Tuesday, September 25The Voice of London

The Christmas Shop

The only official Christmas shop in London opens in 1988 at Hay’s Galleria, Tooley Street, close to London Bridge.

Words: Mariya Hristova Subeditor: Tamara Hutchinson

The Christmas Shop logo (www.eshop.thechristmasshop.co.uk/)

The idea of the founders was to create unique and one-of-a-kind decoration throughout the whole year as other shops at that time did not offer good quality products. It has become a popular place over the years and attracts not only the London residents but also a lot of international corporations, TV and film companies and commercial photographers and stylists. Unfortunately, due to the huge amount of expenses and residential costs, the shop was closed beginning of January 2015. However, it still exists online so if you wish to purchase from their decoration, you still have the chance. They offer a lot of glass baubles, beautifully crafted lanterns for the tree, exquisite table décor, treetop angels, lighted houses, etc. There is something for everyone no matter the age. Enjoy the beautiful decoration and the merry Christmas celebration.