Department stores are a London speciality, from Harrods to Harvey Nichols, Selfridges to Liberty. Located across the city housing everything from footwear to furnishing and clothing to caviar.
Most London department stores also have cafés, restaurants and bars – perfect when you need to recharge your batteries after an extended shopping session. Some even offer you the chance to unwind with a luxurious spa or beauty treatment. You'll also find extensive cosmetics departments as well as bridal wear in the majority of larger stores.
Personal shopper and Styling services are popular for women, men and even children particularly around celebrations such as Christmas, Mothers Day, Valentines and birthdays.
Selfridges opened in 1909 by the infamous Gordon Selfridge who had a vision of creating his dream store. With the success of the hit series about Mr Selfridge and his ambitions, Selfridges continues to become a global brand and well known one-stop department store. With super brands such as Stella McCartney, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and pop-up shops, Selfridges also offers fine dining as well as bars and cafes. The store is renowned for its spectacular window displays, in-store events, beauty hall and food hall as well as the new denim wall and world’s biggest shoe department.
Check the website for current in-store events, promotions and opening times - www.selfridges.com
Selfridges & Co, 400 Oxford Street, London (nearest tube Bond St)
Harrods was established in 1849 as a grocery store, today the prestigious department store offers everything from food to fashion and furniture as well as over 20 restaurants and many specialist services including dog coat fitting and piano tuning. The famous Egyptian Hall is stunning and a centre piece of the store which is home to some of the biggest names in fashion such as Matthew Williamson, Burberry, Gucci and Chloe but to name a few. At night, the store is illuminated by 11,500 light bulbs and is one of London’s well-known attractions.
Check the website for current in-store events, promotions and opening times - www.harrods.com
87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London (nearest tube Knightsbridge)
Harvey Nicols is a must for any fashionista, bringing together an impressive range of designers from around the world and supplies an elite clientele with fine clothes, accessories, cosmetics, food and shoes over 8 floors. D&G, John Galliano, Space NK, Burberry and Jimmy Choo are just a few of the luxury labels you can find here. The whole of the fifth floor is dedicated to restaurants and food.
Check the website for current in-store events, promotions + opening times -www.harveynichols.com/stores/london
109-125 Knightsbridge, London (nearest tube Knightsbridge)
Liberty opened in 1875 by the spirit-led Arthur Liberty, selling ornaments, fabrics and artistic objects from the Far East and Japan. The store became increasingly popular for its ‘bazaar’ like set up, providing decorative furnishing objects for the home. Today the Liberty store hosts cutting-edge ranges from designers including Vivienne Westwood, Dries Van Noten and Alexander McQueen with an impressive beauty hall. Celebrating fine design and craftsmanship this department store is a shoppers’ paradise.
Check the website for current in-store events, promotions + opening times - www.liberty.co.uk
Great Marlborough Street, London (nearest tube Oxford Circus)
Fenwick of Bond Street was established in 1891 as a hair accessories boutique. It is now home to five floors of luxury retail on one of London's chicest streets. Choose from designer clothing, home accessories, bags, shoes, fashion, jewellery and much more. The cosmetic department is an oasis of exclusive products and the Carluccio's café is the ideal place to relax and unwind.
Check the website for current in-store events, promotions and opening times - www.fenwick.co.uk/bond-street
63 New Bond Street, London (nearest tubes Oxford Circus and Bond St)
Fortnum & Mason is the quintessential English store and has been selling food, luggage, homewares and clothes to London's finest since 1707. The official grocer to The Queen, the beautiful store has four restaurants and sells the most indulgent foodstuffs. If you want specialist teas, exquisite hampers or afternoon tea then this is the place to go.
Check the website for current in-store events, promotions and opening times- www.fortnumandmason.com
181 Piccadilly, London (nearest tubes Green Park and Piccadilly Circus)
John Lewis is the much loved chain of department stores with a flagship store on Oxford Street stocking nearly half a million products from buttons to beds and cushions to cufflinks. The store boasts seven floors of fashion, beauty, home and technology products, plus a new Brasserie and Bistro with a panoramic view of the West End. There is also a John Lewis in Brent Cross Shopping Centre, London.
Check the website for current in-store events, promotions and opening times- www.johnlewis.com
300 Oxford Street, London (nearest tube Oxford Circus and for the Brent Cross Store, Hendon)
Debenhams is another popular department store, stocking affordable ranges from a number of British designers such as Jasper Conran and Ben de Lisi. Debenhams' flagship store on Oxford Street has a shoe department, lingerie section and a cosmetics hall with all the top beauty brands. It also offers extra services such as a free personal shopper and great child-friendly restaurants. There are a number of Debenhams stores throughout London.
Check the website for current in-store events, promotions and opening times- www.debenhams.com
House of Fraser is renowned for its designer brands and exclusive collections – it's the place to go for a little bit of luxury, whatever your budget. Browse through top brands including DKNY, Cath Kidson and Ted Baker then relax in the Clarins Spa or Cafe Zest restaurant. There are a few House of Fraser stores throughout London.
Check the website for current in-store events, promotions and opening times- www.houseoffraser.co.uk
Marks & Spencer – everyone loves M&S! Known for great British quality at affordable prices. London's flagship at Marble Arch boasts an impressive range with staples such as lingerie and childrenswear joined by flowers, furniture and fabrics. There's also Café Revive and the mouth-watering food hall, enough to keep even the most intrepid shopper occupied.
Check the website for current in-store events, promotions and opening times- www.marksandspencer.com