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A Merry Christmas in Marylebone

There’s lots going on around the area over the next few weeks in the lead up to Christmas. Here we have a taster of local events and activities to help you get into the festive feeling.

Our sparkling festive light displays will be switched on from Thursday 17 November with installations at the junction of Marylebone Road and Baker Street, outside of 55 Baker Street, in Manchester Square and on lampposts along the length of Baker Street. We’ve given the lights in Portman Square an upgrade, creating new displays at the entry points to the Gardens and a glittering new bauble in the south-eastern corner. As with previous years, the installations feature low energy LEDs and are on timers set from 16.00 – 23.00. Each of the displays represent an event or era from the area’s history, including Lady Montagu’s blue stocking parties, the Baker Street Bazaar, and the Sherlock Holmes festive tale, ‘The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle’. Our walking tour of the displays, providing more background information to the history, is taking place on Wednesday 7 December – more information is available here.

Those looking for unique gifts for their loved ones should head to Chiltern Street where they’ll find an array of boutique shops offering everything from clothing and accessories to jewellery, perfume and whisky! Our Directory features all of businesses to help inspire.

Kitchen at Holmes, 108 Baker Street, is welcoming guests to its Winter Movie Terrace pop-up event in celebration of the festive season. Taking place from Thursday 17 November to Friday 16 December every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Christmas favourites including The Holiday, Love Actually and It’s a Wonderful Life, will be showcased. Tickets are £70 per person for dinner, film and a welcome drink. Tickets can be booked here.

The Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, is inviting guests and visitors to celebrate the festive season with enchanting feasts, glittering decorations and an array of activities for the whole family. From 18 November to 14 December, guests can enjoy festive treats and mulled wine, with London Oratory School Chamber Choir providing some Christmas cheer. The Montagu Kitchen & Lounge is offering a delicious three-course festive set menu for groups from 8 to 30 persons, with highlights including Smoked Balik salmon with beetroot and horseradish cream; Norfolk bronze turkey with all the trimmings; and, of course, a traditional Christmas pudding, complete with brandy sauce.

On Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 December, The Wallace Collection will be hosting two webinars – The Childhood of Christ in Art with Dr. Richard Stemp – providing art enthusiasts the opportunity to dissect and delve into a range of art works created by world-renowned painters. Over the two sessions, participants will learn how the biblical narrative was combined with ideas from diverse sources to create the familiar image of Christmas. The sessions will take place live on Zoom from 18:00 to 20:00. Prices start from £35 for members and £40 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased directly from The Wallace Collection website.

On Thursday 10 November, Marylebone Village is hosting its annual Christmas Lights and Shopping Event, with food and drink stalls, wreath-making, roaming music and shopping discounts and offers. More information is available at the Marylebone Village website.

Don’t forget we have our Christmas Charity Raffle with some great prizes donated by businesses in the area including Elemis, Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, Holmes Hotel, Doubletree by Hilton – Marble Arch, Grazing Goat, Knight Frank, Home Grown, Fitness First, Madame Tussauds and Nobu Hotel Portman Square.  The raffle will be drawn at our Christmas drinks on 30 November at the Grazing Goat. This year all money raised is going to the Marylebone Project – a local charity which provides a life-changing, all-encompassing service for vulnerable homeless women, providing a safe environment in which to rebuild their lives. We are asking for a donation of £5 per ticket and these can be arranged by emailing us at events@bakerstreetq.co.uk

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