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Department stores
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Harrods - London
  An unmissable landmark on the Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, Harrods is probably the world's best known department store.
Trading since 1849 when Henry Charles Harrod, a wholesale tea merchant of Eastcheap took over a grocer's shop, it is now as much a tourist attraction as well as a magnificent temple to the cult of shopping. If you want a grand piano or a bag of jelly beans, there is a huge range of goods in this resplendent store.

Address: 87-135 Brompton Road
Kensington and Chelsea
Nearest tube: Knightsbridge

Buses:10, 14, 74, C1, A1, 19, 22, 137

Fortnum and Mason
 

An emporium of culinary and other delights. Situated on one of the grandest streets in the capital, this renowned department store has acquired a world famous reputation for teas and chocolates. Try the handmade Belgian bonbons and sip afternoon tea in the elegant surroundings of the tea room or restaurants upstairs. There are also designer clothes to try on and the atmosphere is refined. Pay a visit, if only to see the interior, which is decorated with hand painted murals.
181 Piccadilly, W1
Tel 020 7734 8040
Piccadilly or Green Park tube stations nearby
Buses 9, 14, 19, 22, 38
www.Fortnumandmason.com

Selfridges
  For over a hundred years Selfridges have been selling some of rather stylish items to fashionable London home owners and their families. Look out for Toast clothes, as well as the sumptuous cushions and extensive range of kitchen appliances.
Oxford Street
Open: Monday to Friday 10:00 - 8:00pm
Saturday 09:30 - 8:00pm
Sunday 12:00 noon - 6:00pm
www.selfridges.co.uk
Nearest Tube Bond Street.
Take any bus serving the Marble Arch end of Oxford Street. Selfridges has a car park accessed from Duke Street. However, you can't drive down Oxford Street.
John Lewis
 
An unusual, perhaps uniquely British Institution, based on sound retail principles: Unusually, John Lewis's shareholders are their own staff, so anyone from an advisor in the kitchen department to the chief executive takes a share of the profits and as everything in their branches is 'never knowingly undersold', you will probably find the cheapest version of anything from Calvin Klein perfume to a Bosch oven. The store may not be the world's most exciting or cutting edge, but everything is very easy to find, the staff treat customers with respect and the kitchen department is pure heaven for amateur cooks.
Branches in Oxford Street, next to Oxford Circus tube (buses 25, 73, 10 ) and at Blue water Shopping centre, as well as Peter Jones (same shop, different name), King's Road, Chelsea. (bus 11)
www.johnlewis.com

Harvey Nichols
 
If you wondered where Patsy and Edina go shopping in the TV comedy Absolutely Fabulous, this is where they have their shopping sprees. The food emporium on the top floor has some well designed packages, from pasta to biscuits and their bread counter has many treats. Yo Sushi! Have opened up a branch inside the department store, so after trying on some designer clothes, having a make up session on the ground floor, you can enjoy Japanese fish in congenial surroundings.
109-125 Knightsbridge
London SW1X 7RJ
Tel: 020 7235 5000
Hair & Beauty salon: 020 7235 5573
Opening Times:
Monday, Tuesday, Saturday 10:00- 19.00pm
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10:00 - 20:00pm
Sunday 12:00 - 18:00pm

www.harveynichols.com
Nearest underground: Knightsbridge


Household and designer things for the home
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Shaker Shop
 
Simple, unadorned furniture and household items. Everything is sold wood and craftsman made so the quality is high. They also have cloth angels and delightful Christmas decorations for sale: all reflecting the values of the original Shakers in America.
72 - 73 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5JW.
020 7935 9461

The Conran Shop
  The Conran Shop on Marylebone High Street is a beautifully converted stable in one of the prettiest areas of London. Furniture, cutlery, textiles and garden items can be found in this large, interesting store. Above the Shop, the Orrery restaurant serves delicious food in elegant surroundings.
55 Marylebone High Street,
London, W1U 5HS
T: 020 7723 2223
F: 020 7535 3205

Underground: Baker Street

Opening Times
Monday-Wednesday: 10.00 to 18.00
Thursday: 10.00 to 19.00
Friday-Saturday: 1000 to 18.00
Sunday: 12.00 to 18.00


Heals
  Hela's is famous for stocking well-made, often unique designs for the home. Everything from a purple sofa to a pepper grinder can be found in this large store. It is an excellent place to find contemporay, stylish things fro Christmas or birthday presents.
They have branches in Chelsea and elsewhere in london, but the original shop is worth visiting for it's modern architecture.
The Heal's Building
196 Tottenham Court Road
London W1T 7LQ
Tel: 020 7636 1666

British Museum Shop
  22 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1
En route to the British Museum nearby, this small shop stocks many replicas of famous sculptures, chess pieces and other rare items from one of the world's great museums. They also sell cards, silk scarves and impeccably researched books. You can find some unusual products and good design from around the world.

Tube: Tottenham Court Road.
Buses 10, 24
Open Monday to Saturday 9.30-18.00 and Sunday 12-18.00
Telephone 020 7637 9449
www.britishmuseum.co.uk


FREUD
  Beautifully designed accessories for the home can be bought in this central London shop. In addition, they stock designer jewellery and classic retro furniture such as the Cinni table, and pedestal or ceiling fans in chrome or black.
198 Shaftesbury Avenue. Tel 020 7831 1071

Books
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Books for Cooks
  A remarkable shop selling nothing but cookery books. It is run by a famous TV chef, and a place for both amateurs and experts. This shop is a delight to browse in and there is even a café at the rear to sample some of the recommended recipes.
4 Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill, London W11
Tel 020-7221-1992 Fax 020-7221-1517
Waterstones
  The former Simpson's store in Piccadilly was sold a few years ago to house probably the biggest UK chain of bookstores: Waterstones. This innovative building (one of the first to have a 'curtain wall that hung from rather than held up the building) is now one of the largest bookshops in the world. There are a few cafes strategically positioned on different floors (serving nice food and drinks), so you can spend hours in here browsing and don't even need to go out for refreshment. The company will order any book in print although you are likely to find what you want here. There is also a good second hand and antiquarian department at their other branch in Gower Street, next to the University of London. Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus for Waterstones Piccadilly and Euston Square for the Gower Street store.
www.waterstones.co.uk
82 Gower Street, Bloomsbury
London, WC1 Tel 0207 6361577
Monday 9.30-20.00 Tuesday 10.00-20.00 Wednesday 9.30-20.00 Thursday 9.30-20.00 Friday 9.30-20.00 Saturday 9.30-19.00 Sunday 11.00-17.00

Bookmarks
A central London bookshop which specialises in history and politics. Near to the British Museum, this is a good place to find out about Britain's turbulent past and to browse the many magazines on offer.
Gower Street, buses 73, 10
1 Bloomsbury Street, London, WCIB Tel 020 7637 1848.

 
   
 
 

 
 


Clothes
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Ghost
  Fluid, draped viscose fabrics are used to produce some very feminine clothes. Ideal for travellers, they don't crumple and are dyed some stunning colours. Expensive but timeless fashion for women.
13-14 Hinde Street, London W1
Tel 020 7486 0239
Monday - Saturdayt 10 - 18.00 Thurs 10am - 19.00

Marks and Spencers
  Undoubtedly one of the household names in Europe, this extensive chain still provides well made clothes, food and household items for the British public. Although their continental stores have been closed for nearly a year now due to financial losses, they have revived their fortunes by inviting some inventive designers to revitalise their fashionwear. This has paid off and this is one of the best places to go for anything from a cashmere coat, pair of linen trousers or a lacy bra. There are also menswear and children's sections and the ubiquitous M&S sandwich is a reliable standby for thousands of office workers throughout the land.

www.marksandspencers.com


Top Shop
  The latest trends and designs made for a low cost. You won't get top quality cashmere here, but affordable, young styles for men and women. There are many branches throughout the UK but the Oxford Street store is one of the largest and well designed in the UK.
There is even a section selling second hand clothes, and the profits from trendy retro wear go to developing countries…a fashion shop with a conscience.
Top Shop 36-38 Great Castle Street, W1
020 7637700
Oxford street Tube
Buses 10. 73, 25,
www.topshop.co.uk

Whistles
  Designer clothes for women but with a high street feel. Whistles has some lovely things to wear from well known European designers such as Martine Sitbon, Claudette and Dries van Noten. They also stock delightful accessories as well as their own label garments.
12 St Christopher's Place, Marylebone, W1 Tel 020 7487 4484 There is also a branch at:
20 The Market, Covent Garden
Open 10.00-18.00 Monday -Wednesday, Friday, Saturday; 10.00-19.00 Thursday; 12.00-17.00pm Sunday.
Bond Street tube Monday-Saturday 10:30am-18:30 (Thursday 19:30)
Sunday 12.00-18.00
Tel: 020 7379 7401
JW BEETON
  Women's wear from up and coming designers. This small shop sells clothes you won't find on the high street.
48-50 Ledbury Road London W11
Nearest tube: Tel 0207 229 8874
Egg
  36 Kinnerton St, SW1
Tel: 020 7235 9315
Egg sells things at the opposite end of the spectrum from high street fashion. It's an unusual shop selling exquisitely made clothes, just round the corner from Harvey Nichols. The long jackets are inspired by Indian and Chinese designs and are fit for empresses and the discerning customer. Expensive, but elegant clothing, maybe to keep as heirlooms.
Tube: Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge
THE CROSS
  141 Portland Street
London,
W11
Some exquisite clothes for women in a street full of small, enticing shops and cafes.
Nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate
020 7727 6745
AQUAINT BOUTIQUE
  Offers a wide
range of designer ladies wear, hats and accessories. It is a rare treat to try on some of the designer items in this small boutique.
15 Endell St. Tel 020 7836 5013
Nearest tube Covent Garden
Jigsaw
  An excellent high street chain, with very well made clothes. Their tailored jackets are lined and good for work or special occasions and they have floaty dresses and beautiful knitwear, too.
Branches all over London.
Jigsaw Women
  126-127 New Bond St, W1
Tel: 020 7491 4484
Call for details about other branches.
Open: Monday-Wednesday, Friday-Saturday 10.00-18.30, Thursday 10.00-19.00
Tube: Bond Street
Jigsaw Men
  9-10 Floral St
Tel: 020 7240 5651
This Jigsaw outlet is dedicated to menswear. Call for details about other branches.
Open: Monday-Wednesday, Friday 10.30-19.00, Thursday 10.30-20.00, Saturday 10.00-19.00, Sunday 12.00-18.00
Tube: Covent Garden
Tokio
  Tokio have some unusual stock and are known for discovering new designers. They stock clothes by Tracey Frith, Anthony Symonds, Clements Ribeiro, Jessica Ogden, amongst others and have some rather nice shoes and bags for sale, too.
Tokio 197 Westbourne Grove, W11 Tel 020 7792 2515 and 309 Brompton Road, Kensington, SW3 Tel 020 7823 731). South Kensington tube.
Open 10.00-18.30pm Monday-Saturday.
Reiss
  A stylish, centrally located shop selling clothes for men. They have also just launched their first women's collection and a vintage jewellery range, which coincides with the opening of their second London store, based in a turn-of-the-century building on Regent Street. All the pieces in the collection are original and unique, dating from between the 30s and 70s. Try on their delightful shoes and maybe a couple of rather dapper suits while you're there.
170 Regent Street W1 Tel 020 74394907 Ring for other branches (Chelsea, Bond Street etc)
Nearest tube: Oxford Street
www.reiss.co.uk
Jaeger
  204 Regent St, W1
Tel: 020 7200 4000
A well known shop for classic English garments, both for formal and casual occasions. They stock clothes for women and men, but if you are a teenager, you may want to linger in the younger fashion stores nearby while your parents indulge in some serious shopping here.
Open: Monday-Wednesday, Friday-Saturday 10.00-18.30, Thursday 10.00-19.30, Sunday 12.00-17.00
Tube: Oxford Circus

Designer discount stores

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  London has many designer outlets so you can discover samples and end-of-range designer wear at knockdown prices. Here is a selection of what's on offer:

Nicole Farhi
  75-83 Fairfield Road, SW18
Tel: 020 8981 3931
The Nicole Farhi Outlet Shop in East London is a small factory shop selling the previous season's stock plus samples and seconds from this very popular British designer. Mainly womenswear with reductions of around 50%

Burberry
 
29 Chatham Place, London E9
Tel: 020 8985 3344
Burberry's Factory Shop has a full range of the well-known mackintoshes, scarves and umbrellas. Discounts of around 1/3 normal prices off typically English label so it may be worth the trek out to East London.

In Wear
 

100 Garrett Lane, Wandsworth SW18
Tel: 020 8871 2155
In Wear Factory stocks In Wear for women and Matinique for men at discounts of around 50%. Stock includes casual wear, suits and coats.


Caroline Charles
 

9 St John's Wood High Street, NW8
Tel: 020 7483 0080
The Caroline Charles Sale Shop is full of last season's womenswear, samples and accessories. They have discounts of up to 75%.


Paul Smith
 

23 Avery Row, W1
Tel:020 7493 1287
One of London's most popular designers for men has his own discount store. The Paul Smith Sale Shop has not just menswear but also clothes for women and children. Items at around half price include jeans, knitwear and sportswear.


SHOES
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Clarks
  A well established, very reliable British company that sell well designed footwear for men, women and children. In particular, their children's fitting skills are well-renowned and so children's growing feet are not forced into the wrong size if you get their feet properly measured at any of their stores.
They can be found along Oxford Street and Holborn
See www.clarks.co.uk for details of local stores.

Church's English Shoes
  Still made in the shoe manufacturing town of Northampton, these excellentlly crafted men's pieces of footwear are typically British. Try on a pair of tradiitonal leather shoes while wandering down one the capital's main shopping streets.
229 Oxford Street, London W1
Manolo Blahnik
  Exquisite shoes for women, designed for flirty nights out. (One of the shops where Princess Diana bought her shoes).
49 - 51 Old Church Street London SW3 Tel: 020 7352 386

The Natural Shoe Store,
A small shop selling casual, comfortable shoes, the majority of which are made from natural fibres. Some Birkenstock sandals are available here as well as some nice wool slippers.
21 Neal Street
Covent Garden WC2H
Tel 020 7836 5254 Monday-Saturday 10:00-18.00 (Wednesday-Friday 19:00)
Sunday 12.00-17:30
Nearest tube Covent Garden



Children
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CHILD
  Cool clothing, furnishing, toys and accessories for children.
49 Shelton Street (corner of Endell St). Tel 020 7240 6060 info@childlondon.co.uk

Pollock's Toy Museum
 

A source of wonder and delight for anyone interested in small theatres, puppets and Victorian playthings. This traditional toyshop has some fascinating replicas for sale, and visitors can enjoy the museum upstairs.
1, Scala St., London, W1T-2HL
Tel 020-7636-3452
Nearest tube: Goodge Street
Buses 134, 10
Open 10.00 to 17.00. every day except Sundays and Bank Holidays

 

THE LONDON DOLL'S HOUSE CO. LTD
  29 Covent Garden Market.
Lots of dolls houses for children and adult budding collectors.
Tel 020 7240 8681

Hamleys Toy shop
  One of the biggest toyshops in Britain, but be warned: it can be uncomfortably crowded in the weeks leading up to Christmas. They even have a Harry Potter department, so will have the latest models, games and dressing up clothes for children.
Regent Street, south of Oxford Circus underground
Opening hours Mon-Fri 10:00 - 20:00
Saturday 09:30 - 20:00
Sunday 12:00 - 18:00
www.hamleys.co.uk will have details of additional Pre-Christmas opening hours

Hairdressers and beauty

PURE BEAUTY
  This beauty salon in Covent Garden offers exciting brands from Bobbi Brown and Origins to Ren and Cowshed, with independent make-up artists offering services such as manicures and makeovers.
Open 7 days a week Long Acre
Nearest tube: Covent Garden

Toni and Guy
  Modern, stylish cuts and everything else your hair might need. Be pampered by some of the best hairdressers around.
Many branches throughout London, including Covent Garden, Canary Wharf and Chelsea.
Toni and Guy
49 Sloane Square
Chelsea SW1
020 77308113
Buses 11 and 22
www.toniandguy.co.uk


Food and delicacies

Britain is getting a reputation for producing some rather good artisanal cheeses, and reviving some old recipes for excellent breads. There are pockets of excellence, such as the Neal's Yard dairy in Covent Garden and even the major supermarkets are coming up with some excellent local produce.

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Supermarkets

Sainsbury's
  One of the largest supermarket chains in the UK, there are now a number of late opening inner city stores, for picking up a bottle of chilled white wine or some bread and yoghurt for breakfast. You can get almost anything, from ready to serve Thai meals to fresh fish or their in house toiletries. Their wine departments are renowned fro their good quality and wide choice of New World as well as traditional bottles. There are so many branches, it is hard to know which one to recommend, so their website is the best place to find the nearest branch.
www.sainsburys.co.uk

Specialist food shops

Neal's Yard Dairy

  There are now two branches of this excellent cheesemongers, one based in Covent Garden and the other south of the Tahmes. Both serve impressive tasting cheeses. Try the distinctive Golden Cross goat's milk log made by two highly experienced farmers in the South of England.
6 Park Street
Borough Market
SE1
Nearest tube: London Bridge
Tel: 020 7645 3555
Fax: 020 7645 3564

Leadenhall Market,
  Whittington Avenue, EC3
Monday to Friday 07.00 - 16.00
Tube: Bank, Monument
if you asked the Chairman of a corporate bank what his idea of a street market would be, this is it. A small, rather expensive food market; selling poultry, game, sea food, specialist cheeses, and up-market delicatessen groceries. There isn't anything exotic here, but if you want traditional English beef, pheasant or salmon, this is the right place.

Notting Hill Farmers' Market
  Located in the unassuming car park behind Waterstones, this is a great market to come and wander round at the weekend. The idea behind these weekly markets is that the farmer's sell their own foods grown or made within 100 miles of the M25, including fruit, vegetables, organic meat, dairy, free range eggs, honey, juice, bread, preserves and plants. You will find things here that supermarkets haven't yet sourced.
Access via Kensington Place, London - west, W8 Saturdays 9am-1pm.
Contact: London Farmers' Markets
Tel: 020 7704 9659 Fax: 020 7359 1938
info@lfm.demon.co.uk
www.lfm.org.uk

Blackheath Farmers' Market
  Another Farmer's Market, situated close to the large expanse of Blackheath, where Londoner's fly kites and walk their dogs and families. Take the train out of the centre to explore this pretty, village like corner of London and enjoy some of the delicacies on offer at these stalls.
From 10.00 14.00 Sunday. Blackheath Rail Station Car Park, 2 Blackheath Village, SE3
Parking is available in the station car park.
Buses 54, 89, 108, 202, 380
Train: Blackheath station from Charing Cross or London Bridge.

Old Spitalfields Market
  Lots of stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables in the former wholesale market. Lots of juice bars, stalls selling handmade clothes, second hand records and beeswax candles. A great atmosphere on Sundays.
65 Brushfield St., London
E1 6AA
Nearest tube: Liverpool Street
Sundays 10 - 5.
Borough market
  From De Gustibus breads, at least five specialist wine merchants and some superb and unusual cheeses, it is a treat to wander round these stalls.
Look out for: Bourne's Cheshire cheeses, or their international food section, including Brindisa's chorizo and rocket rolls , fresh boquerones and a slice of Manchego cheese. Sample some of the finest Spanish foods and ingredients as well as some of the best produce from round the UK. Artisanal, crusty breads, and lots more at this superlative farmers' market close to Waterloo and Borough Stations. Borough Market is situated on the south side of London Bridge Mainline Station.
Thursdays 12.00-18.00, Fridays 12.00-18.00, Saturdays 9.00-16.00

Planet Organic
  42 Westbourne Grove, London
W2 5SH
An emporium of edible delights. This shop not only stocks fresh fruit and vegetables, but also unusual delicatessen products London.
Tel: 020 7221 7171 Fax: 020 7221 1923
mail@planetorganic.com
They also deliver within a three mile radius around the shop
THE TEA HOUSE
  A central London specialist in fine teas and herbal blends. They also sell novelty teapots in the shape of houses, London tourist attractions and more tea paraphernalia…
15 Neal St.
Nearest tube: Covent Garden
Tel 020 7240 7539
Carluccios
  Neal Street
26 Neal Street, London, LONDON, WC2
Tel: 020 7836 8368 Fax: 020 7240 3964
A specialist delicatessen, sourcing products directly from Italy. Try their pastries or sample a jar of truffles. Antonio Carluccio is also the proprietor of the Neal Street Restaurant next door.
www.carluccios.co.uk
Sally Clarke's Breads
  Some wonderful freshly baked breads and pastries are on sale from early each morning. Tarts, cakes, pizza and foccacia with seasonal vegetables, fruits and herbs are made by their pastry kitchen throughout the day. The kitchen also produces jams, jellies, pickles and chutneys, fresh soups, sauces for pastas and tasty relishes to accompany meats, fish and crostini. A gourmet's paradise.
www.sallyclarke.com
122 & 124 Kensington Church Street,
London, W8 4BH
Fax: 020 7229 4564 Tel 020 7221 7196

Fresh and Wild
  Old Street, Battersea and Camden Town
49 Parkway, London NW1 7PN, Tel. 020 7428 7575
tube: Camden Town

This award winning store has some rather wonderful breads, fresh salads, cheeses and fruit juices. The large shop with friendly
staff is the healthy shopper's dream. They also stock natural remedies, have an organic deli and juice bar.
Monday to Friday 8.00 to 21.00
Saturday 8.00 to 21.00
Sunday 11:00am - 8:00pm

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