The Christmas Shop opened in 1988 at Hay’s Galleria, Tooley Street, close to London Bridge. The founders had recognised that the Christmas decorations available on the high street at that time were of low quality, unsophisticated and predictable. To address this they set about creating an imaginative collection of products in a special environment twelve months of the year.
Whilst the London Bridge area was in the early stages of redevelopment The Christmas Shop nevertheless soon proved to be a popular attraction with local residents, tourists and businesses. Customer service with a friendly approach was at the core of the operations from day one as we knew that no one wants to be associated with a miserable Christmas and this was reflected in the happy relationship we experienced with our customers
As the years passed the business grew and developed and was able to boast of a client list including international corporations, TV and film companies and commercial photographers and stylists as well as the customers who would return throughout the year to add to their collection. We cherish some lovely memories of individuals who we met as babies and would return through the years into adulthood when they would be creating their own Christmas home.
Having contributed greatly to the successful regeneration and awareness of the London Bridge area in our 26 years of trading we were faced with a substantial increase in occupation costs at the end of 2014 and so the sad decision was taken to close the retail outlet in January 2015.
The response by our wonderful customers to this news was overwhelming. Many kind words were expressed and numerous messages of encouragement to continue were received. Thus, a new chapter in the life of The Christmas Shop has begun with a new look website and an expanded and improved online offer.
Our mission now is to continue to offer a unique range of seasonal decorations with our trusted and personal service through the new webshop in a secure and safe environment.