Someone call Richard Curtis, there’s the most quintessential Christmas scene brewing up in Portman Marylebone this weekend. Picture the most London-y street you can, then camera-left a choir start singing carols, pan right and shoppers pop in and out of boutique independent stores and centre-stage there’s you trying to decide if you should buy some vintage-inspired couture or grab a bite to eat at the Modern Argentine Grill…
The streets of Portman Marylebone will be quietly buzzing this Saturday. An oasis just north of the busy bustle of Oxford Street, visitors exploring the area can enjoy unique shopping and dining experiences, not to mention take advantage of some great exclusive offers. Explore boutiques and galleries to find a meaningful and hand-crafted gift for a loved one, book a special meal with your bubble, and as dusk falls take in the twinkly lights while enjoying Christmas carols by London Carol Singers and instrumental band Bella Tromba. The only question is: where will you start?
Hamilton And Hare
If you’re a man who believes in the importance of good underwear then you’re going to want to find out about Hamilton and Hare.
Known for their fine fabrics and decent fit, the Portman Marylebone brand have expanded from pants into PJs, with a range of pyjamas, loungewear and travel wear.
This weekend: Hamilton and Hare is offering complimentary personalisation on boxer shorts, pyjamas and dressing gowns, when purchased in-store this Saturday.
Where: 39 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, W1U 7PP
The traditional apothecary, replete with potions and lotions, has been brought into the twenty first century by Brendan Murdock, founder of Anatomē. Passionate about botanicals and essential oils and an expert in food, perfume and skincare, Murdock has recreated this ancient institution.
A team of health professionals are on-hand at Anatomē to promote health and wellbeing through the finest products and dispense advice and wellness strategies.
This weekend: On Saturday 12th December , Anatome will offer complimentary bespoke oil blending of their unique sleep oils.
Where: 16 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, W1U 7PZ
Ssōne is a contemporary womenswear brand rooted in craft. Their thoughtfully designed clothes bring the traditions of craft into the modern wardrobe, and the result is responsible and long lasting.
But the Ssōne store also sets out to be a community space for women, and it’s well worth not only a visit but a hang out too. From Thursday 17th December visit their store on Chiltern Street to discover their latest collaboration with Daisy Walker which has resulted in an exhibition exclusively showcased at Ssōne. The collaboration came about through a shared passion for sustainability and community.
This weekend: Ssōne is offering 30% off their ‘The visible Hand’ collection (excluding shoes).
Where: 17 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, W1U 7PQ
Inspired by Parisian and American vintage couture, Suzannah produces clothes that are worn by royals and celebrities making her a British designer to watch.
This weekend: Discover the art of Fine Artist Photographer Kate Scott and Illustrator Susannah Garrod who designed this years Christmas window and explore Suzannah’s latest collaborations.
Where: 3 New Quebec Street, Marylebone, W1H 7RE
Founded in the 1600s, Cire Trudon is the oldest and most prestigious wax manufacturer in the world so, as you can imagine, the shop is a total treasure trove of fabulous candles, not to mention intriguing and unusual scents…
This Christmas Cire Trudon have been inspired to call their Christmas collection The Enchanted Souk, bringing to waxy life a journey between Jerusalem and Marrakesh. From scents that invoke the desert to glasswork reminiscent of Moroccan lanterns, the work is stunning.
This weekend: Head in-store this week end to enjoy the Christmas collection and soak up the atmosphere.
Where: 36 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, W1U 7QJ
The Monocle Café
The Monocle Cafe will be in full swing this weekend, a perfect respite in amongst your Christmas shopping, they are serving mulled wine, hot toddies and cocktails, along with their usual food and drink offerings!
This weekend: The Monocle Café is part of the Portman Marylebone Coffee Collective, so why not swing by for a free cuppa?
Where: 8 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, W1U 7QA
The Montagu Kitchen
Inspired by the gardens at Sir Winston Churchill’s home, Chartwell, the Montagu Kitchen serves modern British fare that’s seasonal and fresh.
This weekend: Pop in and enjoy the new Winter Terrace, built in a rustic ski chalet style and complete with Alpine menu including mulled wine and fondue.
Where: 30 Portman Square, Marylebone, W1H 7BH
Bask in the open kitchen atmosphere of Basque restaurant Lurra while enjoying one of the restaurant’s famous Galician Blond Beef steaks. Lurra brings authentic ‘erretegias’ cooking to Portman Marylebone, which you can enjoy indoors or else with up to six friends in their private courtyard.
This weekend: Enjoy their a la carte menu accompanied, naturally, with a perfectly matched glass of wine from their wide selection of European grape varieties.
Where: 9 Seymour Place, Marylebone, W1H 5BA
Nobu Portman Square
Recently opened, Nobu Portman Square brings yet another iteration of this world famous restaurant and hotel to London. Located on the corner of Portman Square, the brand new hotel features a signature Nobu Restaurant and Nobu Bar along with a year-round terrace, plus a fitness centre and wellness facilities.
This weekend: Enjoy classic cocktails with a local twist on the terrace with friends in comfort and elegance.
Where: 22 Portman Square, Marylebone, W1H 7BG
A modern Argentine menu and a wine list to die for, ZOILO is the perfect place to unwind with a glass of South American wine and their renowned Argentine beef. The food is courtesy of Chef Patron Diego Jacquet and makes use of the best British seasonal produce.
The wines are carefully selected and, alongside a selection of classics, ZOIO aims to explore smaller producers and lesser known regions.
This weekend: Enjoy the prix fixe menu for £16.90 for two courses or £19.90 for three. Or why not treat yourself or a loved on to Christmas Box, including everything you’ll need for a three-course feast.
Where: 9 Duke Street, Marylebone, W1U 3EG
Riz Dar basically is Zayna. The unique restaurant aims to introduce guests to the North Indian cuisine Dar grew up with. His father was a restauranteur and Indian spices and Punjabi flavours were a crucial part of his upbringing. After working in high-end restaurants in California he made the jump to the UK and opened Zayna in 2009.
The rest is history.
This weekend. Enjoy Zayna’s Indian Offal Menu including sheep’s trotters, chicken livers, lambs sweetbreads for the meat eaters and daily specials like bitter Mellon. They also have a range of assorted lentils and turnip recipes for vegetarians.
Where: 25 New Quebec Street, Marylebone, W1H 7SF
As we head into the Christmas season it’s never been more important to have your nails en pointe, and you’ve never deserved some pampering and a cocktail more. Which is what London Grace is for.
Their extensive drinks menu is only rivalled by their range of high quality nail treatments.
This weekend: Get your festive nail effects by adding 3D glitter, metallic foil or a snowflake nail accent to a mani-pedi for just £2 extra per nail. Why not bring your bubble?
Where: 7 Seymour Place, Marylebone, W1H 5BA
The Gallery of Everything
If you’ve spent 2020 staring at four bare walls then you’ve clearly not visited The Gallery of Everything. London’s first commercial gallery dedicated to non-academic artists and private art-makers, they display art for all price levels and aim to communicate ‘a parallel history of modern and contemporary art to a British and international audience’.
This weekend: Experience The Gallery Of Everything’s current exhibition The Everlasting Gospel Mission of Sister Gertrude Morgan. They also have a range of Christmas products for seasonal gifts.
Where: 4 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, W1U 7PS
If you’re still in an arty mood then head on to Atlas Gallery, a commercial gallery space focused on 20th-century photography, from fashion to journalism. Currently exhibiting Endurance and the Great White Silence on the ground floor, a combination of the Antarctic photographs of Frank Hurley, Herbert Ponting and Captain Scott, the exhibition showcases high quality platinum palladium prints of these iconic images.
On the lower floor another exhibition, MADE IN JAPAN, presents a selection of prints from a diverse range of photographers.
Where: 49 Dorset Street, Marylebone, W1U 7NF
Thompson’s Gallery deals in 20th and 21st Century paintings, sculptures and photography, and specialises in contemporary British and Scottish art. They hold mixed and solo exhibitions annually and currently they have a great exhibition thanks to artist James Fullarton.
This weekend: James Fullarton’s Shelter-In-Paint, a play on the lockdown term shelter-in-place, looks at the tumultuous events of 2020 in an oil painter’s manifestation of the ‘work from home’ mandate. As we look forward to 2021 it’s worth a look back.
Where: 3 Seymour Place, Marylebone, W1H 5AZ
The Wallace Collection
The world famous Wallace Collection is never more than a short walk away when you’re in Portman Marylebone. Containing masterpieces of paintings, sculpture, furniture, arms and armour and porcelain, the collection was built up over the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by the Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace and is recognised as one of the finest and most celebrated collections in the world
This weekend: Re-opened to visitors and their households or bubbles, tickets are added online so you can book up to two weeks ahead. Grab tickets for this weekend or plan ahead toward Christmas.
Where: Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone, W1U 3BN
One for the diary: 46 years on Chiltern Street and going strong, Grey Flannel will be celebrating their birthday on Thursday 17th December with a shopping day and evening during which they’ll be serving complimentary drinks and limited edition hand crafted items by resident craftsmen Martin Welch, Fashion Illustrator and Kingsley Walters, Bespoke Leathersmith.
Next week: From hand illustrated Christmas cards made by Martin Welch personalised for loved ones to a bespoke leather card holder made by Kingsley Walters, embossed with the initials of your choice, celebrate 46 years with Grey Flannel.
Where: 7 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, W1U 7PE