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.
With more than 175 years under its belt, James Smith & Sons displays a wide array of umbrellas at its store. Rain or shine, use one of James' colorful designs and make an all new style statement. From large to small and cheap to expensive, this shop has a shade for all. Whether it is taking a romantic walk with your love on a bright, sunny day or dropping your kids off to school when it is pouring, James Smith & Sons deserves to feature in all sweet memories.
Soho is one of the most vibrant neighborhoods of London. Previously home to the adult entertainment industry and a chaotic past, Soho has shed its sordid image to become a popular attraction. It is now the entertainment capital of the city with many popular theaters, clubs, upscale restaurants, bars and a lot more. It also has a variety of shopping destinations. Keep Soho on top of the list when visiting London.
For die-hard Potterheads of all ages, Platform 9 3/4 holds a special place and now they can buy some great Harry Potter souvenirs at the exclusive The Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 3/4. Located on the platform at King's Cross Station, the shop sells everything related to Harry Potter and the magical world. Whether you are an ardent supporter of Gryffindor or Slytherin, you can buy merchandise of all types. From clothing, pens, accessories to gift trunks, the shop has it all in all variants of the four Hogwarts houses. Delectable chocolates, sweatshirts, stationery are some of the other things you can find here. Gift a loved one a custom Hogwarts Acceptance Letter. Lastly, buy your favorite characters' wand replica from the shop. Don't forget to swish and flick and see for yourself if the magic works! A must-visit for Harry Potter fans, the shop also has souvenirs from the spin-off franchise Fantastic Beasts.
This lifestyle shop continues the trend of East meets West, but with good reason, since its owners are two French-Cambodian sisters. Everything is very pretty at Aimé, from the cult French labels and girlie clothes to the simple Asian-inspired home accessories such as vases and candles. For the height of Parisian chic, go for the Isabel Marant pieces. Other must-have labels stocked include APC, Claudie Pierlot, Les Prairies de Paris, Antik Batik, Serge Thoraval and Aurélie Bidermann. For intricate, high-end fashion, this is the place to go.
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.
This high-end retailer is a favorite with sophisticated, older women who need something formal yet original for weddings, garden parties and such occasions. Jackets and trousers are beautifully cut and evening wear follows the same principles of style and understated elegance. The store also has other branches at various locations.
This boutique is the kind of place that, as a child, you couldn't wait to frequent when you grew up. The romantic decor of this milliner features elegant furniture and antique mirrors, beautifully complementing her feminine creations. If you are tall, opt for a wide-brimmed straw hat; if not, choose from a variety of oh-so-pretty creations, including tiaras. Be sure to call first, because entrance is by appointment only.
Brazil is so in vogue now and here's where to get the quintessential Brazil beach babe look at its best. At Exotica, you'll find those itsy-bitsy teeny weeny Brazilian bikinis (often known as tangas) in all colors of the rainbow, with both padded and regular bikini tops. A range of lingerie is also in stock, though it's not for fans of black and white as Brazilian underwear comes laced with every color imaginable. Service is efficient and prices are generally reasonable.
While on a shopping trip in London, check out the elegant and charming Precious store. Kate Evans, the proprietor has stocked her salon with a wide range of clothing and accessories. Names like Gharani Strok and Mulberry will beckon you with their labels. Once you ensure that you are looking divine make sure you smell as nice too; browse through a range of Angela Flander's perfumes and bath essences.
Nina Campbell is well known for her interiors, linen, wallpapers, accessories and carpets. Luxury and practicality, is the main theme of all her collections. The furniture at her shop is handmade by Arthur Brett, the finest maker of English furniture for over the last 150 years. The shop has glassware, home fragrances, linens, books, notebooks, throws, gift wraps and soft accessories. It also has wedding gifts, but you will need an appointment, since Nina herself handpicks those for you. She is responsible for the interiors for many places including Savoy Lobby and Annabel's private club in London, as well as other private homes and yachts across the world.