Shopping for last-minute Christmas gifts for your nearest and dearest and vying to bag the best bargains in the January sales can be fraught experiences. But there is a way to take the stress out of shopping.
Several top London hotels are offering tempting shopping deals – so you can combine a spot of retail therapy with a relaxing break in the capital. Here are 5 of the best London hotel packages for serious shopaholics:
A voucher for the world’s most famous sale
The Harrods sale is one of the most hotly anticipated shopping experiences of the year. The world-famous store usually enlists an A-lister to officially launch the sale before prices are slashed on top-name designer brands. In the heart of Knightsbridge, The Beaufort is offering the perfect package to enjoy the post-Christmas sales.
You get a continental breakfast delivered to your room each morning, giving you enough energy to hit the shops. There’s a £50 Harrods voucher to get your sales shopping started. And when you return with your purchases, you can sit down to a complimentary afternoon cream tea with homemade scones, strawberry jam and clotted cream before mixing yourself a drink with the free open bar. There’s also free WiFi access so you can do a little online research to decide what to buy the following day.
Get full details of The Beaufort Shopping Package on the hotel’s website.
Champagne and shopping?
The Landmark London on Marylebone Road is combining two of our favourite things in one package – Champagne and shopping.
Your weekend of shopping starts the right way – with a bottle of chilled Champagne delivered to your room. You get a full English breakfast in the Winter Garden restaurant to set you up for a day of shopping. And then you can make full use of a £25 Selfridges gift card and VIP cards which give you discounts and deals at Liberty London, Westfield shopping centre, Bichester Village designer outlet stores and Burlington Arcade which links Piccadilly with Bond Street and is crammed with high-end independent boutiques. Then you can take a refreshing dip in the hotel’s 15-metre pool after you’ve dropped your bags off in your room.
Someone to carry your bags
While we love the choosing and buying things part of shopping, hauling the bags around isn’t quite so much fun – but the Parkes Hotel in Knightsbridge has the perfect solution. Staff will collect your purchases from the shops surrounding the hotel and take them back to your room for you. The package also includes Champagne on arrival and a £50 voucher to shop in Harvey Nichols before sitting down to lunch for two in the designer department store. Parkes also stores your luggage after check out so you can take one last look around the shops before you head for home.
Tote to toe
The Metropolitan, famous for its celebrity haunt the Met Bar, has a special package it is calling Tote-to-toe, because you get a new tote bag to carry all your purchases. You also get a £50 voucher to spend in Selfridges and a copy of the book Independent London, a guide to more than 260 independent stores across the capital so you can pick up unique buys. When you get back from your shopping spree, you can relax with a complimentary set of aromatherapy oils and there’s late check out, until 3pm, so you can shop for longer. At the moment, there’s 20% off this package, giving you more spare cash to spend on your visit to the capital.
Your own personal shopper
St James’ has teamed up with Augustus Couture to offer a shopping experience which starts even before you leave your own home. You’ll get a questionnaire to fill in before you arrive, so your stylist is ready to get started choosing the brands that will suit your budget, body shape and your lifestyle. When you arrive at St James’, which sits close to Mayfair, your personal stylist will give you a choice of seven shopping programmes. You could opt to shop around Knightsbridge, visiting Harrods and Harvey Nichols, for example. Or, you might prefer to base your shopping search around St Martin’s Courtyard where you can go to some of Kate Middleton’s favourites like L.K. Bennett and Jaeger London.
London is without doubt one of the world’s great shopping capitals, the perfect location for a spot of retail therapy. And, when you combine that with the special packages on offer from hotels next to London’s most famous shops and best boutiques, you have the perfect mix.
Photo credits: Harrods, Landmark London, St James Hotel and Club.