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Daily positives from our central London neighbourhood

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We’re seeking out and sharing stories in an effort to bring some cheer to your everyday. From supporting and celebrating our NHS heroes, to some creative solutions to help you stay inspired whilst at home, there are so many brilliant initiatives that brands in our neighbourhood have come up with. Keep reading for our edit of positive news.

Clap for Our Carers

A nationwide campaign that launched on Thursday 26th March has seen the UK united in an incredible show of gratitude for the healthcare professionals that are working tirelessly on the front line of this unprecedented battle. Many iconic landmarks across the country were illuminated in blue, paying homage to the Doctors, Nurses, Ambulance Drivers, Administrative teams, cleaners and more. Bravo from us too.

SirPlus clothing: re-assigning delivery

SirPlus St James’s kind initiative is offering its DHL and DPD accounts to members of the general public who need to send medicine, food or care parcels to loved ones. The courier issues a no-contact delivery, so won’t affect those self-isolating. This can be arranged simply by calling the customer service team on 0207 7127 4213.

Paul & Shark: donating towards ventilators

Loyal customers of Paul & Shark will be pleased to hear you can still shop their site online. Now there is an added benefit of doing so, as 20% of the proceeds from any online purchase will be donated, contributing to the purchase of much-needed ventilators.

Harvie & Hudson: pledge to support Guys & St Thomas’

Harvie & Hudson are generously committing to donate 20% of all UK sales to support the Guys & St Thomas’ Charity. Whilst their physical store on Jermyn Street is closed, you can still order online; all orders will be processed once the shop reopens. For your friends and family outside of the UK, let them know that any international sales will also see a 20% charity donation, to Médicins Sans Frontières. Visit their website for T&Cs.

ICA Daily: curating inspiration

Bringing art into our homes, the ICA is sharing daily newsletters full of recommendations on things to watch, read or listen to. An authority on culture, the much-loved gallery and arts venue will share its curated suggestions directly to your inbox – sign up today here.

Fortnum & Mason: delivering excellence & creating safe spaces for anture

A well-loved bastion of British taste, Fortnum & Mason is offering home delivery of its iconic treats, hampers and gifts. Why not spoil someone special with a thoughtful gift of a canister of tea, or send a chocolate hamper to bring a smile to someone’s face, even if you can’t be together. In addition, Fortnums has created a hidden pied-a-terre for their bees, housed in a set of hives in Hoxton, East London. The special London honey is so popular, it has a waiting list. See their gorgeous hives and read more about their biodiversity support here. Lastly, they are celebrating our feline friends with a crafty cat home challenge on their Instagram.

Kit Kemp Design Thread Launches

Looking for a little brightness in your day? For those looking for some creative inspiration, Kit Kemp has created Kit Kemp Design Thread on Instagram to share creativity and tips for us all at home. Kit Kemp is the Founder, Creator and Designer behind the stunning Firmdale Hotels so is perfectly placed to be a source of interior inspiration.

Ten Health & Fitness Live Workouts

For workout sessions from a trusted source, look no further than Ten Health & Fitness. Their Instagram feed is full of advice from their Personal Trainers and workouts to explore, as well as the team hosting classes everyday on Instagram Live.

Emma Willis swapping shirts for scrubs with Reiss

Well-loved for her bespoke shirt service, Emma Willis has decided to turn her cutting tables and sewing machines to the production of protective hospital scrubs and donating to the NHS. If you'd like to help support this initiative, please consider a donation: each pair costs £30 with Emma Willis covering the cost of production. Reiss will likewise be supporting the initiative in creating scrubs and masks for Guys & St Thomas's Trust, and will light their selective stores blue to pay homage to NHS workers. More information about Scrubs for Surgeons here.

#AspinalHeroes from Aspinal of London

There are so many uplifting stories of heroes who are making a difference during the pandemic. Aspinal of London wants to celebrate their work, by rewarding 100 heroes each week with a personalised gift to say thank you. why not nominate someone you know deserving of a treat here.

Floris London helps us to work from home well

It's been an adjustment for many of us, trying to work from home. Floris London has created a guide to working well whilst in lockdown, recommending: routine, curating a productive space, getting out of those pyjamas and enjoying fresh air when you can. One tip that can easily be forgotten is allowing yourself a 'home time' - to unwind, and switch off.

N.Peal Cashmere, donating to the NHS

To mark the Easter long weekend, N.Peal Cashmere gave back to those who are tirelessly saving lives. 30% of their sales were donated to the NHS as a small token of appreciation, raising over £10,000.

Cubitts helps to counteract eye strain

Lots of us are finding that we're spending more time looking at screens. To help rest your eyes, Cubitts' Senior Optometrist, Betony, shares the 20-20-20 method: every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break, and look 20 feet away from your screen.

Arc'teryx creating medical gowns and supporting science

Arc'teryx have developed a medical gown to address the current shortage of hospital supplies. Their team of sewers, engineers, sample and pattern makers are working away to create 500 Level 3 certified gowns. This scheme began in British Columbia and the team hopes to grow production to manufacture 30,000 units. In addition, the team has set measurable Science-Based Targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 65% by 2030, and are shifting to 100% renewable energy for their owned operations.

Anatomē offering critical workers self-care bags

Anatomē London have created self-care bags that are being gifted to critical workers in Central London hospitals. Teaming up with a range of beauty brands, they hope to offer NHS workers a moment of self-care.

Emmett London celebratory competition

Fans of Emmett London now have the chance to win a complimentary made-to-measure experience. Simply send @emmettlondon a fun photo in your favourite Emmett shirt, and the most fun photo will win.

Turnbull & Asser turning their hand to new garments

Turnbull & Asser have announced their workrooms will be dedicated to the creation of NHS scrubs. Their skilled workers have returned to production rooms in Gloucester with new rules and a new ambition in mind: to make a batch of 4,000 scrubs for hospitals. Read more here.

Barbour produces PPE

To support the fight against COVID-19, Barbour will now be creating Personal Protective Equipment to share with staff in urgent need of these items. Barbour has collaborated with the North East Trusts and Royal Victoria Infirmary to ensure their garments go to the best possible places.

The world unites to support and praise the efforts of Captain Tom Moore

Captain Tom Moore stole the hearts of the nation and beyond with his commitment to walk 100 lengths of his garden to celebrate his 100th birthday. What began as an ambition to raise £1000 for NHS Charities Together has gained global momentum, with 99-yar-old war veteran Tom raising £30 million at time of writing. Now, 125,000 well-wishers from around the globe have sent him birthday cards. You can read his story and donate here.

Winemaker Katharina Prum at Justerinis shares wine expertise

Justerinis hosted its first interactive wine class, to keep us all at home entertained. The next masterclass at time of writing will be the 5th May, details here.

Assouline supports One Tree Planted

To mark #EarthDay, we're celebrating Assouline's pledge to plant one tree for every book sold. This is supporting One Tree Planed with the desire to create a more sustainable world through reforestation.

Central London restaurants unite to reduce food waste

12 drinking and dining destinations across your Regent Street & St James's neighbourhood joined forces to collectively reduce their food waste. You too can reduce your food waste, with hints and tips here.

Luca Faloni supports Italian roots

Luca Faloni will donate 10% of revenue to the hospital of Bergamo - one of the areas in Northern Italy devastated by the pandemic and home to many of the brand's artisans. This will take place until the end of April.

Smeg brightens up its store

Even whilst closed, Smeg's flagship store in St James's Market is bringing joy to London in the shape of a large rainbow displayed across its windows. Encouraging you to stay safe, the positive words 'Andrà Tutto Bene' - 'everything will be okay' made us smile.

Lock & Co. Hatters creates PPE visors

Head Couture Millinery Designer at Lock & Co. Hatters, Awon Golding, is creating PPE visors for NHS heroes as part of the 'make a visor, save a hero' movement. You can support the #VisorArmy here.

John Lobb gets us dancing

John Lobb is encouraging us all to keep moving with a series of step by step dancing guides. Practice for the 'Strictly Come Dancing' season and learn the Foxtrot, Chacha or Tango here.

Michelin starred chef William Drabble offers culinary advice

Out of recipe ideas? Michelin starred chef William Drabble, of the St James Hotel and Club, is sharing practical tips to help you cook easily at home. You can find his vidoe tutorials here.

Sunspel shares styling tips for us at home

Championing loungewear as the new office wear, Sunspel is sharing inspirational style tips for us all whilst we work from home. It's the perfect mix of chic and comfort, discover more here.

Hawes & Curtis offers thanks to emergency and essential service workers

As a small gesture of kindness to those on the front line, Hawes & Curtis will offer 200 shirts (100 men's, 100 women's) for nominated saviours as a Shirts for Saviours campaign. Nominate a friend or family member here.

Aesop shares personal care products

Aesop skincare is working to provide healthcare workers with essential personal care products. For vulnerable families, Aesop has also committed to donating care packages to those who have survived family violence.

Christie's curate conversations for us all to enjoy

Christie's auction house has a special art institute: Christie's Education that studies the art market. Whilst we're at home, the team are hosting talks digitally, with he first discussing their Andy Warhol Better Days photograph sale (this eventhas now passed). For future events, follow Christie's Ducation on Instagra here.

Truefitt & Hill donate shaving equipment to help PPE mask safety

Truefitt & Hill are supporting the NHS with a donation of shaving equipment to support PPE mask safety. It has been shown that the level of protection offered by face masks has been proven to be severely hindered when worn over beards, so the grooming experts have sent 1,500 razors, shaving creams and aftershave balms to St George's Hospital London.

The ICA shares the Dial-A-Poem project

Late American poet John Giorno's Dial-A-Poem project has been found to be still in existence by the ICA. Created in 1968, today you can still call +1(641) 793 8122 to be read a poem. A very happy discovery.

The London Library celebrated its 179th birthday

Boasting over 1 million books, literary institution The London Library has been committed to offering postal loans and sharing its extensive e-library for all of us at home to stay reading. On 3rd May, it also turned 179 and we reflected on the opening, attended by Victorian icons such as Charles Dickens, William Thackeray and Thomas Carlyle.

Hilditch & Key support local charity efforts

Hilditch & Key will be donating 20% of all full-price purchases made online to support the St James's Piccadilly Church. The Church has been coordinating crucial efforts to help the homeless and refugees. The donation will run until the end of May

The Beau Brummell & sister sites arrange home delivery of produce

The Cubitt House at Home service created by The Beau Brummell, The Grazing Goat and The Orange will be offering home delivery within a 2 mile radius. Londoners local to these gastropubs can order seasonal British produce direct to the doorstep.

We united to celebrate heroes past and present

To mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, we paid tribute to the heroes of World War II with an article here that highlighted the history of the day and advice on how you could celebrate with us.

Sunspel supports Nottingham hospital workers

Acknowledging the challenges of changing uniforms and risks of spreading the virus via contaminated clothing, NHS staff at Queen's Hospital Nottingham have been given washable laundry bags created by Sunspel to allow them to put their clothing directly into the washing machine. 1000 bags, and 7500 masks have been donated to date.

Christy's Hats creates face masks

Brightening up face masks, Christy's Hats created a selection of handmade non-surgical face masks using Liberty London printed fabric.

We celebrated nurses and nursing legend Florence Nightingale

12th May marked Florence Nightingale's bicentennial as well as International Nurses' Day. We marked the occasion by thanking NHS heroes of today, as well as by sharing the history of The Lady with the Lamp. Read more here.

Davy's Wine Merchants bring their expertise to you at home

Wine expert Fleur McCree hosted a wine tasting masterclass with Davy's Wine - one of London's oldest independent wine merchants. Davy's Wine also support Hospitality in Action, a charity who assist those who work within the hospitality industry in the UK.

We shared how to enjoy St James's & Regent Street from the comfort of your home

Amidst the lockdown, we curated an edit of the brands from across your central London neighbourhood who you can still connect with whilst at home. Whether a cheese delivery from Paxton & Whitfield, or products from Aesop or anatomē, read 'How To Support Your Central London Neighbourhood at Home' here.

Waterstones announce the release of Captain Tom Moore's autobiography

A man who inspired the nation is set to release his story this autumn. Detailing the life and adventures of Captain Tom Moore - from serving in Burma to raising millions for the NHS, the autobiography, entitled 'Tomorrow Will be a Good Day' is available to pre-order now from Waterstones.

Turnbull & Asser shares how to create a face mask at home

Pattern Cutter Eddie Powers, from Turnbull & Asser, has created a tutorial on how to make your own face mask at home. Watch his video here.

Mental Health Awareness Week: Arc'teryx athlete shares their advice

For Mental Health Awareness Week, Arc'teryx athlete and mountaineer Janelle Smiley celebrates the positives that the great outdoors can bring to your state of mind. She says, "it's ok to own your mental state, bring it into the light, transform it, refresh it, heal it. It's not something to fear." Read her full blog post here.

Mental Health Awareness Week: Waterstones hosts a discussion on the human capacity for kindness

Episode 23 of the Waterstones podcast is centred on kindness: the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week this year. Chairing the discussion is author Rutger Bregman, who supports a revolutionary theory that our kindness is what has helped us to develop as a species. Listen to his philosophy here.

Floris London supports the Royal Family's 'My Chelsea Garden' initiative

Despite Floris London unable to share its fragrances at Chelsea Flower Show this week, the team has shared its favourite garden memories as part of the Royal Family's 'My Chelsea Garden' initiative. With plants and gardens proven to make you feel more energised, and less stressed, they hope to raise awareness of this during Mental Health Awareness Week. View their first post here.

Sims Reed's NHS Virtual Gallery raises money for charity

Sims Reed Gallery partnered with Art for Heroes over the Bank Holiday Weekend to host online art auctions - where artists donate a selection of their works - to raise money for NHS Charities Together. 100% of proceeds from the sale will be going to the NHS heroes on the front lines. (Please note: the art sale has now ended).

Ten Health & Fitness celebrate the power of endorphins

During Mental Health Awareness Week, Ten Health & Fitness shared how and why endorphins can help us to feel happy. With effects including enhancing the immune systems and reducing stress, it's important to include endorphin-boosting activity within your daily routine. Draw inspiration here.

Cubitts spreads the rainbow with new colourful sunglasses

Designed by eight-year-old Loa, Cubitts' latest colourful sunglasses are inspired by the NHS rainbows people have created during lockdown. The winner of the Founder's Choice frame design award has had her own special pair made here. NHS workers can also enjoy a special offer until the end of May.

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