I find it increasingly difficult these days if I am looking for a gift or something to wear for a special occasion (or just because) to find something a little different or unique. And thanks to the internet the art of choosing can be a little clinical and impersonal. I guess that is why I often try to find those things on our travels and places where you can have a more sensory experience.
Here’s some great places to shop in London where you may find some treasures and can while away a few hours.
Liberty – Regent Street, London
My absolute favourite place to shop and browse in London. Quintessentially British, the iconic mock Tudor store was built with the timbers from two ships and the stairs creak as you climb up and down the floors. From fashion, stationery, beauty and homewares to the famous fabrics, here you will find a beautifully curated collection of lovely things. I think Oscar Wilde said it best – “Liberty is the chosen resort of the artistic shopper.” And in case you missed it, here is a link to the tv show Liberty of London that takes a behind the scenes look at the goings on at the store.
Selfridges & Co – 400 Oxford Street, London
Selfridges is a one stop shop for practically anything you can thing of. Covering an entire block, the store houses high and fast fashion, homewares, a lovely foodhall, books and technology as well as a myriad of services from denim specialists to tarot readers. There are also over 15 bars, restaurants and snack outlets on site.
& Other Stories – 256-258 Regent Street, London
Not the easiest name to remember but hard to miss the store on Regent Street, & Other Stories is a huge emporium of fashion, accessories and beauty. The collection is driven by a team of designers from Sweden and France and you can find interesting, high quality items at a reasonable price.
Whistles – various locations across London
For fresh, modern, contemporary British style at affordable prices take a look at Whistles. The brand has both women’s and men’s collections and I can always find something covetable there each season.
The Shop at Bluebird – 350 Kings Road, London
I think the term “concept store” is incredibly overused but if you wanted to be definitive you should look at The Shop at Bluebird. Here you will find iconic high end fashion alongside up and and coming designers, art and other beautiful objects. A truly sensory experience, the store takes its inspiration from 1960s Chelsea – a thriving hub of creativity.
Fenwick – 63 New Bond Street, London
Stocks designer and up and coming labels, beauty and interior accessories.
Stay tuned for my tips on my favourite places to buy gifts and books in the coming days.
I’d love to hear about your favourite shops in London too – drop me a line or comment below.