Christmas @ Liberty of London 2018

Back in October I had a whirlwind weekend in London, and my first port of call was the Christmas Shop in situ on the 4th floor of Liberty.

The Christmas Shop is a destination in itself, but I also got quite distracted by the interiors floor and all the wild and wonderful creatures on display. I realised right then, I would happily live in the shop.

The soap is beautifully wrapped in patterned paper, the Moroccan rugs transport you as if on a magic carpet ride to a dusty, secret bizarre, and the fabrics - well I could browse those all day, stroking them as if they were special pets. (Yes that’s a tad concerning.)

Christmas Shop @ Liberty 2018, Rebecca Johnstone

It was all laid out for me like a dream, and due to it being only an hour before closing (one precious hour), it was remarkably quiet to the point I felt like I almost had this wonderland to myself.

Christmas Shop @ Liberty 2018, Rebecca Johnstone
Christmas Shop @ Liberty 2018, Rebecca Johnstone
Christmas Shop @ Liberty 2018, Rebecca Johnstone

I loved the winter toadstools, both the wooden version and the metallic-glazed bauble version. They don’t do anything but they do look pretty. I think that’s partly the point of decorations…

There were lots of ‘London’ themed baubles, as you might expect. Corgis, black cabs, the Queen’s Guard, scenes featuring Liberty itself.

I like them but they’re a bit touristy for my taste. I prefer the ice skates and the robins and the more trad Christmas symbols.

Christmas Shop @ Liberty 2018, Rebecca Johnstone
Christmas Shop @ Liberty 2018, Rebecca Johnstone

This cross-stitch stocking deserves a mention because it’s so intricate and gorgeous. I know I would never have the patience (or skills) to complete a project such as this, but I stood to admire it and considered buying the pack for my aunt who adores cross-stitching.

These are the gifts that become a tradition, or rather the Christmas decorations that become heirlooms, unveiled year after year. If someone made me this stocking, it’d definitely be a keeper!

Christmas Shop @ Liberty 2018, Rebecca Johnstone

And now for the NUTCRACKERS!

It definitely felt it was a ‘Nutcracker Christmas’ this year, with more cards and wrapping paper devoted to this dapper dude than ever before. I really, really wanted one of the musical box versions, but he was rather heavy and we only had carry-on luggage. Next year perhaps.

Christmas Shop @ Liberty 2018, Rebecca Johnstone
Christmas Shop @ Liberty 2018, Rebecca Johnstone
Christmas Shop @ Liberty 2018, Rebecca Johnstone
Christmas Shop @ Liberty 2018, Rebecca Johnstone
Christmas Shop @ Liberty 2018, Rebecca Johnstone

The stockings were lovely though of course I had designs unravelling in my head for my own stockings. Unfortunately I ran out of time this year which was especially disappointing as I’d wanted to make a special stocking for baby Jack. Another to-do for next year’s festive list.

Then came the more exotic baubles. The fruits and festive jumpers (never seen any like that before), the vodka and rum bottles and the inevitable Day of the Dead skulls. I like them well enough at Halloween but I’m not sold on these for Christmas. Am I getting old and boring? Probably!

One thing I do know - Gisela Graham really has Christmas sewn up doesn’t she? I mean, is there anywhere or anything that she has not conquered for Christmas?

Christmas Shop @ Liberty 2018, Rebecca Johnstone
Christmas Shop @ Liberty 2018, Rebecca Johnstone
Christmas Shop @ Liberty 2018, Rebecca Johnstone
Christmas Shop @ Liberty 2018, Rebecca Johnstone
Christmas Shop @ Liberty 2018, Rebecca Johnstone
Christmas Shop @ Liberty 2018, Rebecca Johnstone

I think my overall favourite was this gorgeous peacock, perfectly poised and perched amidst the boxed delights. I love the deep turquoise with the gold and green. There is even a fairy + a brace of pheasants to coordinate too!

Christmas Shop @ Liberty 2018, Rebecca Johnstone
Christmas Shop @ Liberty 2018, Rebecca Johnstone

Overall it was the best Friday night I’ve had in ages, wandering the rows of glittery offerings, the baubles in baskets and bowls, the twinkling lights and the life-sized deer/stag. A very special place indeed.

Christmas Shop @ Liberty 2018, Rebecca Johnstone