Christmas shopping can be stressful enough as it is, especially if you’re already on holiday. Whilst London is a hotspot for seasonal shopping, it can be tough when trying to tick off the tourist sites of London in the process. With the premier hotel loyalty programme giving you the gift of discount accommodation this festive period, there’s still plenty more stockings to fill. If you’re staying in Chelsea however, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Amidst the glistening white townhouses, art galleries and theatres, you’ll find Christmas bringing a range of markets, high end fashion and glittering Christmas lights. Whatever your needs, Chelsea has it all. Below are some of our top tips for those last-minute gift shopping in this upmarket borough of West London.
Christmas Gift Fair at Chelsea Old Town Hall
Located in the historic Chelsea Old Town Hall on Kings Road, the Christmas Gift Fair brings a wide range of exhibitors, all hand picked from across the country, into the beautiful hall. Each exhibitor offers something truly unique and ensures that you’re getting something truly different from the high street.
The hall itself is made of the Small Hall and Main Hall, both ornately furnished in the traditional Victorian style from when it was built. Decorated with coved ceilings and granite columns, alongside classic Victorian paintings, the market is not only eclectic in its stalls, but unique in its setting.
The Christmas fair itself will offer up a range of gift ideas for the weary shopper, whether that be antiques, homeware, vintage jewellery or arts and crafts. This will offer once in a lifetime chances to catch impressive displays from marketeers from every corner of the country.
Santa’s Grotto at Duke of York Square
The much loved Duke of York Square is a jewel in the Chelsea crown, and that’s even before the magical grotto opened up! Every Tuesday to Sunday between 10 am and 5 pm, you’ll find Father Christmas himself taking a pew, telling seasonal stories and with elf helpers giving you and your kids the chance to take photos, hand over wish lists and generally soak in the Christmas spirit. Sponsored by the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, the grotto will spread love even further afield.
Furthermore, the gourmet gifts market at Duke of York Square will no doubt keep the adults entertained whilst the kids get to know their favourite Saint.
Amidst the crooning carollers and horse drawn carriage rides around Chelsea, you can also take advantage of the amazing discounts across the borough. With a range of high end fashion shops such as Hugo Boss and Hackett bringing seasonal discounts, you’ll never be short of jollity, especially with their special offers of Mince Pies and prosecco.
Christmas dining and drinking
Looking for a pit stop during your shopping dash? The choice of festive dining in Chelsea is as abundant as the sparkling Christmas lights along Carnaby Street.
Royal Court Theatre mince pies and mulled wine
Catch a play at the Royal Court and relax in their luxurious café. Here you’ll find mulled wine and mince pies, alongside great value champagne options.
Cross Keys Pub
For Christmas pub grub, try the Cross Keys Pub, one of the most popular in the area. With a great range of ales and beers, you’ll also find Christmas dinner menus which will suit all tastes.