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SEEN Experiences: The Royal Exchange

Christmas is upon us and in SEEN’s opinion, the only way to enjoy this time of year is to give ourselves the experience of London’s shopping districts.

Christmas is upon us and in SEEN’s opinion, the only way to enjoy this time of year is to give ourselves the experience of London’s shopping districts.

The Royal Exchange; the contemporary luxury shopping destination in the heart of the City, came together with Montblanc, the maison for fine lifetime companions, to kick-start Christmas in the City of London with the fourth annual tree lighting ceremony.


Olympic heptathlete, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, was the guest of honour and officiated the ceremony by lighting the magnificent 25ft Christmas tree. Katarina Johnson-Thompson said, “The Royal Exchange is one of London’s most stunning landmarks and it was a pleasure to be here to switch on the lights of the beautiful Montblanc Christmas tree. The Royal Exchange is a fantastic destination for luxury Christmas gifts.”

Katarina Johnson-Thompson
Katarina Johnson-Thompson

Hosted by Oxford Properties, the evening saw more than 250 guests gather at The Royal Exchange to witness the spectacular tree lighting. All were treated to Christmas carols from the outstanding East London Chorus, paired with complimentary mulled wine, hot chocolate and scrumptious minced pies from restaurant group, D&D London.

Joining Katarina Johnson-Thompson to officiate the ceremony was Paul Brundage, Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director at Oxford Properties Group. During the event, he commented “As the proud owners of The Royal Exchange, each year we are thrilled to add a touch of festive cheer to the City with our spectacular Christmas tree. With an unrivalled collection of brands and services available under one roof, we are sure visitors will find the perfect presents for friends and family this Christmas.”

The tree lighting ceremony marks the start of the Christmas shopping season at The Royal Exchange. Home to more than 30 luxury boutiques, it is where the City comes together to meet, eat and shop.

The Royal Exchange
City of London

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