Harrods are seriously committed to Christmas, so committed in fact that they opened their Christmas World department a full 158 days before the big day itself. The massive 2,000 sq ft space on the Third Floor of the Knightsbridge department store was unveiled by Father Christmas (who, we assume, must have been rather warm seeing as it was mid-July at the time) and features spectacular Christmas cards, stocking fillers and decorations, including a 6ft Santa Claus that you can buy for a mere £3,999. A long-standing tradition at the luxury Knightsbridge store is the Santa's Grotto. Children can come face to face with Father Christmas and share their Christmas wish lists with him. All lucky children who visit the grotto will be rewarded with a special memento from Santa himself and parents will have the chance to buy a photograph of their kids enjoying themselves in the grotto. Be aware that you must be a Harrods Rewards cardholder in order to book tickets, which can be done on the Harrods website.
Christmas Shopping in London's Top Department Stores
Nobody does Christmas quite like Harrods, who kick off their festive celebrations in July.
87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 1RT
Tube: Knightsbridge Station
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A long-standing tradition at the luxury Knightsbridge store, the Santa's Grotto at Harrods gives young children a magical experience. Little ones can meet Father Christmas at his grotto and share their wish lists with him. ...more
Selfridges are famed for their wonderfully imaginative window displays and their fun attitude to shopping.
400 Oxford Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 1AB
Life-size polar bears, 120 different advent calendars and 2,000 Union Jack baubles are all part of the Selfridges Christmas Emporium. The 6ft polar bears - yours for a cool £1,599 - are on sale at Selfridge's famous Christmas shop, located on the fourth floor of the iconic London store, which houses over 1,000 different types of baubles, wreaths and Christmas trees. From iconic red telephone boxes to life-size Santa models, the store's Christmas shop has been decorated in a traditional style for 2013. To entice shoppers in, Selfridge's Christmas window display includes a 'Lost London' Fantasy Cityscape made of gingerbread and features snowmen playing in the snow. Along the Oxford Street shop front is a nostalgic display showing a giant jar of spilt Play-Doh, some oversized Beats headphones, a larger-than-life Yves Saint Laurent monogram clutch bag, giant Givenchy hi-top trainer, an enormous slipper by Charlotte Olympia and a massive snow globe.
For luxury gifts and iconic designs, it has to be Liberty of London.
Regent Street, Soho, London, W1B 5AH
Tube: Oxford Circus Station
Undoubtedly one of the most visually enticing shops in London, the fourth floor of the Tudor revival Liberty building on Regent Street is now home to a very glittery Christmas Shop. Filled with an assortment of Christmas crafts, intricate decorations, dazzling designs and endless gift opportunities, you really can't go wrong with a festive trip to Liberty. The store is famed for their iconic Liberty prints - usually found decorating a delicate silk scarf - this year, however, the Liberty print can also be found on the cuffs and collars of wax Barbour jackets, on a lovely selection of embossed diaries and journals which look set to be a big stocking-filler hit, and the most beautiful Christmas crackers. Just a word of warning, you may need fairly deep pockets for a splurge in Liberty, presents this desirable don't come cheap.
John Lewis Oxford Street is a shopping institution.
278-306 Oxford Street, Marylebone, London, W1A 1EX
This Oxford Street institution has been trading for roughly 150 years now, so it's safe to say they know a thing or two about Christmas presents. John Lewis mightn't have the glitz of its Knightsbridge department store counterparts, but it makes up admirably with quality goods and truly excellent service. Fashion, fabrics, kitchens, electrical goods, toiletries and toys, with 20 departments spanning seven floors, this is a complete shopping experience with everything from the smallest detail to the whole shebang. This year they've made it easy for you with tailor made Christmas gift categories to suit everyone, gifts for gadget gurus, gifts for globe trotters, gifts for aspiring chefs and coffee connoisseurs. Good old John Lewis have got it all covered.
Harvey Nicks' pride themselves on their outstanding luxury hampers.
109-125 Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RJ
The younger, more fashionable cousin of Harrods, 'Harvey Nicks' started out life in 1813 as a simple linen shop. Now it's a place to see and be seen in as much as to shop, this beautiful department store offers the most refined fashion shopping experience of any store in London - a fantastic spot for an afternoon of shopping, eating and celebrity spotting. Harvey Nichols have built up an excellent reputation for their excellent Christmas Hampers, and pride themselves on sourcing the finest delicacies from around the world to fill them. The contents change every year, but always include a few luxury essentials such as award winning wine and Champagne, on-trend accessories, and a plump Christmas pudding.
Fancy a Christmas fit for a king? Quintessentially British Fortnum's is the place to shop.
181 Piccadilly, St James's, London, W1A 1ER
Favoured by the the Royal Family, Fortnum & Mason is one of the oldest and grandest shops in London. Famed for its traditional afternoon teas and its expansive food hall, which is always brimming with tempting (and a tad pricey) delicacies from far and wide, Fortnum & Mason is a fantastic place to visit at Christmas, even if you're not prepared to splash out on the costly goods. Christmas gifts and decorations include a collection of beautifully crafted wooden advent calendars, designed to last way beyond the lifespan of the throwaway chocolate versions and, of course, the spectacular Christmas hampers which can cost anything between £45 and £5,000. Special Christmas events include Stir Up Sunday on Sunday 24th November, when Britain's cooks make their Christmas puddings; How to Decorate a Christmas Cake with Royal Wedding Cake baker Fiona Cairns, on Monday 25th November; the annual Enchanted Evening which takes place on Tuesday 26th November this year; and a Yule Log Masterclass on Friday 6th December 2013. On Tuesday 10th December the choir of St Paul's sings Carols by Candlelight in Fortnum's First Floor Candle Room.
14th July 2014
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Christmas in London
Christmas Lights in London
London Ice Skating
London Christmas Markets and Fairs
Christmas Shopping in London
London Christmas Carols
Christmas Grottos in London
Christmas Trees in London
London Christmas Shows, Pantos & Attractions
Christmas and Boxing Day in London
New Year's Eve in London
Christmas Restaurant Booking in London
Christmas Hotels in London
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