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.
Don't be confused by the name, this women's boutique carries the latest in clothing, jewelry and accessories. Head to this store and the ladies at kj's laundry will cover and drape you with the hippest styles in women's wear. Some labels stocked here include Australian designer Lee Mathews, London's lingerie label Spank, Dublin's cashmere line Sphere, bags from Japan's I Ro Se and more.
In the great tradition of 'traveller' shops, this Rohan store has super-friendly staff on hand to help you pick the right clothing and shoes for your trip. They supply a whole range of clothes for adventures in extreme climates as well as providing gear for all the gradients of weather in between. Rohan pride themselves on their technical expertise and select fabrics from only the best textile mills and fibre producers. As a result, all of the clothing from the featherweight wind-breakers to the heaviest fleece are suitable for specific weather conditions and are easy to wash. They mainly stock multifunctional clothing and backpacks, so for other adventure accessories, you'll have to look elsewhere.
This is an excellent shop specializing in equipment for outdoor activities. It is joint venture between the Ellis Brigham chain of mountain sports shops, who have been going since 1933, when the first shop was opened in Manchester and The Snowboard Asylum chain. It contains a full range of ski, camping, trekking and climbing equipment and anything else you might need for your outdoor sports. It also contains a 28 foot authentic looking ice wall for enthusiasts to try out the clothes and equipment. This wall is kept consistently at –28Oc and they have fans available to reproduce the wind chill effect.
Clean and classic is the T.M. Lewin & Sons' way. Since they began over a century ago as small shirt makers, the shop has expanded to include a mail-order catalog and branches all across London. The shop offers all manners of quality dress shirts, silk ties, cuff-links, collar stiffeners and boxer shorts. A new suit shop has also opened at 107 Jermyn Street. As with fellow shirt-makers Thomas Pink, a sleek, streamlined selection of women's clothing has recently been introduced.
Why wander from bookstore to bookstore when that elusive title, along with almost any other book you might desire, is most likely to be here? Located in the Piccadilly area, it is the biggest bookstore in Europe, with more than 150,000 books lining its shelves. Phew! That's more than enough to keep you occupied for a few hours at the very least. Whatever be your genre of choice, it is here, waiting for you. Call +44 843 290 8549 for details.
Hobbs is modifying its image of dependable but boring shoes, suits and casual wear, with sleeker lines and original pieces. The transition has gone well on the whole, although the odd horrendously patterned dress does crop up, the clothing is generally well-cut, with good quality fabric. Suits and floaty dresses are staples, but silky sequined numbers are creeping in. The shoes that first made the shop's reputation are still good value for the high quality; you can always find all-season boots, loafers and mid-to-high heels as well as seasonal choices.
With stores scattered around the world, Charles Tyrwhitt is a renowned name in clothing, especially in menswear. The flagship store of Charles Tyrwhitt, this boutique is located near Piccadilly Circus. The store has CT masterpieces, from their powerful shirts and suits to prim trousers and accessories. Known for their high quality material, classy designs, you will find perfectly fitting shirts. The store also has casual wear, evening wear, coats, jackets and accessories like ties, cuff links, belts, hats, scarves, inner-wear and a lot more. To complete your look, you can even pick a pair of shoes as they have everything from classy formal oxfords to leather military boots!