Department stores, London
Fortnum & Mason is a posh old department store, in a prime location on Piccadilly.
It's main draw card is it's ground floor food hall, with delicacies from around the world.
It is a great place to buy an edible souvenir to take back home to family and friends. It is a very popular place for christmas and easter gifts, and can get very crowded!
There are 3 floor of general items - clothing, stationary etc etc, but everything sold here is top quality.
Better bring your (husbands!) credit card.
After an exhausting shop, why not pop up to the 4th floor for a traditional afternoon tea (see my must see/food tip for more info).
What to buy: Their chocolates and biscuits are very popular.
What to pay: more expensive than average
Fashion heaven in London's chicest street, Fenwick of Bond Street is five floors of fashionable clothes and accessories for men and women, plus lingerie and home collections. The Beauty Hall is an oasis of top names, and the third floor houses a personal shopping suite and John Gustafson's beauty studio. Joe's Restaurant is on second floor, while Carluccio's in the basement is the perfect place to relax.
Liberty is a tudor beamed department store on Regent Street. THey are famous for textiles and fabrics but they sell men's and ladies' wear, accessories, gifts as well. The shop was originally opened in 1875 and this Tudor building was actually erected in the early 20th century, completed in 1924.
What to buy: They specialize in fabrics for clothing and upholstery but have all the up to date fashion and designer names as well in men's and ladies' fashions. Great accessories and gifts too.
Most people who live in North London never think of traveling to Oxford Street, Bond Street or Knightsbridge. Brent Cross shopping centre has everything they need right on the doorstep.
Two huge department stores (John Lewis, Fenwicks), plus loads of smaller ones. You will find all the brands you seek.
We were looking down a small shopping street near central London & contemplating going into Boots The Chemist - every town & city has one in the UK - taking a good look from the top of the street we saw St. Paul's again - but from a unique angle - rising up in all its glory from a gap in the street. The Shopping was soon forgotten
What to buy: If you do like shopping & some do - London is the top for shopping in the UK selling everything imaginable
What to pay: n/a
This is a great new jumbo complex that threw it's doors open on 30th of October 2008.
Beautiful architecture, marble, granite, glass, chandeliers, wide malls, etc.
I only managed to visit it on 31st of Jan 2009, though it was so worth it :)
Most stores, brands, goods that you are after can be found here. Clothes, shoes, luggage, outdoor gear, home furnishings, furniture, beauty parlours, books, toys, Boots, Waitrose, etc. It is so spacious, with tonnes of eateries, cafes, etc housed within.
To be honest, I have not REALLY shopped since 2001 (my last splurge)! Clearly, it was time to update my wardrobe with some retail therapy.
I visited many stores for the first time ever, though I'd heard of some (NOT ALL) of them. Boy, was I out of touch! BUT NO MORE!!!
What to buy: Check out Hackett for a Mayfair look, or Massimo Dutti for similar chic. There's also Thomas Pink, Tom Wolfe, Ted Baker, House of Fraser, Reiss, Gap, Jaeger, Burberry, GANT, Next, Principles, Camper, Timberland, North Face, Kathmandu, Savage, Pull & Bear, Zara, H&M, M&S, Ugg, ... the list is endless.
Also LV, Armani X, Lacoste, Bench, Bershka, Desigual, All saints, etc.
Loads of kids' stores and maternity stores eg ELC, Mamas & Papas, The Entertainer, Build-A-Bear, Blooming Marvellous, Pumpkin Patch, RED5, GAME, Polarn O. Pyret
Not to mention the many nice restaurants.
What to pay: Anything you want, top watches & jewellery is here too!
Unbelivebale expencive shop but u can visit it as museum :)
What to buy: Department store
Liberty prints and fabrics, furniture and clothing
What to pay: For anyone who lives outside of the EU there is an opportunity to claim back your VAT on all those purchases you made over bp 50 whilst browsing for nothing in particular. Tax is hard enough so you should inform a sales assistant at the cash desk who will help you with the rest.
I stumbled across the Harvey Nichols Department Store on my way back from the shops on Sloane St.
It had been the first time I'd visited this shop and it was highly impressive.
But shoot! It was 5 minutes to closing!! What's a gal to do? SHOP OF COURSE!!!
I knew exactly what I wanted from that store and it was a race against time to find it! (I am a PROFESSIONAL folks.....do not attempt to try this at home!) ;-)
The store is full of chic and modern designer clothing and accessories. It has the reputation of having been Princess Diana's FAVORITE store (It was referred to 'Harvey Nicks") I can certainly see why.
Even the mannequin displays were some sort of works of art!
Upon returning to London, I'd definitely head back to this mega store ...... luckily I only had a limited time. Otherwise, who knows what kind of "damage" I could have done on my bank account then! ;-)
(BTW, my mission was accomplished and I exited there with a Harvey Nick's shopping bag in hand!)
What to buy: Great selection of lingerie!
What to pay: Designer prices! $$$$
Delicacies from around the world
Opening hours Monday-Saturday 9:30-18:00,
Closed Bank Holidays
What to buy: British regional food
specialists and department store.
3 restaurants. Main entrance in Piccadilly
Tea, chocolates and biscuits are very popular
What to pay: More expensive than average
If it's shopping you want to do whilst in London, head for Oxford Street. You will find every type of shop from clothes to records, to department stores like John Lewis, selfridges and Marks and spencers. Great for food. .You will also find record shops and cheap restaurants, Jewellery stores etc. Oxford Street is always packed and beware of pickpockets. Crowds of them operate on this street.
London is famous and attractive for shoppers. From the boutiques of Bond Street to the teeming Oxford street fashion stores and vibrant street markets, there is always something to suit even the most discerning of shoppers. Pick up the perfect gift from a luxury department store like Fortnum & Mason and a while away spent an afternoon in the world famous halls of Harrods
What to buy: Department stores - concentrated mainly on Oxford Street
Brand stores/outlets - a large number of these stores are situated in the area around Regent Street.
Designer shops - heavily populated on Old/New Bond Street and Sloane Street.
Independent/smaller fashion shops and boutiques - located on the streets around Covent Garden.
Traditional British/bespoke tailoring - centred around Piccadilly, particularly on Jermyn Street and Savile Row.
Music shops - all of the capital's megastores have a presence in central London, although if you're looking for rare cuts, 12" and vinyl then Soho is probably the best place to head (as here you'll find a number of independent shops covering all music genres)
Bookshops - while large bookstores such as Waterstone's and Borders are well represented all over London, other good bookshops (both large and small) are situated on both the Charing Cross Road and around Covent Garden.
Jewellery - for expensive items head to New Bond Street. However, for the widest possible choice its worth travelling further afield to Hatton Garden (near Farringdon), which has a high concentration of long established jewellers offering a staggering array of pieces.
(Text from the internet)
Selfridges, Harrods, Peter Jones, Debenhams, Marks and Spencers, Liberty...names like these make me think of London and most particularly Oxford Street.
Nowadays new stores are taking over :Next, Top Shop, River Island, FCUK, Zara, Mango so that you no longer know whether you are in London, Nicosia or Dubai.
I used to love the shops in Oxford Street but now shopping is a nightmare. Walking up and down the hard pavements, trying to avoid the crowds makes shopping a chore..
So, either I head to one of the old established stores like Selfridges, or out to Brents Cross where there is room to move.
What to buy: Quality items because the everyday things are in the high street shops in every provincial town.
The book shops in Tottenham Court road still have an appeal.
What to pay: it depends on what you want; but if it is quality you will pay, but get a bargain in that it will last.
Oxford Street is a good place to have a look at several department stores and the many varied places to buy clothes, electronics etc. Start your walk at Marble Arch Tube station if you're ambitious (or Bond St. station if you're not so fit) and end at Oxford Circus. The Oxford Street flagship (at Marble Arch) of the private-label department store Marks & Spencer, Marks & Sparks to the locals, is worth visiting for quality goods. Further up is the flashy Selfridges with most off the designer lables. FCUK and others also have outlets on Oxford st.
There's also plenty of sports gear at the Adiadas shop and Nike Town at Oxford Circus - don't bother to go the the other sports stores as they don't carry the same range of sizes etc.
What to buy: There is a full range of items to buy. Plenty of cafes are about including several in Selfridges, so take your time. There are a couple of good English Pubs around Oxford Circus for reviewing what you have ended up purchasing.
Noooooo, it's Harrods. This is the place to go when you get that craving for caviar.
Actually, if you're on a budget, I would suggest you leave your wallet & credit cards at home when you come to Harrods. But come here anyway-it's a London must see. I do admit that I did some Christmas buying here, nothing too pricy but, when in London, you gotta get a little something at Harrods!
As you'd expect, Harrod's gets very crowded at Christmas time, especially in prime hours.
What to buy: Krispy Kreme donuts are about all I can afford.
Call it a JC Penney's in London. (Not that I ever did shop at JC Penney's in the U.S.)
**This was a recommendation from my flatmate. I haven't actually been here.
Primark is like a department store but with much more reasonable prices. Very good for basics like tshirt, tanks and underwear (the underwear can't beat Marks and Sparks though!)
Check this place out if Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Oxford Street is just a little out of your price range.
What to buy: Just the basics.
What to pay: Whatever you want to spend. Shoes ran from as little as 5 pounds to 10 pounds. Pants were on average 8 pounds. Quite cheap compared to anything on Oxford Street.