Heart of Winter

Heart of Winter 

The chicest gifts, shopping, and distractions in London this holiday season.

Gift List

Sparkle in a dress from Preen Line A/W 2015 @preenline … Wrap up in a Knit Nurse London Tassel Button Scarf @knitnurselondon … Sleep in with Holistic Silk’s Anti-Ageing silk Eye-Mask @holisticsilk … Indulge: enriched with sweet almond, coconut, avocado, argan and rosehip oils, Malée Moisturising Oil is light and nourishing @maleeonline … Be modern, wear the Lily Kamper Atlas pendant @lilykamper … Embrace effortless style in an Uncivilised Cult sweatshirt and Ritual lace trim shorts @weareuncivilised Lounge with a luxury Silken Favours giant silk pineapple cushion from @trove_store … Write your new year’s resolutions in an elegant MARK + FOLD Mark One notebook @markandfold

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Going out in winter means staying in. Visit the Barbican to hear the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), or hear the LSO at St Luke’s, Clerkenwell, at one of their popular lunchtime concerts @londonsymphonyorchestra … One to watch is conductor George Jackson, the Sir Charles Mackerras Fellow in Conducting at Trinity Laban who in 2016 will be the Assistant Conductor of the Aspen Music Festival, @aspenmusicfest America’s premier classical music festival, working with the Aspen Philharmonic … The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond is one of London’s most dynamic, showing both new and re-discovered work and championing new writers. Highlights from the 2015/16 season include The Rolling Stone by Chris Urch and Robert Holman’s German Skerries @orangetreetheatreFirebird London Orchestra is comprised of early-stage professional musicians: their performances have been acclaimed by The Times, BBC Radio London and The Evening Standard. Their late February performance will include Vaughan Williams, Elgar and Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7 @LondonFirebird

Shop Style

Avoid the chaos of the big department stores and get your presents, homewares and winter clothes at one of London’s best boutiques. At The Basics Store on Rivington Street in Shoreditch, Marina Guergova, Creative Director of MARINA London @marinalondon has chosen essentials from labels including MARINA London, Jessie Harris, Blake LDN, Clarice Price Thomas, Danielle Foster and Knit Nurse London @thebasicsstoreClerkenwell London on Farringdon Road has a wonderful range of homewares, fashion, jewellery, art, music and books; designers include Zoe Jordan, Georgina Skalidi, Alice Made This and FUSS – and post-shop you can revive right next door at 155 Bar & Kitchen @clerkenwellldn … If you must stay by the heater go online to Young British Designers to pick up something from the next generation, including fantastic shoes from Dear Frances, Joanne Stoker or Bionda Castana @ybdfashion … or head to Trove Store, where you’ll find clothing, stationary, beauty and jewellery from, amongst others, Sundays, Simon Preen, DR Designs, Silken Favours and Esme Winter @trove_store

Clare_Carlin-2 copyLondon based Editor: writer and journalist Clare Carlin has worked for a diverse range of publications and media producers in Australia, Europe and the UK.