Christmas Wrapped Up on Regent Street
On 13 November, Regent Street London W1 will continue its celebration of the London 2012 legacy as Team GB and ParalympicsGB switch on the world famous Regent Street Christmas lights. Medal winners including Olympic Long Jump gold medallist Greg Rutherford and Paralympic couple Sarah and Barney Storey will switch on the new design for 2012 with 40 of their teammates, creating a delicate and dazzling array of lights in a traditional display, telling the story of the 12 days of Christmas to create the ultimate magical Christmas shopping experience. Decorated with gold holly and red berry garlands, celebratory tributes to the Olympic and Paralympic teams will hang from the sky, and interspersed along the street gold filigree plaques will tell the story of the traditionally known Christmas song the Twelve days of Christmas.
As one of the world’s premier retail destinations, Regent Street provides the ultimate Christmas shopping experience, with the world’s largest Burberry and other international flagship stores such as Coach, Sebago, Apple, Ferrari, COS, Jaeger, Armani Exchange and Liberty.
To celebrate the 12 days of Christmas themes, Regent Street’s shops, restaurants, cafés, bars and hotels have put together their top 12 Christmas gift ideas for 2012.
A great gift for women is the Regent Street Gift Card available from regentstreetonline.com or from the Regent Street Association. Other present ideas include the Liberty London Bath and Body collection (£8-22); Plucked posy slippers from Anthropologie (£48); a gift voucher for Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill; Chocolate with Earl Grey Tea Infused Ganache from the East India Company (9 for £15 or 20 for £30); Hoss Intropia’s scarf designed by Elin Kling with proceeds donated to Oxfam (£25); the Miniature Fragrance Collections 5 x 5ml from Penhaligon’s (£35); Ted Baker’s Nelli Dress, Spot jacquard dress in Black with yellow dots (£149); Lyra, The Oceanic Gift from Molton Brown (£49); the Dark Grey Mélange Wool Cape from The Holiday Collection at Banana Republic (£130); the Baroque Cutwork Lace Tutu dress from Karen Millen (£235) and L’Occitane’s Precious Pivoine Flora Gift Set (£74.50).
Can’t find the right gift for him? Well the Regent Street Gift Card is perfect for men. Other ideas include, Liberty’s Ottis Batterbee Waxed Washbag (£70); the new iPhone 5 from Apple (£529); a gift voucher for ICEBAR by ICEHOTEL London in Heddon Street; Bose’s QuietComfort 15 Noise Cancelling headphones (£299); East India Company’s Lapsang Souchong Mustard (£3.95); Hackett’s Mayfair Saffiano Leather Billfold Folio Wallet (£120); Penhaligon’s Miniature Fragrance Collections 5 x 5ml (£35); Ted Baker’s Ananic Charcoal, shawl collar blazer (£250); Molton Brown’s North Star Shower gift set (£49); Banana Republic’s Cognac Leather Duffle Bag (£150) and The Buckley Chelsea Boot with brogue punching (£155) from All Saints.
Imaginative and innovative gifts for kids include the Furby – Hamleys number one toy this year (£60); Design your own superhero cape set from Liberty (£34); Mamas & Papas’ First Christmas Bear with personalised jumper (£19); the iPod Nano from Apple (£129); Hackett Kid’s Multiblock Scarf (£55); Hamleys’ web Shooting Spiderman (£45); Mamas & Papas’ Roody Reindeer rocking animal (£35); Heart Fairisle Ear Muffs from Accessorize (£10); Benetton bright headphones from United Colors Of Benetton (£9.10). Folli Follie is collaborating with Kids Company’s exclusive Heart4Heart jewellery collection (25% of sales will be donated directly to Kids Company). Children will also enjoy the multi-media learning tablet, Innotab 2, from Hamleys (£105) and the Star Gazing Kit from Liberty (£19.95).
Regent Street is one of the world’s premier shopping destinations and has continued to build on its reputation in 2012 with an array of new shops and restaurants joining the famous location. Regent Street shoppers are certainly benefitting from the steady influx of new brands, all of which reflect Regent Street’s core values of quality, heritage, style and success, creating one the most popular flagship shopping destinations in the world. And to help you navigate your way around the different stores along the ‘Mile of Style’, you can now download the free iPhone Regent Street Shopping & Lifestyle app from the iTunes store.
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