As the festive lights twinkle across London, heralding a season of joy and celebration, the Pillow Christmas Hotlist unveils a curated collection of the season’s marvels. We begin with the enchanting Broadwick Soho, a symbol of design and comfort in the heart of the city’s bustling streets. Savour the holiday spirit with Della Vite’s exquisite Proseccos, perfect for elevating your Christmas toast. Discover the artistic mastery of Juergen Teller at the Grand Palais Ephémère in Paris, a visual spectacle that captivates and inspires. Embrace the cosy elegance of Loro Piana’s Fair Isle Cashmere Sweater, an essential for the winter wardrobe. For those seeking the pinnacle of festive gastronomy, The Connaught Patisserie in Mayfair promises to delight with its sensational selection of seasonal treats. This Christmas, our hotlist is a journey through the wonders of the season, each selection a testament to the joy, elegance, and warmth that define the yuletide spirit.
A Mayfair merriment
Festive treats at The Connaught Patisserie
This festive season, The Connaught Patisserie transforms Mayfair into a winter wonderland with its exquisite array of Christmas treats. From the stunning Bûche de Noel in flavours like dark chocolate, raspberry, and vanilla, to the limited edition chocolate Santa and Connnaughty hound, each creation promises to be the crowning glory of your holiday table.
Why The Connaught Patisserie is your go-to for festive indulgence
The Connaught Patisserie is where Christmas fantasies come to life in edible form. Choose from rich dark chocolate or the vibrant notes of raspberry and vanilla, each one a testament to the patisserie’s dedication to taste and elegance. For a touch of whimsy, the chocolate Santa and Connnaughty hound are masterpieces in chocolate, ready to captivate guests of all ages. Placing an order is as simple as a call or a message, ensuring that your Christmas celebrations are both delicious and effortlessly stylish.
Address: The Connaught, Carlos Pl, London W1K 2AL
A new sanctuary of style and comfort in the heart of Soho
Discover Broadwick Soho, a new jewel in London’s vibrant West End. This independent hotel is a celebration of Soho’s dynamic spirit, where contemporary elegance meets the area’s eclectic history, creating a chic urban retreat that’s both a nod to the past and a toast to modern luxury.
Why you should stay at Broadwick Soho this festive season
Broadwick Soho redefines the essence of a city getaway, designed by renowned architect Martin Brudnizki. Picture yourself unwinding in beautifully curated rooms, where bespoke furniture and artful design create a cocoon of style and comfort. Start your day with a barista-crafted coffee at Bar Jackie, and as evening falls, let the flavours of Italy enchant you at Dear Jackie. And for a festive nightcap? The stunning views from Flute, the rooftop bar, provide the perfect backdrop. In the heart of Soho, this new chic hotel blends luxury with the unmistakable buzz of one of London’s most exciting neighbourhoods.
Address: 20 Broadwick Street, London W1F 8HT
A quintessential Christmas feast in Chelsea
Christmas Day feast at The Cadogan Arms
This Christmas, the iconic Cadogan Arms pub in Chelsea is the perfect destination for a memorable feast. Embrace the holiday spirit in the heart of one of London’s most charming neighbourhoods, with a special set menu brimming with gourmet delights and traditional favourites.
Why you should book your Christmas Day feast at The Cadogan Arms
Experience the magic of Christmas at The Cadogan Arms, where each dish is a celebration of the season’s best. Start your culinary journey with a complimentary glass of champagne, setting the stage for an exquisite array of starters, from grilled tiger prawns to smoked salmon with caviar. For mains, indulge in the sumptuous wild turbot with Champagne and caviar sauce, or in the classic, perfectly roasted bronze turkey. The Christmas pudding trifle and other delectable desserts provide a sweet conclusion to your festive feast. Priced at £250 per guest, with a vegetarian option at £220, this Christmas Day meal at The Cadogan Arms promises to be a delightful blend of tradition and culinary excellence.
Address: 298 King’s Road, London SW3 5UG
A dazzling cabaret spectacle (and bar!) at Selfridges
Cabaret: The Kit Kat Club at Selfridges
This festive season, step into a world of glamour and drama at the pop-up cabaret bar in Selfridges London. In a unique collaboration with the West End’s ‘Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club’, the fourth-floor Lounge transforms into a mesmerising stage of entertainment, where the award-winning show’s spirit comes alive.
Cabaret: The Kit Kat Club at Selfridges
Why you should spend an evening at Cabaret: The Kit Kat Club at Selfridges
Immerse yourself in the allure of Weimar Germany until 31st December, as Selfridges offers an enchanting escape into the world of cabaret. Be captivated by dancers from the production, performing amidst the shoppers and sippers, bringing the Kit Kat Club’s vibrancy to the heart of London. Indulge in a curated menu of exquisite small plates, perfectly paired with Champagne cocktails, select wines, and Moët & Chandon cuvées. As you revel in the theatrical ambiance, explore the displays of iconic costumes and archival pieces from the show, including those of Emcee and Sally Bowles.
Address: The Selfridges Lounge on 4, Selfridges, 400 Oxford St, London W1A 1AB
A tapestry of elegance for the globetrotter in your life
Puzzle Fold Large Panelled Leather Tote Bag by LOEWE
LOEWE redefines versatility and style with this tote bag, a masterpiece of design and functionality. Crafted in Spain from the finest leather, this bag is a testament to the fashion house’s commitment to excellence in craftsmanship and understated elegance.
Why you should gift the Puzzle Fold Large Panelled Leather Tote Bag by LOEWE
With its unique geometric lines and architectural panels that allow it to fold completely flat, this uber chic tote bag from LOEWE is an ideal travel companion for the stylish globetrotter in your life. The bag’s spacious interior, lined in sumptuous suede, offers ample room for essentials, while its lightweight structure and glossy calfskin finish ensure a long-lasting yet fashionable Christmas present.
£1,600, visit MR PORTER
An olfactory tribute to modern masculinity
BOSS Bottled Elixir eau de parfum
The BOSS Bottled Elixir eau de parfum emerges as a sophisticated celebration of 25 years of fragrance excellence. This scent is a modern interpretation of masculine elegance, blending warm, woody notes with a hint of sweet nostalgia.
Why you’ll love wearing BOSS Bottled Elixir eau de parfum
BOSS Bottled Elixir encapsulates a journey through scent, evolving from the iconic original to a contemporary classic. This perfume is an artful blend of incense, vetiver, and cedarwood, creating a deeply ambery and woody fragrance. The addition of vanilla notes and a rich ambery background offers a modern twist, making it a perfect fit for the confident, contemporary man. The legacy of the original BOSS Bottled, inspired by the warmth of apfelstrudel, is subtly present, yet reimagined to suit the tastes of today’s discerning gentlemen. This fragrance, crafted with meticulous attention to detail, is not just a perfume but a statement of audacity and empowerment, resonating with the spirit of being your own boss. It’s an essential addition to the sophisticated man’s collection, a scent that lingers and leaves a lasting impression.
£100, visit BOSS
A monochromatic masterpiece
Nike Shox TL ‘Chrome’
Nike’s latest iteration of the Shox TL, the ‘Chrome’, is a monochromatic marvel, combining sleek design with a nod to its storied past. Set to release in December for £155, this version of the cult classic Shox TL brings a fresh, futuristic twist to the iconic sneaker.
Why you’ll love wearing the Nike Shox TL ‘Chrome’ sneakers
Since its inception in 2003, the Shox TL has transcended its basketball roots to become an integral part of the UK’s grime music scene, symbolising the grit and determination of young artists. This new rendition pays homage to that legacy with a dazzling ‘Silver Metallic’ upper and chrome details accentuating the TPU cage and shock absorbers. The design retains the iconic 12-pillar support system, perfect for those who value both style and comfort. More than just a sneaker, the Shox TL ‘Chrome’ is a piece of cultural history, embodying two decades of street style evolution and musical influence. Its release is not just a moment for sneaker enthusiasts but a celebration of the enduring impact of a design that continues to resonate with artists and fans alike.
£155, visit Nike SNKRS
A new era of gaming
PlayStation®5 Slim console
Sony’s new PlayStation®5 Slim console, released on 29th November, marks a significant leap in the world of gaming. This slim model combines cutting-edge technology with a sleek, compact design, offering an unparalleled gaming experience with its 1TB SSD storage and innovative features.
Why the gamer in your life will love the PlayStation®5 Slim console
The PlayStation®5 Slim console is a leap into the future of interactive entertainment. Experience the thrill of games coming to life with the console’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers in the DualSense® controller, making every in-game action feel tangible. The slim design doesn’t compromise on power, with a 1TB SSD ensuring your favourite games are always ready to play. Enhanced for 4K-TV gaming and up to 120fps with 120Hz output, visuals are more fluid and lifelike, while HDR technology showcases vibrant, lifelike colours. Additionally, Tempest 3D AudioTech immerses you in a multi-dimensional sound environment. The PS5® Slim’s backward compatibility means you can revisit your PS4® favourites with improved frame rates.
£479.99, visit PlayStation®
A toast to festive elegance
Della Vite Prosecco
This Christmas, let Della Vite Prosecco, crafted by the Delevingne sisters, bring a touch of glamour to your celebrations. Available at Harvey Nichols, Master of Malt, and Selfridges, this premium, 100% vegan-certified Prosecco is set to outshine the traditional Champagne toast with its exquisite taste and refined sophistication.
Why you should pop a bottle (or two!) of Della Vite Prosecco this Christmas
Whether you choose the Superiore D.O.C.G with its rich, mineral palate and hints of chamomile or the elegant Rosé with its aromatic nose of wild berries, each sip of Della Vite Prosecco is a journey in luxurious taste. Crafted with double the standard fermentation time, these Proseccos boast smooth textures and lingering finishes, perfect for Christmas toasts or sophisticated cocktails. With each bottle, the Delevingne sisters share their family’s passion for exceptional winemaking, inviting you to make Della Vite part of your holiday tradition. Salute!
£22, visit Della Vite
A festive symphony in cashmere
Fair Isle Cashmere Sweater by Loro Piana
Wrap yourself in the luxury of Loro Piana’s Fair Isle Cashmere Sweater. This sweater, crafted from the softest cashmere, is the epitome of festive elegance, perfect for holiday celebrations and après-ski lounging.
Why you’ll love wearing Loro Piana’s Fair Isle Cashmere Sweater this Christmas
A testament to timeless style and unmatched comfort, this sweater’s cashmere weave promises to keep you warm and cosy, whether you’re nestled by a fireside or enjoying a winter getaway. Its classic Fair Isle design lends a touch of traditional charm, making it a chic addition to your festive wardrobe. Its relaxed fit allows for effortless layering, ensuring you stay stylish and snug throughout the season.
£1,890, visit MR PORTER
A chronicle of Parisian grandeur
Plaza Athénée by Marc Lambron
“Plaza Athénée” by Marc Lambron is a majestic voyage through the heart of one of Paris’s most illustrious hotels. Published by Assouline, this book, a collaboration with Chef Jean Imbert, invites readers to explore the enchanting world of a twenty-first-century palace, unveiling the grace and gastronomic excellence of this legendary Parisian landmark.
Why you should have Plaza Athénée on your coffee table
Through its pages, you journey across 220 destinations, each a testament to the hotel’s enduring legacy of elegance and French hospitality. Located on the prestigious Avenue Montaigne, the Plaza Athénée is a beacon of Parisian luxury, where sumptuous decor and exquisite cuisine intertwine to create unforgettable experiences. Stunning photography brings the hotel’s grandeur to life, while Chef Jean Imbert’s exclusive introduction and insights from Marc Lambron, a member of the French Academy, add depth and intimacy to the narrative. This book is an invitation to delve into the heart of a hotel that pulsates with history, innovation, and culinary brilliance. For anyone captivated by the allure of Paris and its timeless institutions, “Plaza Athénée” is a must-have, offering a window into a world of refined splendour and unparalleled hospitality.
€105, visit Assouline
A captivating visual odyssey
Juergen Teller, i need to live exhibition
Embark on an artistic odyssey with ‘I Need to Live’, a grand exhibition by Juergen Teller at the Grand Palais Ephémère, Paris. Running from 16 December to 9 January 2024, this showcase offers a sweeping view of Teller’s eclectic and provocative career, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in the enigmatic world of one of photography’s most influential figures.
Why you should book tickets for Juergen Teller’s i need to live exhibition
Juergen Teller’s ‘I Need to Live’ is an exploration of life, art, and self-expression. Teller’s photographs, known for their raw, unfiltered style, weave a deeply personal narrative through images ranging from childhood memories to candid moments of introspection. Curated by Thomas Weski and designed in collaboration with 6a Architects, the exhibition is not just a retrospective but a journey into the soul of Teller’s artistry. Highlights include touching tributes and new works, including a film with Alexander Skarsgård that injects humor into the profound narrative. The exhibition’s optimistic spirit, culminating in a poignant image of Teller’s daughter, Iggy, invites reflection on life’s paths and choices.
€16, visit Grand Palais