Is there anything more festive than shopping under the Regent Street and St James’s Christmas lights? We think not.
Christmas is round the corner, we’re out of lockdown – it’s time to start soaking up that festive feeling. Yes, it’s time to indulge in all those little sparkly activities that we always treat ourselves with come holiday season. We’re talking lively shopping trips under the glow of twinkling lights, sampling the seasonal menus at our favourite restaurants, enjoying a celebratory cocktail or two! And there’s no better spot to fulfil all your festive needs than Regent Street and neighbouring St James’s.
Both neighbourhoods will also be running a 12 Days of Christmas competition this December, offering visitors a chance to win special prizes from some iconic brands and restaurants. You could win gifts from the likes of Hunter or Bindas Eatery from Regent Street, or Luca Faloni and Aquavit from St James’s to name just a few examples. We’re talking about quality fashion pieces, indulgent dinners and more! All you have to do is keep an eye on their Instagram channels @RegentStreetW1 and @StJamesLondon for all the details. You never know, Christmas might come early!
In the heart of London lies Regent Street. This glittering neighbourhood is a global cultural hub where fashion, food, and lifestyle unites in a dazzling trifecta. There’s truly something for everyone to enjoy and experience here. Plus, this spacious open-air street is the perfect place for you to enjoy a unique shopping experience safely this festive season. With hand sanitising stations scattered around the street and extended pavements to support social distancing measures, you can shop safely and confidently.
Christmas shoppers rejoice
Are you determined to tick off your gift list? Well, rest assured that you’ll find absolutely everything you need on Regent Street. It’s home to some iconic flagship stores of some of the biggest brands in the world – think Burberry, Apple, Anthropologie, and Karl Lagerfeld (to name a few)! Make your way down the mile of style and you’re sure to find the perfect presents for everyone on your list. Oh, and be sure to check out the unique Christmas services in play during the month of December; from personalisation to gift wrapping, there’s a lot going on….
And while you shop, you’ll get to explore the breathtaking festive displays celebrating this, the sparkliest and cinnamon-iest of all seasons. That’s right, the halls have been decked, the boughs of holly are up. A feast for the eyes!
Wine and dine in style
Or perhaps you’re meeting your nearest and dearest (in groups of six, of course) and want a lovely dinner out. If that is the case, why not treat your loved ones to a mouth-watering meal at an award-winning restaurant? Try Heddon Street Kitchen, Brasserie Zedel or Sabor for an unforgettable dining experience.
Make some more ‘me-time’
If all that shopping, wining and dining has left you in the mood for a little self-care, then you might want to book yourself an appointment at Glow Bar. Sweat it out in their infrared saunas or de-puff with a High Vibe Facial Massage – you’re guaranteed to leave glowing. Meanwhile, if you’re in need of a fresh cut and blow dry or some fabulous nail art, why not check into Dry By for a little pampering. Just remember, there’s nothing selfish about self-care!
And gents, if you’re worried that there’s no pampering in store for you – don’t be. Regent Street is here to fulfil all your grooming and wellness needs too. Head over to Murdock London and you’ll be able to enjoy a range of treatments, pick up some grooming tips, find your signature fragrance, and even relax with a beer or whisky! Meanwhile, the master barbers at Ted’s Grooming Room are also on hand to transform your look with sharp, clean haircuts, hot towel shaves, brow threading, facial grooming and more. You’ll leave looking like a brand new man!
As doing your Christmas shopping and dining out in this central London neighbourhood are some of the most beloved experiences and traditions in the calendar, this year, West End retailers and restaurateurs have come together to make it extra special… As part of the #MyWestEnd initiative, they are uniting to orchestrate a series of traffic-free Saturdays in the lead up to Christmas. This means that on Saturday 5th, 12th, and 19th of December Regent Street will be completely pedestrianised from 10am – 9pm! So that you can shop comfortably and enjoy an uninhibited view of the world-class Christmas installations and festive window displays throughout the West End.
A visit to Regent Street truly is an experience in its own right, but a trip to neighbouring St James’s is also guaranteed to impress! Nestled between Piccadilly, Haymarket and Green Park, St James’s is just a stone’s throw away and boasts some of London’s finest shops, art galleries and restaurants.
It’s home to some excellent independent menswear brands, including Luca Faloni, Emma Willis, and Harvie & Hudson, and some iconic restaurants like Ikoyi, Aquavit, Scully and Cafe Murano that are serving up the best in world cuisine. And, if you’re looking for your daily dose of art and culture, then a visit to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Christie’s or White Cube will sort you right out!
Find a unique Christmas gift
Finally, if you’re on the hunt for more Christmas gifts, you’ve come to the right place. With the likes of Aspinal of London, Grenson, anatomē, Prestat Chocolates, and Fortnum & Mason on hand, you’ll find gift inspiration for everyone. Even those people who are impossible to buy for!
Everyone ought to pay a visit to Regent Street and St James’s at Christmas time – it’s an unmissable festive experience that you just can’t find online. Trust us, you do not want to miss out. So hop on over to central London and do it right. Celebrate your holiday season in style.