Autumn Walks in London
Head to Paris or Milan to meet the designers, but it's in London's West End where you can pick up the latest designs from the world's top labels all in one place. Combine a saunter around Europe's finest boutiques, interspersed with champagne and nibbles and some really indulgent pampering.
Selfridges - Oxford Street might be the most well-known for shopping, but it's by no means the best. Head east and skip on past the high street chains, until you get to Selfridges. With nearly an entire alphabet of designers, from Antik Batik to Yohji Yamamoto, hours if not days of shopping fun can be had here. But don't get lost for too long. After early refreshments? Climb the spiral staircase to the Moet champagne bar perched on top of the Chanel boutique - chat and quaff away to your heart's content amongst the throngs of fashionistas.
So Shei - lingerie from this renowned boutique will help you achieve polished style and sexiness below deck. We adore the 'So Divine' range of 1950s-inspired glamour.
Dune - these uber-cool shoes and bags don't need to shout, they imply urbanity and panache at 50 paces.
Fenwick - this petite department store is bursting at its haute couture seams with head-turning outfits. Add some extra sheen in the indulgence-centred beauty hall.
Emmanuel Ungaro - the UK outlet of the maverick Franco-Italian is just the place to pick up the dernier cri.
Celine - dressy, ready-to-wear Parisian designs, hang alongside a to-die-for selection of shoes, bags and accessories.
Fred - take your pick from the quintessential French jewellers' sumptuous collection of white gold and diamonds, for the perfect complement to your new ensemble.
Alexander McQueen - the one-time enfant terrible of Brit fashion might have lost his naughty streak over the years, but his boutique is still the place to pick up some inspiring outfits.
Dolce & Gabbana - distinctive, showy combinations from the perennially celebrity-endorsed label.
Prada - simple lines and classic colour schemes characterise this Italian giant.
Polo Ralph Lauren - not the leading light it once was, but this flagship store is still the king for that timeless country club look.
Moschino - the label's unique humour permeates every garment in this range of classic but twisted designs.
Yohji Yamamoto - you'll fall head over your high heels for Japan's premier designer's avant-garde range, inspired by the body's natural contours.
Iseey Miyake - the Far East's other major star revels in combining traditional styles and techniques with their modern counterparts.
Daniel Hersheson - need a stunning hair cut to complement your latest purchases? Book an appointment in advance at this celebrated salon.
Vivienne Westwood - she might have moved away from her punk roots, but the veteran Brit's designs still pack an eye-catching punch.
Liberty - the department store of department stores serves up more fashion, not to mention plenty of other tempting purchases including fabrics, beauty products and some fabulous gift ideas.
Molton Brown - it not just what you wear, the body underneath counts too - pamper yourself beautiful with a huge range of body therapy products.
Burberry - chav it certainly ain't, just ask Kate Moss. This timeless English check is still top.
Levis - by now, you've probably got enough designer gear to be going on with, so why not pick up a pair of 501s to slink around the house in.
The Long Bar - self-explanatory really, this gorgeously minimal bar tails off into the distance like an American highway. A superlative cocktail list fits the whirlwind of tanned bodies and designer labels.
Kingly Club - Sup on champagne or cocktails amongst the exotic aquariums and elegant glass bar of this legendary members' bar.
Many of Britain's lost, lauded writers were London born. Donne, Milton, Keats, Blake and Trollope all came into the world in this city, whilst others like Dickens, Dr Johnson and Shakespeare became inexorably linked with the sprawling metropolis through their work. All over the city you'll find hordes of Blue Plaques subtly hung on buildings, denoting the residences of our literary heroes, and reams of bookshops selling everything from rare Japanese manuscripts to the latest John Grisham. And finally, of course you'll recognise countless locations from your favourite works.
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