Christmas shopping in London

Monday 13th October 2014 8:14 am posted in What's On, Lifestyle, Places to go, Families

Duke of York Square Christmas Lights

Christmas is fast approaching so make sure you are fully prepared for the festivities with our guide to all that’s good over the coming season when Christmas shopping in London.

When searching for convenient accommodation in London, Nell Gwynn House guests are perfectly positioned for Christmas shopping in Knightsbridge and Chelsea. Sloane Street, Kings Road and Knightsbridge are just a short walk away so guests are spoilt for choice. Walking along Kings Road in Chelsea and up Sloane Street towards Knightsbridge, you’ll find an eclectic mix of trendy boutiques, unique labels, department stores, prestigious designer shops and independents.

Keeping it really local, take a trip to Peter Jones, our closest department store which offers 6 floors of top shopping opportunities and then on to the oasis of elegance and history that is Duke of York Square where you will find international retailers, leading restaurants and cafes alongside the iconic Saatchi Gallery. Chelsea’s dazzling Christmas lights will be switched on at Duke of York Square on Saturday 8 November and Santa’s grotto will be open each weekend until Christmas. A complimentary gift wrapping service will also be available for shoppers.

Visitors from around the world flock to Knightsbridge to visit the famous shops and department stores. This is the place to go if you’re looking for prestigious brands and up-to-the-minute trends from the world’s fashion elite. A visit to Santa’s Grotto is a must for both big and little kids.

Harrods, the biggest department store in Europe and arguably the most famous in the world, is a must-see for visitors to London and just a brief stroll from Nell Gwynn House. Explore the opulence of the décor and browse over 330 departments filled with high-end designer goods, gifts, food and drink. Every year, the limited edition Harrods Christmas bear goes on sale as a unique memento of Christmas shopping in London.

Since Harvey Nichols first opened in Knightsbridge in 1831, it has led the way in sourcing the most desirable and cutting-edge designer brands. Recognised as the UK’s premier luxury fashion retailer, Harvey Nichols is internationally renowned for its expertly edited fashion and beauty merchandise, premium food and wine and award-winning restaurants.

Selfridges, voted the best department store in the world for the third time this year, opened its Christmas shop back in August, the first department store in the world to do so. It is renowned for its Christmas displays and decorations. Visitors can choose between more than 300 different crackers, 450 trees styles and 200 different styles of decorations. Bestsellers are expected to be British designs featuring London themes and the Union flag, in particular a glass Union Jack bauble made by Czechoslovakian artisans, anticipated to be this year’s number one selling item.