With Christmas fast approaching, avoid the high street mayhem with these unique experience gifts in Mayfair and Belgravia.
1. Peggy Porschen’s Academy classes
Peggy Porschen has long been hailed as the cake maker of choice by the great and the good. Her clients include Hollywood stars Sir Anthony Hopkins and Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as music royalty like Sir Elton John. She’s even catered for members of the royal family.
The Peggy Porschen Academy, nestled among the boutique shops of Elizabeth Street, offers the best training to budding cake makers. With classes starting at £195 and limited to 10 people, this is a fun and personalised way to foray into the art of baking and cake decorating.
2. A master class at Gordon Ramsay’s Pétrus
Since relocating to 1 Kinnerton Street in 2009, Pétrus has become a staple of the Belgravia fine dining scene. Originally opening in 1999 on St James’s Street, Pétrus was the second restaurant in Gordon Ramsay’s illustrious career.
It now offers cookery master classes on the first Sunday of every month with acclaimed Head Chef Larry Jayasekara. The three-hour morning sessions will enable people to learn the skills to make first-rate gourmet food for £250. At the end of the session, you get to sit down for a luxury three-course lunch with paired wines, prepared by Jayasekara and his team.
3. Spa treatments at Grace Belgravia
To get a loved one through the first few gruelling months of the New Year, what better gift could there be than a trip to a luxury spa? Thankfully, Grace Belgravia in West Halkin Street has you covered.
London’s leading health, wellbeing and lifestyle club for women, Grace offers a range of packages, from beauty and grooming to holistic and detox treatments. Such indulgent pampering will surely help your nearest and dearest to de-stress and revitalise. Packages start at £195.
4. Ultimate hair pampering at Jo Hansford
Voted ‘Best Salon in London’ at the Mayfair Awards, this fabulous beauty destination in South Audley Street has certainly made a name for itself as a beacon of style and elegance. Renowned for its expert colouring and styling services, the salon also offers a range of beauty treatments from manicures to massage. Jo Hansford’s unique, award-winning products work wonders with all hair types; and they even have an in-house chef to tantalise your taste buds while you relax.
Gift vouchers up to £100 are available, which are sure to guarantee your loved one a glamorous and indulgent salon experience.
5. Christmas Dinner at Boisdale
One of Belgravia’s most renowned restaurants, Boisdale has been a firm favourite in the area since opening in Eccleston Street in 1988 – and, they’ve just opened a new restaurant in Mount Row. On a blustery winter’s night, this Scottish-themed restaurant and bar is the perfect location for a cosy – and boisterous – Christmas dinner. The restaurant has a cigar terrace, whisky bars, private dining rooms and even live jazz every night.
There’s also a special Christmas menu, featuring an optional haggis course for those wanting the full Gaelic experience.
6. A night at Antony Gormley’s Beaumont suite ROOM
For a completely memorable stay and one-off surprise gift, why not buy a special someone a night at the stunning hotel suite designed by celebrated sculptor Antony Gormley? Part of the Beaumont Hotel, which opened its doors towards the end of 2014, ROOM is a suite like no other. Tucked away in an old art deco building on Balderton Street, The Beaumont combines old world luxury with contemporary style.
Gormley’s ROOM is the most striking feature. Described as a “dark, mysterious, cave-like space” the suite is designed to allow guests to “enter a different state of consciousness”.