Christmas can be cool, honest. From smashed mirrorball dresses to gin-inspired jewellery and a mystical pop-up, we've rounded up the coolest Christmas places and things, and there's not a bit of tinsel in sight. For more festive tidings, take a look at our Christmas gift guide or try one of these charitable Christmas gifts.
RECOMMENDED: Christmas in London
Partywear at Whistles
The latest from Whistles will have you unleashing your jazz hands. With rich emerald-fringed gowns, smashed mirrorball embellishing and gold lamé cocktail frocks, there's something for every party girl. From £130.
An Instagram-friendly grotto
Plastic fantastic at Tatty Devine
Nothing breaks the ice at an awkward Xmas bash quite like novelty jewellery. Tatty Devine's perspex gems include glitter holly and icicles, and this Gilbert & George gin-bottle - perfect for the mate who loves a festive tipple. From £30.
Stellar gifts at the Astrolounge
Head to Selfridges' pop-up mystic grotto if you're into all things spiritual. Float in to be enlightened by a curated array of crystals, potions and magical fashionable finds, like this starry clutch by Edie Parker. Until December 26.
Gifts for beauty lovers
Couverture & The Garbstore
Husband and wife team Emily Dyson and Ian Paley opened Couverture & The Garbstore in March 2008; Emily’s Couverture shop was previously housed in Chelsea, while the Garbstore was a wholesale operation with a cult international fanbase. Upstairs in this fabulously renovated townhouse Couverture stocks clothes, accessories, jewellery, homewares, furniture and the odd vintage knick-knack. Garbstore, on the lower level, is the first stand-alone shop stocking Paley’s vintage-inspired label for men; every item is made using old-school techniques from the 1940s and ’50s (some of the garments, for instance, feature three-hole buttons that have to be hand-sewn on to the item). The shop also stocks footwear from Pistolero, womenswear from Humanoid and sweatshirts from Blue Blue Japan. Plus both shops stock exclusive label collaborations, such as the run of Garbstore X Reebok trainers. As featured in the 100 best shops in London
Venue says: “When it comes to shops, Couverture & The Garbstore remains Notting Hill's best kept secret.”