Christmas is just around the corner which means it’s the only time of the year when a big shopping trip is necessary for all! Whether you like shopping or not, making a trip to a London Hotel will definitely leave you feeling full of Christmas sparkle. Even so, with hundreds of shops to spend your spare time in, it can be hard to know where to start. Here’s our list of the very best places to pick up those special festive buys :
Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum & Mason is the perfect stop for any lovers of the traditional Christmas. This beautiful shop in Piccadilly was established in 1707 and offers six floors of very special gifts. The ground floor is absolutely spectacular and displays a delicious range of hand made sweets, chocolate, cake, very fine tea and coffee. For a luxurious and grown up gift, why not choose an iconic Fortnum & Mason Hamper. Fortnum & Mason also has a wonderful Christmas department, perfect for getting in the Christmas mood. The outside window displays are to die for too!
Well known for being the best toy shop in the world, Hamleys is a child’s dream. Get all your toy shopping done in one go or bring your children along to make a day of it. Beware, you might find it hard to tear them away!
Selfridges is the perfect stop for all your Christmas buys. Definitely the coolest department store around, you can pick up designer clothing, luxurious perfume, great gadgets, brilliant books, scrummy snacks and even all of your little stocking fillers. If you visit at the right time you might even find yourself being offered a steaming cup of wonderful mulled wine!
Pollocks Toy Shop
Tucked away in the middle of Covent Garden Market you could easily walk past this little shop, but once you climb the stairs and enter this magical little den, you will find many a stocking filler lining the shelves. This shop is perfect for original gifts and will whisk you away to the world of Alice In Wonderland, Punch and Judy and all your favourite Fairy Tales. The Toy Theatres are beautifully designed and great for the imaginative child.
Liberty of London is another traditional gem with an exquisite Christmas shop, stocked high with beautiful crackers, Christmas wreaths and decorations galore. The Liberty Print Christmas Robin is the cutest thing you have ever seen and the perfect special gift for any animal loving friend.
The Topshop flagship store in Oxford Circus is the perfect place to find gifts for teenagers and fashion lovers alike. Choose from fur, leather or sequins and leave a big smile on the face of any glamorous girl. Topman also offers a cool range of clothes for the image conscious man.
London has an array of Christmas markets during the Winter months, all of which are wonderful for picking up original and festive gifts. The Southbank Centre Christmas Market lights up the Thames and is full of charm whilst the Handmade Christmas Market is great for one-off gifts. For a truly festive experience head to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park and immerse yourself in Christmas cheer.