The Most Unmissable London Shops
It will soon be “the most wonderful time of the year” which means it’s probably time you started to think about the dreaded seasonal shopping.
If you’re a Londoner or planning a trip to London soon the retail choices may feel overwhelming but London is a shopping haven however you cut it.
Whether you’re vacationing in London for the holidays, traveling to London to get your seasonal shopping done or just looking for something a bit different, we shopped so you don’t have to.
Here’s our list of the most unmissable shops in the Big Smoke. So grab your credit card and put on some sensible shoes; retail therapy awaits.
Regent St, Soho, London W1B 5AH, United Kingdom
“More than a store, Liberty is a destination of discovery”
A visit to London wouldn’t be a vacation without a trip to this Tudor-revival building. Famed for its fabric line not many realize the founder of Liberty was a retail visionary.
In 1875, Arthur Lasenby Liberty borrowed £2,000 and took on a building in Regent Street. He had just three staff and a huge vision.
When this gamble paid off Liberty changed the face of retail and London forever.
He aimed to create a luxurious London emporium laden with luxuries and fabrics from distant lands.
To this day, Liberty has stayed true to its original vision with six floors of the best design, cutting-edge edits and the most beautiful products from internationally renowned craftspeople.
Liberty could be the most beautiful shop in the world, lose yourself in the treasure trove of Soho.
181 Piccadilly London W1A 1ER
Instantly recognisable with eau de nil and copper-clad façade Fortnum & Mason just might be the world’s most luxurious department store.
If you’re looking for a shopping trip to remember you could do a lot worse than visiting here.
You’ll want to take it all in on your trip to this delightful store, whet your appetite in the fragrant food hall, try something for size in the fabulous fashion floors or treat yourself to a spa experience in the Bamford Haybarn spa.
400 Oxford St, London W1A 1AB, United Kingdom
Mr Harry Selfridge coined the phrase “the customer is always right” and even all these years on you can feel the high level of customer service that this company was built on.
Nowadays Selfridges prides itself by catering to all budgets and styles. You’ll find high end, low end and everything in-between in this seriously stylish store.
55 Marylebone High St, Marylebone, London W1U 5HS, United Kingdom
Founder of homeware haven Habitat Terence Conran has always been at the cutting-edge of home style.
His Fulham Road flagship store is a mecca for anyone who loves keeping a beautiful home.
You might not be able to take home a sofa but you can soak up the atmosphere and seek inspiration in this wonderfully designed space.
If you’re looking to invest, you’ll be able to find brands like Jacobsen and Eames next to everyday brands and you’ll even find some beautiful accessories that will fit into even the smallest cases.
This is an example of one of the most perfect London shops on our list.
92-100 Stoke Newington Rd, Hackney Downs, London N16 7XB
If you’re looking for vintage clothing then you’ll have to add Beyond Retro to your things-to-do list.
This is an absolutely huge treasure trove of vintage clothes, accessories and homewares.
The stock is carefully curated and the attentive sales staff all have personal styling skills.
89 Jermyn St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6JH
Spaniard Juan Floris opened this St James’s perfumery in 1730. This store is decorated in an apothecary style of the time and is beautifully kept.
You’ll be invited to sniff the most delightful scents which are stored behind oaken cabinets.
If you’re a scent fan, you’ll want to do the two-hour “fragrance customisation” where you’ll leave with a bottle of Eau de Parfum mixed just for you.
188-196, Regent St, Soho, London W1B 5BT, United Kingdom
If you’ve got kids, or you’re a big kid yourself, you’ll need to visit the biggest and oldest toy store in the world.
What you’ll find is seven floors of toy heaven boasting pretty much every type of toy you can imagine.
From LEGO to puzzles from games to cuddly toys from Barbie to rocking horses you’ll find something for every child or every child at heart.
If you’re a Potterhead you’ll die and go to muggle heaven in the Harry Potter-themed Department of Magic. This is the be-all and end-all when it comes to London shops.
What are your must-visit London shops?