Tempus Hot List: December 2023
Tempus has rounded up some of the most luxurious events and experiences in London, just in time for the festive season
Do your designer Christmas shopping at Pop-Up Crisis on Savile Row
In the true spirit of giving this Christmas, shop for a unique designer piece for your loved ones at Savile Row’s Pop-Up Crisis and give back to those in need in the process. Founded by Anda Rowling of Anderson & Sheppard and British Fashion editor Tom Stubbs, the pop-up opens its doors from 4 Dec to 14 Dec for the fourth year running, and features brand-new designer wares, past-season stock, imperfect pieces and seasonal sample collections from luxury brands. Take your pick from a selection of items generously donated by the likes of Jimmy Choo, Vivienne Westwood, Gabriela Hearst, Vince, and Burberry. The pop up raises vital funds for Crisis, the national charity helping people facing homelessness across Great Britain and hopes to raise £125k this year – exceeding last year’s £110k. The pop up will also include a calendar of events such as ‘shop their wardrobe’, an exclusive edit of hand-picked items personally donated from celebrity friends of Crisis, including Kate Moss, Stormzy, David Gandy and Aisling Bea.
27 Savile Row, W1S 2EX
Invest in Esprit de Parenchère Bordeaux Supérieur Rouge
This exquisite Bordeaux from award-winning Château de Parenchère is an instant collectible, combining highly concentrated yet elegant flavour with truly impressive ageing potential. A blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the wine is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months on fine lees to produce a stand out product that exemplifies the Châtaeau’s terroir and style. A full-bodied wine available exclusively from Bacchus Wine PLDC, the flavour profile blends notes of chocolate, tobacco, spiced plums and sweet spices. A future classic.
Visit London’s 5 star Christmas trees
London can always be relied upon for its magical festive displays and this year London’s 5 star hotels who have gone all out with their Christmas trees this year. We of course can’t talk about Christmas trees without mentioning the iconic Claridge’s tree. This year, a collaboration with luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton has seen a travel-inspired creation – a gigantic version of the brand’s classic monogrammed luggage trunk, ajar to reveal an artful display of smaller luggage cases, sculpted in silver, and cleverly stacked to resemble a tree. Other special mentions go to Rosewood London who have this year partnered with legacy British jeweller Garrard for its festive display, bejewelling its staple 24ft courtyard tree, 45 Park Lane who have this year unveiled its first ‘Artist’ Christmas tree’ inspired by pop culture and designed by Hormazd Narielwalla, and The Londoner, whose tree has been adorned by delicate white roses by Huishan Zhang, using offcuts of the SS24 collection he showcased at the hotel during fashion week.
Put in an order for a Panzer’s Festive Hamper
The cult favourite 80 year old deli & grocer in St John’s Wood has long been a treasure trove of christmas gifts and stocking fillers for foodies – and home to, I am told by fish lovers, the best smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel in London – and it is now delivering its goods nationwide. Panzer’s bespoke hampers, curated by owner David Josephs and his team, include their own aforementioned award-winning smoked salmon, luxury mince pies and panettone, as well as products from smaller producers such as Nana Lilly’s homemade puddings, cakes and condiments, and The Skailes family’s Cropwell Bishop Blue Stilton.
Pre-Order nationwide until 12pm on 21 December for delivery in time for Christmas. If visiting the store, take a moment to relax and enjoy its heated terrace complete with blankets.
13-19 Circus Rd, London NW8 6PB
Drink festive tipples at Ham Yard Hotel’s rooftop Winter Martini Garden
This winter, Ham Yard Hotel has opened up its roof terrace for its Winter Martini Garden, in collaboration with Sipsmith. Indulge in hot martinis and delicious fire-cooked dishes al fresco, complete with tartan blankets, hot water bottles and heaters to keep cosy. Available by ticket only, the experience is open to the public until 24 February and welcomes guests with a Paloma-tini – a warm tipple made with Sipsmith London Dry Gin, Suze and homemade grapefruit and thyme spirit followed by a Martini of their choice (unlocked via an interactive quiz). Cocktails include The Beekeeper’s Martini, The Pharmaceutical and the Red Hot Snapper which can be sampled alongside sharing dishes including Game & Smoked Bacon Skewers, Roast Scallops and Roasted Beetroot and Cashel Blue Flatbread.
1 Ham Yard, London W1D 7DT