Shaun Leane guest edited the first issue of Professional Jeweller in 2011.

Jewellery designer Shaun Leane will switch on the Christmas lights at Hatton Garden’s first ever Glittering Festive Celebration on Tuesday November 17.

It has not been an easy year for London’s historic jewellery quarter, but the businesses in the area are putting the trials of the Hatton Garden Heist firmly behind them and celebrating the festive season in style by switching on Christmas lights and hosting an evening of celebration.

On November 17 from 5-7pm a spectacular festive celebration will showcase the unique seasonal shopping, dining and drinking destinations across the area. Lights will adorn Hatton Garden and Greville Street and will be switched on by some very special guests.


Special guest Shaun Leane will be present to judge a Christmas windows competition along Hatton Garden. Then, at 6pm, he will switch on Hatton Garden’s Christmas lights, which will glitter across the street and in the trees that line London’s jewellery quarter.

Having worked and trained in jewellery design in Hatton Garden, Shaun Leane was chosen to be the very first person to switch on the lights for his dedication and support of the area. His presence will pay tribute to Hatton Garden’s jewellery making and diamond legacy, which continues to this day.

The evening will also present e a stellar line-up of singers, dancers and entertainers from some of the most prestigious cultural groups and institutions in London including Camden’s Roundhouse, St Etheldreda’s Choir, West End Kids, Rock Choir and Theatre Delicatessen.

The businesses of Hatton Garden will participate in a late night shopping extravaganza complete with exclusive offers, while guests on the night will also be given a rare insight into the world renowned craftsmanship of the area with a live jewellery making skills demonstration from apprentices in training.

With more than 350 jewellery businesses and over 50 retailers, Hatton Garden represents the largest and most concentrated cluster of jewellery retailers in the UK. It is also home to the world famous Leather Lane Market, independent retailers, award-winning restaurants, coffee shops and pubs, and a variety of creative industries, all of which combine to create a vibrant atmosphere for workers and visitors.

The Glittering Hatton Garden Festive Celebration is being driven by the proposed Hatton Garden Business Improvement District (BID). November 17 effectively marks the start of the ballot campaign for a BID to be established in the area. Businesses will be asked next summer on whether they want to create a BID to support economic growth and promote the area as a business, visitor and shopping destination.

Gary Williams, chairman of the proposed Hatton Garden Business Improvement District says:“The vision of the Hatton Garden BID is to see the area further realise its potential. We must re-claim our long held position as London’s premier jewellery shopping destination, and embrace the thriving creative and media industries that are already choosing to make Hatton Garden their home.

“Christmas is an important time for our retailers, restaurants and bars and we recognise that by working together to shout a bit more loudly about Hatton Garden we can all benefit. I’m proud that the BID has been able to deliver these lights and there will be much more to come next year as we build momentum up to the ballot.”