If you’re short for inspiration on how to decorate your gingerbread house this Christmas, swing by Covent Garden tomorrow (11 November).
Just in time for the festive season, Biscuiteers, the boutique which has experts in all things biccies, will unveil a four-foot-wide gingerbread house on Central Avenue, modelled after Covent Garden Market.
See if you can spot the cookie-shaped retailers and restaurants, such as the Shake Shack, Punch & Judy or The Pantry, or marvel at the mesmerising gingerbread replica of the market’s Christmas tree.
The creation weighs over 10kg (including 5kg of icing) and is edible, but you’ll have to resist the urge to take a nibble. It took over 100 hours to build and decorate, so the bakers will likely tell you off.
Instead, pick up a limited-edition Covent Garden Market Building gift set and make your own at home.
If you start now and spend a few hours on it every day, you could be done by Christmas Day (not really, this version is much smaller).
You could also wait and visit the market on Tuesday 12 November if you want to see the Christmas lights switch on.
In other festive news, Covent Garden will be opening an ice rink later this month in partnership with the luxury jewellery shop, Tiffany & Co.
The installation has been themed after the robin egg blue colour that the brand is known for, with giant Tiffany boxes used as decorations, as well as glittering snow and a four-foot tall bottle of Tiffany Eau de Parfum inside a snow globe.
To make the experience that much more special, the perfume bottle will release a ‘sparkling floral scent’ on the ice rink throughout the day (no doubt to inspire you to pick one up for yourself).
Guests will also get New York City feels, as they enter the ice by walking over a bridge inspired by Central Park.
The experience will open on 28 November until 26 December on the East Piazza. Tickets are free but you have to book in advance.
While you’re at the market, why not pick up some Christmas presents?
Or get yourself some hot chocolate and just enjoy the festive joy.
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