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 area was formerly home to London's fruit and vegetable market, which moved down to the New Covent Garden Market in Bermondsey. Today, it is a collection of stores that sell a variety of goods, from antiques and crafts to pictures and handmade clothing. There's also an open-air cobbled area where miming and juggling acts can often be found. Musicians regularly play in the pretty courtyards around the market stalls. There are also a few places to eat lunch or grab an ice cream.
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.
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.
Alfies Antique Market is the destination for those who love to collect vintage items. Choose from a plethora of collectibles like period clothing and Victorian jewelry, fascinating china, glassware, silverware, ceramics and many more articles, that have over the years appealed to celebrity clientele and locals alike. Alfies' team of seventy five antique specialists are available to help you find the perfect hostess gift or make that distinct addition to your antique collection.
One of the most popular bookstores in London, John Sandoe Books Ltd., located in Chelsea, was established in 1957. Boasting thousands of books on various genres such as arts, politics and literature to name a few, every inch of the store is covered with printed masterpieces. If you've been searching for a hard-to-find book, John Sandoe is probably the only place you'll find it. Open all week, this bookstore is great for adults as well as children.