New York, Milan, Paris, London – these are generally considered to be the fashion capitals in the world, with shopping experiences to match. London, therefore, is one of the best places in existence to go clothes shopping.
Of course, once you’ve chosen the city, there is another factor to narrow down: which retailers are you going to go to? Well, if luxury is what you’re looking for, then the English capital is well-stocked.
For those needing a bit of guidance, we suggest below three of the top shops around. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or you’re looking for gifts, these places certainly have the “wow factor”. And just like London itself, there is a great deal of diversity – of choice, of environment, of style – in just these three stores. Enjoy!
John Lewis Store
Part of the famous John Lewis Partnership, which is owned in equal parts by all of its employees instead of having shareholders, the John Lewis Store in London certainly doesn’t lack the mark of capitalism in its top of the range products. With 7 floors of quality fashion and accessories, as well as a huge range of homeware, the store is fully equipped to deal with an extensive shopping rampage.
Located in the West End, this is the perfect place to do a spot of shopping just before heading to a musical – Les Misérables is especially in vogue now after last year’s award-winning film. If you don't fancy that, it's just a short hop to London Zoo.
Liberty’s on Regent Street goes beyond selling standard high street wares – we’re talking Alexander McQueen-level, with Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood collaborations gracing the store. Much like John Lewis, it’s also a dab hand at homeware, and its prints are well-renowned.
A recent documentary on the UK television station Channel 4 called “Liberty of London” showed the store in all its glory – it’s a magnificent, listed building – as it prepared for Christmas. Give it a watch to whet your appetite.
Shepherd Bush’s Westfield shopping centre, along with Stratford’s, is one of the largest on the planet, with classic high end stores like Dior, Calvin Klein, Diesel, DKNY, and such like.
For a real luxury experience, skip the cinemas and bowling alleys and go for a classy meal at one of the mall’s many restaurants, and then head to the casino for some high stakes betting at blackjack, poker, roulette, or the myriad of other games on offer.
For a VIP experience, London Pass offer a VIP pass for the shopping centre, entitling the holder to discounts at more than eighty stores in the complex.