December 25 may still feel like a long way away but, trust us, it will be here before you know it. If you’re the kind of gent who usually does the highly un-gentlemanly thing of leaving your shopping to the last minute, then allow us to ease the burden with the help of Marylebone’s Chiltern Street.
Join us from 5-8pm on 28 November 2019 as the street closes to traffic for an evening of music, food, live performances and festive workshops. Free to enter, the action will be taking place both in-store and on the street, with delights including Christmas carolling by the Sylvia Young Theatre School Choir and an Indian drumming spectacular by Elite Drummers, in partnership with JAS Musicals.
Feeling creative? Moyses Steven will host a wreath-making workshop while Casely-Hayford is asking guests to customise a piece of canvas which its tailors will then combine with others from the night to create a unique garment. Meanwhile, Cox & Power will be showing guests how to make their own jewellery and Christmas decorations while Dashing Tweeds will be making bunting and headbands with its fabric off-cuts.
If all the excitement has left you feeling a little peckish, head over to the numerous street food stalls where Chiltern Firehouse will be serving up complimentary oysters and cocktails alongside txuleta pintos from Lurra, braised short rib from Vinoteca and Indian cuisine from Michelin-starred Trishna.
Hamilton & Hare, Cire Trudon candlemaker and Trunk Clothiers will all be making that perfect gift a real stand-out with special personalisation services while Sabah and Velasca will both be serving up delicacies from their homelands of Turkey and Italy respectively. Culture vultures should head over to ATLAS Gallery for the launch of a LIFE magazine exhibition and then pop to John Simons to pick up a signed copy of Simon Little and Graham Marsh’s new book Ronnie Scott’s 1959-69.
Members of the Gentleman’s Journal Clubhouse are also invited to a special evening of delicious cocktails by Isle of Harris Gin and canapés by Jikoni at Sunspel’s Chiltern Street boutique to coincide with the Christmas festivities. Not yet a member? Join here.
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