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Unique festive experiences at the ROYAL EXCHANGE

8 November 2021

April French Furnell

This festive season, The Royal Exchange will celebrate the joy to be found in shared experiences by hosting a series of exciting and exclusive events and masterclasses, which are all open to the public. The beautiful, historic building at the heart of the City is celebrating its 450th anniversary in 2021, and is home to some of the world’s most coveted luxury brands including Hermès, Fortnum & Mason, Montblanc and Tiffany.

The line-up of festive events and masterclasses includes a sustainable Christmas wreath making class with florist in residence Shilpa Reddy, an Italian themed wine tasting at OenoHouse, an illustrator experience at Montblanc and a cognac tasting with Tomoka Fine & Rare.

The Royal Exchange will also host festive pop ups by three guest brands including relaxation specialists AIRE Ancient Baths and an art exhibition by the renowned Red Eight Gallery.

 

Decorations and Sustainable Wreath Workshop by Florist in Residence, Shilpa Reddy:

Visitors to The Royal Exchange will be welcomed by a vast seasonal arch by florist Shilpa Reddy, a installation of real spruce and natural foliage at the building’s main entrance. The installation will surround the full height and sides of the large doorway, as well as the length of the ceiling of the entrance corridor, creating an immersive wonderland entrance to The Royal Exchange. She will also be decorating 4 enormous trees inside the grand courtyard of the iconic building.

For those wanting to explore their creative side, Shilpa will host two exclusive Sustainable Christmas Wreath Making Workshops at The Royal Exchange. Shilpa and her elves will be teaching guests how to make a beautiful wreath from natural materials to the background of some favourite festive tunes. All attendees will receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco and delectable edible treats and cocktails will be available to purchase on the night from Fortnum and Mason.

Shilpa Reddy started her eponymous floral design company in 2015, following a career change from medicine, creating beautiful floral displays for weddings and events in and around London. Her mobile flower school provides corporate companies and private individuals with luxury flower arranging, terrarium making and Christmas wreath making workshops. Shilpa also creates long term silk floral installations for some of London’s most renowned venues.

Tickets:

Wreath Making Class with Prosecco, by Shilpa Reddy

Thursday 25 November, 6.30pm

Thursday 2 December, 6.30pm

90 mins

Tickets cost £60 including glass of Prosecco, available via www.shilpareddy.com

 

Cognac Tasting at Tomoka Fine & Rare

Tomoka Fine & Rare is delighted to announce an exclusive tasting and masterclass with Frapin Cognac and the brand new Tomoka Fine & Rare boutique, which opens its doors at The Royal Exchange in November. 

Frapin has been family owned since 1270 and produces some of the finest expressions from its vineyards in the Grande Champagne region.  You will taste some of the most sought after cognacs the house has to offer including the Frapin VSOP, the Cigar Blend, Fontpinot XO and the XO VIP. Some of the cognacs will be paired with chocolates and you will also a receive a 20cl bottle of the famous Fontpinot XO to take home and enjoy.

The tasting will be hosted by a representative of the Frapin-Cognac. 

Tickets:

Frapin Cognac Tasting with Tomoka Fine & Rare

Wednesday 8 December, 7pm

Tickets cost £55 including complimentary 20cl bottle of FontPinot XO valued at £32.95

There will also be a 10% discount on any purchase from the tasting

Tickets available from Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/frapin-cognac-tasting-with-tomoka-fine-ra...

 

Personalised Illustrations by Charlie Herman at Montblanc 

Montblanc will be celebrating the season by inviting shoppers to receive a very special hand drawn illustration at the Montblanc boutique at The Royal Exchange. On Wednesday 8 December, London-based artist, Charlie Herman will be creating seasonal portraits perfect for gifting loved ones this festive season.

Charlie will be creating portraits using Montblanc ink on beautiful greeting cards, or if preferred a digital portrait using Montblanc’s Augmented Paper.  

German inspired refreshments will be served to take guests on a tasteful journey back to Montblanc’s heritage. The event is free of charge.

Tickets

Wednesday 8 December, 10:30am – 6pm

Free of charge

Tickets available from Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/personalised-illustrations-by-charlie-her...

 

An Italian Wine Tasting at OenoHouse:

OenoHouse, London’s premier fine wine boutique and alfresco wine bar, will host an Italian Christmas Evening filled with meticulously selected wines from vineyards located from the North to the South of the Roman Oenotria. Its Italian Expert, Mattia Tabacco, is looking forward to welcoming guests and sharing his country’s Christmas traditions. The team will be matching the wines to local cheese and charcuterie artisanal produce to come as close to Italy as possible.

The wines in the tasting include:

Welcome Drink: Champagne Brimoncourt Brut Regence NV, RRP £43

White Wine 1: Tenuta di Fiorano Fiorano Bianco 2018, RRP: £55

White Wine 2: Federico Graziani Mareneve 2018, RRP: £44

Red Wine 1: Podere Monastero La Pineta 2019, RRP: £50

Red Wine 2: Rocca di Frassinello Baffonero 2014, RRP: £165

Guests will also receive a complimentary premium quality wine carrier bag for two bottles that could easily be used as a Christmas Stocking for the devoted oenophile, worth £10.

Tickets

Wednesday 15th December, 6-8pm

Tickets cost £80  including a complimentary Oeno wine carrier and a voucher for two glasses of Champagne for the ticket holder and their guest to redeem at OenoHouse.

Tickets available from Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-italian-wine-tasting-at-oeno-house-at-...

 

Festive Pop Ups

Opening early November, The Royal Exchange will also welcome some new guest brands for festive pop ups.

AIRE Ancient Baths based in Covent Garden will be bringing their deeply relaxing treatments to a pop up at The Royal Exchange to sell gift experiences to the baths. They will also be selling their signature orange blossom candle at The Royal Exchange.

Red Eight Gallery will be hosting ‘Life Laundry’, a pop-up exhibition of work by artist Panik from 25th Nov – 6th Dec. Born and raised in Camden, Panik started painting graffiti in 1999, influenced and propelled by the DIY attitude and energy of the many subcultures swirling around the city streets at the time. 2005 marked a watershed moment in Panik’s career as he turned to large-scale murals and studio work. Panik’s ‘Life Laundry’ sculpture will be on show, and all works in the exhibition are unseen.

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