If you are still desperately searching for that perfect, original gift for your loved one, we have found the ideal hunting grounds in London. These Christmas pop-up shops offer unique present ideas, festive cheer (Origins are even handing out free mince pies!) and everything from workshops on making your own stoking fillers to complimentary gift wrapping. Here’s our pick of the best the capital has to offer…
Brompton Design Christmas Pop Up
Featuring some of ELLE Decoration’s favourite brands, including Darkroom and Tiipoi, this is a feast of beautiful homewares and textiles. It’s also a great chance to admire stunning flower decorations by Fjura (Until 18 December, 10.30–18.30 daily, closed on Sundays; 1 North Terrace, South Kensington SW3).
Heal’s Christmas Market
This design giant’s flagship Tottenham Court Road store has been transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with stalls offering the most luxurious stocking fillers, from craft ideas by Wool & The Gang to ceramics by Mia Sarosi. There will also be craft workshops to help you learn a festive skill, such as how to make your own leather purse. We, however, will be signing up for the mulled wine tasting. See full schedule of events at Heal’s.com (Until 20 December; Tottenham Coart Road, W1T).
Brief by Nook London
Stylish online boutique Nook London will be hitting the high street for two months over Christmas. It’s the perfect opportunity to browse its beautiful collections of lighting, accessories, art prints and textiles in person. they are open everyday and, for last-minute shoppers, there will be a special promotion on the final Thursday before Christmas Day (Until 9 January; 126 Upper Street, Islington, NI).
Not content with spreading wonderfully relaxing scents and creams, this brand is also intent on delivering Christmas cheer this month. Its pop-up in Fitzrovia offer gift wrapping, free sample, personalised ribbon printing and complimentary pampering sessions – just what you need after a hard day in the shops. It’s easy to spot, too. Just look for the neon pink sign (6 Mortimer Street, W1T).
The School of Life, Harrods
Tired of festive consumerism? Why not take an opportunity to broaden your mind, with The School of Life’s range of books and accessories now available at a temporary pop-up in Harrods. The life coaches will also be offering workshops on boosting your career and your creativity being held in the Halcyon Gallery on the second floor – book now for January (Until 31 January; 87–135 Brompton Road, SW1).