April 22, 2007

London’s Top Shopping

By Verdict Staff

Full as it may be of cultural attractions and events, London is also renowned for its shopping, and rightly so, for it is absolutely brimming with department stores, designer shops, dinky independent boutiques, antiques halls and markets.

Featured here are the most well-known shopping destinations in the city, although visitors should always keep their eyes peeled; there could be an unusual and impressive new boutique just around the corner!


London Marina at night

Many of London’s best shops and shopping experiences are grouped together into small ‘districts’, each with its own distinct style.

For timeless elegance, Bond Street and the roads surrounding it cannot be beaten. Knightsbridge – the home of rival department stores Harrods and Harvey Nichols – is higher octane, offering glitz, glamour and edge to the jet set. In Mayfair, Fortnum & Mason and numerous gentlemen’s outfitters continue to offer classic English items such as boating blazers, club ties and pipes. Oxford Street, dominated by Selfridges, is officially London’s busiest shopping area, offering all the large high street brands. Further west, Portobello Road is famed for its vintage fashion, antique furnishings, and relaxed atmosphere. The latest addition to the luxury brands shopping area is The Village at Westfield shopping center in the west of London.


Slap bang in the middle of Knightsbridge, Harrods dominates its surroundings.

Instantly recognizable from its green and gold awnings, this immense building houses seven floors of luxury items, and is the go-to place for exclusive beauty products, accessories, homeware and designer clothes. Book a session with the in-house personal shopping service ‘By Appointment’ for a tailor-made experience. Also not to be missed are the Shoe Boudoir on the first floor, a shrine to the glamorous red-soled footwear of Christian Louboutin, and the food halls, a series of cavernous rooms packed to the rafters with delicious gourmet treats.

Phone: +44 (0)20 7730 1234 (general) / +44 (0)20 7893 8000 (By Appointment)

87–135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL



Only a few steps away from Harrods on the corner of Knightsbridge and Sloane Street, Harvey Nichols’s flagship store opened in the 1880s, and has been a popular purveyor of luxury goods ever since.

There are a total of eight floors of fashion, beauty and home collections, with the fifth floor dedicated to several restaurants and a small but perfectly formed food hall. Visit the beauty hall for a huge range of beauty products, check out the eye-catching display of multicolored Alice bands and hairclips at the Cherry Chau counter, and take your time to admire the incredible clothes on display in the designer section.

+44 (0)20 7235 5000

109 – 125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ



This enormous multi-level store is the second largest department store in London, trumped only by Harrods.

With high ceilings and vast halls in a clean, modern style, it offers a shopping experience uncluttered by old-style interiors and furnishings. Stocking an enormous range of brands, Selfridges is a one-stop shop for travelers on a tight schedule, or travelers who wish to get all their shopping done under one roof. Highlights of this department store include the excellent personal shopping service and recently opened Shoe Galleries, an entire gallery dedicated to shoes by Jimmy Choo, Chanel, Gina, Prada and others.

+44 (0)800 123 400 (general) / +44 (0)20 73183536 (personal shopping)

400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB



Situated on Bond Street, among many of London’s chicest shops, Fenwick is five floors-worth of stylish clothes, accessories, homeware and beauty products.

Browse through the millinery section, full of hats and luxury hair accessories, wander through the intimate lingerie lounge, or travel up to the third floor for a beauty treatment at John Gustafson’s beauty studio.

New restaurant Bond & Brook offers light meals for the hungry shopper, whilst The Affogato Bar, also new, serves affogatos – ice cream with a shot of intense espresso poured over the top – and other sweet treats to pick up flagging energy levels.

+44 (0)20 7629 9161

63 New Bond Street, W1A 3BS



Housed in a magnificent mock-Tudor building made of the timber from two old ships – HMS Hindustan and HMS Impregnable – Liberty is renowned for its focus on eclectic fashion and design.

A popular haunt of the pre-Raphaelites in their day, it continues to stock a combination of classic and unusual items by a huge list of designers, including Erdem, Marc Jacobs, Meadham Kirchoff, Etro, Missoni, Moncler and Antonio Berardi. Visit the haberdashery in this marvelous shop for a dazzling array of ribbons, fabrics, feathers and Liberty prints, and make sure to stop off at the adjacent rugs and carpets room, an Aladdin’s cave of wonderful textures, fabrics and patterns.

+44 (0)20 7734 1234

Great Marlborough Street, W1B 5AH



One of London’s most valued fashion landmarks, Browns – comprising Browns,  Browns Focus, Browns Men, and Browns Bridal – is the brainchild of Joan Burstein, who created it with her husband Sidney in 1970.

Offering pieces handpicked by the world’s top designers, it is dedicated to quality and individuality. Burstein has been credited with discovering some of today’s biggest names, including John Galliano, the late Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan and Comme des Garçons, all of which shows in the main shop, which displays only the best. Just across the road is Browns Focus, targeted at a sophisticated, slightly more cutting-edge market, and offering the newest, most in-demand items.

+44 (0)20 7514 0016

23 – 27 South Molton Street, W1K 5RD



+44 (0)845 602 5612

Unit 15a, Welmar Mews, 154 Clapham Park Road, SW4 7DD



Since 1707, Fortnum & Mason has been the quintessential English store, situated in the heart of London’s Piccadilly.

Famous for its top-notch groceries (it is the Queen’s official supplier), it sells a wide range of classic English pantry items, including unparalleled loose leaf teas, coffee, traditional confectionery, artisan biscuits, chutneys, jams and preserves; in short, everything you need for the perfect afternoon tea. Many of these delicious things can be found in the iconic F&M hampers, traditional straw-lidded baskets in every size used for picnicking, that favorite English pastime. Alternatively, ask the staff for an empty hamper and pile up a selection of your own personal favorites for a bespoke option. If food is not what you are after, Fortnum’s – as it is known to native Londoners – also sells a substantial variety of gifts unrelated to food, including jewelry, luxury stationery, beauty products for men and women, and homeware.

+44 (0)20 7734 8040

181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER


Fashion & Accessories

ALBERTA FERRETTI FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7235 2349 Address: 205-206 Sloane Street, SW1 9QX Website: www.albertaferretti.com
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7355 0088 Address: 4-5 Old Bond Street, W1S 4PD Website: www.alexandermcqueen.co.uk
ALFRED DUNHILL FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)845 458 0779 Address: Bourdon House, 2 Davies Street, Mayfair, W1K 3 DJ Website: www.dunhill.com
AMANDA WAKELEY FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7590 9105 Address: 175-177 Fulham Road, SW3 6JW Website: www.amandawakeley.com
ANYA HINDMARCH FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7838 9177 Address: 15-17 Pont Street, SW1X 9EH Website: www.anyahindmarch.co.uk
BALENCIAGA FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7317 4400 Address: 12 Mount Street, W1K 2RD Website: www.balenciaga.com
BALLANTYNE FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 8749 4995 Address: Unit 1040A, The Village, Westfield Shopping Centre, Ariel Way, W12 7GQ
VINTAGE STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7243 9277 Address: 303 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RW Website: www.ballantyne.it
BOUCHERON NEW BOND STREET STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7514 9170 Address: 164 New Bond Street, W1S 2UH Website: www.boucheron.com
BURBERRY NEW BOND STREET STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 3402 1500 Address: 21-23 New Bond Street, W1S 2RE Website: www.burberry.com
CAROLINA HERRERA AT HARRODS Website: www.carolinaherrera.com
CHANEL FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7493 5040 Address: 26 Old Bond Street, W1S 4QD Website: www.chanel.com
CHLOE FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7823 5348 Address: 152-153 Sloane Street, SW1X 9BX Website: www.chloe.com
CHRISTIAN LACROIX AT HARRODS Website: www.christian-lacroix.fr
CHURCH’S FOOTWEAR FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7493 1474 Address: 133 New Bond Street, W1S 2TE Website: www.church-footwear.com
COMME DES GARÇONS DOVER STREET MARKET Phone: +44 (0)20 7518 0680 Address: 17-18 Dover Street, W1S 4LT Website: www.doverstreetmarket.com
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG NOTTING HILL STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7221 1120 Address: 83 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, W11 2AG Website: www.dvf.com
DOLCE & GABBANA OLD BOND STREET STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7659 9000 Address: 6-8 Old Bond Street, W1S 4PJ Website: www.dolcegabbana.com
DONNA KARAN CONDUIT STREET STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7479 7900 Address: 46 Conduit Street, W1S 2YW Website: www.donnakaran.com
EMILIO PUCCI SLOANE STREET STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7201 8171 Address: 170 Sloane Street, SW1X 9QF Website: www.emiliopucci.com
EMMA HOPE FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7313 7490 Address: 207 Westbourne Grove, W11 2SE Website: www.emmahope.com
FENDI SLOANE STREET Phone: +44 (0)20 7838 6288 Address: 20-22 Sloane Street, SW1X 9NE Website: www.fendi.com
GRIFFIN STUDIO Phone: +44 (0)1237 435240 Email: karina@griffin-studio.com Website: www.griffin-studio.com

A menswear label established in 1993 Griffin has worked as an innovator at the forefront of British fashion. Headed by Central St. Martins Graduate, Jeff Griffin, each season the collection is a mix of military with masculinity, urban with country and tradition with technology. Known for iconic pieces such as the sleeping bag coat and collaborations with brands such as outdoor wear specialists Berghaus, right through to the elusive street artist Banksy. Although internationally known Griffin has had the luxury of remaining niche, designing Limited Edition items made from the highest quality fabrics in some of Britain and Italy’s finest factories. Find out more at the Griffin-Studio website.

GIANFRANCO FERRÉ SLOANE STREET STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7838 9576 Address: 29 Sloane Street, SW1X 9NE Website: www.gianfrancoferre.com
GIORGIO ARMANI ARMANI COLLEZIONI LONDON Phone: +44 (0)20 7493 8321 Address: 115 New Bond Street, W1Y 9HB
EMPORIO ARMANI LONDON Phone: +44 (0)20 7491 8080 Address: 51/52 New Bond Street, W1 1RD
ARMANI/CASA LONDON Phone: +44 (0)20 7079 1930 Address: 113 New Bond Street, W1S 1DP
BOUTIQUE GIORGIO ARMANI LONDON Phone: +44 (0)20 7235 6232 Address: 37 Sloane Street, SW1X 9LP Website: www.armanistores.com
GIVENCHY DOVER STREET MARKET Phone: +44 (0)20 7518 0680 Address: 17-18 Dover Street, W1S 4LT Website: www.givenchy.fr
GUCCI SLOANE STREET FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7235 6707 Address: 18 Sloane Street, SW1X 9NE
BOND STREET FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7629 2716 Address: 34 Old Bond Street, W1S 4QL
WESTFIELD SHOPPING CENTRE Phone: +44 (0)20 8740 4404 Address: Ariel Way, W12 7GF Website: www.gucci.com
HELMUT LANG at SELFRIDGES, LIBERTY, MATCHES Website: www.helmutlang.com
HERMÈS BOND STREET Phone: +44 (0)20 7499 8856 Address: 155 New Bond Street, W1S 2UA
SLOANE STREET Phone: +44 (0)20 7823 1014 Address: 179 Sloane Street, SW1X 9QP Website: www.hermes.com
HERVE LEGER FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)207 201 2590 Address: 29 Lowndes Street, Knightsbridge, SW1X 9HX Website: www.herveleger.com
HUGO BOSS FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7499 5605 Address: 122 New Bond Street, W1V 1DT Website: www.hugoboss.com
ISSEY MIYAKE ISSEY MIYAKE (Menswear , Womenswear) Phone: +44 (0)20 7851 4620 Address: 52 Conduit St, W1S 2YX
THE CHANGING ROOM Phone: +44 (0)20 7408 1596 Address: 10a Gees Court, W1V 1JL Website: www.isseymiyake.com
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7584 4648 Address: 171-175 Draycott Avenue, SW3 3AJ Website: www.jeanpaul-gaultier.com
JIL SANDER Phone: +44 (0)20 7495 0076 Address: 72 New Bond Street, W1S 1RR Website: www.jilsander.com
JIMMY CHOO FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7823 1051 Address: 32 Sloane Street, SW1X 9NR Website: www.jimmychoo.com
KENZO KENZO Man & Woman Phone: +44 (0)20 7491 8469 Address: 31 Bruton Street, W1J 6HH Website: www.kenzo.com
LANVIN LANVIN BOUTIQUE Phone: +44 (0)20 7491 1839 Address: 128 Mount Street, W1K 3NU
LANVIN BOUTIQUE Phone: +44 (0)20 7434 3384 Address: 30-32 Savile Row, W1S 3PT Website: www.lanvin.com
LOEWE DOVER STREET MARKET STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7518 0680 Address: 17-18 Dover Street, W1S 4LT Website: www.loewe.com
LOUIS VUITTON FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 3214 9200 Address: 17-20 New Bond Street, W1S 2RB
SLOANE STREET STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7201 4190 Address: 190-192 Sloane Street, SW1X 9QX Website: www.louisvuitton.com
LULU GUINNESS ELLIS STREET STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7823 4828 Address: 3 Ellis Street, SW1X 9AL
ROYAL EXCHANGE STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7626 5391 Address: 23 Royal Exchange, Threadneedle Street, EC3V 3LR Website: www.luluguinness.com
MANOLO BLAHNIK CHELSEA STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7352 8622 Address: 49-51 Old Church Street, SW3 5BS Website: www.manoloblahnik.com
MARC JACOBS FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7399 1690 Address: 24-25 Mount Street, W1K 2RR
SOUTH AUDLEY STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7408 7050 Address: 56 South Audley Street, W1K 2RR Website: www.marcjacobs.com
MARCHESA AT HARRODS, LIBERTY Website: www.marchesa.com
MARNI FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7245 9520 Address: 26 Sloane Street, SW1X 9NE Website: www.marni-international.com
MATTHEW WILLIAMSON FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7629 6200 Address: 28 Bruton Street, W1J 6QH Website: www.matthewwilliamson.com
MICHAEL KORS FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7409 0844 Address: 153 New Bond Street, W1S 2TZ Website: www.michaelkors.com
MISSONI FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7823 1910 Address: 193 Sloane Street, SW1 X 9QX Website: www.missoni.com
MIU MIU BOND STREET STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7409 0900 Address: 150 New Bond Street, W1S 1EJ
SLOANE STREET STORE Phone: +44 (0)207 235 6965 Address: 185 Sloane Street, SW1X 9NW Website: www.miumiu.com
MOSCHINO MOSCHINO BOUTIQUE Phone: +44 (0)20 7318 0555 Address: 28-29 Conduit Street, W1S 2XZ Website: www.moschino.com
MULBERRY BROMPTON ROAD STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7838 1411 Address: 171-175 Brompton Road, SW3 1NF
NEW BOND STREET STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7491 3900 Address: 50 New Bond Street, W1S 1BJ Website: www.mulberry.com
NARCISO RODRIGUEZ AT SELFRIDGES Website: www.narcisorodriguez.com
NICOLE FARHI FLAGSHIP STORE Address: 158 New Bond Street, W1S 2UB Phone: +44 (0)20 7499 8368 Website: www.nicolefarhi.com
OSCAR DE LA RENTA At BROWNS, HARRODS Website: www.oscardelarenta.com
OZWALD BOATENG SAVILE ROW STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7437 0620 Address: 30 Savile Row, W1S 3PT Website: www.ozwaldboateng.co.uk
PHILIP TREACY CHELSEA BOUTIQUE Phone: +44 (0)20 7730 3992 Address: 69 Elizabeth Street, SW1W 9PJ Website: www.philiptreacy.co.uk
PHILLIP LIM 3.1 At HARVEY NICHOLS, SELFRIDGES Website: www.31philliplim.com
POLO RALPH LAUREN FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7535 4600 Address: No 1 New Bond Street, W1S 3RL
RALPH LAUREN CHILDREN’S STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7535 4600 Address: 143 New Bond Street, W1S 2TP Website: www.ralphlauren.com
PRADA  BOND STREET STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7647 5000 Address: 16-18 Old Bond Street, W1S 4PS Website: www.prada.com
PURDEY JAMES PURDEY & SONS LTD Phone: +44 (0)20 7499 1801 Address: Audley House, 57-58 South Audley Street, W1K 2ED Website: www.purdey.com
RICHARD JAMES BESPOKE Phone: +44 (0)20 7287 9645 Address: 19 Clifford Street, W1S 3RH
RICHARD JAMES Phone: +44 (0)20 7434 0605 Address: 29 Savile Row, W1S 2EY Website: www.richardjames.co.uk
ROBERTO CAVALLI FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7823 1879 Address: 181-182 Sloane Street, SW1X 9QP Website: www.robertocavalli.com
SONIA RYKIEL FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7493 5255 Address: 27-29 Brook Street, W1K 4HG Website: www.soniarykiel.com
STELLA MCCARTNEY FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7518 3100 Address: 30 Bruton Street, W1J 6QR Website: www.stellamccartney.com
TEMPERLEY FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44(0)20 7229 7957 Address: 2-10 Colville Mews, Lonsdale Road, W11 2DA Website: www.temperleylondon.com
TOD’S LONDON Phone: +44 (0)20 7235 1321 Address: 35-36 Sloane Street, SW1X 9LP Website: www.tods.com
VALENTINO FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7235 5855 Address: 174 Sloane Street, SW1X 9QG Website: www.valentino.com
VERSACE FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7259 5700 Address: 183-184 Sloane Street, SW1 Website: www.versace.com
VIKTOR & ROLF At BROWNS, LIBERTY, SELFRIDGES Website: www.viktor-rolf.com
VIVIENNE WESTWOOD FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7287 7108 Address: 44 Conduit Street, W1S 2YL
WORLD’S END STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7352 6551 Address: 430 Kings Road, SW10 0LJ
BRIDAL STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7629 3757 Address: 6 Davies Street, W1K 3DN Website: www.viviennewestwood.com
YOHJI YAMAMOTO FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7491 4129 Address: 14-15 Conduit Street, W1S 2XJ Website: www.yohjiyamamoto.co.jp
YVES SAINT LAURENT FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7493 1800 Address: 33 Old Bond Street, W1X 4HH
FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7235 6706 Address: 171-172 Sloane Street, SW1 X9NR Website: www.ysl.com
ZAC POSEN At HARVEY NICHOLS, JOSEPH Website: www.zacposen.com


AUDEMARS PIGUET AUDEMARS PIGUET UK LTD Phone: +44 (0)20 7659 7300 Address: 3 Hanover Square, W1S 1HD Website: www.audemarspiguet.com
BAUME & MERCIER At SELFRIDGES, HARRODS Website: www.baume-et-mercier.com
BLANCPAIN At SELFRIDGES, HARRODS Website: www.blancpain.com
BREGUET FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7355 1735 Address: 10A New Bond Street, W1S 3SP Website: www.breguet.com
BULGARI NEW BOND STREET STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7872 9969 Address: 168-169 New Bond Street, W1S 4RB
SLOANE STREET STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7838 9411 Address: 177-178 Sloane Street, SW1X 9QL Website: www.bulgari.com
CARTIER SLOANE STREET STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7312 6930 Address: 143-144 Sloane Street, SW1X 9AY Website: www.cartier.com
CHANEL CHANEL BOUTIQUE Phone: +44 (0)20 7493 5040 Address: 26 Old Bond Street, W1S 4QD
CHAUMET NEW BOND STREET STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7495 6303 Address: 174 New Bond Street, W1S 4RG Website: www.chaumet.com
CHOPARD CHOPARD BOUTIQUE Phone: +44 (0)20 7409 3140 Address: 12 New Bond Street, W1S 3SS Website: www.chopard.com
DE BEERS FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 7758 9700 Address: 50 Old Bond Street, W1S 4QT Website: www.debeers.com
GLASHUTTE ORIGINAL At HARRODS, WEMPE Phone: +44 (0)20 7493 2299 Address: 43-44 New Bond Street, W1S 2SA Website: www.glashuette-original.com
HUBLOT At HARRODS, SELFRIDGES, MARCUS Phone: +44 (0)20 7290 6500 Address: 170 New Bond Street, W1Y 9PB Website: www.hublot.com
JAEGER-LECOULTRE At HARRODS, SELFRIDGES, DAVID M ROBINSON Phone: +44 (0)20 7538 2332 Address: 4 Jubilee Place, Canary Wharf, E14 5NY Website: www.jaeger-lecoultre.com
JAQUET DROZ KRONOMETRY 1999 Phone: +44 (0)20 7499 1434 Address: 106 New Bond Street, W1S 1DN Website: www.jaquet-droz.com
OMEGA OMEGA BOUTIQUE Phone: +44 (0)20 7491 8113 Address: 12 Old Bond Street, W1S 4PW
OMEGA VINTAGE Phone: +44 (0)20 7499 6526 Address: Somlo Antiques, 35-36 Burlington Arcade, W1J 0QB Website: www.omegawatches.com
PATEK PHILIPPE PATEK PHILIPPE SALONS LONDON Phone: +44 (0)20 7493 8866 Address: 15 New Bond Street, W1S 3ST Website: www.patek.com
PIAGET At WATCHES OF SWITZERLAND LTD Phone: +44 (0)20 7493 5916 Address: 16 New Bond Street, W1S 3SU Website: www.piaget.com
ROGER DUBUIS at HARRODS, ASPREY Phone: +44 (0)20 7493 6767 Address: 165-167 New Bond Street, W1S 4AY Website: www.rogerdubuis.com
ROLEX At HARRODS Phone: +44 (0)20 7730 1234 Address: 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL Website: www.rolex.com
TAG HEUER FLAGSHIP STORE Phone: +44 (0)20 8735 4070 Address: Westfield Shopping Centre, Ariel Way, W12 7GB Website: www.tagheuer.com
TIFFANY Sloane street Phone: +44 (0)20 7409 2790 Address: 145 Sloane Street, SW1X 9AY Bond street Phone: +44 (0)20 7409 2790 Address: 25 Old Bond Street, W1S 4QB Website: www.tiffany.com