Department stores in London – Shopping
Department stores are truly a shopper’s paradise. This is where you can find anything from shoes to fashion, homewares to toys; all under one roof. London has an absolutely brilliant selection of department stores perfect for finding that elusive present or gift for yourself.
The largest number of department stores are centered around Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly and Bond Street. This is where you can find Selfridges, John Lewis, Fortnum & Mason, House of Fraser, Liberty, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Fenwicks, and Dover St Market. Book your stay at Presidential Marylebone Mayfair and pay a visit to the above-mentioned department stores. Their presence explains why this is one of the premier shopping areas of London!
Top quality fashion can be found at all these department stores. Typical brands include Jasper Conran, DKNY, Jacques Vert, Ted Baker, Max Mara. All have really good restaurants and cafes providing excellent refreshment stops for when you need a break from shopping.
Travel southwards to Knightsbridge for two more key department stores: Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Apart from Fenwicks, these are definitely the most upmarket of all department stores in London. Harrods is one of the most iconic names in upmarket, exclusive retailing. The store has become legendary for its sheer level of service and extensive range of products covering 330 different departments from clothing to pet products. Even strolling through its Food Hall and admiring the displays is an event in itself. At night the exterior of the store is illuminated by over 11,000 electric lights.
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Fortnum & Mason are slightly different from other department stores as they are also the Official Grocers to HM the Queen. For nigh on two centuries, Fortnum & Mason have been renowned for their teas, coffees and food hampers which have been sent to all corners of the globe. Visiting this store is an experience in itself, as you can find blends of tea and coffee that you never dreamed existed.
You can choose to book your stay at any aparthotels in London and have an easy access to Liberty of London that is another unusual department store. It stands out from all the other buildings around it due to its magnificent mock-Tudor black and white design. Much of the wood came from two former Naval ships – HMS Impregnable and HMS Hindustan. The weathervane high above the store is a model of the Mayflower, which took a group of English migrants to the USA in 1620. This was the heart of the Arts & Crafts movement, with beautiful exclusive art fabrics and decorative furniture designs. Walking into this store is like walking into another world as the majority of the products cannot be found anywhere else in London. With its distinctive style and architecture, this is a shopping experience to be savoured and enjoyed.