The Savoy and Penhaligon’s team up for Christmas

The scent of Christmas is in the air at the luxury London hotel

When two British icons come together to celebrate Christmas, you can guarantee an abundance of good cheer. This year, the Savoy has joined forces with Penhaligon’s to launch ‘Christmas in the Air’, a three-dimensional, interactive installation running throughout the hotel that takes inspiration from Victorian traditions.

On entry, marvel at the ceiling-high tree festooned with crimson ribbons and limited-edition Savoy-print baubles, its base surrounded by piles of presents waiting to be unwrapped, all against the backdrop of an enormous pop-up story-book designed by the artist Kristjana Williams. Take your seat at the wheel of a vintage automobile, side by side with a top-hatted and besuited robin, and embark on a virtual journey into a fairy-tale of your own making.

As you venture further into the hotel, admire the bright-red sleigh full of Christmas treats and peer into the windows of the Savoy Tea shop to see the enchanting gingerbread creations. Then treat yourself to Festive Afternoon Tea in the Thames Foyer (from £68 per person), where you’ll enjoy nostalgic delights such as mulled pears, brandy mousse, gingerbread, chestnut and clementines. You’ll even have a chance to pull a cracker to win your very own miniature Penhaligon’s fragrance.

Best of all, you can take your memories home with you by ordering Penhaligon’s Christmas is in the Air room spray and candle (£79 for the set), whose scent of fir balsam needles and juniper berries fills every room of the hotel with a festive fragrance. 

‘A Savoy Christmas by Penhaligon’s’ runs until January.

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