LATE NIGHT SHOPPING Thursday 5 December 2013
Vaults open 9am. Christmas Festivities start midday and last till 8pm
For only the second time the fascinating London Silver Vaults will be open late for a festive Christmas Shopping Day, on Thursday 5th December 2013. This discreet retail gem will be full to the brim with fantastic gift ideas from fine English silver to jewellery and vintage watches plus special festive treats. The Vaults’ special ‘Mirror Mirror’ Christmas selling exhibition opening 4th November will be a highlight for gift hunters. It showcases gleaming, smooth polished silver designs that enhance the rich patina of this precious metal: mirrors and picture frames, champagne flutes and cocktail shakers, vases and bowls.
On December 5th enjoy live festive music, nibbles and a complimentary drink as you browse the 25 specialist shops housed at the Vaults. Find affordable silver gifts such as champagne swizzle sticks, paper knives or wine bottle coasters and silver jewellery such as modern silver cuffs, silver charms and bracelets or modern gemstone rings and colourful enamelled cufflinks.
Special ideas for collectors might include pretty snuff boxes or vinaigrettes, elegant antique wine jugs and goblets or useful dishes for sweets and treats by 20th century designers such as Georg Jensen or Gerald Benney.
Silver has a lasting appeal and comes into its own at Christmas when candles and firelight sets off its lustrous sheen. You will find a host of ideas for the Christmas dining table, from gleaming silver candleholders to practical punch bowls, dishes for sweets or fruit bowls that will make your table sparkle. Silver table accessories that are elegant and fun to use include grape scissors, cake slices and servers, stilton scoops, cream ladles and lobster crackers.
The Vaults’ shops are run by dealers with many years of experience, all happy to offer advice on how to build or add to a collection of silver cutlery, how to care for your silver, repairs and restoration. Pick up a handy hallmarks guide, which allows you to identify the date and town of manufacture, and the maker; they cost just a few pounds and all the shops at the Vaults have them for sale.