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London shopping part 1: best department stores.

by Rajul on May 15, 2009

Harrods

Shopping in London's department stores can be bundles of fun!

London offers countless shopping opportunities.  But what’s your best option if you’re short of time?

For example, if you’re on a short break in London, it makes sense to shop for everything under one roof.  In other words, home in on one of London’s famous department stores!

Here is the London Hotels Insight essential guide to London’s best ones, with direct links to each:

No shopping trip to London is complete without visiting the city’s most famous department store.  It sells everything under the sun and the Food Hall is a real treat.  Prices at Harrods are high and displays are often a bit over the top: however, a visit to Harrods is always great fun!

Traditionally known for dressmaking, Liberty is now an all-purpose department store.  It has a likeable, slightly disorganised feel to it like a well-meaning old aunt.  The cosmetics and homeware departments are especially good.  Liberty is well worth a detour just off Regent Street.

In-store boutiques run by brand concessions are the main attraction at Selfridges, giving fashionistas unrivalled choice.  The Oxford Street window displays are worth checking out and the store has good themed exhibitions and events.  Good bargains are available during the sales.

The home of the so-called “Sloanes” and ladies who lunch…try the 5th Floor Restaurant and Café to catch a glimpse of them!  Built in the 1880s, the store has 8 floors focused on fashion, beauty and homes.  Fashion accessories are a strength.

A great place to stock up on treats and souvenirs, especially food and drink e.g. preserves, chocolates, teas (hundreds of varieties) and much more.  Visiting the store is a delight and it’s unlikely you’ll leave empty-handed.

Fortnum and Mason is famous for its hampers.

Fortnum and Mason is famous for its wonderful hampers.

So where in London should you stay to make the most of all the above?  That’s a question we’ll address in part two of this special blog feature.

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Photo credits: Fortnum and Mason.

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