The department store is something we perhaps take for granted in our world of flourishing independent boutiques, vintage shops and state of the art designer stores. However, we feel they should not to be overlooked, especially since London has on offer some of the best department stores in the world. What’s not to love about everything being under one roof?! Whether it’s luxury designer or bargain high street, London and it’s department stores have got it covered. Here’s our guide to the best London department stores.
This stunning Tudor building in the heart of one of London’s premiere shopping street offers a completely unique shopping experience. Explore five glorious floors of fashion, beauty, homeware and antique furniture. The heritage of the building contrasts with the luxurious and cutting edge products that Liberty’s expert buyers have hand picked.
This Grade II listed building houses the very best in fashion, beauty, design, homeware and more. The Wonder Room which launched in 2007 and The Shoe Galleries which opened in 2010 just two of the highlights. The store also has a great street fashion section housing great Topshop and H&M concessions.
Perhaps the grandest of our top ten. The decadent terracotta exterior and interior of marble, glitz and glamour has a constant stream tourists admiring. Well worth a visit for the selection of top designers or even just the fantastic food hall and restaurants.
4. Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RJ
Head here to escape the aforementioned tourist trap of Harrods. Opened in the 1880’s, there’s now 8 floors of fashion, beauty and lifestyle loveliness and a cracking food market and restaurants on the fifth floor.
5. Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London, W1A 1ER
With 300 years of royal connections and giving us the very best in fine food, there’s everything from cupboard staples to wine and the stores own bespoke recipes. If the food isn’t enough to tempt you for a visit there are also three other floors filled with women’s and men’s accessories, beauty, and a cookshop.
6. Fenwick, Bond Street, London, W1A 3BS
Fenwick has had shaken off the sometimes outdated image it portrays and now has the likes of Jonathan Saunders, Markus Lupfer and a great beauty hall.
A bit of relief from the bustle of Oxford Street, House of Fraser has been renovated fairly recently and is a spacious and impressive store. Particularly good Whistles and Boutique by Jaeger concessions. The Mary Portas ‘Mary’ collection has also been a big success and worth a visit.
This branch in Westfield has the very latest products from all departments out of all the stores. The electronics department has a try before you buy section and very knowledgeable staff to help you out. It is also perfectly situated inside Westfield Stratford City which is worth a visit alone.
Often overlooked but still a good ‘un for affordable fashion lines and a beauty hall that stocks just about everything. There is also a free personal shopping service to take advantage of.
10. Peter Jones, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8EL
Being partners with John Lewis, in this Chelsea Peter Jones store you can expect that same standard, service and quality in all products.