London’s Christmas Shopping
Heading to London for a shopping spree this Christmas? You could not choose a better location. This is a city where the choice of shops is enormous and you can find almost anything that you want.
Not too far from beautiful Presidential Marylebone Mayfair are the well-known shopping areas such as Regent Street, Oxford Street, Bond Street, Piccadilly and Knightsbridge offer a massive choice of high street brands, designer brands and top department stores such as Harrods and Selfridges. Try Fortnum and Mason on Piccadilly for exquisite confectionery, biscuits and teas; Cartier in Bond Street for jewellery and Liberty on Regent Street for classic designs and textiles.
Finding gifts for children is easy when you explore the delights of Hamley’s seven floors of toy heaven. This is where you can find everything from cuddly teddy bears to computer games, and have a lot of fun doing so as there are lots of hands on toys to try. New this Christmas is the biggest Lego store in the World which has just opened over on Leicester Square. Look for any Lego model and you are likely to find it here. Then there are the eye-catching extras such as the 6.5 metre high replica of Big Ben made out of Lego bricks (complete with chimes and working clock face), or the magnificent dragon and the Royal Mail postbox. Equally irresistible is the London Underground carriage created from thousands of Lego bricks. This is so large that children can even sit inside, next to a model of William Shakespeare.
Covent Garden is always fun at Christmas. There are plenty of buskers and Christmas decorations to see, as well as lots of artisan and specialist stores in and around the famous square. Explore the adjacent areas of Seven Dials, St Martin’s Courtyard and of course Neal’s Yard. Consider the delights of British cheese at Neal’s Yard Dairy, beautiful hand made jewelry at Les Mereides or find a board game at Orc’s Nest. Stop off at the Royal Opera House shop for some opera or ballet based gifts, and relax with an evening performance.
One of the hidden shopping secrets of London is the London Silver Vaults on Chancery Lane. It is all too easy to walk past the unassuming doorway – but head indoors and follow the staircase down to find a myriad of dealers offering every type of silver you can imagine. This is where you can find contemporary new designers bringing life to an ancient craft, creating incredible new products which will bring charm and delight to every home; as well as antiques that have existed for hundreds of years, passing through countless homes and gained that special patina of history that can be so appealing. In addition, lots of self-catering apartments London are nearby and will certainly be pleased to receive you.
The choice is enormous. The London Silver Vaults offer everything from candelabras to vases, cutlery and flatware to plates and photo frames, jewellery, watches and epergnes. Then there are the unusual gifts such as sports trophies, miniature silver cars, flasks and tankards.
Christmas shopping can truly be fun by booking a stay at Holiday Apartments London and you don’t have to force your way through the crowds to do so. London hosts some fascinating places to shop – so why not explore them this Christmas?