Make Harvey Nichols your destination for a weekend to remember this autumn

20 Sep 2022 | Updated on: 27 Sep 2022 |By Luxury London

From fine dining to live music, there’s far more to the Knightsbridge department store than shopping

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The days are shortening, the nights are drawing in and, before we know it, the Christmas lights will be going up across the capital. While many will lament the end of summer’s sunny climes, in London a new season simply means a whole host of new entertainment options – and, this autumn, those in the know are setting course for Harvey Nichols.

Far more than simply a world-class destination for some of the finest international luxury brands, the Knightsbridge department store has become a go-to for those looking for the perfect place to organise a memorable get-together with family and friends. And this season it’s got a whole host of new attractions on offer.

The CÎROC Passion Jungle Terrace

The end of summer does not mean the end of the al fresco terrace. With the help of a few carefully placed heaters (and a retractable roof), Harvey Nichols has transformed its Fifth Floor terrace into a tropical paradise that will be serving up a special menu of CÎROC Passion cocktails until the end of October.

Highlights include the Passion Spritz (CÎROC Passion, rhubarb, Prosecco and soda) and the Passion Juice (CÎROC Passion, blood orange soda and orange blossom water) – all of which are beautifully presented to complement their Insta-worthy surroundings. Settle in and take day to night with a tempting all-day dining menu of Mediterranean small plates, burgers, salads and afternoon tea.

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Live music at the Fifth Floor Bar

Once the sun goes down head inside to the opulent Fifth Floor Bar which, from 29 September, will be hosting live music and DJs, accompanied by some seriously exquisite drinks. Every month the bar welcomes a new limited edition cocktail and, for September, it’s the turn of the Late Summer Spritz: a fresh and aromatic blend of Botanist Gin, mint and apple created in celebration of the UK’s traditional apple season.

There’s also an extensive menu of spirits, wines, champagnes and classic cocktails, all accompanied by a small but perfectly formed food offering featuring brasserie staples, including club sandwiches, mezze platters, oysters and bar snacks. Whether it’s a first date or a girls’ night out, look no further for an evening guaranteed to impress.

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Take the party home with a cocktail hamper

All good things must come to an end but, just because the bar is closed, doesn’t mean the party has to stop. Pick up one of Harvey Nichol’s perfectly curated cocktail hampers to treat guests to bar-quality cocktails at home. They also make brilliant gifts for dinner party or weekend hosts (extra marks if you nominate yourself as mixologist).

The Martini Hamper, £130,

It is a truth universally known that you can’t go wrong with a good martini – but shaking one up at home isn’t as easy as it sounds. Quality ingredients are imperative and, thankfully, Harvey Nichols has done the hard work for you, packing bottles of The Lakes vodka, No.3 London Dry gin and Lillet Blanc into a chic black hamper, alongside Kalamata and green olives. Whether you take yours shaken or stirred, all you need add for the perfect martini is some chilled glasses.

Set The Bar hamper, £90,

If you’d rather your guests didn’t hit the really hard stuff quite so soon, Harvey Nichols’ Set the Bar hamper has been carefully curated to get celebratory evenings off to a great start. The ultimate drinks and nibbles hamper, welcome guests with bowls of chilli clusters, Kalamata olives and Japanese rice crackers and norimaki, accompanied by a glass of crisp Corbières Rosé, a celebratory flute of Prosecco or a sophisticated G&T mixed with The Botanist Islay Dry Gin and Harvey Nichols’ own flavoured tonic waters.

Cocktail Cabinet hamper, £299,

However, if you’re anticipating guests with a wide variety of drinks orders (or have been invited to stay with someone who’s just moved home), the Cocktail Cabinet hamper has everything you need to create a high-end home drinks cabinet to satisfy all tastes. This all-encompassing selection features a magnum of Prosecco and a great array of spirits, including Isle of Wight Mermaid pink gin, Ketel One vodka, Aperol, vermouth, Campari, damson gin liqueur, Angostura bitters and sloe gin, meaning there will be few cocktail requests you can’t satisfy. There are also eight bottles of premium flavoured tonic water and a selection of sophisticated snacks, including salted cashews, green olives stuffed with pimento and a Mexican snack mix. Bottoms up!