Fortnum & Mason has been selling its fine wares to London’s masses from 1707. The Piccadilly based store, is also known to be the official grocer’s to the royal residence. Specialising in exquisite food, teas and wine, Fortnum & Mason is the ideal place to fix together a special hamper for your loved one. There are also a grand array of eateries in-store, including an ice-cream parlour and wine-bar. Did you know there are even private dining rooms, where you can experience a real lavish affair?
Harrods was established in 1849, starting off with humble beginnings as a mere grocery store. Today there are over 300 departments over 7 floors, how’s that for progress? Dealing in the world’s most luxurious goods, in everything from homeware to technology and of course who could forget their food-hall? A smorgasbord of exquisite items from the deli, bakery and beyond. With an assortment of over 20 restaurants and cafes to dine-in, Harrods is unquestionably up-there on a grand scale. Just to further prove the point, did you know it takes over 11,000 bulbs to illuminate the Knightsbridge store?
Harvey Nichols is an essential stop for those who love fashion, boasting an extensive assortment of designer brands from across the globe in its flagship Knightsbridge store. Founded in the late 1800s, the store consists of 8 floors, all filled with fashionable beauty and lifestyle accessories for the high-end shopper. If you find yourself flagging, stop on the 5th floor for in-store eateries.
Liberty of London serves as the most traditional of the city’s larger stores. Established in 1875 its Tudor front is recognisable the world round. However don’t be fooled by the old fashioned exterior, for inside you will find a world of cutting-edge designs. Liberty’s is widely known for hosting its own haberdashery, which has become a desirable brand of its own. The store celebrates fine craftsmanship and all things eclectic amongst its 6 mock-Tudor floors.
Food, furnishings, books or beauty, you’ll find Selfridges & Co has it all to offer. Considered one of the world’s grandest department stores, their Oxford Street store is unmissable to the eye. Over 10 acres, lie 6 floors, including 16 places to drink and dine across the many varied departments. The London store is also home to the largest denim department, with all optimal brands available to view in The Wonder Room. But if it all proves too much, you could always use the aid of a personal shopper.