If you’re in the mood for doing some Christmas shopping this weekend, there’s plenty going on in Chelsea.
Horse-drawn carriages around the area, carol singing, a chance to pop into the booked out Santa’s Grotto on Duke of York Square (half the spaces have been kept free for this weekend) and also some fantastic treats around the stores, such as …
… complimentary hand and arm massages as well as bubbly at Liz Earle, £25 off purchases over £150 at Links of London, complimentary party makeovers and gifts at Mary Quant, complimentary mulled wine at Gallery Mess and plenty more.
And if you are planning on doing some shopping, Duke of York Square have their own complimentary gift wrapping service as well as a foodie market on both Saturday and Sunday to pick up a gourmet gift or two.
Shopping: Two new stores opened along the King’s Road last week. Après London at No. 340. Think Hot Tub Time Machine arrives in Chelsea. This eye-catching retro skiwear pop-up will be open until 13th December 2015.
Also now open on King’s Road is & Other Stories at No. 72. Owned by H&M, & Other Stories womenswear retailer makes its Chelsea store its second in the UK.
Food: BYOB Mondays at The Botanist. Bring Your Own Bottle if you fancy eating out in Sloane Square tonight with your favourite tipple. Celebrate Thanksgiving at Big Easy (King’s Road) or Bodean’s (Fulham Broadway) for an authentic American BBQ night.
Culture: Todd Haynes’s latest movie Carol comes out on Friday (27th November 2015) and Cate Blanchett’s lead role is already garnering an Oscar buzz. This seems to be a film that’s one to watch.
Jamie Hewlett’s The Suggestionists exhibition is now on at Saatchi Gallery until 2nd December 2015. Known for his Tank Girl and Gorillaz artwork, Hewlett brings tarot card art, erotic cinema-inspired photography and a collection of drawings inspired by Hewlett’s recent time in the South of France, to Chelsea.
Do you have any tips for this week? Please do share!
You’ll discover 200 “extraordinary highlights from the collection of the world’s oldest surviving photographic society, by some of the greatest names in photography.” I just can’t wait to be in a room surrounded by so many stunning images.
2. Catch up on the Best Picture Oscar nominated films for this year. They include American Sniper, which is on general release in the UK from Friday 16th January 2015.
Boyhood, which is available on DVD from 19th January 2015. So you can pre-order now.
Selma, which is on general release from 6th February 2015. But you can watch a preview of the film on Monday 19th January 2015 at a special Cineworld screening. So it’ll probably be worth booking a ticket now.
3. Pop into The Cadogan Arms and enjoy their January Blues offer of 2 courses for £15 and 3 courses for £19 with selected dishes on their à la carte menu that are highlighted in blue. Here’s one of my reviews on dining at The Cadogan Arms. The food’s good!
4. Make the most of the January Sales. There are still up to 50% – 70% off sales in stores along the King’s Road and on Duke of York Square. I’ve already picked up a few pieces and I think I may go back for a few more.
5. And finally if you’re looking to feel like a new you for the new year, I recommend trying the Synaesthesia treatment at the Lush Spa on King’s Road. Here’s a review I wrote a while ago and I still remember how good the massage made me feel. It’s amazing. You’ve got to try it!
The latest SACRED season has kicked off at Chelsea Theatre and on Friday28th and Saturday 29th, this King’s Road theatre sees the return of Stacy Makishi with her world premiere of VesperTime.
What strikes me about VesperTime is the influences of Moby Dick, Hitchcock and Bjork’s album Vespertine that apparently create a striking performance where rock concert meets subversive sermon.
If you’ve read my previous reviews on productions at the Chelsea Theatre, you will have noticed that the element of surprise is very much at work when you walk through their doors. And each time you leave feeling moved.
VesperTime was developed with the support of the National Theatre Studio and commissioned by Chelsea Theatre and Colchester Arts Centre.