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Your guide to the ultimate Galentine’s night in with your gal-pals

Pampering, pyjamas, playlists and party games: how to celebrate your female friendships in style 

7 February 2022

Romance might well be the thing many of us are searching for this February but, in reality, what could possibly be more important than our closest female friendships? The kind that stick around while romance can come and go.

So, this year, rather than Valentine’s, it’s all about celebrating Galentine’s – a day dedicated to those special women in your life. The best way to do this? By swapping that standard dinner reservation for a luxurious ladies-only night in, of course.

From the perfect pyjamas to wear to the best bubbles to serve, this is how to throw the ultimate Galentine’s Day party courtesy of Chelsea’s finest.

The food

Throwing the best Galentine’s Day get-together calls for crowd-pleasing comfort food. Luckily, Chelsea’s range of amazing neighbourhood restaurants has this covered. Think decadent (but vegan) mac ‘n’ cheese from plant-based restaurant Wulf & Lamb, juicy burgers from Granger & Co. and vegan chocolate cheesecake from Holy Carrot – all delivered to your door.

Holy Carrot, 2-4 Hans Crescent, SW1X 0LH;
Granger & Co., 237 Pavilion Road, SW1X 0BP;
Wulf and Lamb, 243 Pavilion Road, SW1X 0BP;   

The drinks

Nothing says a celebration quite like bubbles, so to help make the evening feel special, crack open a bottle of Rathfinny’s 2017 Blanc de Blancs from Chelsea’s neighbourhood wine shop, Mother Vine. This English sparkling wine is packed with aromas of lemon curd, pastry and citrus blossom, and is wonderfully creamy on the palate. It’ll go perfectly with the lobster spaghetti from Harry’s Dolce Vita, but it’s just as delicious drunk on its own.

Rathfinny 2017 Blanc de Blancs, £41; Mother Vine 255 Pavilion Road, SW1X 0BP

The music

The best way to set the scene for some truly spectacular Galentine’s Day celebrations? With the perfect playlist, of course. Whether your tastes run more to fierce feminist names in pop such as Beyoncé or you prefer the more alternative tones of Billie Eilish, the best way to listen to your Galentine’s Day tracks are on Louis Vuitton’s Horizon light up speaker. Combining light, sound and couture design, this portable speaker lets you take the party with you in truly stylish fashion.

£2,320; Louis Vuitton, 190-192 Sloane Street, SW1X 9QX

The pyjamas

A glamorous, grown-up slumber party requires stylish sleepwear, and Olivia von Halle’s luxurious silk pyjamas more than fit the bill. When picking from the range of beautiful patterns, the bolder the better if you want to make a statement, or go for a classic ‘masculine’ silhouette and jewel tones with contrasting ivory piping in the new Coco Chanel-inspired Coco Evergreen pyjama set. Lingerie specialists La Perla on Sloane Street also stocks a range of luxurious silk nightgowns, robes, pyjamas and dainty matching camisoles and shorts,.

 But if snuggly comfort is more what you’re after, try The White Company, where the sustainably-made jersey pyjama sets come with delicate lace edging and a relaxed fit – perfect for an elegant take on your cosiest nightwear.

Olivia von Halle, 190 Pavilion Road, Chelsea, SW3 2BF
The White Company, 4 Symons Street, Chelsea, SW3 2TJ
La Perla, 163 Sloane Street, SW1X 9QB

The pampering

Face masks are a slumber party staple, so order your pampering essentials from local celebrity facialist Sarah Chapman. Her Instant Miracle Mask’s paint-on combination of argan and Moroccan lava clay gives a flash-effect to hydrate, smooth and refine, leaving skin radiant in just 15 minutes – ideal for in between those glasses of bubbly.

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Clinic, 259 Pavilion Road, SW1X 0BP

The games

No pyjama party is complete without a couple of games thrown into the mix. A pack of playing cards can lead to hours of fun, especially if they take the form of Gucci’s stylish vintage-inspired set, which comes in a portable GG Supreme case. Smython’s handmade backgammon set is equally elegant, with its smooth leather playing surface and leather-lined dice cup and doubling cube. For something more modern, stock up on Talking Tables’ range from Peter Jones. Pick a board game to match your favourite tipple, such as The Wine Game or The Gin Game, and test your knowledge – adding in a few tasters along the way as well, of course.

Peter Jones, Sloane Square, SW1W 8EL
Smythson, 141-142 Sloane Street, SW1X 9AY
Gucci, 18 Sloane Street, SW1X 9NE 

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