London, like many other capital cities, is magical at Christmas. It is festive and twinkly and although cold outside, Christmas cheer and the advent of the New Year warms us all.
We at Alidad particularly enjoy walking around St James, the Arcades and gazing at the Fortnum & Mason windows which get more delightful and whimsical every year.
This area of London continues to pay no attention to global branding and ignores the bling-ful and the charmless.
The Arcades, Piccadilly, Princes and Burlington are a not only and architectural delight but also pay tribute to small shops, and truly specialist stores.
Risque velvet slippers can be found at Jeffery West, whilst Andy & Tuly are truly dedicated to cuff links.
There are specialist grooming store as well as independent perfumers for all flavours and moods.
Jermyn Street is a gentleman’s mecca for the dashing and well groomed. The Davidoff store has been there on the corner it seems forever as have all the shirt makers, shoemakers and hatters.
The perfect antidote to online shopping could be done in a day including a wet shave and high tea
The very best Season’s Greetings and happy shopping to all!