Department stores are a speciality in London, stocking everything from men and women’s fashion, shoes and makeup to groceries and fine wine, they also have an array of luxury stores, restaurants and cafés inside them, so it’s perfect to relax and grab a drink or lunch after a hard day of luxury shopping in London or to re-energize.
Most department stores in London now also offer a personal shopper to guide you to all the shops, and make sure your shopping spree is a breeze with their expert knowledge.
Harrods and Fortnum & Mason are two of the best department stores in London that have everything you could imagine and more under one roof, offering you the best shopping in London.
Harrods has a blend of English architecture with Eastern European affluence and is known worldwide as an Iconic British Brand due to its extreme lavishness. With over 330 department stores spread across million square feet (90,000 sq m) it has a selection of everything from toys to its very own perfumery, selling luxurious and everyday items it appeals to everyone’s taste. With many the celebrity photographed carrying the trademark green bag, it’s no surprise Roberto Cavalli is known to shop there so he can land his helicopter on the roof.
Established in 1849 by Charles Henry Harrod, it all began in a single room. Not long after it expanded from selling tea and groceries to becoming a successful department store by 1880, which attracted wealthy customers. After a fire broke out in 1883 the store re-opened with a new style that it has to date.
Over 300 years old Fortnum & Mason is one of the grandest stores in London with a very British feeling to it, from standing outside alone you will see the beautiful architecture, and its clock chimes on the hour. It has a magnificent food hall designed with a Royal feel to it just perfect for some afternoon tea, maybe that’s why it’s still the grocer to the Queen and Prince Charles use. Not only selling fresh food, exquisite teas, Fortnum & Mason also has cosmetics shops, menswear and ladies fashion, and much more. Make sure not to miss out on one of their famous unique hampers.
London is home to many of the finest luxury department stores in the world. These luxury department stores are a one stop shop for the most exclusive brands in fashion, beauty and food.
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