On Thursday 29th November, the Chiltern Street Christmas Shopping Evening returns to Marylebone with a spectrum of festive entertainment, craft workshops and exclusive promotions that champion a ‘conscious Christmas’. Free to attend, for the first time in the event’s history, the street will be pedestrianised to allow for even more food and drink and a wider programme of interactive activities and live performances, which turn a spotlight on environmental mindfulness this festive season.
Shoppers can warm up with a host of hot dishes and drinks, all served in recyclable packaging, including complimentary fish chowder and cornbread by Chiltern Firehouse. Guests will be welcomed with a complimentary drink of Bailey’s Hot Chocolate or mulled cider, and can also enjoy mulled wine served at Monocle Café and spiced apple juice and other festive treats from Yeotown Kitchen. Back by popular demand, Jikoni, Ravinder Bhogal’s restaurant on Blandford Street, and renowned eatery and creative hub, Carousel, will return for a second year, with a selection of delicious dishes. Scotland’s oldest independent whisky bottler, Cadenhead’s, will be hosting complimentary walk-in whisky tasting sessions, giving shoppers the chance to sample the spirit and select the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one.
The independent boutiques on the street will also be celebrating this year’s ‘conscious Christmas’ focus as part of the traffic-free and sustainable shopping experience; Cire Trudon will engrave its glass candle vessels in-store, providing customers with a personalised gift that can be reused long after the candle has burned. The world’s oldest candle-maker will also host a free workshop in partnership with local florist, Moyses Stevens, teaching guests how to create the perfect Christmas table centre-piece using its recycled glass candle vessels and fresh flowers. Award-winning British menswear brand, Dashing Tweeds, will host live weave demonstrations using natural materials, and jeweller, Cox and Power, will revive the Christmas Pudding sixpence, creating an exclusive necklace, that will only be available to buy on the evening of the event, made from responsibly-sourced silver.
Inspired by its ‘The Project’ initiative, which aims to reduce pre-consumer waste, handbag designer, Sophie Hulme, will unveil a spectacular window display using surplus leathers created by artist William Farr. Across the street, British fashion label, Sunspel, will host a workshop where guests can create their own accessories out of recycled fabrics, whilst Hamilton & Hare will offer complimentary monogramming, all packaged using recyclable materials. Shoppers can also enjoy drinks and nibbles in many of the stores, whilst taking advantage of special promotions on gifts that will last a life time at the likes of Trunk Clothiers, Long Tall Sally and Grey Flannel.
Guests will be able to create their own wreath and personalised Christmas baubles using recyclable materials in the free-to-attend craft workshops. An array of live music and performances by local talent will create a special ambience on the Christmas tree lined street; soul singers, Get Gospel, will perform uplifting soul and gospel classics, whilst The Sylvia Young Theatre School choir will sing a festive set. In partnership with JAS Musicals, Flute That Groove will perform contemporary Indian music, led by the Indian bamboo flute.
All gift vouchers, freebies and places on the workshops will be offered on a first
come, first served basis, so shoppers are encouraged to arrive early to avoid disappointment.