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Packed with glit­ter­ing gifts and home­wares, we step in­side life­style store The Ham­ble­don

Packed with home­wares, gifts and dec­o­ra­tions, this shop should be on your radar this Christ­mas

WHAT ‘ We try not to put a la­bel on what we do,’ ex­plains Vic­to­ria Su eld, who founded The Ham­ble­don in Winch­ester back in 1999. ‘ We’re a kind of in­de­pen­dent depart­ment/ life­style/con­tent store… but really we’re just sell­ing things that we love!’ FIND The shop it­self is a four- storey Geor­gian build­ing over­look­ing Winch­ester Cathe­dral. In the base­ment is a lux­u­ri­ous menswear depart­ment, on the ground floor find an ar­ray of home­wares, plus three mez­za­nine lev­els stock­ing home fra­grance, bath, beauty, sta­tionery and a unique ‘project space’. The first floor is then ded­i­cated to a beau­ti­fully cu­rated ar­ray of jew­ellery and wom­enswear. ‘ We’re all about Christ­mas,’ ex­plains Vic­to­ria, and ev­ery year the shop’s project space is trans­formed into a fes­tive home­wares grotto. ‘ This year we’re go­ing very dark and lux­u­ri­ous, with a gen­er­ous serv­ing of cop­per fair­ground lights and dec­o­ra­tions.’ BUY Vic­to­ria rec­om­mends Paola Navone’s range of white china for fes­tive en­ter­tain­ing, ‘ I also adore our Mai­son Louis Marie can­dles,’ she says. But their Christ­mas best­seller? ‘ It’s got to be our ‘dog in a globe’ dec­o­ra­tion!’ she laughs.

* The Ham­ble­don, 10 The Square, Winch­ester, Hamp­shire, S023 9ES. 01962 890055; the­ham­ble­don.com

ABOVE The Ham­ble­don faces Winch­ester’s iconic Cathe­dral ABOVE RIGHT A se­lec­tion of on-trend home­wares and soft fur­nish­ings RIGHT Founder of The Ham­ble­don, Vic­to­ria Suf eld

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