December has hit the streets of London, and with it more tinsel, twinkling lights and Christmas baubles than ever before. But peer behind the festive window displays and the colossal task of Christmas shopping appears just as daunting as ever. Yes, it all seems rather fun until you’re battling your way down Oxford Street with absolutely no idea what to buy.
Luckily, for those staying at one of our centrally located London hotels, there are plenty of great traditional London shops within easy reach of your suite – or for those just too busy to shop, one of our fantastic gift vouchers is sure to go down well; from indulgent spa breaks and romantic weekends away to culinary voyages and wine tasting evenings, there are plenty of great gift experiences available across our international portfolio of hotels. Whatever you choose, with the help of our curated Christmas gift list we’re confident you’ll find the perfect presents for even the hardest-to-please members of the family.
Crafting perfume for “discerning eccentrics”, Penhaligon’s believe that scents should strongly conjure up a moment or emotion. Founded by William Penhaligon back in 1870, the perfumes sold here are still made in England, with only the finest of ingredients going into each and every bottle. Choose from a wide array of gifts, including gentlemen’s and ladies fragrance selections, candles, bath products and travel accessories.
James Smith & Sons
This London institution has been making walking sticks, canes and umbrellas for 175 years and still operates as a family business. A beautiful Victorian shop with all its original fittings, a trip to James Smith & Sons is an experience in itself for those after a traditional London gift. With a reputation for selling the best umbrellas in London, where better to pick up a memento of the famous British weather.
Geo. F. Trumper
Widely recognised as one of the best barbers in London, treat someone special to some well-deserved pampering this Christmas. The Trumpers traditional wet shave takes grooming to the next level with hot towels and a relaxing face massage, or add a session at “The Shaving School” to your Christmas gift list, which features a one-to-one with an expert barber who will explain exactly how to get the perfect shave.
Hope & Greenwood Sweets
What’s Christmas without an overload of sugar? Hope & Greenwood offer the last word in British confectionary with their wonderful range of traditional London sweets. Choose from a range of hampers packaged up in red and white stripes, pick out individual “tuck boxes” filled with clotted cream fudge, salted caramel marshmallows and sour vintage buttons, or keep to the Christmas theme with festive candy canes and sugar mice.
Games are always a good call at Christmas, although beware of unleashing ancient family rivalries. The oldest games company and sports manufacturer in the world, Jaques are credited with inventing Ping Pong, Croquet and Snakes and Ladders, to name but a few. From puzzles and card games to board games and outdoor diversions, add Jaques to your Christmas gift list.
Fortnum & Mason
Established back in 1707, Fortnum & Mason needs no introduction. Internationally renowned for their Christmas hampers, this is one traditional London gift that should take pride of place on your list. From taster hampers full of mini treats to Champagne and silver-plated Stilton scoops, Fortnum’s have you covered.
Looking to add some sparkle to your Christmas gift list? Boodles should do the trick. Dating back to 1798, this British fine jewellery brand is regarded as one of the most exclusive in the country. Using only the highest quality materials, their exquisite jewellery and watches will make you particularly popular this Christmas.
One of the great British brands, Alfred Dunhill is a veritable treasure trove of traditional London gifts for men. From menswear and leather goods to accessories such as cufflinks, watches and pens, Dunhill should feature heavily on your Christmas gift list
Berry Bros. & Rudd
Wine aficionados will be delighted with Britain’s oldest and wisest wine and spirit merchant, and by oldest we mean 17th century. With 315 years of history behind them, Berry Bros. & Rudd owe their exceptional collection to years of experience. We can’t think of a better traditional London gift for discerning oenophiles.
Paxton and Whitfield
Talking of wine… here are the perfect cheeses to pair with them. For over 200 years Paxton and Whitfield have been sourcing and maturing cheeses from their St James shop. For the cheese lovers amongst us, nothing quite beats the rich, nuttiness of fine cheddar, the earthy, buttery creaminess of their Camembert or the distinctive tang of their Roquefort. Pick up a luxury hamper or make up your own from their extensive cheese counter.
Header Image: Hope & Greenwood Jolly Hamper, £50 from hopeandgreenwood.co.uk © Hope & Greenwood