Christmas gift guide
Season’s greetings, London! Struggling for Christmas gift inspiration? Relax – we’ve got this. Our Christmas gift guide is packed with ideas sure to satisfy even the trickiest of friends and family members. Seriously, even the really picky ones. Gifts for dads? Gifts for girlfriends? Totally sorted. And the rest? Whether you’re buying for those into food, fashion, furnishings or football, we’ve got Christmas gift ideas covered. RECOMMENDED: More Christmas fun in London Images by Rob Greig
Shopping in London can be a struggle – with street upon street packed with great stores, just knowing where to start can be tricky. Luckily, Time Out's savviest spenders have – after much debate – managed to whittle the list of thousands down to the 100 best shops in London. There's something to please every taste and budget, including a selection of the best department stores, quaint little boutiques, cavernous thrift stores, chic homeware outlets and designer fashion shops. If there’s ever been a good time to think about extending your overdraft, it’s now. So go forth Londoners – shop until your feet ache and your purse is begging for mercy. Reviews by Miriam Bouteba, Katie Rosseinsky, Alexi Duggins, Ashleigh Arnott, Dave Calhoun, David Clack, Eddy Frankel, Euan Ferguson, Jon Cook, Natasha Polyviou and Richard Ehrlich Produced by Hayley Joyes
For a fashionable nod to the festive season that doesn't involve getting decked out like a Christmas tree, try some fancy Christmas nails instead. London's coolest salon WAH Nails have created this terrific Tartan Swarovski nail tutorial exclusively for Time Out - and it's easy enough for nail art novices to attempt. For more nail know-how, check out Jin Soon Choi's top tips for manicures or try the negative space nail tutorial.
If anyone knows about stylish dressing for men, it's J Crew's suave menswear director Frank Muytjens. We picked his brain for ten tips to keep London's menfolk looking dashing. For more menswear style tips, check out London's best bespoke suiting services and best menswear boutiques. 1. 'Always leave the bottom button on your blazer undone'. 2. 'When picking accessories, keep it simple, like a great watch or vintage ID bracelet'. 3. 'Play around with the look of a traditional suit by wearing a chambray shirt or cashmere crew neck'. 5. 'Don't be afraid to mix black and navy together'. 6. 'There are so many options for outerwear. Make it a part of your outfit rather than an afterthought'. 8. 'Mix different sartorial worlds, like pairing a smart coat with a sweatshirt.' 9. 'Wear denim on denim'. 10. 'A pop of colour goes a long way. Experiment with a colourful handkerchief or socks'.
London's the style capital of the world, but what does your postcode say about your online shopping habits? We asked our friends at data-based shopping site Lyst which items of clothing Londoners are searching for, and the results were pretty eye-opening. For more London shopping inspiration, take a look at the best sample sales or try our round-up of cosy winter warmers for chillier nights in the capital. Illustrations: Anne Gerrish
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Kat Maconie Pop-Up
Your commute is about to get a lot more exciting thanks to Kat Maconie’s disco-inspired pop-up shop in Old Street tube station. Head along to gawp at statement shoes from her latest collection – and don’t blame us if you don’t have enough money to top up your Oyster afterwards.
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Where do London's best-dressed fashionistas get hold of high-end gear on the cheap? At sample sales, of course. We've hunted down the essential dates for your designer diary, so set your alarm, sharpen your elbows and get ready to do battle over bargains.
Free People Pop-Up Shop
Fans of Free People, rejoice! Urban Outfitters’ haute-hippy sister label finally has a (semi) permanent home on the British high street. This Chelsea pop-up shop will be well-stocked with trademark boho styles to neatly solve any last minute packing dilemmas.
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Halloween, New Year, or just popping out to one of the clubs in London, social occasions are at least twice as fun when there's fancy dress involved. Cast off your going out uniform and switch it for, say, a 1920s flapper dress. Or perhaps an Elizabethan doublet. In these top-notch fancy dress shops you can give yourself a giant wound, try on terrifying masks, and get involved in full character outfits. Choosing your ideal alter-ego will be the only dilemma... RECOMMENDED: Read our full Halloween in London guide if you're looking for a spooky outfit
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