London is one of the most iconic shopping capitals in the world - combine that with beautiful Christmas lights and magical window displays, and you’ve got yourself a perfect excuse to head out for a festive spree and splash some cash in the capital.
Whether you’re looking for high street, one off or designer brands, there’s something that will work for every stocking filler in London. On the other hand, if you’re looking to treat yourself or save a bit of money, wait until after Christmas is over and hit the Boxing Day sales. Join thousands of savvy Londoners from December 26th to grab the best bargains… here’s our favourite places to check out:
1. harrods & knightsbridge
Best known for Harrods and Harvey Nichols, visitors from across the world flock to Knightsbridge to check out the world-famous department stores. With over 300 departments, Harrods boasts an extensive range of high-end products including clothing, accessories, food and homeware.
At Christmas time, it’s transformed into a magical grotto filled with high-class decorations, luxurious displays and high-quality gifts, perfect for all. Or if you’d prefer a chic alternative, hit nearby Sloane Street for Christian Dior, Prada, Gucci, Armani, Chanel and many more designer stores for a stunning collection of high-end window displays and an extravagant spending spree.
2. selfridges & oxford street
Illuminated from head to toe, the street is transformed into a winter wonderland… you haven’t seen London until you’ve seen it in lights!
You’ll want to stop by Selfridges to book onto Breakfast with Santa or treat yourself to some luxury Christmas decorations. You’ll find an almost unlimited collection of festive gems perfect for stocking fillers or Secret Santa presents, with everything you could ever dream of getting for Christmas all under one roof.
3. bond street & mayfair
If it’s designer brands that you’re looking for, then Bond Street and Mayfair are the perfect places to go for some extra special Christmas shopping.
And at Christmas, big names mean big festive window displays… So even if you just love luxury window shopping, these strips make for a sophisticated day out, and you might even spot some celebrities ticking off their Christmas lists whilst you’re there.
4. covent garden
Covent Garden claims to be the ultimate destination for a magical festive experience this Christmas and with a 55-foot Christmas tree and a glittering 115,000 lights across the complex, it doesn't disappoint. Home to a blend of global brands, from Jack Wills to Apple, mixed in with independent retailers, craft stalls and boutiques, it’s the perfect spot to pick up a selection of iconic or unique Christmas gifts.
Your festive shopping experience will be enhanced by street performers and events held around the Piazza, home to the Covent Garden Apple Market, plus a huge variety of restaurants including famous spot The Ivy, perfect for re-charging after a day of Christmas shopping.
With Westfield Stratford being one of the largest shopping malls in Europe, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the collection of high street favourites and luxury brands to stock up on Christmas goodies.
Also home to over 50 restaurants, a cinema and various Christmas events scheduled across the holiday season, you can spend an entire day at Westfield indulging in a Christmas film, some festive food and ticking off your Christmas shopping list.
There we have it! And if you've managed to complete all your Christmas shopping already, why not check out our blog on things to do in London on your lunch break.