Shepherd Market Christmas Lights is always one for the festive calendar and this year, honoured with the big switch on, is Chelsea resident Elizabeth Hurley. Here she tells The Resident about the big switch on and the latest with her beachwear business
Why is it important to you to support the Shepherd Market Christmas Lights?
I love all things Christmassy and love decorating my own house, so lighting up a whole street is just heavenly. I think every area comes into its own at Christmas; my house definitely looks better with the decorations up.
Have you been a regular to Shepherd Market’s festive events in the past?
I’ve switched on a few Christmas lights in my time, the most memorable being in Cirencester when I first moved to the country, but this will be my first sparkly visit to Shepherd Market.
What do you like best about Shepherd Market?
It’s always been one of my favourite areas; it has a unique atmosphere. I often eat at Kitty Fishers and used to love going to the Curzon cinema all the time.
What’s the latest with your beachwear business? Luckily, business is booming and everything is selling well. I’m currently working on summer 2018. I love having a small business of my own, although it’s hard work. I love putting the new collections together and am really happy whenever we get into a new store.
Is Christmas a key time for you in that regard?
We actually sell more beachwear in the lead up to Christmas than in the summer as so many people seek winter sun nowadays. Also, there’s a limit to how many scented candles you can give as gifts, so lots of people gift our sarongs and one size kaftans.
Acting-wise, what do you have lined up in 2017? I have just finished shooting Season 3 of The Royals, which will air in 2017, and am waiting to see if we get commissioned for another season.
Do you consider yourself an actress or a businesswoman first and foremost?
I’ve pretty much gone back to being an actress again, although I still represent Estée Lauder and put an awful lot of work into Elizabeth Hurley Beach. But leaping right back into show business with The Royals has been a delight.
Will you be spending Christmas overseas?
No way – I love Christmas in this country!
How would your ideal Christmas Day pan out?
My Christmas Days have been the same since I was little. Lots of family and friends, way too much food and gift wrap, and an incessant amount of laying the table. I wouldn’t change it though, I adore it and look forward to it all year.
Shepherd Market Christmas Lights
For yet another year, Pastor Real Estate has announced its sponsorship of the Christmas lights party on 8 December at Shepherd Market in Mayfair. This year Elizabeth Hurley will be turning on the lights at 7pm and there will be a host of entertainment including live music, dancers, street performers and carol singers.
Over 68 venues will be staying open late during the celebrations, from boutiques to brasseries and public houses. Mulled wine and mince pies will also be available from some of the select stalls on the night. For children there will be a treasure hunt and an opportunity to have granted a Christmas wish at the Santa’s Photo Booth. Last year’s event saw Michael Palin switching on the lights, while politician Zac Goldsmith took to the microphone for the night.
Shepherd Market is a unique square of fine establishments that was created by Edward Shepherd in 1735, on the site of where the May Fair was held. The region is known for its festivities, and this year’s event is in aid of Mungo’s Broadway Charity.