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Department stores: Fenwick

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.

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Sep 02, 2016

Department stores: Iconic Fortnum and Mason

This high class store opened in 1707.

Fortnum and Mason have held a number of Royal Warrants to serve the royal households dating back over nearly 150 years.

I enjoy to have a wander round this beautiful building and look at what is for sale and people watch the purchasers.

What to buy The food items are popular as gifts; lots of tins and jars of specialities such as biscuits and preserves.

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Jan 05, 2013

Department stores: Liberty

Although I like Harrod's, I loved Liberty. This is a much more upscale. For you Americans, the comparison would be similar to comparing Bloomingdale's to Saks Fifth Avenue.
Not being much of a clothing shopper by nature, I had never heard of Liberty before the mock Tudor facade caught my eye as I wandering around looking for record shops in the Regent Street shopping district. In I went and I was blown away.

What to buy The accessories for both men and women are great. A men's shirt caught my attention when I realized that it cost 70 pounds. A little over my budget. The perfume and cosmetic departments are suppose to be quite good too.

What to pay More than I could dream to afford at the time.

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Apr 04, 2011

Department stores: Fortnum & Mason

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

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Apr 04, 2011
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Department stores: You mean this isn't Wal-Mart?

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.

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Apr 04, 2011

Liberty of London: Blurred and washed out 50s style florals

We went into Liberty while we were walking along Regent Street after a long day of sightseeing. I remembered Liberty prints for women's clothing (they now describe these as "blurred and washed out 50s style florals").

We browsed in the furniture (Oriental rugs and lamps) and accessories section (handbags, scarves) and wandered around the store and looked at their fabrics until the store closed at 1900. Bob thought the fabric prices were also exorbitant. I hadn't intended to buy anything anyway and possibly the Harrods prices would have been worse

What to buy They have yard goods, antique furniture and men's and ladies clothing.

What to pay It was all above my pocketbook

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Apr 04, 2011

Fortnum & Mason: Fortnum & Mason

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

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Apr 04, 2011

Liberty: Distinctive designs

Built in 1924, but founded in the 19th century by Arthur Lasenby Liberty, patron of the arts and expert in foreign silks. Two notable set-backs for the firm were cancellations of orders from Archduke Ferdinand when he was assassinated in 1914 and curtains that were no longer needed in the Tsar's St Petersburg palace a few years later.

What to buy The goods on sale in this distinctive and characterful store are largely based along the same lines as the Oriental, Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts furniture, wallpaper, silver, jewellery and fabrics. There are particularly fine furniture and fashion accessory departments and an exotic bazaar in the basement.

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Brent Cross: Fancy shopping under one roof ?

If you fancy a shopping under one roof then Brent Cross is the best place to go. You can find most of the branded items here on reasonable price. You could also avoid the horrendous rush of Oxford Street or Nights Bridge.

What to buy It is good place for family shopping.

What to pay Everything is reasonable.

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Apr 04, 2011

Debenhams: Well known department store

Debenhams is one of the best known British department stores. There are even branches in the Middle- and Far East.

Business hours:
Mo-Tu: 9.30Am - 8PM
We: 10AM - 8PM
Th: 9.30AM - 9PM
Fr-Sa: 9.30AM 8PM
Su: Noon - 6PM

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Oct 11, 2010

Department stores: Westfield - Europe's biggest (for now;))

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!

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Feb 20, 2009

Westfield: London's newest and trendiest mall

Westfield Mall in west London, newly open in November 2008, is Europe's largest in-town shopping mall. The site that it occupies is so large that it is served by 4 tube stations! It is anchored by 4 department stores (M&S, House of Fraser, Next and Debenhams). The majority of retailers are fashion stores, including designer stores which are mostly located in a special wing of the mall called The Village. There is also one large bookstore (Foyles), two banks (NatWest and Halifax), two supermarkets (M&S and Waitrose), and a smattering of electronic shops. Dining options are quite good too, though the restaurants and cafes are very busy at weekends.

What to buy Clothes, clothes, clothes... mostly. Though you can get most things here.

What to pay A lot.

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Jan 30, 2009

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