Designer and Luxury Shopping in London | The A-Z Guide
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B is for… Borough Market
Visit the delightful Borough Market close to London Bridge station and feed your tastebuds. With a range of delicious foods to try, from seafood wraps to speciality cheese, there’s something at Borough Market for every food lover.
C is for… Covent Garden
With street entertainers, specialist boutiques, vintage jewellery, a range of exquisite places to eat, and a luxury Apple store on the corner, Covent Garden deserves its reputation as one of London’s most enjoyable shopping destinations.
D is for… Davidson London
Finding quality furniture isn’t hard in London, with a spread of fantastic designers who will bring new life and modern opulence to your home. Davidson London is an interior designer specialising in exquisite cabinetry craftsmanship. Visit their showroom at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour.
E is for… Edelweiss Pianos
For a truly unique luxury instrument to enjoy, why not take a trip to Harrods and seek out an Edelweiss Piano? These modern instruments enhance are a true statement piece in any home and include the Transparent Self-Playing Upright Piano, which is even more incredible to see than it is to imagine. Their London showroom is on the third floor at Harrods and mustn’t be missed.
F is for… Fortnum and Mason
When it comes to luxury foodstuffs, look no further than Fortnum and Mason. With hampers that define luxury, the food that is offered by this prestigious British company is a true gourmet delight. Visit them at their Piccadilly home, where they have been for over three hundred years.
H is for… Harrods
The most famous luxury department store in the world, Harrods has it all for the discerning shopper. From its home in Knightsbridge, Harrods is a favourite of both royalty and celebrities. A shopping trip to this exquisite building can easily take an entire day and encompass everything from the latest fashions, through home decor, luxury health items, and decadent foodstuffs.
I is for… Inspiration
What can be more inspiring than a good book? With a huge range of incredible bookshops throughout London, you really are spoiled for choice. Looking for the most famous bookshop in town? Head to Foyle’s on Charing Cross Road. Want to see something beautiful? Try Daunt Books, Marylebone with its stained glass windows. Or for rare and vintage books, head to Henry Pordes Books Ltd., also on Charing Cross Road.
J is for… Jewellery
London is a fabulous place to shop for jewellery, with Hatton Garden and Bond Street both go-to locations for picking up some of the most beautiful and luxurious accessories in the world. Of course, there’s also the opportunity to see the largest diamond in the world – the massive Cullinan diamond in the Crown Jewels is kept in the Tower of London and can be viewed by visitors. And if you’re looking to stay near Hatton Garden, Sanctum’s Serviced Apartment on Belsize Road is less than 5 miles away.
K is for… Knightsbridge
The premier location for designer shops in London, Knightsbridge is home to both Harrods and Harvey Nichols department stores, as well as a sumptuous spread of luxury designer stores, such as Lulu Guinness, Jimmy Choo, and Christian Louboutin.
L is for… Liberty
Liberty London, housed in a stunning Tudor building on Regent Street, is one of London’s premier department stores for top-quality designer fashion. With a particular focus on clothes design, Liberty is home to the very finest fabrics in London, with a haberdashery and fabric department that sees enthusiasts travelling from around the world to visit. A must-see location for anyone with a passion for fashion.
M is for… Mayfair
One of the most desirable locations in London, Mayfair is the peak of London luxury, with five star stays and restaurants of the very highest quality. And with high-end luxury boutiques abound, Mayfair offers a delightful range of locations to visit. Head to Mount Street to see where the British fashion retail industry has its heart.
N is for… The National Gallery
Cut your shopping tour in half with a peaceful hour or two in the National Gallery. With an incredible collection of paintings featuring world-famous works from artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, and Leonardo da Vinci, the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square cannot be missed.
O is for… Oxford Street
Shopping on London’s most famous street can sometimes feel like a chaotic clash of old and new, modern and classic, quality and tacky, but it cannot be missed. Luxury high street brands sit alongside opportunistic cheap touristy gifts for the 1.2 miles that stretch from Marble Arch to Tottenham Court Road. Visit Selfridges flagship store, John Lewis, and the Disney store with the kids before either turning down Bond Street for some stunning jewellery or Regent Street to up the children’s excitement with a trip to Hamleys.
P is for… Perfume
All the latest fragrances are available throughout London, with department stores such as Selfridges on Oxford Street, and both Harrods and Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge as excellent places to select from the most exquisite perfumes. Or visit Les Senteurs, 71 Elizabeth Street, to choose from the rarest and exotic scents.
Q is for… Quaglino’s
Fancy a relaxed dinner after all the intensive shopping? Stop off at Quaglino’s at St. James’s. This seafood specialist provides mouth-watering meals alongside enjoyable live music for a perfect evening to close off the day.
R is for… The Royal Exchange
Located in the heart of The City, London’s financial district, The Royal Exchange is a top location for high-end shopping in London. Jewellery and watch designers such as Tateossian, Omega, and Aspinal, sit alongside beauty specialists, art dealers, and the finest in footwear. Dinner is also a must-have in the area, with top restaurants serving some of the finest cuisines in the capital.
T is for… Tiffany and Co.
One of the most famous jewellery merchants in the world, Tiffany and Co. doesn’t disappoint. This truly is one of the most luxury brands in London and their boutiques are well worth a visit. Choose from multiple locations around the city, including Old Bond Street, Covent Garden, and the Royal Exchange.
U is for… Umu
Opt for Umu for dinner and you won’t be disappointed. This Kyoto-inspired restaurant justly deserves its Michelin star and specialises in high-end sashimi and modern Japanese fare. Enjoy with some top-quality Saki. Umu resides at 14-16 Bruton Place, Mayfair.
W is for… Whittard of Chelsea
Tea is known internationally as a particularly British thing, so a trip through London’s luxury shops would be lacking if it didn’t include a stop in one of the Whittard of Chelsea shops throughout the city. Why not visit their beautiful shops in Covent Garden, Regent Street, London Bridge, and more?
X is for… eXhibitions
Art is everywhere in London and it’s well worth taking a break from the thrill of shopping to take in some of the fabulous exhibitions throughout the city. In 2023, why not visit the V&A museum, Tate Modern, Saatchi Gallery, or Royal Academy of Arts for some incredible experiences, both modern and classical?
Z is for… Zzz.
Sleep! After all that, you deserve it.
Enjoying London with Sanctum
At Sanctum, our staff are available throughout your stay to help you discover the very best in London. With expert local knowledge as well as a passion for all things luxury, our team will help you make your stay that little bit extra. Book early to take advantage of priority rates.