Doctor Who and many more. If your looking for cool and rare gift that can be a treasure for life, Stamp Centre is a choice.
How about Serpent Venom, Unicorn Essence or Basilisk Blood as a Christmas present for someone mad for all things fantasy? Well, make sure you stop at House of Spells and you can be sure you won’t leave the place with empty hands. House of Spells is Heaven itself for Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Game of Thrones lovers. You can find everything here from magic wands, to dragon eggs, but if you’re just on the hunt for something not particularly themed, House of Spells can still be an option. Maps and mugs; diaries with cool 3D designs and magical soft drinks and sweets are all waiting to be explored by last minute Christmas shoppers. What is more: the shop is open till late.
If you are looking for a gift for someone who loves exploring new countries, interested in Asian food and culture, fan of Japanese manga and anime or simply has a sweet tooth ready to discover new flavours, Japan Centre definitely has something for them.
Matcha flavoured Kit Kat, DIY candies, kawaii Japanese character themed sweets, food, drink and tableware, award winning sake with accessories, tea specialities and much more
For those who want to be on the naughty list this Christmas (wink)
London first timers
Candy specialty lovers
Themed candy lovers
Are your family or friends visiting you in London for the first time? Surprise them with authentic London themed sweets and tea selections. Crackers in a double decker? Tea bags in telephone boxes? They’re going to love it all.
Treat your loved ones with personalised chocolate bars that come with gorgeous designs or enframe their names in chocolate with alphabet chocolate mini bars. Or surprise them with a bouquet of candy gummy flowers.
Looking for stocking fillers? How about themed ones? Super Mario, Batman, unicorn, Superman, emoji etc.
Psst…if you choose to be naughty this Christmas, there are options to choose from at Kingdom of Sweets. Why not try something from the naughty adult section? (wink)
Harry Potter and Fantastic Beast series fans and collectors
Should I say anything about this shop? Well, Harry Potter Platform 9 ¾ is at Kings Cross station and sells everything in connection with the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beast series imaginable: invisible cloak that makes you truly invisible with a little help of a mobile app, wanted posters of the most dangerous criminals in the magic world, quidditch ball kit, themed stationary and more.
Absolutely no idea what to give to your boss, co-workers or a teacher for Christmas? A lovely chocolate selection is always a good idea. Hotel Chocolat offers gorgeous chocolate selections, unique gifts, advent calendars and more in all shapes and sizes.
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