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Bid on top experiences and help the homeless for Christmas

London businesses around Covent Garden are putting up the lots for auction

Now, admittedly, Covent Garden is not in Kent. You might have noticed! However, the businesses there have put up many top quality lots to be auctioned which you might want to bid for. It starts tomorrow (Thursday). If you are successful, how difficult is it to jump on a train to Charing Cross, just a short walk away from where it’s all happening? Or maybe give the item away to a loved one for Christmas. Either way, we thought it worthwhile to draw your attention to this auction for a good cause.

Covent Garden is preparing to auction 40 incredible lots with a value exceeding £9,000; all proceeds going to Only A Pavement Away to help the homeless this Christmas;

Bidders can win an exclusive cooking masterclass with Darjeeling Express founder and chef Asma Khan, or a one-to-one with top Scottish chef Mark Greenaway, an a-home three-course Christmas feast from The Frog’s Adam Handling and exclusive dining experiences at The Gentlemen Baristas, Red Farm, Din Tai Fung, The Ivy Market Grill and Balthazar;

Further lots include a New Year’s Eve luxury shop-and-stay package at a five-star hotel, and overnight stay at the NoMad London opening early 2021, as well as dining vouchers for restaurants including Frenchie, by CHLOE., The Lebanese Bakery, Buns and Buns, MEATliquor and more.

Covent Garden is delighted to announce the launch of ‘Gift For Good’, a charity auction on a mission to provide thermal flasks to those sleeping rough in London this Christmas. In partnership with charity Only A Pavement Away which works alongside Crisis, Covent Garden will auction off money-can’t-buy prizes from retailers and restaurants across the estate, including a one-to-one cooking masterclass with Darjeeling Express’ Asma Khan, a luxury at-home three-course indulgent Christmas feast from chef and restaurateur Adam Handling of The Frog, a bespoke floral arrangement from Florist Fiona Fleur and exclusive dining experiences at Red Farm, Din Tai Fung, The Gentlemen Baristas and more, with all proceeds going to support homeless individuals.

Running from 9am tomorrow (November 26) until 9pm on Sunday November 29, Covent Garden’s ‘Gift For Good’ charity auction will donate all proceeds to Only A Pavement Away working in partnership with Crisis, to help buy and distribute more than 1,000 thermal refillable flasks for those most in need at this time. This auction will mark the area’s third year of supporting Crisis at Christmas. As a token of thanks Covent Garden will also enter everyone who bids into a prize draw to win a hamper of luxury gifts from the estate worth more than £1,000.

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Lot No 1 is a New Year’s Eve shop and stay package at a five-star hotel.

Lots within the auction include a series of unique donations worth in excess of £9,000, with gifts perfect for the culinary enthusiast to the fashion and beauty lover. For the foodie, The Gentlemen Baristas is offering a masterclass with Chef Mark Greenaway and the newly opened Darjeeling Express will offer an on-site one-to-one cooking session with chef Asma Khan. Chef and restaurateur Adam Handling from Covent Garden’s The Frog will deliver a luxury three course indulgent Christmas feast including his signature Cheese Doughnuts to the door of the highest bidder.

There are dining experiences for two at Din Tai Fung, The Ivy Market Grill, LIMA Floral, Balthazar, Sushisamba and a romantic Champagne afternoon tea on Laduree’s terrace overlooking Covent Garden’s piazza, as well as dining for four people with champagne at awar-winning The Oystermen. Red Farm is also offering brunch for two, while Henrietta Hotel will provide festive cocktails at its Miracle Bar. For cocktail lovers, Dirty Martini will offer a 12-month gold pass of complimentary martinis. Other lots include delivery of a The Gentlemen Baristas Afternoon Tea Hamper, and £100 in vouchers for Frenchie, by CHLOE, The Lebanese Bakery, Buns and Buns, MEATliquor and more. Bidders can also snap up a sushi making class from Sticks and Sushi expert chefs and a Mirabeau Discovery Box with a case of six bottles of wine.

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Lot No 16 is two rounds of free cocktails for two at the Henrietta Hotel’s Miracle Bar.

Those looking to gift someone special can bid on a leather Tiffany & Co Tiffany Blue tote with personalisation at the Covent Garden boutique, priced at over £1,000. Vashi will auction a personal experience, allowing the winner to be amongst the first to visit the jewellery brand’s new Covent Garden location next spring and spend time with a specialist maker to choose a piece from its Connections Collection worth up to £325. Fashionista’s and beauty lovers can bid on a UK exclusive Huda Beauty Haul; new collection Lulu Guinness handbags or a personal shopping experience and £250 voucher at Mulberry. Penhaligons’ lot includes a virtual fragrance profiling experience and perfume, while Atelier Cologne’s lot includes a private consultation and perfume. The lot from Paul Smith includes a signed Paul Smith book and a personal styling appointment at the Floral Street store, while UNtuckit’s lot includes a personalised fitting and styling appointment, along with £200 to spend with complimentary drinks. Tom Davies will auction ready to wear sunglasses with ZEISS lenses and Galleria Melissa is auctioning a £150 voucher to spend at its Covent Garden store.

One lucky bidder will win a New Year’s Eve Luxury Shop and Stay package for two at The Blue Orchid’s brand new five-star hotel Tower Suites and receive Covent Garden shopping and dining discount cards. Ahead of its opening in Spring 2021, a one-night stay in a superior King Guestroom at The NoMad London will also be auctioned including a private tour of the Bow Street Police Museum. Those wanting a unique experience for friends and family can bid on a private dining experience for six, with wine, at local favourite Tuttons.

Auction lots for the whole family include tour tickets, annual passes and gifts from London Transport Museum and a £100 gift card from Lego. The Royal Opera House will offer a goody bag for culture seekers.

Bids will start from £30. For more information visit https://www.coventgarden.london/gift-good

Full list of lots include:

New Year’s Eve Luxury Shop & Stay package at Covent Garden and The Blue Orchid’s five-star hotel Tower Suites, one on one cooking masterclass with Darjeeling Express’ Asma Khan, Hame Christmas Package by The Frog, cooking masterclass with Chef Mark Greenaway, one night stay at The NoMad London with breakfast for two, Ladurée Champagne Afternoon;

Lulu Guinness new collection handbag, clutch bag and wallet, three course dinner at Ivy Market Grill, sushi making class at Sticks and Sushi, £250 Mulberry gift voucher and a personal shopping experience, three course dinner at Balthazar, brunch for two at Redfarm, Tiffany & Co. tote bag, Royal Opera House goody bag, Penhaligon’s Virtual Fragrance Profile with Gift of Profiled Scent, cocktails at Miracle at Henrietta;

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Huda beauty Haul, £100 by CHLOE. voucher, dinner for four at The Oystermen, London Transport Museum (pictured) experience and annual passes, afternoon tea for two at The Gentlemen Baristas, £100 voucher Frenchie, Mirabeau Discovery Box, Vashi experience and gift, Din Tai Fung dinner for two, bespoke floral arrangement by Fiona Fleur, £100 voucher Lebanese Bakery, Paul Smith 50th anniversary book, Tom Davies sunglasses;

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Dirty Martini Gold pass and at home cocktail kit (pictured), Atelier Cologne masterclass for two, Private dining experience with drinks for six at Tuttons, £160 MEATliquor voucher, £120 voucher Buns n Buns, three-course meal for two at Floral by LIMA, UNtuckit personalised styling and £200 voucher, £100 Lego gift card, £150 Galleria Mellissa voucher.

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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