If you’re on contract and working in London for the festive season, relocating to the capital or you just fancy fitting in a little Christmas shopping in the capital then this is the guide for you. London is one of the best places to get your festive gifts for those you love. But if you’re new to the city it can be difficult to figure out the best places to go. Here is Clarendon’s guide;
It’s one of the most famous shopping districts in Europe, let alone London. Oxford Street is known for its crowds as well as its festive Christmas lights and huge department stores. You can pop into John Lewis or Selfridge for that authentic British department store experience. From beauty to jewellery, clothing, perfume and stocking fillers a department store is the ideal place to get as many things as you can under one roof. You’ll be guaranteed a festive atmosphere, plenty of cheer and Christmas lights. Head out early though as the crowds can be jostling once the pavements get busy.
Harrods in Knightsbridge
A byword for luxury and comfort it doesn’t get more special than Harrods. With a rich history, an easily recognisable brand with its front lit up as well as being known as the place where “the Queen shops” you can’t go wrong. There are over 330 different departments in Harrods which means you’ll find something for every taste. A Hermes scarf, designer watch, glittering handbag or specialist food; you name it, Harrods has got it. It’s a festive experience in its own right as well with a magical Christmas grotto you must visit!
Westfield in Stratford and Shepherd’s Bush
If you’re looking for a more modern shopping experience then look no further than the emporium that is Westfield. With two locations this is the place to get all your high street shopping done in one place, while also stopping off for lunch in between. From a Boots gift to TopShop clothes, as well as everything in between Westfield benefits from being in the centre of London with easy access and great public transportation routes. Treat yourself to a hot chocolate once you’re done and don’t forget the wrapping paper!
Perhaps you’re looking for a few quirkier Christmas gifts. If that’s the case Covent Garden is ideal. Each year you’ll find various Christmas market stalls rubbing shoulders with high end stores. Find one pieces of jewellery or unusual gifts from craft designers. It’s also the perfect place to soak up in some festive atmosphere and plan a day out with a meal in one of the stylish bars and restaurants nearby. There’s a rich traditional to Christmas in Covent Garden so don’t miss it.