London’s social set headed to Bicester Village to celebrate the opening of Cecconi’s restaurant at Bicester Village as the festive season officially began.
Media personality Laura Whitmore, comedian Ian Stirling, singer-songwriter Ella Eyre, and catwalk model Abbey Clancy were amongst the guest invited to lunch at the newly opened Cecconi’s before enjoying an afternoon of Christmas shopping.
The village was alight with Christmas magic, featuring a striking star-spangled display crafted from paper by Wander Barcelona designers as an ode to a starry night sky.
Guests enjoyed Cecconi’s new stylish setting and fresh taste of northern Italy whilst catching up ahead of the festive season.
A three-course lunch was served, including an array of Italian delights from Burrata & Caponata and Meatballs with tomato and basil to Baked gnocchi with tomatoes and mozzarella and Salmon served with cannellini beans and scarola.
This was followed by traditional Italian desserts of Tiramisu, Panettone bread butter pudding and Vanilla Panna Cotta with poached clementine.
After lunch, guests spent the afternoon Christmas shopping and exploring the village, enjoying the new outlets on offer, including Jo Malone London, Charlotte Tilbury, Veuve Clicquot and the Le Creuset pop-up.
As the founding Village of The Bicester Collection, Bicester Village has established a 25-year reputation for its curation of luxury brands and unbeatable year-round savings.
More than 150 boutiques from globally renowned British and international fashion and lifestyle brands line its beautifully landscaped pedestrianised streets, which are modelled on the villages in surrounding Oxfordshire.
Cecconi’s in Bicester Village is the first Cecconi’s restaurant to open in the UK outside of London. From handmade artisanal pizzas, fresh seafood, seasonal dishes and Cicchetti, guests can enjoy an authentic Italian dining experience.
Enzo Cecconi, the youngest-ever general manager of the famous Cipriani in Venice, opened Cecconi’s in London in 1978, which closed in 1999 after 21 years.
It was reopened in February 2004, and in 2005, Soho House took full ownership of the reopened Cecconi’s, which now has restaurants around the world – from Miami to Mumbai.