Fancy a shopping spree? Then aim for one of London’s top department stores to find the perfect solution. This is where you can find everything under one roof from fashion to food, technology to jewellery and gifts of all kinds. The hardest part is choosing just which department store to visit while you are on your London vacation and staying in some of the best hotels in Cricklewood London.
The two main areas in London where key department stores can be found are Knightsbridge and the West End.
Head for Knightsbridge tube station to reach the legendary Harrods store. The gleaming green and gold bags bearing the Harrods logo are pretty in their own right. This is a place where you need to take your time, exploring the different floors (there are seven in total) and choosing between the 330 different departments. Even if you do not actually find anything you wish to buy, seeing the store interior is an experience in its own right. Don’t miss the Food Hall with its incredible displays. Come back at night and enjoy the sight of the exterior lit up by over 11,000 twinkling lights.
Almost adjacent to Harrods is Harvey Nichols. This is another high end department store selling exclusive designer fashion and is the perfect location to find those elusive Jimmy Choo’s. Staying in budget hotels in north London provides an easy access to several such places of importance.
A short trip on the underground takes you to the West End. Walking from Marble Arch to Oxford Circus allows you to pass several major department stores. Marks & Spencer has its flagship store on the corner of Oxford Street and Marble Arch, followed quickly by the immense stone work of Selfridges. Stop off here if you want to enjoy some shopping with a sense of theatre, as its displays are always spectacular. It has some great restaurants and cafes too. Only a few minutes further on are John Lewis, Debenhams, and House of Fraser.
Head south on Regent Street to find the delightful black and white, half timbered mock-Tudor façade of Liberty. Apart from stocking all kinds of beautiful products that cannot be found anywhere else in London, this is also the home of the exquisite Liberty fabrics and designs. The swirls, colours and intricate patterns that make up Liberty designs have been renowned for decades. Expect to find lots of Arts & Craft style and Art Deco merchandise here for this is a very much a centre of stylistic, colourful design.
Close by in Bond Street is Fenwicks. This store is home to countless luxury brands and is particularly well known for its fashion and jewellery.
Down on Haymarket is Dover St Market – one of the newest department stores in London. Don’t let the historic façade fool you. This is the centre of modern fashion, stocking the likes of Comme des Garcons, Repossi, Craig Green, Gosha Rubchinsky and Nike Lab.
Last but by no means least, take a short walk along Piccadilly not too far from our luxuries 4-star Palm hotel to find one of the most quietly luxurious stores of all – Fortnum & Mason. This is one of the oldest of all department stores in London, having been trading for over two centuries. Throughout that time, their teas, coffees and food hampers have been sent worldwide, and in Victorian times were often said to have fed the empire! Oh – and their most illustrious customer is no less than Buckingham Palace for this is the Official Grocer to HM the Queen.