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Christmas Magic in Chelsea — A fabulous neighbourhood and home to our Christmas ShopUp!

Christmas is truly a magical time of year in London, and Chelsea is no exception! The trickiest thing is that it is also a grey and slightly drizzly time of year, so the photos don’t always do it justice, but trust me, the joy and magic will fill you from head to toe!

Chelsea is also home to our upcoming ShopUp. So first, you must stop by the ShopUp, on Sunday the 2nd and Monday the 3rd of December. We will have more than 40 independent Babyccino boutiques, including healthy, delicious, and sustainable food by Eat First, and of course photos with Santa too! More on that tomorrow in our post (stay tuned!).

And after your ShopUp visit, here are some lovely tips for other things to see and do in Chelsea’s lovely little village!

Some of our Christmas family favourites are:

Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum — this is such a delightful place to skate. You are surrounded by twinkly lights in the trees towering over the rink, with a backdrop of the architecturally dynamic Natural History Museum. Then there are the cute little penguins to skate with, and of course the hot chocolate to treat yourself to afterwards! Just book your tickets now, and enjoy!

Kensington Gardens — A bit of a walk or short bus ride away, Hyde Park is a place to run wild and free, explore, and have fun! Just the tonic after hours of ShopUp shopping. Visit The Kensington Palace Pavilion for a lovely tea, the Round Pond to see the swans, the Princess Diana Memorial (Pirate Ship) Playground, or the Peter Pan statue.

Saatchi Gallery  — they are currently between exhibitions (which opens on the 4th of December) but it is wonderful place to visit another time. However, the trees and the decorations are just so perfect you may just want to take a stroll past it!

Chelsea Physic Garden — tucked away by the Thames, this secret little garden is the oldest botanic garden in London, with over 5000 plants, and a treasure to explore. They are open on the 2nd & 3rd and worth a little break, with a cute cafe too for a cup of tea to warm up with.

Walk to the Thames — take one of the lovely little meandering streets and head to the Thames. A walk across one of the bridges is always a good way to see the city from several spectacular vistas. See all the twinkly lights and Christmas decorations in full effect!

And of course the Christmas store windows are always worth a visit on the Kings Road!

The Ivy Chelsea — their decorations are always show-stopping, and this year is no exception! Thousands of shiny baubles lining the exterior and are traffic stopping! And  create a selfie-taking fever! Super fun.

John Sandoe Books — this is a bookworm’s dream! And one of London’s favourite stores.

The Chelsea Gardener — the abundance of Christmas decor would make anyone squeal! Just around the corner from the ShopUp, this little store is a great visit. Outside there are little cafes and lovely restaurants.

Anthropologie — my first job after university was with Anthropologie, and I spent 8 years working there. So, I have a soft spot in my heart for the brand! They always have amazing Christmas windows. And, it is a great store to visit for lovely little hostess gifts too.

The Shop at Bluebird — a wonderful curated collection where you may find a few special treats for you! It is directly above the Jigsaw shop, so check the address since it is a new(ish) location.

Enjoy our Chelsea Christmas tips, and please let me know if you have any questions too!

Lara x


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