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Among Fortnum & Mason's luxurious surroundings, the British Empire truly lives on. Small and always bustling with tourists, Fortnum and Mason is much more than just the Queen's grocer. With full carpeting and chandeliers, department store shopping takes on a whole new meaning.Their packaging is traditional and elegant, and is free when you buy any gift (except for food, which is a pity, as the Food Hall is the store's highlight). There's a vast selection of branded teas, coffees, wines and provisions to choose from. Also, make sure you stop to see the curious fountain by the doors. This place is most famous for its inimitable hampers. You can also avail of restaurants, private dining experience and beauty rooms. Call ahead for more details.
Liberty used to be a haven for a sophisticated English clientele and tourists looking exquisite fabrics for dressmaking. It has transformed however, into a hot spot for designer wear and cosmetics. The building itself is of historical significance, with its striking mock-Tudor facade and a splendid galleried-oak staircase inside. The arts section is accompanied by a snug cafe serving delicious cakes. Antiques, a bridal section and homeware can be found in the basement; contemporary jewelery and Liberty specialty accessories are at ground level; and there are sections for cosmetics, gifts and unisex designer fashion labels. Liberty has become a mecca for the new as well as more established designers, including Kostas Murkudis, Martine Sitbon and Issey Miyake. The fabrics and textiles department remains second to none and the excellent home furnishings and crafts are strikingly varied.
Selfridges is one of the best (and best known) department stores, not just in the city, but the world. A store from which customers have come to expect only the best, at Selfridges you can find branded clothing, accessories, cosmetics, eatables and so much more. When you take into account the quality and variety of services and products it offers, it is really no wonder that this high-end store has become one of London's attractions.
The chic and modern Knightsbridge Harvey Nichols store was a favorite of the late Princess Diana. Harvey Nicks, as it's affectionately called, concentrates mainly on selling beautiful designer clothes. The indecisive or time-pressed can even book a personal shopper to assist them free of charge. Other departments include the ground floor perfumery, the fourth floor Beyond MediSpa and the Fifth Floor Café and Bar. If that isn't enough, you can take some exquisitely packaged goodies away from the food hall. Perch at the espresso bar or browse through the organic and vitamin section, where you can use the touch screen computer for health food information.
This is one of London's most prestigious shopping venues and serves as a glittering tribute to everything opulent and stylish. Owned by Mohammed Al Fayed, each floor scales the heights of designer fashion clothing and accessories, luxury furniture, cosmetics, fine jewelry and classic toys. Adding to that, this Knightsbridge palace has multiple cafes and restaurants, an online casino, a designer shoe salon, and a pet department. A complimentary Harrods personal shopper will even assist you if you are in a hurry. Harrods' own brand provisions make perfect presents, and you can have your purchases delivered anywhere in the world. Also note, in the basement, Al Fayed has erected a small gilded tribute to Princess Diana and his son Dodi, who died tragically in 1997.