Like most cities, London takes on a rather magical glow come Christmas time – the darker evenings drawing in and shops offering a welcome respite from the cold and busy streets with their pretty doorways and festive splendour. Being a little bit addicted to interiors I tend to be drawn to Tottenham Court Road fairly frequently and was delighted to make my way to Habitat’s flagship store for their Christmas Supper Club recently.
Habitat has always been one of my favourite places to check out for homewares. On my very second day in London just before my 22nd birthday, I ventured out of my Earls Court hovel and decided to explore. This led me up to High St Kensington and even as the poorest student, some little fairy lights found their way from Habitat back home with me to cheer up my dingy digs.
That was nearly 15 years ago and yet Habitat are still going strong, evolving and continually leading the way with style and trends. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from their supper club but a glass of fizz on arrival is always a welcome sight and myself and several other bloggers including Stephanie from Life at 139a and Heather from Blomma settled down to enjoy our delightfully colourful table settings. Think all the pink, gold and green and you’d be on the right track. Such a welcome relief from this rather colourless world that seems to be en vogue at the moment.
It was such a treat to be able to simply sit and enjoy ourselves, chatting away to each other whilst enjoying a divine menu of which the main course included fondu! FONDU! I literally cannot get enough cheese and fondu is a brilliantly sociable way of eating. We actually have a fondu set that my brother-in-law bought us for Christmas one year after he lived in Switzerland for a while. It’s fantastic but does feel a little self-indulgent just making it for me and Pete so it was lovely to find it on a Christmas menu. More cheese I say!
In between courses, we each had a chance to make a festive cocktail in the form of a ‘Mulled Mojito’. My barmaid days may be long behind me but you never forget those mixing skills and it was such a fun activity, especially as mojitos are one of my faves. We learned about each of the components of the drink and the traditions behind them as we went, following instructions to end up with the perfect festive tipple.
Sadly all too soon it was time to head out into the night and leave the dreamy glitz and glam. If you’re yet to start your decorations and are looking for inspiration, do pay a visit to your nearest Habitat or browse online – stylish, sophisticated and colourful. That’s a winning Christmas for me.
All images courtesy of Habitat.