London is a bounty of festive shopping opportunities, with enough variety to find something for everyone (even if there’s a few difficult people on the Christmas list!). From luxury department stores to winter markets, we’ve put together our favourite Christmas present gold-mines in London. Even the Grinch would be impressed!
Fortnum and Mason
181 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EH
Monday to Saturday 10am – 9pm, Sunday 12pm – 6pm
Nearest Tube: Green Park, Piccadilly Circus
At 310 years old, Fortnum and Mason is a celebration of all things quintessentially British. It is renowned for its fine foods, wine, tea and hampers. The perfect gifts for that person on your list who just loves a luxuriously indulgent Christmas. Fortnum’s puts on a particularly theatrical show during the festive season, flooding the store with bright lights and delicate ornaments for an unbeatably festive atmosphere.
Ever heard of the rule “don’t shop on an empty stomach”? The traditional Fortnum and Mason Afternoon Tea is raved about, and will keep you going for the entirety (…or at least part!) of your Christmas shopping trip. Click here to book!
400 Oxford St, London, W1A 1AB
Monday to Saturday 9am – 10pm, Sunday 11.30am – 6pm
Nearest Tube: Bond Street, Oxford Circus
Selfridges, spanning over six floors with almost 40,500m2 of shopping space, brims with a huge variety of Christmas presents and decorations… and has done since July (147 days early!). Whether their premature Christmas cheer is considered delightful or painfully eager, Selfridges unapologetically hosts one of the greatest spots for luxury or more-reasonably-priced gifts and decorations; it has been voted best department store in the world.
With clothing items from Ted Baker to Primark and technology from iPhones to scientific calculators, it’s impossible to leave empty-handed. Still struggling? The Elfridges are here to help! A complimentary personal shopping service with inspirational gift and style advice, bookable here.
Westfield Stratford City
Stratford, London, E20 1EJ
Monday to Friday 10am – 10pm, Saturday 9am – 10pm, Sunday 12pm – 6pm
Nearest Tube: Stratford
As the largest shopping centre in Europe, Westfield Stratford City offers an extensive list of 250 shops (and 70 places to dine, whilst you make your way round!). It’s heralded as the new lifestyle destination for East London, and won’t disappoint when it comes to filling the empty space underneath the Christmas tree.
Headline shops include the Apple Store, H&M, Topshop, Sephora, Next, Victoria’s Secret, Game and Boots. If you still haven’t found what you’re after, consult the personal shopping service. Better yet, consult Santa himself in his Grotto here! (Good news – age and height restrictions don’t apply).
Southbank Winter Market
Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
29 November – 30 December 2017
Sunday to Thursday 11am – 10pm, Friday to Saturday 11am – 11pm
Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment
Looking for a more unique range of gifts (specifically, with mulled wine in hand)? Wander along South Bank’s beautiful riverside Winter Market to discover a delightful variety of goods that you can’t buy anywhere else. Stalls upon stalls of independent, handmade crafts and fine festive foods make Christmas shopping bearable for even the biggest scrooge. If the weather’s too cold, warm up after at the Finnish Rooftop Sauna (and enjoy yet another mulled wine)!
London, W1F 9PS
Shops: Monday to Saturday 10am – 7pm, Sunday 12pm – 6pm
Restaurants: Monday – Saturday 12pm – 11pm, Sunday 12pm – 10pm
Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus
Carnaby encompasses 14 streets in the heart of London’s West End, with over 100 shops and 60 restaurants, bars and cafés. It is one of London’s trendiest shopping locations, perfect for that friend who’s “already got everything”. Visit world renowned brands such as Vans, Levi’s and Diesel, to quirkier brands like Monki, Lazy Oaf and The Great Frog, all under the stunning neon Christmas lights lining the street.
Wander down the cobbled Newburgh Quarter for the really unique gifts, such as bespoke ties at Peckham Rye and heritage jackets at Baracuta. Once you’re saturated with Christmas gift opportunities, recuperate at Kingly Court – a three storey food courtyard, presenting some of the most exclusive international concept places to eat (which can’t be found anywhere else in London!).
Where will you tackle the crowds to tick off that never-ending Christmas list? Let us know your favourite London shopping locations in the comments below!