London is known around the world as Great Britain’s most cosmopolitan city, a haven for business and counterculture alike where some of the world’s biggest names in fine art, music, food, and politics are proud to call them selves residents. What the city is equally abundant in, if less recognized for, is its remarkable contributions to the world of fashion, giving us designers from Alexander McQueen to Stella McCartney, and countless opportunities for high-end shopping that you won’t find anywhere else. From Knightsbridge to Notting Hill, you’re sure to find a look that suits your taste in one of these chic shops.
Luxury brand devotees will have their taste for the finer things sated with a trip to one of Matches’ stores in London. With four locations in the city in Marylebone, Notting Hill, Richmond, and Wimbledon, this convenient shopper’s paradise has become a must-shop store for London’s most fashionable inhabitants, thanks to its wealth of high-end wares from designer houses like Alexander Wang, Lanvin, and Maison Margiela.
Liberty’s bold print and preppy style have made the brand an icon of British design. Londoners eager to channel the brand’s classic look flock to this Regent Street store for everything from bright, patterned pieces to housewares that complement this brand’s standout style. In addition to pieces in classic Liberty fabric, shoppers can pick up extras like Diptique candles, Kiehl’s skincare products, and Laura Mercier makeup.
A one-stop shop for everything from fashion to food, Selfridges has long been a staple of London’s fashion culture. This famed department store has easy everyday pieces from brands like The Kooples and All Saints, as well as designer clothing, shoes, and accessories from brands like Saint Laurent, Gucci, and Balmain. Fortunately, if you find the perfect piece in the not-quite-perfect fit, Selfridges also has in-house tailoring. If you’re hungry for more than just fashion, some of the city’s best dining is right at your fingertips, as well, thanks to restaurants like the Champagne & Oyster Bar, Lola’s Cupcakes, Yo! Sushi, and The Selfridges Kitchen, a lunch counter with everything from soup and sandwiches to Lebanese cuisine. If you’re feeling a bit worse for wear after a long day of shopping, you can quickly and easily refresh your look with a trip to Hershesons Blow Dry Bar or Braid-Bar, some eyebrow shaping from Blink Brow Bar, and even a last-minute manicure from The Paint Shop or Cowshed.
One of the largest and most well-known department stores in the world, shoppers could easily spend a full day in Harrod’s and never see all of it. Makeup, luxury skincare, designer handbags, and clothing from luxury brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, and Kurt Geiger, are all available under the same roof in this beloved Knightsbridge shopping destination. For little ones, the store’s peerless toy department is a veritable wonderland of imaginative playthings, from the Harrods’ classic Oliver Bear to Lego sets to Steiff stuffed animals. Foodies can get their fill as well at Harrods’ elegant food hall, where guests can purchase wines from every corner of the world, gourmet holiday baskets sure to wow family and friends, and delicacies from around the globe, like South African dried meat delicacy biltong, fresh mozzarella, pastries just out of the oven, and deli staples. On your way out, make sure to stop by the Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed memorials, tributes to the fallen couple which include a massive diamond ring purchased for Diana by Fayed, rumored to have been an engagement ring, encased in a glass pyramid, as well as a bronze statue of the couple joyfully dancing together as a bird flies overhead.
Head out to the high street for some of London’s chicest styles, courtesy of The Kooples. This French-born fashion retailer has earned a devoted following in the UK, thanks in large part to its smattering of stores across London, from Primrose Hill to Soho. Inside the store, you’ll find everything from elegantly embroidered cocktail dresses to ’70s-inspired jumpsuits to activewear and accessories suited to a wide variety of sartorial tastes.
No matter what your style, you’re sure to find the perfect fit in one of these fashionable London luxury shops.
Note: This is a guest post by Candace Schaffer; the views and opinions expressed are those of the author. Candice Schaffer works at Knightsbridge Park, a leading digital marketing firm for luxury real estate brands such as Manhattan View, The Atlas, The Kent, One Bennett Park.