What do you do when it’s raining in the capital? Walk to one of these London department stores and we promise you’ll forget all about the weather!
With over a million square feet of retail space, Harrods certainly lives up to its motto: ‘Omnia Omnibus Ubique’ – all things for all people. It is definitely touristy, but always fashion-forward, too. Don’t forget to sign up for a Harrods Rewards Card for exclusive ‘10% off weekends’ in-store or online at Harrods.com.
Sleek, ahead of the curve and upbeat – Selfridges opened its doors in 1909 and is arguably the beating heart of Oxford Street. With exquisite window displays, storewide themes and new designer collaborations, there is always something going on here. Tip: Don’t miss the shiny Shoe Galleries on Level
Affectionately known as Harvey Nicks, this department store in Knightsbridge is an intimate, cosy affair. Style Advisors are on hand to navigate you through the luxurious and edited collection – all complimentary. Drop by over lunch for some pampering in their Elemis SpaPod or get your hair done at Hersheson’s before a date night.
4. John Lewis
For unparalleled service and attention, look no further than John Lewis. This family-friendly store stocks quality furniture and home essentials, high-street fashion – including Somerset by Alice Temperley – and a selection of beauty concessions. Their fifth floor canteen-style restaurant is ideal for afternoon tea or a quick bite.
Traditional but eclectic, Liberty sits behind Regent Street like a treasure trove waiting to be discovered. Famous for its signature Liberty floral prints, the store collaborates with brands as diverse as Nike and Barbour, producing limited-edition products exclusive to the store. As Oscar Wilde said, “Liberty is the chosen resort of the artistic shopper.” Don’t miss the famous Christmas store – head there early in the year to nab the best tree decorations.
6. Dover Street Market
This concept store by Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garcons is six floors of pure, minimalist luxury with a twist. Dover Street Market has dedicated spaces for brands like Celine and Saint Laurent, so don’t be fooled by the name – this is no regular market. Tip: Visit the Rose Bakery (top floor) to satisfy any sweet or savoury cravings.
7. Fortnum & Mason
A visual experience both inside and out, Fortnum & Mason was established in 1707 and remains to be a celebrated British institution. This is where the Queen gets her groceries and we say it’s worth a visit for the beautiful perfume and beauty floor. If you happen to pass by on the hour, walk across the street for a little surprise from Fortnum’s clock.
8. Fenwick of Bond Street
Nestled on the corner of New Bond Street and Brook Street, Fenwick was originally inspired by Le Bon Marché in Paris. The store features a sprawling spa department, with award-winning treatments from brands like Chantecaille and Clarins. Tip: Have afternoon tea at Bond and Brook on the second floor.
Debenhams features an exciting mix of brands and exclusive designer collections, all whilst staying true to high street prices. It stocks affordable lines from the likes of Henry Holland, Roksanda Illincic and Julien Macdonald. Shop online and get free in-store delivery with their Click & Collect service.
10. House of Fraser
A gentle mix of upscale high street and middle luxury, this Oxford Street flagship carries brands like Jaeger, Michael Kors and Lulu Guinness. Whether you’re looking for a classic Barbour wax jacket or a new pair of J Brand skinny jeans, House of Fraser covers most of life’s little luxuries.