Other than the infamous coca-cola advertisement, nothing says ‘the holidays are coming’ like London’s iconic winter window displays. From Harrods to Harvey Nichols, here are the best festive façades to keep an eye out for this Christmas…
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After 500 hours comprising over 100 employees, it is no wonder that Selfridges’ ‘A Christmas For Modern Times’-themed windows are some of their most spectacular yet. Depicting a ‘future fantasy’, the stunning displays showcase the festive season from a contemporary perspective in shades of icy silver, white, and blue. You’ll be awe-inspired by the ‘Cinderella’s Ballgown’ display (pictured left), featuring a stunning
Christian Siriano gown fit for a fairy-tale princess.
Always showcasing a spectacular festive display, this year Harvey Nichols’ exterior walls are lighting up purple and green in a Northern Lights-inspired spectacular. The store’s festive window displays convey this Nordic motif too, featuring bespoke cedar slat panels and gorgeous Christmas garlands, exhibiting the sensational new season collection in a quintessentially festive yet elegant setting.
Fortnum’s Christmas windows this year reveal the heritage brand’s artisanal preparations ahead of the big day. Little cats in red tail coats patter away with pipes, gold wheels and traditional machinery, producing everything needed for a royally festive feast; yule logs, champagne, mince pies and more.
Inspired by the ‘The Tree of Life’, the theme for Liberty’s festive windows this year is ‘The Tree of Liberty’, of which a giant teal and pink tree has been suspended above the store’s central atrium. The whimsical window displays – which took an extensive eight days to create – showcase an otherworldly gift-filled utopia inspired by the Liberty Christmas print, ‘Jeweltopia’.
Drawing on the joyous concept of gift-giving and the wonder of a childhood Christmas, this year Harrods’ The Kingdom of Christmas windows feature an array of festive animals, beautiful gift boxes, and spectacularly snowy settings. Be sure to visit the special exhibition windows this month for a glimpse of Max Mara’s oversized teddy bears, then in December where they will transform into a Moncler-inspired ski lodge.
A must-visit for families in the lead up to Christmas, Hamleys’ adorable Christmas windows illustrate a magical winter wonderland featuring hundreds of beloved Ty Beanie Boos, both big and small, sledging, singing carols and nestling together beside their wintry snow-topped cabin.
Mr Tumnus has come to town at The Ivy Chelsea Garden. The sophisticated King’s Road restaurant has constructed a wonderful Narnia-inspired wintry window display replete with the ‘Snow Queen’s Throne’, frosted foliage and a glorious snow-coated façade. Step inside and delight in an array of Narnia-themed winter cocktails – the ‘Narnia Negroni’ and turkish delight-infused ‘Eastern Promise’ are a must-try – and enjoy a rare opportunity to meet with Mr Tumnus himself.
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