Wednesday, 30 November 2016

#London Christmas Shopping No.2: Christopher St James Jewellery @CecilCourt

Daily Constitutional editor Adam Scott-Goulding writes…

It's back! The annual London Christmas Shopping Guide from The Daily Constitutional!

This year I'll be including museum gift shops and markets for gift ideas. 

As well as gifts I'll be pointing you toward local London shops for the best in Christmas food and drink. Where relevant, I'll list the London Walks tour that finishes near the shop in question.

As usual, you can drop me a line with your own tips by emailing the usual address, by leaving a comment below or via Twitter.

Karen Pierce-Goulding adds…

Christopher St James, Cecil Court

Christopher St James Costume jeweller extraordinaire! 

As well as lovingly replicated repro Art Deco brooches and necklaces there are authentic Vintage pieces too, as well as some gorgeous statement bracelets and earrings fashioned from Bakelite  - you could leave sporting a Carmen Miranda-inspired set of earrings or a costume choker as worn by Lady Mary of Downtown Abbey fame.

His, 'ow you say, quixotic opening times add an air of exclusivity to the proceedings – worth coming back another time if you are unlucky and find him closed at your first attempt.

My lovely colleague Richard Walker ends his Harry Potter tours in Cecil Court!

Christopher St James, Cecil Court WC2N 4HE Opening hours - Varied. Sometimes VERY varied! Best to phone 07768 548371.

Find Cecil Court here…

About your correspondent


Karen comes trailing clouds of glory. Travel & Leisure crowned her "the world's greatest tour guide." She hosts the Canadian television travel show "London Next Stop." She won the London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year award. She's the author of Royal London. She is, quite simply, a star turn – which is why she's the "go to" London guide for every major media concern. A reformed actress and occasional journalist, she was Independent Magazine's Cultural Heritage Correspondent. Her gold standard walks are, needless to say, vivid and entertaining.

Here's she is presenting her Canadian TV series London Next Stop

Christmas 2016 With London Walks…

On Christmas Day there are TWO London Walks: 

Walk up an appetite with The Christmas Morning 1660 Walk – meet at 11:00a.m by the big tree in Trafalgar Square

Walk off the pudding with The Christmas Day Charles Dickens Walk – meet by the big tree in Trafalgar Square at 2:00pm

A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at

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