It’s beginning to look a lot like... OK we’ll spare you the cheesy opening line but December is creeping up, meaning we can now officially get away with mentioning the C-word.
Look, it’s time to start thinking about your Christmas shopping.
And if you’re already feeling stumped for ideas, why not seek inspiration from some of the many beauty and wellness brands popping up in the city for the festive season.
Here are our favourites...
Guerlain Pop-up Beauty Boutique
One of the oldest and most iconic fragrance and beauty houses in the world, French perfumer Guerlain has opened its first pop-up beauty boutique in the heart of Covent Garden. Offering a fully immersive luxury fragrance Haute Perfumerie experience, the launch celebrates the new “L’Art & La Matiere” collection, created to encapsulate the spirit of the House of Guerlain. The pop up will feature limited edition Exceptional Creations collection, private mini masterclasses and an exclusive VIP consultation room.
Date: Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday midday-6pm from November 20 until March 2022
Location: Unit No. 10 Royal Opera House Arcade, Covent Garden, London.
Edge of Ember x Wild By Tart
Over at Wild by Tart, ethical jewellery brand Edge of Ember has popped up to offer diners a sneak peek of its thoughtfully-made collection. Browse the brand’s range of ear cuffs, necklaces, stackable rings, bracelets, anklets, pendants and gemstones while feasting on delicious sustainably-sourced seasonal dishes. It’s the perfect wellness-inspired pitstop to break up your Christmas shopping. But you’d better get down there soon, as it ends this Friday (November 26).
Dates: November 16-26
Where: 3-4 Eccleston Yards, SW1W 9AZ
OTO Covent Garden Christmas pop-up
Premium CBD and wellness brand OTO has opened the doors to its Covent Garden pop-up this festive season, offering visitors a chance to sample its range of oils, lotions and potions, as well as enjoy sound bath healing and express beauty treatments. With a range of CBD products designed to help you sleep, relax, as well as focus, you’re guaranteed to leave feeling more zen. Snap up best-sellers such as the 7.5 per cent CBD Power Drops, Ritual CBD Hand Cream or even the OTO Advent Calendar in store.
Dates: Mon-Sun 11am until 7pm from November 18 until December 23
Where: 7 James Street, Covent Garden
The Alkemistry Crystal Apothecary
Fine jewellery brand The Alkemistry will be delivering all of the good vibes to Oxford Street this winter, with a pop up at Selfridges. Shop its personalisable crystal collection, including beaded bracelets and engraved quartz, alongside precious gemstones 18ct gold rings and necklaces. Alongside its own creations, the shop will feature a curated edit of other female jewellers’ work.
Dates: Mon-Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 11.30am-6pm from November 1 until December 31
Where: Ground Floor Luxury Accessories Hall, Selfridges, 400 Oxford St, W1A 1AB
The House of Eldridge Studio
Makeup artist Lisa Eldridge unveiled The House of Eldridge Studio in Covent Garden just in time for Christmas, where beauty buffs can shop her iconic True Velvet Lipsticks in limited edition shades and the much-hyped just launched Seamless Skin The Foundation (artists are on hand to help you find your match). Talks and events will be scheduled throughout the festive period and while you’re there you can peruse over 1,000 pieces from her personal makeup and jewellery collection, including Audrey Hepburn’s Cartier lipstick holder.
Dates: Mon-Sat 11am to 7pm, Sunday midday until 7pm, October 30-December 31
Where: North Piazza, Royal Opera House Arcade, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8H
Homework Perfume Oil Making Workshop
Having opened its permanent bricks and mortar site in The Design District, Greenwich Peninsula, natural and toxin-free fragrance brand Homework will be hosting a range of Perfume Oil Making Workshops this November and coming December. The hands-on scent training course allows you to explore your favourite top, middle and base notes to combine your own unique perfume oil. Alongside sniffing out the natural aromas, guests will be treated to a drink on arrival and will leave with a 10ml roller bottle and refill. Workshops cost £45 per person, with a maximum number of eight people per class.
Dates: November 24, December 1, 4, 8 and 11
Where: Homework, Unit 1.3, Building A4, Design District, 10 Monro Way.