From Friday 12th November, the iconic streets of London’s Mayfair will be transformed with the switch-on of over 60,000 sparkling Christmas lights across the neighbourhood. The roads will be adorned with beautifully decorated Christmas trees and decadent window displays. And in the heart of Mayfair, Grosvenor Square will be home to over 25,000 illuminated roses, as the area welcomes visitors to experience a Christmas like no other.
This year, visitors can discover all-new lighting displays on every corner; Mount Street will unveil its beautiful blue bows running up and down the street in its annual lighting ceremony taking place on 18th November, which joins the illumination of The Connaught’s iconic Christmas tree and the launch of the Christmas lodge, which offers festive tipples and delicious treats. Boutiques and retailers across Mount Street will celebrate the switch on evening by staying open until 8pm and offering champagne, experiences and gifts with purchase from brands including Erdem, Pringle of Scotland, Roksanda, Bamford and Dr Barbara Sturm.
Just a stone’s throw from Oxford Street, South Molton Street will return with its unmistakable blue light arches, but also see the addition of an incredible light canopy draped along the full length of the street lighting up 1760 bulbs creating animated lighting displays.
This year, from the 1st to 23rd December, will see the highly anticipated return of the Ever After Garden in Grosvenor Square, which will be home to over 25,000 illuminated roses. Designed by fashion creatives, writer Camilla Morton and Royal Marsden Cancer Charity Trustee and designer Anya Hindmarch, visitors are invited to come and remember a loved one and add their own personal dedication to a rose in the Ever After Garden to help raise funds to support The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
Retailers and restaurants across Mayfair have also pulled out all of the stops this year to celebrate The Showstopping Season. Visitors can discover Claridge’s festive afternoon tea with Cambridge Bronze turkey sandwiches and Claridge’s Christmas pudding with brandy sauce, drinks at No.39, the new secret cocktail bar hidden in Browns Brook Street, wreath-making classes at McQueens Flowers Mayfair, Christmas burlesque dance classes at Danceworks and the new mulled wine roof terrace at Mercato Mayfair.
Whether visitors are looking to get in the festive spirit, find the perfect present or indulge in dinner or drinks at one of the world-class bars and restaurants, there is something for everyone to explore in Mayfair during The Showstopping Season.