Chinese New Year falls on Tuesday 5thFeburary 2019, welcoming the year of the pig. Kick-start the festivities with a shopping spree at one of London’s finest boutiques, considered the best in the world. Whether looking for one-of-a-kind artworks in Mayfair or high fashion in Knightsbridge, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to treating your loved ones, and yourself, this Lunar New Year.
Recognisable by its inimitable terracotta façade and dark green awnings, Harrods in Knightsbridge is a luxury institution. Spanning seven floors, it houses a plethora of high-end brands for men, women and children, as well as a Salon de Parfums floor of luxury fragrance, a calming wellness clinic offering advanced dermatology and aesthetics procedures and a sprawling food court. In celebration of Chinese New Year, the department store has launched the Art of Colour campaign, with exclusive products available in-store.
Samer Halimeh is renowned for its unrivalled diamond jewellery, favoured by sultansand A-listers, and is credited with unearthing one of the rarest diamonds in the world – the Ocean Blue Diamond. The jeweller has a bedazzling, bomb-proof boutique in Knightsbridge, positioned opposite the prestigious Number One Hyde Park. Highlights of the collections in store for Chinese New Year 2019 include the Armillion bracelet, which is the ultimate in men’s hautejoaillerie. Born out of a combination of cutting-edge technology, Swiss ingenuity and watching making design, it is a multi-key devise that also doubles up as a form of limitless contactless payment when used with pin verification. Also, see the simply stunning new jewellery collections from Alessa and Nadine Aysoy.
HOFA Gallery officially opened in the summer of 2018 on the corner of Mayfair’s prestigious Maddox Street and Bond Street. This brings the total of their international galleries to four, with one on London’s Pall Mall, Nammos Village Mykonos and West Hollywood, LA. The stunning gallery exclusively represents the works of acclaimed artists from all over the globe including; Zhuang Hong Yi, Joseph Kilbansky, Emmanuelle Rybojad and Maxim Wakultschik, and many more. It is also one of the first galleries to welcome payments in cryptocurrency for its entire portfolio, worth a total of £115million.
5 Carlos Place (by Matches Fashion), London, W1K 3AP
Matchesfashion.com has expanded its retail offering by transforming a townhouse in Mayfair into a superb, six-storey shopping emporium, which opened late 2018. This bricks-and-mortar iteration of the online retailer houses a regularly changing curation of luxury goods for men and women, crowned by a chic top floor café. There are spacious, velvet-clad fitting rooms where customers can book styling appointments and try deliveries ordered from the website. Once finished, cross the road and unwind in The Connaught hotel.
Venus et Fleur, 13 South Moulton Street, London W1K 5QW
Venus et Fleur is New York’s finest bespoke rose atelier and creator of the innovative Eternity® Roses, which last for an entire year or more. The brand’s first boutique outside of the USA sits on South Moulton Street in Mayfair. Interiors are flourished with Parisian touches, including a gorgeous new wallpaper exclusive to the brand and the UK launch. Customers are welcome to browse these exquisite roses in-store, including the bestselling Le Clair Cinq, which beautifully combines roses with luxury home décor in a bespoke Perspex box.
Boutique 1 on Sloane Street is the Middle Eastern retailer’s first outpost in Europe. The light-filled 12,000 sq. ft space offers a stylish, modern edit of international brands for men and women spanning fashion, jewellery, accessories and homeware. There is also serene café and secluded al fresco courtyard on the ground floor.
Ara Vartanian is one of London’s most fabulous and eponymous jewellery houses. The flagship boutique is situated in Mayfair on Bruton Place, in Baron Maurice Saatchi’s former home. Their striking and innovative designs highlight vivid and rare gemstones, including amethysts, emeralds and sapphires, and are highly favoured by celebrities including: Kate Moss, Madonna, Lupita Nyong’o and Jennifer Lawrence.