Christmas is fast approaching so it’s time to start planning your festive shopping. We round up the best Christmas stores in London where you will find original gift ideas, beautiful baubles and the most spectacular decorations. And don’t forget to pay a visit to London’s Christmas markets and fairs and Winter Wonderland while you’re at it.
Harrods is never one to do things by halves – and it’s Christmas-a-go in the luxury shopping behemoth this year. As well as endless opportunities to blow two months’ salary on fancy baubles there’s a sleighful of merriment taking place in store, which kicks off with the Festival of Christmas on November 7. Then there’s the Harrods Christmas grotto – harder to get into than the Ivy, practically. Pre-bookable tickets are like gold-dust, and tend to sell out in a jiffy.
Up on the fourth floor between the excellent toy department and Food Garden café, the Selfridges Christmas shop is bursting with everything you could require for a stylish Yuletide including knitted pudding decorations, traditional advent calendars and luxury Christmas crackers. New for 2015 are festive personalisation services, from wrapping paper to gift cards to mini Moet bottles.
For a lovely, traditional array of Christmas bits and bobs in a festive setting, Liberty is your place. The Christmas shop sits on the fourth floor in the East Gallery and East Atrium. Look out for old-fashioned Christmas wreaths, stuffed toys and baubles galore. Liberty crackers are among the prettiest on the market, too.
When it comes to buying your festive trappings, Paperchase has it covered. Come here for a glittering selection of decorations from traditional tartan covered baubles to glass pugs and retro disco balls. The first floor of the Tottenham Court Road flagship also houses an inspiring selection of classic children’s toys and home wares by design brands including Vilac. The classy book department stocks glossy art, design and craft titles – all excellent gift fodder for the creatives in your life.
The flagship Oxford Street branch recently underwent a huge £25million renovation. The Christmas shop features a good supply of festive trimmings including Christmas stockings, table top trees, garlands, wooden advent calendars and felt trees. Look out for lots of special offers.
As museum shops go, the V&A’s airy store has got to be the most festive. Find a lovely array of classic decorations, cards – including vintage Harper’s Bazaar covers – and a fine selection of stocking fillers. As well as a mighty selection of beautiful art, fashion and design books, you’ll find all sorts of crafty delights such as handmade felt puppets for kids, Indian floor cushions and accessories by Welsh textiles label Melin Tregwynt. This year, you can also expect a line of covetable gifts to tie in with the autumnal Fabric of India exhibition.
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