November 06 2013
With the Christmas wreaths about to swing from its Samuel Ware-designed eaves, and festive shoppers jostling on the streets outside, London’s historic Burlington Arcade is getting ready to open its doors for the annual Christmas bazaar in aid of the Ormiston Children and Families Trust.
Lining the arcade’s walkways for one evening only, Wednesday November 6, will be a selection of stalls overflowing with luxury wares. Wardour Street chocolatier Paul A Young – whose sea-salted, caramel-filled chocolates won gold place at the 2012 and 2013 International Chocolate Awards World Finals – will be setting up shop alongside the likes of tableware designers Fenella Smith and Scarlett Willow, and purveyor of quirky hats The Candy Milliner.
The Gift Atelier will also be joining the party, venturing west from its permanent spot on Hatton Garden to offer up covetable stocking fillers – everything from Deakin and Francis cuff links (from £195) to Bamford body lotions (£20). Also catering for fashionable folk will be stalls boasting jackets courtesy of Daisy Fellowes’ label Lilah (from £395) and hunting staples from the Really Wild Clothing Co. And for festive foodies, there will be sauces a-plenty, courtesy of the award-winning Scarlett & Mustard.
Organisers hope the funds raised will exceed last year’s impressive total of £13,000, helping to further fund the charity’s work, which includes over 40 services currently in place across East Anglia, from programmes to help families affected by imprisonment to children’s activity centres.