The Christmas Arcade

14 November 2013 - 5 January 2014

Returning for a second season, The Christmas Arcade is Somerset House’s premier pop-up shopping mall bringing you a selection of shops from the very best of British brands and independent artisans. Set within the elegant rooms of Somerset House’s West Wing overlooking the ice rink, the mall stocks a range of luxury gifts, yuletide treats and bespoke products created exclusively for The Christmas Arcade, creating a unique shopping experience right in the heart of London. 

Participating retailers include world renowned fragrance and body care purveyor Crabtree & Evelyn, luxury Scottish cashmere company Brora, four-time winner of Britain’s best chocolatier William Curley, hat makers Christys, gentlemen’s grooming specialists Murdock, and florists Pinstripes and Peonies who will be creating festive, fresh floral bouquets and decorations.  

New for this winter, The Christmas Arcade will include a Champagne & Chocolate Bar serving Piper Heidsieck and William Curley wares providing the perfect way to round off your shopping trip or ice skating session.

Skate Extras brings you a Skate, Champagne & Chocolate package, providing you with a delicious way to combine skating and a trip to the Champagne and Chocolate Bar.


A collective created by three new jewellery designers, as a way to collaborate, curate and exhibit together. Based in London and working from the renowned jewellery district of Hatton Garden, each designer creates jewellery with an emphasis on the creative process. Special gifts await with AG3’s ready to wear collections along with a range of made to order products.

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BoBelle London

Founder Claire Watt-Smith pays homage to her roots by making all of her handbags in Somerset using the finest leathers and hardware. Her collection strives for durability without compromising on style, all including the signature BoBelle clasp and handle detail, she brings true English luxury back to the accessories market – making a truly special gift.

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Celebrating their 20th year, Brora are renowned for their stylish & colourful luxury Scottish cashmere. Their extensive cashmere accessories range at Somerset House will include cosy hats, gloves, scarves and more for all the family – perfect for keeping yourself or someone special warm this winter.

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Christys' Hats

The red Christys’ London™ logo has stood the test of time as an emblem of the finest quality in the world of hat making. Established by Miller Christy in 1773, the company has been making hand crafted hats in England ever since, each made with enduring quality and style combined with a passion for great hats. 

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Crabtree & Evelyn

A brand renowned the world over for its fragrances, body care products, fine foods and beautifully packaged gifts. Inspired by the wonder of an undiscovered English winter garden, their Secret Garden Christmas collection offers festive home fragrances, accompanied by playful yet delectable treats to indulge in. A wealth of stocking-filler surprises wait to be unwrapped.

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Gizelle Renee

Creating bespoke British gloves using the world’s leading quality British manufacturers in leathers and fabrics, every glove is a limited edition one-off. In 2013, Gizelle Renee launched a home and baby range, find bespoke handmade products using her signature materials and decorations - intimate gifts for that special someone await.

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Murdock London

The capital’s premier barbers and gentlemen’s grooming specialist. With several stores across London offering unique barbering services, classic grooming products and artisan accessories, Murdock have firmly established themselves as a primary destination for the man about town. Shop an array of great grooming gifts to make a special gent very dapper indeed.

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Pinstripes and Peonies

Providing stunning flowers since 2010 from the historic New Covent Garden Flower Market. Working with only the finest blooms, Pinstripes and Peonies offer a selection of ready-made bouquets, tree ornaments, garlands, wreaths, botanical paintings and all things flowery alongside a bespoke home decoration service – adding a little Christmas cheer to your home.

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Piper Heidsieck Champagne Bar

In partnership with Tom’s Kitchen, Piper Heidsieck are launching a Champagne bar at Somerset House this winter. The award winning cuvee’s have been expertly crafted by renowned sparkling winemaker Regis Camus. Emitting a range of flavour and colours to delight all the senses, celebrate this festive season with Piper Heidsieck.

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Retreat-Home Christmas Shop

Somerset House are once again recreating their Christmas Shop selling Christmas gifts and accessories from, offering a stunning range of gifts and home accessories with a quirky contemporary twist on traditional themes. Find something different and special from the Retreat-Home Christmas Shop this festive season.

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Your friendly online and sometimes offline shop selling a lovely range of carefully selected products for you and your home. Only selling products they truly love and if looked after properly, are designed to last a lifetime (or several). Buy beautiful and lasting home wares and gifts at Theo. 

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Whisk Hampers

A gourmet gift company with a wonderful contemporary twist, showcasing a range of great Christmas gift solutions at Somerset House. You will find lots of foodie gift ideas here including fun stocking fillers, gourmet gift sets and traditional Christmas hampers brimming with the tastiest artisan products - supplying delicious presents and treats. 

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William Curley Patissier and Chocolatier

Award winning Patissier and Chocolatier William Curley will be setting up shop in Somerset House this winter. Winner of ‘Britain’s best Chocolatier’ four times by the Academy of Chocolate, all his creations are hand-crafted in the kitchens in Twickenham, using only the freshest, most natural produce – supplying delicious treats.

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Handmade in Britain

Handmade in Britain exists to support, promote and celebrate designer-makers who create their work in the UK. This season, in partnership with Somerset House, Handmade in Britain brings together the best skilled designer makers from a range of disciplines in a showcase of British Craft and Design – the perfect place to buy a unique or one-off piece.

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Opening Times:

The Christmas Arcade
Monday & Wednesday 10.00 – 18.00
Tuesday 10.00 – 21.00
Thursday 10.00 – 21.00
Friday & Saturday 10.00 – 20.00
Sunday 10.00 – 18.00

Champagne & Chocolate Bar
Monday & Wednesday 12.00 – 18.00
Tuesday 12.00 – 21.00
Thursday 12.00 – 21.00
Friday 12.00 – 20.00
Saturday 10.00 – 20.00
Sunday 10.00 – 18.00

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