Quite frankly, if you’ve a mind to visit London – and perhaps stay in or near the bright lights and bustling excitement of the West End, possibly at one of properties in The Shaftesbury Hotel Collection – then the retail opportunities of this district of the city are an absolute must for a morning or afternoon of your visit. Superb for shelf- and rack-browsers, fantastic for bargain-hunters and essential for well-heeled fashionistas, the West End’s streets are brimming with brilliant shopping options…
Kensington and Knightsbridge
Nowhere’s simply better for luxurious shopping! For starters, salubrious Chelsea offers designer label outlets including Chanel, Chloe, and Dior along Sloane Street, while Knightsbridge is home to the world-famous luxury stores that are Harvey Nichols and Harrods, of course – and frankly, who could resist shopping at Harvey Nicks; the fantastically fashionable fashion behemoth that was the favourite of Princess Diana shopped?
Easily one of the most famous retail thoroughfares on the face of the planet, Oxford Street is *the* place to head for high-quality high-street stores, but also more terrific department stores, namely the likes of Selfridges (the first and biggest department store in the whole country), John Lewis (a household name in the UK for style and quality at reasonable prices), the grand Marks and Spencer (M&S) flagship store, which is a British national institution for fine consumer goods purchasable for very good value – indeed, M&S is particularly renowned for famous for its highly sought-after cashmere, lingerie, children’s clothing, menswear and more.
Just a few steps away from Regent Street – a wide, elaborate boulevard on which you’ll find luxury brand names like Aquascutum, Burberry, The Apple Store and Hamleys, the world’s oldest toy shop – you’ll come across the simply wonderful Liberty. With its gorgeous mock-Tudor frontage, this enormously elegant department store is renowned for its glorious haberdashery (fabrics) collection, full of wonderfully beautiful creations that people travel from all over the world to browse, let alone actually buy. It’s also an excellent source too for perfumes and cosmetics, home accessories, jewellery and so much more.
If any street sums up the reputation for high-gloss retail options that London enjoys, then it has to be Bond Street, with its exclusive feel but universally appealing stores. What stores? Well, here, we’re talking the likes of those courtesy of top designers like Amanda Wakely, Mulberry, Fendi, Vuitton, Chanel, among many, many others.
Fortnum & Mason
Finally, for those seeking out the truly luxurious side of shopping in the West End, then they must make the time to spend an hour or two browsing the beautiful wares of Fortnum & Mason – especially if they’ve made the base of their stay a Hyde Park boutique hotel London, such as Executive Rooms Kensington. Yes, it’s here that HM The Queen buys her tea – or, at least, where it’s bought for her! – but you’ll also discover under its roof delicious gourmet foods and specialties, including fine dinnerware.