This year our Christmas gift guide encompasses all that we love… property, art, jewellery, cars and lifestyle. Our gift guide is fun, but never frivolous, our suggestions will become treasured possessions and hopefully a valued part of your life.
With the lack of family homes being built, Lawrie Park Place in Sydenham is the place to bring up your children, safe, secure with an abundance of leafy green trees and just 15 from London Bridge. Not to mention the many delicious coffee shops in nearby Sydenham and Crystal Palace.
2 A piece of jewellery with a brand name to be desired
Garrard’s have been around since 1735 and a piece of jewellery with the Garrard name is something you will be able to pass down to your children.
3 A painting from the Bond Street Gallery of Richard Green
We loved the style of their Exhibition ‘A Flair for Fashion’ and Augustus John’s Dark and Blonde Society Beauties – inseparable friends and fashion leaders, Baronne Baba d’Erlanger and Miss Paula Gellibrand, c.1919-21 – wear the boyish cut and bobbed hair of the Flapper Age. Could grace the walls of either a penthouse apartment or a country home.
4 A classic car worthy of Mr Bond’s approval
The Ferrari 250 GTO is one of the most beautiful cars ever built. Designed in the sixties, and with only 39 models to come out of the factory, they are priceless, rare and very desirable.
5 Dinner at Scott’s for Christmas
A glowing star amongst all the amazing restaurants in London. The visit starts withgreetings from the doorman, we are working on changing his glasses, shortly followed by the attentive staff showing you to your corner table with champagne and oysters to start. Or you could take over the private dining room and have your own party for 24.
6 A coat from Geraldine Larkin
This will probably end up in the V&A in many years to come, just enjoy the fine craftsmanship of ‘The Garden Gate’, is an abstract take on a Chinese landscape. Trees, waterfalls and bridges are deftly realized in thousands of glass jet bugle beads hand-stitched across a backdrop of pale gold for a look that exudes Hollywood Regency. Another design features blowsy blooms spreading across an aqua-hued velvet which shimmers with stitching techniques specially developed by Larkin over years of working for clients such as Tom Ford or Louis Vuitton. Expect to pay around £5000 and available from Kokoro from this incredible fabric designer.
7 On trend silk pyjamas
Longstaff Longstaff make luxurious silk pyjamas and loungewear perfect for a holiday in the Caribbean. Silk has a coolness and an entrancing lightness over the body that is both relaxing and reviving. It lifts the spirits and enhances the senses. We could all do with a touch of that magic!
8 One iconic piece of photography
The very charismatic Peter Fetterman has his gallery in Hollywood. Whether you are fascinated in historical photographs, landscapes, portraits of fashion, Peter is a specialist in vintage prints. This platinum print by Melvin Sokolsky is one of our absolute favourites.
9 A modern classic
A member of Goldsmith’s company, we met Maya at the Goldsmiths Fair this year. Her sapphire collection, where she incorporates different depths of sapphires into her designs, are outstanding. This multi coloured sapphire star necklace in 18ct gold is part of her Worn Collection and is absolutely timeless.
10 A night at the Bloomsbury Hotel
Just a two minute walk from the bustling Tottenham Court Road, the Bloomsbury Hotel is a little oasis of elegance and charm. The service is impeccable, the cocktails are to die for and the little basement bar resembles something of an enchanted forest. Once you visit you wont want to leave.
11 The ultimate handbag
We knew we liked the sound of this brand when they launched their latest product with a sleepover. Their quirky products and creative style make Shrimps the brand to watch in 2018. This Christmas what we’d like most is one of their fabulous Antonia bags, in a classic box style and covered with … pearls, what is not to love about it.
12 A Kulu Safari
Based just outside of Yala National park in Southern Sri Lanka, Kulu Safaris are the epitome of luxury. The pioneers of mobile camping, Kulu Safaris offer the finest service with engaging staff who take care of your every need and have endless knowledge about the wildlife. Not to mention that the national drink of Kulu is a delicious G&T. Read the full article in 2018.