Shopping in London
For centuries, London has been one of the best places in Europe to shop. From giant emporiums, which are sightseeing attractions in their own right, to entire streets dedicated to bespoke tailoring and boutiques specialising in the latest trends by local and international designers, this ‘nation of shopkeepers’ lives up to its name. Explore the best that the city has to offer with the help of this two-day itinerary.
Start your shopping day in London with a five-minute walk along the edge of Hyde Park to Mount Street.
A historic shopping street in the heart of Mayfair, Mount Street is the beating heart of the British fashion retail industry. Begin your London shopping experience by browsing high-end British fashion at Jenny Packham and Christopher Kane, fine jewellery at David Marshall and Stephen Webster and, just around the corner on South Audley Street, handmade watches at Bremont.
From the heart of Mount Street, Bond Street is just a 10-minute walk away.
One of London’s most famous shopping streets, Bond Street, is a designer label utopia. The avenue is split into ‘new’ and ‘old’ sections; New Bond Street is home to leading European designer brands, while Old Bond Street is filled with the boutiques of Italian fashion houses. The area also sparkles with fine jewellers such as Boodles, Cartier and David Morris.
Continue on foot for five minutes to Savile Row, which runs in parallel to New Bond Street.
Savile Row has been the menswear tailoring hub of London since the 18th century. A style institution, it’s the best place to commission bespoke handcrafted suits. For a tailor with historical value and a regal nod of approval, visit Royal Warrant holder Gieves & Hawkes. For a more modern style, book a consultation at the trend-setting Hardy Amies.
Cross over to the adjacent Regent’s Street and visit Liberty London, located just a five-minute walk from Savile Row. The main entrance is located on Great Marlborough Street.
Housed in an iconic mock-Tudor building in the heart of Regent’s Street, Liberty is a luxury department store showcasing high-end fashion and accessories, home goods, beauty products, gifts, and much more. A prime place to explore the latest trends and collections, the store also displays the popular Liberty London in-house collection, featuring Liberty’s distinctive graphic and floral prints.
To reach Selfridges, take a 15-minute walk up Oxford Street.
Selfridges & Co.
The second largest shop in the UK, Selfridges & Co. can be found on London’s iconic Oxford Street. The high-end department store showcases myriad brands and collections from across the globe, with spacious areas dedicated to fashion, accessories, jewellery, beauty, home, food and gifts.
To get back to the hotel from Selfridges, it’s just a 10-minute walk.
Begin your final shopping day with a trip to Dover Street Market, located a 10-minute walk, or a five-minute taxi journey, from the hotel.
Dover Street Market
Located in a multi-storey, Grade II-listed building in Haymarket, Dover Street Market is an upscale department store that’s laid out in the style of an art gallery. The trendy store, which was founded by Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, is popular place to browse the collections of experimental designers such as Molly Goddard, Loewe and Erdem.
Continue to Jermyn Street, located just a five-minute walk from Dover Street Market.
A menswear institution, the historic Jermyn Street features quality tailors, cobblers and leather goods boutiques. Quintessential gentlemen looking for a crisp new shirt should visit Turnbull & Asser or Thomas Pink; Alfred Dunhill for quality clothing; and John Lobb or Foster & Son for handmade bespoke footwear.
Take a two-minute walk around the corner onto Piccadilly to get to Fortnum & Mason.
Fortnum & Mason
Established in 1707, Fortnum & Mason is the grande dame of the London shopping scene. Offering impeccably sourced products, often with Royal Warrants of their own, the Food Hall is considered by many to be the main event here, selling everything from British cheeses and Champagne to handmade chocolates, with the store’s famous hampers taking pride of place.
To reach the penultimate shopping destination, Harvey Nichols, enjoy a five-minute taxi journey or a 20-minute walk through Green Park.
Set in the heart of the esteemed Knightsbridge neighbourhood, Harvey Nichols is an upscale British department store specialising in luxury fashion. It’s a one-stop shop for international label lovers, with a plethora of collections by established big-name brands and must-have independent designers. To complete a new look, there are also departments dedicated to accessories and beauty.
Take a five-minute walk down Brompton Road to reach the final destination, Harrods.
A shopping trip to London wouldn’t be complete without visiting the largest department store in the UK. Spread across a 5-acre site, and with more than 300 departments, you could spend an entire day at Harrods. While almost every item imaginable is on display, the store is particularly famous for its exquisite high fashion and accessories collections, as well as its tempting Food Hall.
To get back to Mayfair, hail a taxi for the short 10-minute journey back to the hotel.
All journey times are approximate and subject to variation.