Avoid the usual high street stampede and come to Paddington to buy your Christmas gifts this year. We don’t just mean the usual socks and perfumes either, check out our top picks to help you think outside the box.
A One Hour Sound Bath at Crystal Sound Lounge, St Michaels Street
Sound baths are for anyone interested in finding a way to relax, sleep better, destress and declutter the mind. Think of it as another form of meditation or mindfulness without the mental effort. The sound specialist plays different crystal bowls, gongs and instruments to create beautiful relaxing sounds that put your mind and body into a deep sense of well-being. You participate by simply lying down, listening and letting go.
A Spy Pen from Blue Moon Spy Shop, 14 Spring Street
If it’s the ultimate 007 gadget you are after, the new DV1080M camera pen is the perfect on-the-go recording pen. The small pinhole camera can be used for covert missions. Students can use the camcorder to record lessons and tutorials. Whatever the mission this pen will have you covered.
A Specialist International Magazine or Newspaper from the Kioskafe, 31 Norfolk Place
If a friend is feeling homesick this Christmas why not cheer them up with a comforting publication from their home country. The Kioskafe stocks the finest global magazines and news titles, covering everything from popular weeklies to specialist independent publications. Grab an Australian Vogue or the latest copy of Der Spiegel to bring them a slice of home.
Dance Classes at Dance Art Studios, 1 Chilworth Mews
Do you know someone who is obsessed with Strictly Come Dancing or loves to show off their latest dance moves? Dance Art Studio offers Ballroom, Latin American, Ballet, Argentine Tango, Salsa and has a special programme for kids. Go on! Add some sparkle to someone’s life and give them the gift of dance!
Bring Something Treasured Back to Life at William Mansell, 24 Connaught Street
In an era of throwaway gadgets, gizmos and all things digital, William Mansell is a rare gem. The self-titled ‘Ancient and Modern Jewellers & Horologists’ have been trading since 1864. That’s 150 years of repairs and restoration of clocks, watches, barometers, silverware and jewellery! William Mansell’s skilled craftsmen pride themselves on being able to repair almost anything, including premium brands such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Omega, Breitling, Tag and more. Imagine the look on that loved one’s face when you bring back a forgotten favourite.
Exotic Plants and Flowers From Clifton Nurseries, 5A Clifton Villas
London’s oldest and most beautiful garden centre is a magical place to explore, especially at this time of year. Full to the brim with Christmas trees, sparkling lights and candles, let yourself be tempted by the beautiful range of flowers, plants, garden accessories and gifts. And whilst you’re there, well you just have to stop for a bite to eat at the delectable Quince Tree Café.
A Chocolate Body Cream from Hotel Chocolat, Paddington Station
Why not slather someone in chocolate body cream this Christmas? The Rabot 1745 Beauty Range from Hotel Chocolat is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and feel-good happiness, cocoa is a natural wonder. These treatments help protect, renew, enliven and uplifts. Shop the range in stores now or online here.
Paddington’s Pop-Up London Book from the Paddington Bear Shop, Paddington Station
With the recent release of Paddington 2 there is no better time to get in to your little ones good books with the new Paddington pop-up book. Enter a stylish paper-engineered world where iconic settings such as St. Pauls, Big Ben and Tower Bridge form the backdrop for this touching celebration of London, family and, ultimately, of belonging. Where can you buy it? The only shop in the world which is exclusively dedicated to Paddington™ which is of course, in Paddington Station!