If you're a keen bean when it comes to getting those all-important Christmas gifts, you'll be pleased to know that Carnaby is having one of its regular discount shopping parties in mid-November, with the Christmas lights being switched on as part of the festivities.
For one night only, 150 venues across the 13 streets of Carnaby will offer a 20% discount to anyone with a free ticket (pssst....get yours here). Plenty of shops will have their own in-store DJ playing the choons, while special events will be going on in several stores. Havaianas, for example, will have an interactive musical shop window, and Benefit is running free make-up sessions. Other stores will be offering free drinks, nibbles, competitions and the like.
For those who like to keep Christmas shopping firmly to December, Seven Dials and St Martin's Courtyard in Covent Garden will follow suit with a joint shopping event. Again, you'll need to register for a free ticket for the 4 December event, but once that's in your hand, discounts are available at over 120 shops, bars and restaurants. The streets will be traffic-free (sleighs permitted, presumably), with festive food and drink stalls paving the way to the bargains. There's also live music and performances taking place in the open air.