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Snowflake’s Gelato Afternoon Tea at Selfridges

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If the summer sun is only making a occasional appearance, you can still enjoy a taste of summer at Selfridges with UK’s first gelato afternoon tea. The Afternoon Tea is presented on a traditional tea stand and full of ‘cool’ summer treats which include mini macaron gelato sandwiches, gelato cannolo’s, mini gelato cones enrobed with chocolate, a slice of gelato cake and sponge sandwiches.

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The Afternoon Tea is served in Selfridges new Snowflake Gelato café which offers a wide range of other treats produced by the award winning Snowflake brand. Snowflake was founded in 2012 and has already won 18 Great Taste Gold Star awards for their gelato and sorbetto. Part of the secret to Snowflake’s success is using the best quality ingredients from organic Jersey milk for the gelato and the best fruit to produce the sorbets.

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The Snowflake Gelato café offers a number of summer delights throughout the day from breakfast which offers American Style Pancakes, waffles and the ‘Breakfast Gelato Shake’ made with Kefir gelato and topped with granola and summer berries with optional extra protein shots to traditional cones and sundaes, LA style cookie and macaron gelato sandwiches, gourmet chocolate coated gelato stix, sorbetto lollies and chocolate dipped ice-cream cookies.

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If you are a vegan, Snowflake will also be offering a range of vegan gelato shakes including: Coconut & Chocolate, Banoffee and Brownie, Caramel & Peanut. Available exclusively at Selfridges.

If you cannot find a flavour that excites you, why not create your own ?  Snowflake offers a bespoke flavour service where customers can request their own unique flavour that will be made within 24hours. Snowflake also offer bespoke Gelato cakes which can be ordered with three days notice.

Snowflake at Selfridges

Opening Times

Mon – Fri 9.30am – 21.00pm

Sat 9.30am – 21.00pm

Sun 12.00pm – 18.00pm

For more information, visit the Selfridges website here

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Christmas in London’s Oxford Street 2014

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The West End of Oxford Street tends to be the location of many of the flagships stores of the main London department stores.

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Selfridges, House of Fraser, Debenhams, Mark’s and Spencer’s amongst others go to town with Christmas decorations to attract shoppers to their stores.

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However it is worth remembering in the weekends leading up to Christmas, Oxford Street gets incredibly busy and if you can shop at other off peak times you will probably get a better shopping experience.

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Many of the stores hold special Christmas Events and special promotional offers.

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CHRISTMAS OPENING TIMES

Monday – Friday

9.am – 9pm

Saturday

9:30am – 10pm

Sunday

11:30am-6pm

Christmas Eve

9am – 6pm

Christmas Day

Closed

Boxing Day

9am – 10pm

New Years Eve

9.30am – 6.30pm

New Years Day

11am – 7pm
*Some stores may vary

Typical bank holiday opening hours:
12pm-6pm

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Christmas at Selfridges – Oxford Street, London

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Selfridges’ have adopted a storytelling theme for their Christmas window decorations, some best-loved fairy tales including Cinderella, Snow White and Hansel and Gretel  have inspired the award-winning Selfridges windows team.

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This is fitting seen as the Oxford Street store has recently opened the world’s first department store cinema. During the festive season, the Everyman cinema at Selfridges will show a series of enchanted tale-based films including Pinocchio and It’s A Wonderful Life.

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A  large centrepiece installation called Destination Christmas, atop the Oxford Street canopy is over 18 metres across by 10 metres tall and over 3 metres wide. It is  decorated with 1,000 metres of neon lights and over 10,000 LED lights.

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Away from the exterior, there will be roaming Father Christmas between 28 November – 24 December in the store.  Also there will we a travelling literary circus entertaining families with interactive storytelling.

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Selfridges’ is unusual that it has a department store cinema. Located on the lower ground of the Oxford Street store, the cinema seats 60 people and this Christmas, the schedule includes Christmas classics and new movies such as a sing-a-long screening of ‘Frozen’, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, ‘The Paddington Movie’ and ‘Pinocchio.

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Between 22 October – Feb 2015 Le Chalet will be open , it is Selfridges’ rooftop restaurant will serve a delicious Alpine-inspired barbeque influenced-menu alongside a crab and shellfish bar. Situated on the terrace will be a log cabin with a hot chocolate bar.

If you would like to find out more about Selfridges events, visit the Selfridges website here

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London Department Stores – Selfridges

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Selfridges

Location – 400 Oxford Street, London,W1H 6HB

Selfridges is a large department store on Oxford Street, it is the second largest store in the UK, Harrods being the largest.

Selfridges was founded by Harry Gordon Selfridge who was born in 1856 in Wisconsin, in 1879 he started work for Marshall Field and Company a famous Chicago retailer. In a rags to riches story he started as an errand boy before working his way up the ladder, he married into a wealthy Chicago family and amassed a fortune which he used to build his London store.

Using American building methods the store opened in 1909. Harry Selfridge bought over a number of American retail methods and added a few of his own, he is credited for putting the perfume counter at the front of the store which was copied by stores around the world.

He also believed shopping should be fun so used the store to highlight technologies of the day for example Louis Blériot’s monoplane of 1909 was exhibited at Selfridges, and the first public demonstration of television was by John Logie Baird from the first floor of Selfridges from 1 to 27 April 1925.

In the 20s and 30s the roof with its terraced gardens, cafes, a mini golf course was a popular meeting place. After the war these were closed down but have recently been revived.

Up to the Great Depression, Harry Selfridge retail wise could do no wrong, however in the years leading up to the Second World War he began to get in debt, partially attributed to his lavish life style. He was ousted from the Selfridges board in the 1941 and died practically penniless in Putney in 1947.

Selfridges is known for its wide range of luxury goods, numerous designer clothes, a extensive food hall and has a number of restaurants and bars.

General Opening Hours

MONDAY             9.30 – 21.00

TUESDAY             9.30 – 21.00

WEDNESDAY      9.30 – 21.00

THURSDAY         9.30 – 21.00

FRIDAY                9.30 – 21.00

SATURDAY         9.30 – 21.00

SUNDAY             11.30 – 18.15*