Help a Hungry Child: Star-studded carol service to raise money for The Independent’s appeal

Fayre of St James takes place on Tuesday evening in Piccadilly and The Felix Project will be the sole beneficiary

Anna Davis
Tuesday 28 November 2017 12:03
The Christmas concert will see Ellie Goulding and Tom Chaplin take to the stage
The Christmas concert will see Ellie Goulding and Tom Chaplin take to the stage

One of the world’s most famous fashion stores will open its doors after-hours for a rare private shopping experience.

Topshop is offering six friends the chance to have its flagship Oxford Street store all to themselves in the ultimate personal shopping event.

The three storey, 90,000 square foot store, which is the equivalent size of 1,800 buses standing end to end, will close to all other customers and its personal shopping team will work exclusively for the six friends.

The experience is one of the unique items being sold at the Quintessentially Foundation Fayre of St James auction - and all proceeds will go to the Felix Project through our Christmas campaign.

Other normally not-for-sale lots include the opportunity to have renowned British chef Simon Rogan cook for you and 20 guests at Massimo Bottura’s Refettorio Felix, a community kitchen in Earl’s Court.

A nine-course menu with paired wines at The Greenhouse in Mayfair is also up for grabs. Four people can enjoy the meal with a bottle of Champagne and a private visit from executive chef Arnaud Bignon during the meal. The Greenhouse is one of only nine restaurants in London to have been awarded two Michelin stars.

Other lots include dinner with Stephen Fry, a personal styling session with fashionista Trinny Woodall and a five night luxury holiday to the Maldives.

Organised by Quintessentially Foundation and The Crown Estate in partnership with The Berkeley Foundation, the Fayre of St James, one of the most highly anticipated Christmas concerts in London, takes place tonight (Tuesday 28) at the Church of St James in Piccadilly, and the Felix Project is the sole beneficiary.

Tickets for the star-studded carol service sold out within days for up to £500 each.

Ellie Goulding and Tom Chaplin will perform during the evening, and there will be readings by Stephen Fry, Cressida Bonas and actor Stephen Campbell Moore.

Ben Elliot, co-founder of Quintessentially said: “It is unbelievable that 70,000 children are going to school hungry every day and the work that the Felix Project are doing to combat this figure is both impressive and humbling. I am determined that we support them in reducing food poverty across our city.”

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