Places To Shop
The Leonard is within walking distance of many of the world’s top places to shop.
Oxford Street is a shopping mecca and has been London’s premier shopping street since 1908. Walk there in under 15 minutes from your hotel room.. Virtually all major British retail chains have their flagship branches along Oxford Street. Selfridges is worth a visit for its food hall; it also has a great selection of bottled beers. John Lewis is good for fabrics, knitting supplies, other crafts, furniture, and homewares in general. Intersecting Oxford Street proper is Regent St, which houses the famous Liberty department store, again worth a visit for fabrics and home furnishings. Also interesting is the Dickens and Jones department store.
The eastern boundary of the area is marked by Tottenham Court Road, which is London’s famous area for specialist electronics, hi-fi and computer equipment shops – most of these are concentrated near the southern half of the road, whilst the northern half is famous for its furnishing stores.
If your taste is for mainstream designer label gooods, try Bond Street. Synonymous with international designers and luxury goods, it is a great way to experience London’s finest at its best. The street is recognized as the premier location for shopping in London, and perhaps the world, featuring brands and designer labels recognized the world over.
- Saville Row is synonymous with perhaps the highest quality men’s suits in the world. There are many bespoke tailors to chose from, most of whom are behind quite discreet shop fronts. If you feel like really treating yourself, nothing could be more London than a suit from Saville Row and a shirt from Jermyn St.
- Aspreys, 167 New Bond St W1S 4AY (tube: Bond St), ☎ +44 20 7493 6767. One of the most famous luxury jewellers anywhere in the world. At least have a look in the window
- Burberry, 21-23 New Bond St W1S 2RE. Visit the flagship store on Bond St and look at the famous check.
- Fortnum and Mason, 181 Piccadilly W1A 1ER, ☎ +44 20 7734 8040. World famous as grocers to the British Royal Family, Fortnum’s original store has been here in Piccadilly since 1707.
- Grays Antique Markets, 58 Davies St & 1-7 Davies Mews W1K 5AB (tube: Bond St), ☎ +44 20 7629 7034, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org/. M-F 10:00-18:00, Sa 11:00-17:00. A remarkably diverse collection of antique and collectibles dealers all under one roof adjoining Bond St station. Certainly the best option in central London for visitors interested in collectibles in particular.
- Hamley’s, 188-196 Regent St W1B 5BT (tube: Oxford Circus), ☎ 0800 280 2444. Unleash your inner child, and your children at Hamleys, the largest toy store in England. With over seven floors, you could spend hours here.
- Liberty, Great Marlborough St W1B 5AH (tube: Oxford Circus, the main frontage is on Regent St despite the address), ☎ +44 20 7734 1234, e-mail: email@example.com. The flagship, original store of the world famous British brand. Lovely old building and great fun to browse in Liberty even if you are not going to buy something!
- Cad & the Dandy (Men’s Suits Tailors & Shirtmakers), 12 Savile Row London W1S 3PR, ☎ 020 7283 1975. £450. Remarkable bespoke & made to measure suit tailors for men. Fine English fabrics, affordable. Also offer men’s wedding suit tailoring. Design your suit using their online designing tool.
- Harrods, 87–135 Brompton Rd SW1X 7XL (tube: Knightsbridge), ☎ +44 20 7730 1234. M-Sa 10:00-20:00. The most famous store in London, favoured by the British establishment and owned by Mohamed Al-Fayed. Fairly strict dress code so do not turn up looking like a backpacker and expect to gain entrance.
- Harvey Nicholls, 109-125 Knightsbridge SW1X 7RJ (tube: Knightsbridge), ☎ +44 20 7235 5000. M-Sa 10:00-20:00. Large department store full of designer goods and an excellent cafe.
- The Duke of York Square Shopping Complex. Has a range of spacious branches of popular fashion chains, but lacks some of the road’s character, however the small adjoining public space of Duke of York square is a welcome place for a rest between shopping, and a popular place to hang out.
- The Hummingbird Bakery, 47 Old Brompton Rd, South Kensington (Opposite of the South Kensington tube station), ☎ +44 20 7584 0055. A regular size cupcake ranges from £1.55-1.85. A nice little bakery with wonderful cupcakes. Try their red velvet cupcake that is incredibly popular with the locals.
- King’s Road. One of London’s smartest fashion streets, having evolved from the cutting-edge of bohemia and innovative fashion in the 60s to a more genteel place to indulge in retail therapy, albeit with a notable presence of trendy young Londoners (including many so called Sloane Rangers). It is a very attractive street that retains the atmosphere of a small town whilst being in the heart of a huge city. There is a huge range of fashion stores from upmarket chains to one-off boutiques, as well as variety of other shops, complimented by cafés, restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs. There is an obvious affluence to the road without any bling or snobbiness. King’s Road stretches south-west from here for miles, though the best of the shopping is in the first mile.