Searching for that elusive gift for Christmas? Then had for London’s fantastic shopping areas for the answer. Whatever you are seeking, you can find it somewhere in London.
London’s West End is an obvious place to start. Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street have been delighting shoppers for over a century. Housing a wide range of branded retail outlets as well as many designer names, and top department stores like Liberty’s, Selfridge and House of Fraser; it is a shopaholic’s paradise. When it comes to accommodation the city also offers a myriad of options. Yet, Hotels in North London top them all!
But that’s not all. Head out of your hotel room at the Best western palm hotel to Knightsbridge for a visit to the store with nigh on a thousand departments – Harrods. This massive store has one of the largest collections of merchandise in the city, and at Christmas is made even more irresistible by the pretty illuminations that highlight both the outside and inside of the building.
Searching for children’s gifts? Hamley’s on Regent Street is a toy store beyond your wildest dreams, with seven floors stocking everything from cuddly teddy bears to computer games. The street is well connected to tube network that you can get catch a service to pretty much outside your hotels in Cricklewood London. Then there is the world’s largest Lego store, which has just opened on Leicester Square. Marvel at the stunning creations such as the 6.5 metre tall working model of Big Ben complete with chimes! Or you can sit in a Underground carriage beside a model of William Shakespeare.
Not far away is Covent Garden and Seven Dials. This is a paradise at Christmas with its wide mix of independent stores, often run by artisan companies offering special items that you positively cannot find anywhere else. Try specialist cheeses at Neals Yard, or creative jewellery at Les Mereides. Take a break and enjoy a refreshing snack at one of the many little cafes in the area, offering an opportunity to sit back, relax and consider where next to go. Don’t forget to admire the stunning reindeer display at the entrance to Covent Garden Market!
Head off to the London Silver Vaults in Chancery Lane for antique and contemporary silver ware. This is one of the best kept shopping secrets of the city. Hidden behind an unassuming door is a flight of steps leading down to an underground world of dealers selling every type of silverware you could ever want. From antique vases and candlesticks to modern cutlery and jewellery – this is a fantastic place to delve in and explore. There are lots of unusual and interesting gift items to be found such as silver backed hairbrushes, perfume bottles to adorn the dressing table; animal and bird models for nature lovers, tankards, photo frames and epergenes.
London is definitely the place to come for a Christmas shopping spree. In a weekend you can explore hundreds of shops matching every taste and style.