Thinking of London’s top festive destinations brings to mind the likes of Winter Wonderland, the ice rink at Somerset House, or a cosy corner in a quiet fireplace-lit pub. But each festive season, millions of visitors flock to Selfridges for some of the best Christmas shopping in London and, frankly, the best restaurants that a central London department store can offer.
Streetsmart has long since partnered with the restaurants inside Selfridges which last year raised a staggering £90,000 during the campaign. From the Alto by San Carlo rooftop which cossets guests in the cooler months with sumptuous blankets and hearty Italian fare to the bright and bold flavours in Brasserie of Light, the restaurants at Selfridges have long heightened the shopping experience of visitors to the W1 store.
This year though saw a new addition to the already stellar line up of restaurants: Jackson Boxer at the Corner. Boxer made a name for himself working with the likes of Margot Henderson, before the prodigal talent opened his first restaurant, Brunswick House, aged just 24 years old.
Critical acclaim followed, as did the Notting Hill opening of his second restaurant Orasay and the buzzy Soho bar Below Stone Nest. Jackson Boxer at the Corner is arguably his most refined restaurant to date. A simply gorgeous corner space, perched atop Oxford street, bathed in natural light and serving some exceptionally elegant food.
Boxer’s restaurants, all of which continue to support Streetsmart, have in the past raised thousands for the charity. The new space at Selfridges should further bolster the store’s £90,000 total from 2022, adding to its impressive fundraising total of £360,000 raised since 2009. Most of these funds have been channelled towards Centrepoint’s Independent Living Programme which provides homeless young people with affordable accommodation and support.
Boxer noted: “The current level of Homelessness shames us as a society and as a nation. At Christmas time, as we gather in warm, comforting restaurants, should also be a time to think on how we can provide the most basic and essential human needs for every person; food, shelter, care. We are not proud that we have to support Streetsmart, but all the more reason to do so.”
After a stunning meal in these quiet, elegant surroundings, it’s hard to imagine a better way to make a meaningful impact on homeless charities in London than eating at this gorgeous new space.