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A chance to join the Peter Jones party

How To Spend It readers will be helping to celebrate a lavish revamp

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A chance to join the Peter Jones party

November 21 2011
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A mainstay of Sloane Square’s shopping scene for more than 100 years, Peter Jones has just undergone a £7m facelift – and to celebrate, it’s hosting a party on November 24, and offering 50 pairs of tickets to How To Spend It readers (details below).

The store’s lavish revamp includes a new apothecary-style shop (second picture) dedicated to premium candles – including Wiltshire-based boutique perfumery True Grace – and a new contemporary menswear department on the first floor.

The party, taking place on Thursday November 24, will include festive music courtesy of the Kensington prep school choir, demonstrations from design favourites Paul Costelloe and Orla Kiely, and a mini-play written by the Royal Court Theatre’s latest playwriting talent.

But the headline attraction is the charity auction, which includes a host of eclectic lots donated by the likes of Sir Roger Moore (espresso cups), David Cameron (his fountain pen), Eliza Dolittle (a selection of clothing) and Barry Gibb (a signed electric guitar) – all of which will be going under the hammer in the top-floor restaurant, with 100 per cent of proceeds going to The Sick Children’s Trust, an organisation that provides free, high-quality accommodation to families of children receiving hospital treatment for severe illness.