How To Give The Perfect Last Minute Present

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Are you still trying to find the perfect gift?  Are you like many people with good intentions and suddenly it’s less than a week to Christmas Day and your mind is blank.

Even with the best will in the world, sometimes it is impossible to come up with the perfect gift for someone. Whether you are trying to buy for the man who has everything, a teenager who changes their mind at the drop of a hat or that dear friend who has very particular tastes, here are some suggestions to help you be the favourite person this Christmas, even at the last minute.



A gift voucher or event ticket can be the perfect solution. Theatres, sporting events, spas, favourite shops…the possibilities are (almost) endless. To make it even easier, we can arrange the vouchers or tickets for you; just choose what you would like and we will do the rest. Here are a few ideas to get you started, naturally there are many more companies offering these vouchers, these are suggestions and if you .


Away Spa 

Situated just off Leicester Square, the Away Spa at the W Hotel is perfectly located for a day in London. The spa offers treatments to both men and women, alongside a sauna and steam room, Detox and Refuel Relaxation area and separate men’s and women’s lounges.

10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF Telephone: 020 7758 1071

The Refinery

Since it first opened in 2000, The Refinery has established itself as London’s greatest men’s grooming emporium. Offering barbering, skincare and spa treatments, The Refinery is the perfect one-stop-shop for the man who likes to take care of himself. It is the ideal location for the busy man in your life to relax, unwind and be pampered.

60 Brook Street, London, W1K 5DU Telephone: 020 7409 2001

Harrods, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL Telephone: 020 7893 8332


The Electric Cinema

The Electric Cinema on Portobello Road has been showing films since February 1911, making it London’s oldest cinema. Rather than just churning out the latest blockbusters, the Electric Cinema runs an eclectic schedule. The French-American Electric Diner is opened next door on 3rd December.

191 Portobello Road, London, W11 2ED Telephone: 020 7908 9696

BFI IMAX Cinema 

The biggest cinema screen in Britain can be found at the BFI IMAX on the South Bank. The massive 26 metre x 20 metre screen makes the audience feel like they are actually involved in the film, particularly when viewing in 3D. The BFI IMAX, operated by Odeon, is located right opposite Waterloo Station.

1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, South Bank, Waterloo, London Telephone: 0330 333 7878


Barbican Theatre 

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Barbican prides itself on appealing to a wide and diverse audience. At any time, the shows running in the venue can range from drama to dance, starring established performers and those just starting out. A number of festivals also set up a temporary home in the Barbican, for example, the London International Mime Festival will be there from 15th -26th January and the Spill Festival of Performance will run from 3rd-14th April.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS Telephone: 020 7638 8891

Edinburgh Playhouse

If your family and friends are based in Scotland, a voucher or ticket for the Edinburgh Playhouse could make the ideal Christmas gift. Currently showing Dirty Dancing until 12th January, the Leith venue will host the likes of Beyond Broadway, Little Mix, Cats and the Rocky Horror Show over the coming few months. Hotel and dinner packages with the nearby The Place boutique hotel are also available for that extra-special gift.

18-22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA Telephone: 0844 871 7627


Victoria & Albert Museum 

Fans of art and design are sure to be thrilled with the gift of a ticket to a V&A exhibition. Access to the museum itself is free of charge and visitors can explore certain areas without a ticket, however the biggest attractions are the exhibitions. A Hollywood Costume exhibition is running until 27th January and “David Bowie is…” will open in March. If the person you are buying for is someone who is likely to want to visit regularly, you can buy membership as a gift, giving them free access to the ticketed exhibitions.

Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL Telephone: 020 7942 2000

Design Museum

The Design Museum hosts interesting exhibitions, talks and family events relating to fashion, design and architecture. The current exhibition, Digital Crystal, is collaboration between the museum and Swarovski, challenging designers to explore the future of memory in digital crystal. The fifteen installations created as a result of the challenge are stunning! Gift membership is available, giving the recipient unlimited access to exhibitions, priority booking, 10% discount in the museum shop and 50% discount on talk tickets.

Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YD Telephone: 020 7940 8753

The Gift of Time

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What could be more precious than the gift of time? If you know someone who would appreciate help with a particular task or for an on-going project, a gift voucher for our lifestyle management and concierge services could be just what they wish for. Gift vouchers are available for a minimum of two hours.  Telephone: 020 3218 0053

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