Okay, so we know it’s only November but it is never too soon to start your Christmas shopping or start planning for a Christmas shopping trip in London. With so many shops available there is something to cater for everyone in England’s capital – even the quirkiest members of your family. Whether you visit the world renowned Oxford Street, the high class, exclusive shopping centre that is Harrods, or check out the boutique shops on Bond Street – you are sure to return home with bags upon bags of exciting presents.
Shopping on Oxford Street during the festive season is an experience akin to true magic. With over 300 shops to browse through, the Christmas lights overhead and the shops all decked out in the Christmas trimmings, there’s no way you could go and not feel in the Christmas spirit. Be warned though that as the big day draws closer, this is likely to be the most crowded area in the capital.
Famous for its designer clothing stores, its elegant boutiques and its antiquities, Bond Street is the place to go if you want to splash out on someone special this Christmas. Small stocking fillers and main presents can both be found here. Like Oxford Street, Bond Street will be decked out to look like a Winter Wonderland in December so expect to see some carol singers and lots of holly on your shopping spree.
If you have children in tow, Covent Garden is a great place to spend a day shopping. The street performers will keep the kids entertained whilst you nip into the Disney Store, the Beatrix Potter shop and the boutique shops in the square. A nice and hot jacket potato will warm the family up for lunch and you can even spend some time watching the orchestra play Christmas tunes. Your kids will love it!
Harrods is not just for shoppers with a lot of money, as the experience alone is well worth the visit in December. The fantastic amount of choice is bewildering if you are visiting for the first time but it definitely won’t disappoint. The food markets will be brimming with Christmas produce, and the Harrods hampers are an excellent gift for any foodies in your family. Travel upwards to a higher floor and you will find the Christmas floor. Dozens of rooms full of Christmas decorations, cards and gift wrap, unique gifts and Christmas toys can all be found here – and you may even spot Santa Claus if you’re lucky!
Of course, if you choose to visit London for your Christmas shopping you will want to make sure that you visit one of the many Christmas markets in the city. The German Christmas market in Hyde Park is one of the most spectacular with warm Christmassy delights being served at the stands and plenty of unique gifts up for grabs. Make sure to purchase a glass of mulled wine at the end of the day if you head to Hyde Park!