London is the home of some of the most iconic department stores in the world. Just think of the lavish green and gold of Harrods, the black & white exterior of Liberty and the massive pillars of Selfridges and that is only a small sample of what is available. These are one stop shopping destinations, where you buy a massive range of products under one roof and enjoy a meal or drink as well. You may even be able to enjoy Malaysian food at Selesa Restaurant Kensington, beauty treatments, relax in a spa or visit a roof garden!
Book a stay at any of the hotels in central Kensington London and visit Knightsbridge based Harrods which is undoubtedly top of the list for almost every shopper. Frequented by royalty and celebrities, this is the most glamorous, luxury shopping destination where you can find almost anything. Want some exquisite jewellery, cosmetics crockery, designer fashion, luxury food and hundreds of other categories? This is the shop for you. There are seven floors and 330 departments of shopping heaven. You can seek the help of a specialist gift concierge to find the perfect item to take home, or dine in splendour within one of its many restaurants. Don’t forget to take a look at the store at night – the exterior is stunning as it is illuminated 365 days of the year with 11,500 light bulbs.
Take the tube to Piccadilly to find Fortnum & Mason, specialists in fine teas, coffees and classic English food such as jams and marmalades. Want an exquisite food hamper to take home? Then take a look at what they can offer. You can also find fashion and cookware, as well as delightful ice cream and cream teas! This is a store with a long heritage, as it has been trading on this site since 1707. It still describes itself as being ‘purveyors of fine foods’.
Not far away in Regent Street, is Liberty. The distinctive black and white mock Tudor building is a popular destination for anyone wanting stylish fashion, beauty, antique furniture and accessories. Liberty fabric designs and scarves have become iconic objects in their own right. This is a highly traditional department store, but also stocks a lot of cutting edge ranges like Vivienne Westwood.
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Head up to Oxford Street to find well known stores like John Lewis, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Fenwick, House of Fraser, Marks & Spencer. The best advice is to start at Oxford Circus and work your way down Oxford Street to Marble Arch – a journey that will enable you to find all these extremely desirable shopping venues. John Lewis is one of the first department stores you will reach. This is one of the most well loved British department stores, with its age old promise that customers will be ‘never knowingly undersold’. At the very end of Oxford Street is Marks & Spencer, renowned for its food and clothing.