When it comes to Christmas shopping, you fall into one of two camps: the did-it-all-in-October-shopper or the just-starting-to-think-about-things-shopper. If you are the latter, you aren’t quite at panic stations just yet so you have time to get crafty with your gifts and give your recipients something a little different to a last-minute Apple gift voucher – no one ever uses them anyway. This Saturday, Villandry are welcoming professional florist Moyses Stevens to their Great Portland Street restaurant to teach wreath making. Moyses Stevens have been around since 1876, providing flowers for the London gentry and the Royal Family so they know a thing or two that they can share with us. All the materials you need are supplied in the workshop, as well as some vital sustenance in the form of champagne and afternoon tea – Villandry do a mean scone.
If you aren’t so green fingered or have blocked out your weekend for trawling Oxford Street then you can still fit Villandry in to your Christmas programme. Stop off for a pitstop and enjoy something off their all day menu with a house cocktail. Before you leave, be sure to order a Christmas hamper. There are three sizes to choose from, each one crammed full of homemade brownies, cordial, wine and truffles but you can personalise the ingredients if you prefer. Wreath making skills are for life, not just for Christmas. Hampers? They won’t last quite as long.
Wreath making is on Saturday 12th December at Villandry, 170 Great Portland Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 5QB. Booking essential.