Situated just a stone’s throw from The Wolseley, lie a plethora of uniquely British retailers and cultural institutions – many of which are well worth a visit come festive season.
Nothing is more festive than seeing London’s iconic streets decorated for the season but it’s not just light shows, many of the area’s most loved retailers decorate their windows come Christmastime, most famous of all is perhaps Fortnum and Mason which is just a two-minute stroll away from The Wolseley.
Where to shop
Holding the record as the “world’s first shopping arcade”, Burlington Arcade comes into its own at this time of year. Festooned with lights and decorations, the boutique outlets offer everything from the finest cashmere at N. Peal to macarons at Ladurée.
Similarly, both the Royal Arcade and Piccadilly Arcade also offer a range of excellent gifting options – and perhaps a chance to pick up a treat or two for yourself, from handmade chocolates to luxury toiletries.
Also in Mayfair, you can find world-famous booksellers, Hatchards, and an array of unique traders, offering the likes of hats, dressing gowns, ties and more. And if you’re looking for epicurean gifts, then Fortnum and Mason or the likes of Paxton and Whitfield offer plenty of options.
Where to catch a show
Although it may seem incongruous, there’s still time to see the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy situated just a brief walk across the other side of Piccadilly, right up until January 2022.
If carol signing or a Christmas concert is what you’re after, then the Royal Albert Hall might just be the perfect festive setting, with shows running throughout December. While closer to the Wolseley lies St. James’s Church which is hosting The Piccadilly Christmas Concert on 11 December from 7.30pm, where the Piccadilly Sinfonietta will perform Vivaldi’s timeless classic “The Four seasons”.
A bite to eat
And once all of that exploring and shopping gets too much, you might find yourself wandering towards The Wolseley on Piccadilly, where our menus offer everything from early morning breakfasts, through to Afternoon Tea and late night snacks.