Category: CHRISTMAS

On Thursday 16 November, Seven Dials are inviting you to join them celebrating the festive season with the annual Christmas lights switch on, shopping party and sing your heart out with an immersive performance by festival choir Some Voices.

The fun filled evening includes an exclusive 20% discount and experiences from more than 70 brands including Benefit, Pierre Herme, FRESH, Larsson and Jennings, Tredwell’s, Dinny Hall, Rixo, Urban Outfitters, Fred Perry, Office, Duke and Dexter, Vans, Knomo and Finisterre.

The Seven Dials Loves Christmas launch is free, to register for a ticket visit SevenDials.co.uk. Ticket holders can grab a free glass of Glögg, the classic Scandinavian hot spiced wine from Nordic Bakery at their pop up bar on Earlham Street, with free street food tacos by Monmouth Kitchen on Monmouth Street.

Try your hand at free wreath making on Earlham Street, or take your purchased gifts to the free gift wrapping station* on Neal Street. The lights switch on at 6.30pm will take place around the central iconic Seven Dials monument, which will transform Seven Dials into a festive wonderland to be enjoyed throughout Christmas.

A bespoke musical arrangement has been created for switch on moment by Some Voices, which will see seven festival songs performed including All You Need Is Love, Rocking Around The Christmas Tree, and Stay by this mega-choir. This is set to be one of the largest gatherings of the festival choir collective to date.

Also, opening on the night is the Seven Dials Loves Christmas pop-up, including a Christmas floristry from tea experts, Tregothnan. Here they will sell their traditional wreaths, edible festival garlands and their British teas in baubles. The pop-up will also host a series of free festive workshops at 37 Neal Street, open for three weeks only. Including bauble calligraphy, bespoke cracker rolling, fashion illustration, Christmas cocktails and wreath making, as well as free Seven Dials wrapping paper available while stocks last*.

To register for a free ticket for the Christmas light switch on, and workshops please visit SevenDials.co.uk.

Seven Dials is the perfect destination for your Christmas shopping needs and experiences. With quality British brands, high profile international labels, one-off flagship boutiques, beauty and grooming salons and a host of unique restaurants.

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dsc_1464Notonthehighstreet.com, is bringing it's nationwide Colour Truck tour to London, Kings Cross to celebrate Colour Saturday. It's there all weekend and has some brilliant gift ideas. You can grab a chance to actually see before you buy when and then order on the bus. It's great! We're all stocked now for Christmas presents thanks to it!

Visiting four cities across the UK (Edinburgh, London, Liverpool and Manchester), the truck aims to to spread the ‘colour’ that small creative businesses bring to people’s lives both at Christmas and all year round.

Visitors to the truck will be treated to a fully immersive gifting experience as they meet several notonthehighstreet.com Partners – the 5,000 small creative businesses that populate its marketplace – and watch as they create beautiful, personalised products, ready to purchase there and then.

Now in its second year, Colour Saturday highlights the vital contributions that small creative businesses make to consumers’ lives, as well as their positive impact on the nation’s economy – over £600m since notonthehighstreet.com launched in 2006.

Simon Belsham, CEO of notonthehighstreet.com, commented: “At a time of year often categorised by mass consumption, we wanted to shine a light on the tens of thousands of small creative businesses that bring colour to people's lives over the festive season - bringing the true meaning of Christmas back. It's a time to celebrate what we have together, with more personal, thoughtful products that really say something.”

The products aren't always made by people millions of miles away. They are made here, by the businesses that are the backbone of our society and economy. The magic of Christmas is about real people, and Colour Saturday is about championing them. Our tour is a way of encouraging customers to support small this Christmas, and celebrate the creative entrepreneurs who make truly inspiring, unique and thoughtful gifts.”

Colour Truck tour location and dates (from 10.30am to 7pm)

Fri 18 & Sat 19 November Edinburgh Castle Street

Fri 2, Sat 3 & Sun 4 December London - West Handyside Canopy, King’s Cross

Fri 9 & Sat 10 December Liverpool Liverpool One

Fri 16 & Sat 17 December Manchester Spinningfields

More information can be found at: www.notonthehightstreet.com/coloursaturday

Partners featuring on the notonthehighstreet.com Colour Truck:

Edinburgh - Fri 18 & Sat 19 November

London - Fri 2 & Sat 3 December

  • LRM - Personalising make-up bags, wallets and card holders

Liverpool - Fri 9 & Sat 10 December

Manchester - Fri 16 & Sat 17 December

 

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Who'd of thunk it... Kodak and biting back. They may have been struggling a bit on the film and camera front but to combat that they have taken an almighty leap into phones.

Kodak Company will open a Christmas pop up in the heart of London this December as a creative hub and a place for photography enthusiasts to delve into Kodak’s photography expertise. Opening with the highly anticipated global launch of the KODAK EKTRA Smartphone, the hub will showcase a capsule collection of Kodak products whilst offering a week long calendar of experiences and creative counsel.

The Kodak Ektra Darkroom will provide a unique platform for photography enthusiasts - amateurs and professionals alike - to learn, be inspired, create and share.  Celebrating Kodak’s rich history of imaging technology, the space will showcase Kodak’s consumer portfolio of contemporary image and product innovation.

credit-discerningmanVisitors will:

  • Be the first worldwide to trial and purchase the new KODAKEKTRA Smartphone (from Monday 5th December)
  • Enjoy free tutorials, learning how to take exceptional images on the KODAKEKTRA, including free demonstrations on the many unique built in settings and applications
  • Enjoy free photography exhibitions from celebrated Kodakpartners
  • Have the opportunity to engage with in-house photography experts to learn new skills and techniques
  • Attend tutorials from guest imaging specialists
  • Be immersed in the iconic Kodakbrand, its rich history and learn about photography throughout time
  • Purchase exclusive Kodakmerchandise including fashion wear, prints and film stock, some as UK exclusives.  A limited edition Opening Ceremony Kodak capsule collection will be available to purchase in-store, for the first time outside of the USA and while stocks last

WHAT: Kodak Ektra Darkroom

DETAIL: A pop-up creative hub for photography enthusiasts and the first place to trial and purchase the new Kodak Ektra Smartphone

WHERE: 70 Berwick St, Soho

WHEN: 5th – 11th December, Monday - Wednesday 10am - 7pm , Thursday 10am - 8pm, Friday and Saturday 10am - 7pm, Sunday 11am - 5pm

st-marylebone-church-londonLondon's expensive, there can be no doubt about that. So most of us probably feel that charity needs to start at home as we have so few pennies left over half the time. BUT Christmas is time for giving and a time for being festive too (obvs). So how about putting this Carol Service in your diary.

It's raising money for Bowel Cancer and it's at the beautiful Marylebone Church.

Bowel Cancer UK, the UK’s leading bowel cancer research charity, will be hosting its fifth annual carol concert. The concert will be held in the iconic St Marylebone Church, London on Thursday 8 December at 6pm.

This year’s concert will be led by the City of London School for Girls and the prestigious Jo Padfield quartet, with readings from special guests including Patron Charlene White. This will be followed by festive refreshments.

In addition, St Marylebone Church will proudly unveil its Christmas tree with accompanying Bowel Cancer UK ‘Star of Hope’ decoration (which allows guests to write special messages to loved ones on their decorations before hanging them).

Tickets cost £15 each, and are available here: bowelcanceruk.org.uk/shop

London Bridge Christmas MarketLondon has a bevy of Christmas Markets each year ranging from small and niche to large and this London bridge offering is somewhere in the middle. It's the ideal walk through to include in a festive day out being near to Borough Market and the river.

You'll find the market on The Queen’s Walk in Hay’s Galleria and London Bridge City Pier with over 40 independent traders in beautiful Christmas themed wooden cabins.

Offering handcrafted and bespoke gifts, ‘Christmas By The River’ will host a range of elegantly designed stalls as well as a selection of delicious festive food. ‘Christmas By The River’ is the perfect spot for winter-warming drinks with a fully stocked bar serving cocktails, mulled wine and craft beers as the centre-piece of this enchanting Christmas market.

Dressed with festive lights and Christmas trees, Christmas By The River will be the ideal place for not only gift buying, but experiencing the best of what London has to offer during the festive season with iconic views of The City, Tower Bridge and The Tower Of London.London Bridge Christmas Market - things to do

London Bridge City Presents… Christmas By The River’ will launch on Thursday 30 November and will be open from MondaySunday, 11am – 7pm until Tuesday 3rd January. Nearest tube is London Bridge. The market will be at The Scoop More London, along The Queen’s Walk, through Hay’s Galleria and finishing at the London Bridge City Pier.

London Bridge City 

London Bridge City is a bustling riverside destination incorporating More London, Hay’s Galleria, Cottons Centre and No.1 London Bridge. A changing programme of arts, entertainment and events, world class food and drink against a backdrop of great architecture.

London Bridge City presents Christmas By The River is curated by Tudor Markets.