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Larger-than-Life Advent Calendar at Belgraves


This holiday season, London Belgraves’ guests and passers-by will be treated to a larger-than-life Advent calendar installation created in collaboration with luxury vintage retailer Atelier Mayer. Items for each of the days leading up to Christmas include such treasures as an Hermes Birkin bag from the 1970s, and ‘60s-era men’s smoking accessories—all available for purchase through the hotel concierge. We caught up with the style force behind Atelier Mayer, Carmen Haid, to hear about how she spends the holiday season in London, from where to behold the most enchanting window displays to where she might find a particularly festive breakfast.

Top Holiday Windows

1.) Harvey Nichols: always very beautiful and original

2.) Love Marks & Spencer‘s Christmas TV advert – so magical and sparkly

3.) Fortnum and Mason presents the most fairytale windows. The windows are decked with familiar scenes of Santa Claus and traditional homes covered in snow and children on sleds going around a Christmas tree. This is definitely a sight to see this winter!

4.) Harrods—so inviting. They created “The Harrods Express” which made for the most expensive and bejeweled windows by far. They used dresses worth £80,000 and most windows were fitted with screens that had moving backgrounds, which brought the train to life. Some designers even sponsored certain windows and used the best of their garments.

5.) Selfridges: Most windows look like the landscape of a ski slope and in the centre are popular gigantic products

6.) Liberty has the best baubles in town

7.) Also great is John Lewis Christmas advert

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Top Things to Do in London for the Holidays

1. Ice skating at the Ice rink at the Natural History Museum

2. Check out a very unusual play by the National Theatre called The Drowned Man, where you are part of the performance.

3. Have breakfast at The Wolseley, lunch at Cecconi’s, Christmas tea at Claridge’s and dinner at Balthazar

4. Bring your dog and dance at the private member club 5 Hertford Street

5. Check out the new Isabella Blow exhibition at Somerset House and the “Hello, My Name is Paul Smith” exhibition at the Design Museum.

6. Escape the city life for a few days at the Cowshed Spa at Babington House.