This time of year is always magical. With the spirit of Christmas in the air, twinkling lights above and plenty of opportunity to overindulge, there’s lots to look forward to. But, with the end of the year nearing many are also thinking about how to use up and make the most of those last few remaining days of annual leave.
Here to help, we’ve suggested our top places in London that will tick everything off your Christmas shopping list whilst also offering a quick getaway as a treat for yourself. Pack your bags, climb on board and awake the next morning ready to splurge in some of London’s top shopping destinations.
Wandering through the cobbled streets of Covent Garden in the run up to Christmas is like stepping into a Charles Dickens’ novel. The old-fashioned shop fronts complete with vintage inspired decorations are not to be missed, including this year’s classic car piled with presents.
A browse through the many markets and stores selling perfumes, handmade gifts, beauty products and unique foods will quickly provide buying inspiration for loved ones, while overlooking cafes and restaurant offer a quiet corner to rest tired feet.
Fortnum & Mason
No Christmas shopping trip is complete without a visit to Fortnum & Mason. Whether you’re buying gifts or stocking up on treats for the big day, the Queen’s grocer is the perfect place to find all sorts of mouth-watering products.
In addition to the store’s much loved Christmas hampers, a selection of festive teas, chocolate and confectionery, baked goods and wine and spirits can be found whilst touring the iconic building.
Set beneath neon lights, the 14 streets that make up Carnaby are the place to find gifts for that one friend or family member that has everything.
Full of some of London’s trendiest shops, independent boutiques and cutting-edge brands, here is where you’ll find a great selection of clothes, music and memorabilia, not to mention great places to eat and drink.
Oxford Street and Regent Street
If you’re searching for leading high street brands then look no further than Oxford Street and Regent Street.
These two famous streets are popular all year round with shoppers from across the world and with mesmerising window displays lighting up the area, it’s easy to find something for everyone.
Choose from department stores such as Selfridges and Liberty London, family favourites including Hamleys or go off the beaten track onto side streets St Christopher’s Place and Berwick Street for a selection of boutiques.