Craving some serious retail therapy? Then have no fear. On your next trip to London, there are countless different shopping spots to explore and pick up something truly unique and exciting.
If you’re a certain type of shopper that loves the finer things in life, you’ll be pleased to know that luxurious, high-end stores are kind of London’s speciality. As well as amazing thrift and vintage stores, London is home to some of the world’s best lavish department stores, high-end brand flagship shops, fine apparel, jewellery, homeware, skincare shops and many more.
For those looking to seriously splurge on your next trip to the capital, we’ve rounded up some of the very best luxury London stores to indulge in. Thanks to our little own slice of luxury – The Devonshire Paddington – being a hotel close to Paddington Station, they’re all super easy to get to during your stay with us, too.
House of Dior Boutique – Bond Street
Starting with a truly stunning store, this improved flagship destination was designed by New York architect Peter Marino, and it combines authentic Christian Dior styling with beautiful British tradition. Significant art sits beside a men’s measurement service, as well as three exclusive salons for VIP customers, the Maison collection and a fragrance space where exclusive, private collections are displayed.
Burberry – Regent Street
Burberry’s flagship store has been reimagined in London as more of a concept store, under the brand’s new Creative Director Riccardo Tisci. And it certainly is impressive. The new and improved store includes nine themed rooms which celebrate the past, present and future of Burberry, inspired by the building’s past as a theatre. Ask the staff for a tour of the building, and they’ll enthusiastically tell you all about the story.
Fortnum and Mason – Green Park
Fortnum and Mason is one of the most famous department stores in the world, and the London offering really is special. Fortnum’s is famous for being purveyors of fine foods, hampers, teas and wine in particular, and it has these in abundance. And though food may come first at Fortnum & Mason, you should also check out the magnificent atrium and examine the pleasures of the upper floors.
Harrods – Knightsbridge
Combine a stay at the best hotel in London England (ours!) with a visit to arguably the best department store in the country. For over 160 years, Harrods has been the number one splurging shopping destination for exclusive collections and outstanding service. With a total of seven floors and a whopping 330 different departments covering the very best products in food, fashion, homeware and technology, Harrods really does have something for every shopper. The latest extravagant womenswear department has 17 boutiques devoted to top global brands, such as Valentino, Prada and Dior. Customers can also choose to eat in one of the shop’s 27 restaurants, which include a pizzeria, steakhouse, oyster bar and new up-to-date Chinese restaurant, Chai Wu.
Still hungry for more? Don’t worry. Our fabulous restaurants near Paddington Station has something for everyone. At The Devonshire’s sister hotel, the very best seasonal ingredients are sourced with care to prepare classic dishes that are all about simplicity. Robust flavours define familiar favourites with a twist, enjoyed with well-chosen wines. It’s here too that you can start the day with a flavoursome full English or continental breakfast.
Selfridges – Oxford Street
Selfridges is an exceptionally famous Grade II listed store located on Oxford Street in London. It was designed by Daniel Burnham for Harry Gordon Selfridge and opened in 1909. The iconic store is the second largest retail spot in the UK, making it roughly half as big as the biggest department store in Europe – Harrods. It was named the world’s best department store in 2010, and again in 2012, so shopping-lovers definitely need to check it out!
Liberty – Regent Street
Also check out Liberty London for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience oozing in British heritage, from the iconic mock-Tudor exterior to the Liberty fabric inside. There are a variety of goods and services available over the department store’s six floors, including fashion, homewares, beauty treatments, and more.
The Shop at Bluebird – Covent Garden
Stepping into The Shop At Bluebird is like entering a beautiful and breathtaking home – it almost makes you forget you’re in a store! This shop is not just focused on selling, however, – tit’s also dedicated to perusal – you can explore the collection of curated fashion, beauty and homeware pieces from the restaurant, or stroll through the displays at your leisure. It’s also filled with treasures from a multitude of independent brands, so it’s the perfect stop for selecting a unique Christmas gift.
Tiffany & Co Style Studio – Covent Garden
There’s nothing better at Christmas than getting an iconic blue Tiffany box and with the personalisation at the Style Studio on St James Street, you can add an additional wow factor to your gifts this year. Intended to enable shoppers to engage with the jewellery more closely, here you can add an engraved #MakeItTiffany bar to the jewels. As well as checking out the collections, the shop showcases art installations and performances.
Wolf and Badger – Coal Drop’s Yard
Wolf and Badger is a unique platform which promotes a range of unique, ethical and up and coming designers. It’s latest 12000 sq ft flagship store at the exciting, fun new Coal Drops Yard area at Kings Cross highlights its 700 designers and even includes a florist, a fashion magazine and book shop.
Dover Street Market – Haymarket
Rei Kawakubo of Commes des Garcons has produced an extravagant ‘market’ environment, which bodes well as we do love our markets in London! However, this is like nothing you’ve experienced before. It’s here where independently designed collections from a variety of new and well-established brands fuse with multi-brand worlds of art and lighting installations. With spots in New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Beijing and Los Angeles, this London store has set a very high benchmark.