The City of London is known for many things. Some people visit to enjoy the history, others visit for the art and entertainment. However some people visit because of the incredible and unique department stores that have made their name here. Names like Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges attract visitors by the millions every year. So why are they so popular? Well they are much more than your run of the mill department store for a start; with in house spa facilities and world class restaurants, plus the opportunity to employ a personal shopper they are more of an experience than a simple high street store. They are to be experienced and enjoyed, and judging by the numbers that visit them every year this is just what many people are doing.
Debenhams may be found on the high street of all of the major towns in the UK, but the London store is something special. The store on Oxford Street is their flagship store and what happens in this store sets the precedent as to what happens in the stores across the nation.
Fenwick of Bond Street
This store was established in 1891 as a simple boutique when you could purchase hair accessories. These days the store covers a whole five floors and offers luxury items in one of the most chic areas of the city. Everything in the store carries a designer label, the cosmetics department is legendary and Carluccio’s Café is definitely the place to be seen.
Fortnum & Mason
If there is anything more quintessentially English than Fortnum and Mason we haven’t found it yet. This store has been selling the finest items to the residents of London since 1707. The food they offer is the finest and most indulgent that you will find anywhere in the city. They are also the official grocer to the Queen and the royal household. If you are looking for the best luxury hamper then this is the place you need to be.
A simple grocery outlet when it first opened in 1849 the store now sells everything you could imagine. The iconic store houses not one but twenty restaurants and there are more specialist services on offer here than you could ever find a use for, including a specialist fitting service for your dog and his new coat. The food hall is the stuff of legend, not forgetting the incredible Egyptian hall.
A Mecca for fashionistas of all ages the store is filled with the very best in designer clothing from around the world. The store boats an elite clientele who choose the store for the very latest in designer wear from Dolce and Gabanna to Jimmy Choo. Harvey Nichols is all about high end labels and designer delights.
House of Fraser
The House of Fraser is one of the most recognisable names along Oxford Street. It offers incredible exclusive collections and designer labels. Here you can find a little luxury no matter how big or small your budget.