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Convent Garden puts luxury items up for sale including hotel stays and designer bags


By Bridie Pearson-jones For Mailonline

14:15 29 Nov 2020, updated 14:21 29 Nov 2020

  • Night at one the NoMad Hotel, one of London’s most luxurious new hotels that’s built on the site of the famous Bow Street court is up for grabs in the auction
  • Also for sale is Tiffany handbag, Huda Beauty haul and five star dinners
  • All proceeds go to helping A Pavement Away to help homeless people in London

A night at one of London’s most luxurious hotels that’s built on the site of the famous Bow Street court is among the many lavish lots up for sale in a charity auction that ends tonight.  

The winner of one lot will be among the first guests to spend the night at new NoMad Hotel, in a Superior King Guestroom.

The package includes breakfast for two, as well as a private tour of the Bow Street Police Museum located underneath the hotel.

A night at one of London’s most luxurious hotels that’s built on the site of the famous Bow Street court is among the many lavish lots up for sale in a charity auction that ends tonight. The winner of one lot will be among the first guests to spend the night at new NoMad Hotel, in a Superior King Guestroom (pictured)
Products being auctioned include a leather Tiffany & Co Tiffany Blue tote with personalisation at the Covent Garden boutique, valued at more than £1000
Fashionista’s and beauty lovers can bid on a UK exclusive Huda Beauty haul

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What is up for grabs at the auction? 

  • New Year’s Eve Luxury Shop & Stay package at Covent Garden and The Blue Orchid’s 5-star hotel Tower Suites
  • One on one cooking masterclass with Darjeeling Express’ Asma Khan,
  • Home Christmas Package by The Frog
  • Cooking masterclass with Chef Mark Greenaway 
  • One night stay at The NoMad London with breakfast for two
  • Ladurée Champagne Afternoon
  • Lulu Guinness new collection handbag, clutch bag and wallet,
  • Three course dinner at Ivy Market Grill
  • Sushi making class at Sticks and Sushi
  • £250 Mulberry gift voucher and a personal shopping experience
  • Three course dinner at Balthazar, brunch for two at Redfarm,
  • Tiffany & Co. tote bag
  • Royal Opera House goody bag
  • Penhaligon’s Virtual Fragranc Profile with Gift of Profiled Scent
  • Cocktails at Miracle at Henrietta,
  • Huda beauty Haul
  •  £100 by CHLOE. voucher,
  • Dinner for four at The Oystermen
  • London Transport Museum experience and annual passes
  • Afternoon tea for two at The Gentlemen Baristas
  • £100 voucher Frenchie
  • Mirabeau Discovery Box
  • Vashi experience and gift
  • Din Tai Fung dinner for two, bespoke floral arrangement by Fiona Fleur
  • £100 voucher Lebanese Bakery
  • Paul Smith 50th anniversary book
  • Tom Davies sunglasses
  • Dirty Martini Gold pass and at home cocktail kit
  • Atelier Cologne masterclass for two,
  • Private dining experience with drinks for 6 at Tuttons
  • £160 MEATliquor voucher
  • £120 voucher Buns n Buns
  • Three course meal for two at Floral by LIMA
  • UNtuckit personalised styling and £200 voucher
  •  £100 LEGO gift card,
  • £150 Galleria Mellissa voucher 

Bow Street was one of the UK’s most famous magistrates courts before it closed it’s doors in 2006 when it was developed into a luxury hotel.

Charles Dickens worked in the court as a reporter, while the Kray Twins, Jeffrey Archer, Oscar Wilde and Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst were all tried there.

But the hotel is a far cry from the grimy 19th Century docks the buildings once saw, with luxury interior design and rooms boasting marble mosiac walk-in showers, freestanding clawfoot bathtubs and even views of the Royal Opera House.

Among the other lots in the auction is a home delivered Christmas feast prepared by the superstar chef Adam handling of the Frog, and one-to-one cooking lessons with chefs Asma Khan of the newly opened Darjeeling Express, and Great British Menu’s Mark Greenaway who is currently hosting a residency at one of London’s most trendy pop-up The Gentlemen Baristas.    

Products being auctioned include a leather Tiffany & Co Tiffany Blue tote with personalisation at the Covent Garden boutique, valued at more than £1000.

Vashi Connections will auction a personal experience, allowing the winner to be amongst the first to visit the jewellery brand’s new Covent Garden location next spring and spend time with a specialist maker to choose a piece from its Connections Collection worth up to £325.

Fashionista’s and beauty lovers can bid on a UK exclusive Huda Beauty haul as well as a  new collection Lulu Guinness handbags or a personal shopping experience and £250 voucher at Mulberry. 

Meanwhile, Covent Garden perfumery Penhaligons have gifted a lot which includes a virtual fragrance profiling experience and perfume, while Atelier Cologne’s lot includes a private consultation and perfume. 

Another lot from Paul Smith includes a signed Paul Smith book and a personal styling appointment at the Floral Street store, while UNtuckit’s lot includes a personalised fitting and styling appointment, along with £200 to spend with complimentary drinks. 

Eyewear designer Tom Davies is auctioning ready to wear sunglasses with ZEISS lenses and shoe store Galleria Melissa is auctioning a £150 voucher to spend at its Covent Garden store.

One lucky bidder will win a New Year’s Eve luxury shop and stay package for two at The Blue Orchid’s brand new 5-star hotel Tower Suites and receive Covent Garden shopping & dining discount cards.  

While, those wanting a unique experience for friends and family can bid on a private dining experience for 6, with wine, at local favourite Tuttons. 

Foodies can also bid on £100 voucher to spend at vegan mecca byChloe, an afternoon tea set from The Gentlemen Baristas delivered to the door as well as £100 to spend at celeb hotspot the Lebanese bakery. 

Also on offer is a pair of Air Jordans.

Dressed in the famous Chicago colours of red, white, black from Michael Jordan’s first ever signature shoe in 1985, this pair will no doubt have Jordan fans from around the world excited.

Among the other lots in the auction is a home delivered Christmas feast prepared by the superstar chef Adam handling of the Frog
One on one cooking masterclass with Darjeeling Express’ Asma Khan are also up for grabs
Also on offer is a pair of Air Jordans. Dressed in the famous Chicago colours of red, white, black from Michael Jordan¿s first ever signature shoe in 1985, this pair will no doubt have Jordan fans from around the world excited

Worth over £550 The Jordan 1 Mid Chicago 2020 is the latest high-heat Jumpman released this year and is set to be one of the most popular.

Proceeds from the event will go to the charity A Pavement Away, which is working with Crisis, to purchase 1,800 thermal flasks that will allow homeless people to takeaway hot food and eat when they most need it.

Currently there are 8,855 registered rough sleepers in London and the campaign launching today by Covent Garden will hopefully help 1,800 of them this Christmas.

Their living conditions during winter and especially with all of the impact that COVID-19 has had have worsened, but Covent Garden, A Pavement Away and Crisis are working to help them with a pack to make their living conditions a bit better.

Covent Garden is aiming to raise more than £9,000 to help the charity. 

  • You can donate a bid on items at https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/cggiftforgood

What is the Bow Street Magistrates court and who passed through it? 

One of Britain’s most famous legal addresses Bow Street Magistrates court  saw some of the country’s most famous criminals pass through its doors in 2006 bringing the end a 267-year legal history.

The court opened in 1881, has seen a host of famous names pass through its doors, including Oscar Wilde, Dr Crippen, the Kray Twins and Jeffrey Archer. 

The dock was also stood in by suffragettes Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst, in 1908 – when they were charged with involvement in incitement to ‘rush the House of Commons’ and jailed.

The court opened in 1881, has seen a host of famous names pass through its doors, including Oscar Wilde, Dr Crippen, the Kray Twins (pictured) and Jeffrey Archer.

In 1895 Oscar Wilde wass in the dock after his arrest for ‘committing indecent acts’, and is eventually sentenced to two years’ hard labour.

 Charles Dickens, who regularly attended the court as a reporter, described its appearance in the 19th century.

‘There were other prisoners, boys of 10, as hardened in vice as men of 50; a household vagrant going joyfully to prison as a place of food and shelter, handcuffed to a man whose prospects were ruined, character lost and family rendered destitute by his first offence’ 

Here are some of the most famous faces who passed through the court 

 c1760 – Renowned womaniser Giacomo Casanova recalls in his memoirs that he appeared before magistrate Sir John Fielding at Bow Street charged with assaulting a prostitute, and was bound over to keep the peace.

 1838 – In fiction, the Artful Dodger appears at the fore-runner of the current Bow Street court in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, published in this year.

1895 – Oscar Wilde is in the dock after his arrest for ‘committing indecent acts’, and is eventually sentenced to two years’ hard labour.

A cartoon on the front page of Police News clearly shows the same dock still in court number one today.

1908 – Suffragettes Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst – who were mother and daughter – and Flora Drummond face the so-called ‘Rush trial’ and are jailed for handing out leaflets urging their supporters to ‘rush’ the House of Commons.

 1910 – Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen murders his wife Cora Crippen – better known by her stage name Belle Elmore – and flees to Canada.

Captured and returned to London, Crippen appears at Bow Street, is tried at the Old Bailey and hanged.

1916 – British diplomat Roger Casement tried for treason, espionage and sabotage against the Crown for dealing with Germany in connection with encouraging an Irish uprising. Executed at Pentonville prison, he was famously ‘hanged by a comma’ after his trial took an unpunctuated interpretation of treason laws, adopting the literal sense.

1928 – Radclyffe Hall’s lesbian novel, The Well of Loneliness, is deemed obscene by magistrates at Bow Street and remains banned until 1949.

 1945 – Nazi propagandist William ‘Lord Haw-Haw’ Joyce appears on high treason charges and is eventually executed.

1968 – East End gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray appear after a series of dawn raids by police in connection with charges including conspiracy to murder underworld characters George Cornell and Jack ‘The Hat’ McVitie.

1998 – Former Conservative Cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken is committed to trial on charges of perjury, conspiring to pervert the course of justice and perverting the course of justice.

2000 – Tory peer Jeffrey Archer is committed for trial on charges of perjury and perverting the course of justice. 

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