Nov 7, 2011

Christmas shopping in London: department stores

Here’s the first in a festive mini-series I’ll be bringing to you over the next couple of weeks: a guide to Christmas shopping in London, whether you’re a first-time visitor and want to shop at all of the ‘must-visit’ stores or know the city well but are looking for something a little more alternative.

Let me know if you’re looking for something in particular! First up, department stores …

Liberty London

Trading since 1875, Liberty sells an assortment of clothing, footwear, stationary, luxury designer goods (handbags, scarves, etc.) and beauty products year-round, as well as it’s famous fabrics.

The Christmas shop opened on Level 4 in September (Chris and I visited the very next day – yes it was early for festive shopping but we just adore the Liberty Christmas Shop!) selling beautiful decorations, alongside cards, advent calendars, books and old-fashioned tins of biscuits and other edible gifts.

The main reason this store holds such a special place in my heart is simply because it’s one-of-a-kind.

Shop Liberty London online, or visit Great Marlborough Street, London, W1 (Oxford Circus tube station).

Liberty London

Liberty Christmas Shop 2011 Fairylights

Selfridges

A ginormous cavern of everything anyone could possibly need, from technology to beauty to high-end and high street fashion.

Selfridges also sells luxury advent calendars including the world’s most expensive – which retails at a staggering £18,000 and contains miniature accessories from designers like Vivienne Westwood, Rupert Sanderson and Alexander Wang! Read more in my post about the Selfridges White Christmas launch party I attended earlier this year.

(Selfridges is also home to the biggest shoe department in the world, the Shoe Galleries, which displays 4,000 pairs of shoes at any one time!)

Shop Selfridges online or visit Oxford Street, London, W1 (Marble Arch or Bond Street tube stations).

Selfridges White Christmas 2011 Ultralounge

Selfridges White Christmas 2011 technology gadgets

Harrods

Besides all of your obvious gifts (perfume, fashion, technology, food), Harrods boasts the one thing London’s other department stores don’t have – and the one thing I really love about it – a pet store! Here you can pick up a puppy alongside your Prada and your perfume but it will set you back £1,500+!

If you already have a dog why not bring it and drop it off at the Harrods Pet Spa for a spot of pampering while you concentrate on whittling down your gift list?

Shop at Harrods.com or visit Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW1 (Knightsbridge tube station).

Harrods Christmas 2011

Harrods Christmas 2011

Other UK department stores …

- Marks and Spencer

- House of Fraser

- John Lewis

- Debenhams

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