The Winter Sales are in full swing now, with bargains galore to be had from the major department stores, fashion and gift shops in the West End and elsewhere throughout London and UK.
Things have changed however in the past couple of years as a growing number of London visitors have chosen to shop online rather than on foot. London's famous Department Stores have been quick to upgrade their internet presence to take best advantage of this trend.
All the Department Stores listed below have good online shopping facilities with worldwide delivery service, so if you are unable to join the foot scramble for bargains you can buy online!
Look for whopping Sales discounts in-store or online of anything up to 75%, as retailers seek to clear their 2012 stocks in preparation for the launch of the Spring 2013 season. Expect the Sales to continue until Sunday 20 January at the latest.
400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB. Tel: 0800 123 400 (from UK); +44 113 369 8040 (from overseas). Description: Flagship award-winning department store opened 1909. Shopping in this store with its magnificent Art Deco frontage, remarkable window displays, and imposing entrance is, and always has been, an exciting experience. Women's or Men's Designer Fashions, Designer Lingerie, Designer Shoes, Beauty, Accessories, Homeware & Tech, Kids, Toys, Gifts, Food & Drink and affordable Art Online Sales Superb informative website. Sales discounts up to 50% off. Look for Isabel Marant, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen ankle boots and Charlotte Olympia satin wedge courts, Vivienne Westwood, Burberry and Marc Jacobs watches.
Exclusive Gift of the year for the man who has everything! English Worm Gin, £26.99. .Described as "English Gin infused with an edible earthworm. These earthworms are grown in the fertile soils of Southern England. Earthworms are highly nutritious and add a unique flavour to the gin - a great alternative to the juniper berry. You can also eat the worm after drinking the gin, it makes a delightful treat." Store hours: Times vary. Check website Relax: Choose from nine different facilities in the store's Restaurant Guide The Aubaine Bistro, and HIX Restaurant, are recommended. London Transport: Bond Street, Marble Arch, Underground. Nearest Carpark 40 Duke Street, W1U 1AT.
334-348 Oxford Street, W1G 1JG. Description: Flagship store with Home & Furniture, Electricals, Womenswear, Menswear, Beauty, Kids, Designer Lingerie, Gifts & Toys and Wedding, Departments. Online Sales 50% off in all clothing departments and up to 75% off Tripp Luggage. Store hours: Weekdays times vary. Check website. Suns 12:00 - 18:30. Relax: Baby friendly Restaurant and Café. London Transport: Bond Street, Oxford Circus, Underground.
John Lewis Partnership
300 Oxford Street, 1A 1EX. Tel: +44 (0)20 7629 7711. Description: Flagship store with departments for Home & Garden, Electricals, Womenwear, Menswear, Beauty, Baby & Child, Sport & Leisure, Fabrics, Gifts, Fitted Curtains, Kitchens and Floor coverings. Online Sales: Some spectacular bargains with up to 75% off women's fashion items and homeware plus 'special buy' offers. Look for the Allegra Hicks, French Connection and Whistles Designer label bargains in Womenswear. Store hours: Weekdays 09.30 - 20:00. Suns 12:00 - 18:00. London Transport: Bond Street, Oxford Circus, Underground.
Topshop and Topman
216 Oxford Street, Marylebone, W1D 1LA. Tel: +44 (0)844 8487 487. Description:Launched in 1964, Topshop is one of modern fashion's major success stories, appealing to the young at heart and budget conscious. Student discount. Online Sales: Sales discounts of up to 60% off selected women's and 50% off selected men's wardrobe items. Store hours: Weekdays 09:00 - 21:00. Suns 11:30 - 18:00. London Transport: Oxford Circus, Underground
203 - 207 Oxford Street, W1D 2LE. Tel: +44 (0)20 7851 7360. Description: Flagship store of a chain of high street budget fashion shops for women, men and kids, selling clothes ranging from trousers, skirts and shirts to bags, shoes and accessories. Student discount. Online Sales : Sales up to 60% off . Look for great bargains in women's shoes, men's jeans. No deliveries before 3 January. Store hours: Weekdays 8:00 - 21:00. Suns 12:00 - 18:00. London Transport: Oxford Circus, Underground.
Regent Street, W1B 5AH. Tel: 44 (0)20 7734 1234 br>
Description: Historic department store opened in 1875. Five floors of Fashion, Beauty, exclusive Fabrics and Liberty Prints, Accessories, Homewares and antique furniture, Sole Spa, Beauty Treatments, Hair Salon. Online Sales : Up to 60% discounts on selected items. Look for bargains on Liberty Art Fabrics. Store hours: Weekdays 10:00 - 21:00, Suns 12:00 - 18:00. Relax:. The newly refurbished Café Liberty offers breakfast, lunch, Afternoon Tea, or a glass of wine. London Transport: Oxford Circus, Underground.
63 New Bond Street, W1S 1RQ. Tel: 44 (0)20 7629 9161. Description: Historic Flagship department store for ladies opened at this address in 1891. Quality Women's Fashion and Accessories, Home Accessories, Lingerie, Beauty, Baby & Child, Books & Stationary, Gifts. Ladies Spa, hair treatment, massage and gym by appointment. Online Sales Up to 50% off on selected items in all departments. Store hours: Weekdays 10:00 - 18.30. Suns 12:00 - 18:00. Relax: Bond & Brook Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and Afternoon Tea. Espresso and Champagne Bar; Italian Deli snack counter. London Transport: Bond Street, Oxford Circus, Underground.
Fortnum and Mason
181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER. Tel +44 (0) 845 300 1707 Description: Royal Warrant holders Fortnum and Mason have been suppliers of fine foods from this address for nearly 300 years. Five floors of quality Foods, Hampers, Wines, Ladies Fashion Accessories, Beauty, Baby clothes and Restaurants with bespoke Catering Service for from 6 to 1000 guests. Online Sales Up to 75% off on selected items. Look for bargains in the store's famous Food and drink Hall. Store hours: .10:00 - 21:00. Suns 12:00 - 18:00. Relax: Breakfast, lunch or dinner in the Fountain Brasserie.
Fresh seasonal lunch dishes in the Gallery Restaurant.
Sumptuous ice cream confections in The Parlour.
A memorable Afternoon Tea in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, (opened by Her Majesty The Queen on March 1st, 2012). London Transport: Piccadilly Circus, Underground.
Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ. Tel: UK 0845 604 1888. International +44 160 466 2788. Description: Flagship store of the historic luxury Women's Fashion & Beauty Department Store group. It has occupied its Knightsbridge premises since 1880. Every major British and international Fashion and Beauty brand is represented in the store. Personal shopping consultations and Medispar skin facial and body treatments. Excellent Food Market, and gourmet Restaurant. Online Sales Up to 50% discount on selected womenswear, menswear and accessories. Store hours: Weekdays 10:00 - 20:00.. Suns 11:30 - 18:00. Relax:. The gourmet Fifth Floor Restaurant is famed for its French cuisine and is open daily until 23:00 for Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner. Booking recommended. The neighboring Café and Roof Terrance offer meals and snacks from 8:00 to 23:00 and the Champagne Bar is open from 10:00 - 23:00. All catering facilities can be hired for private functions. London Transport: Knightsbridge, Underground.
87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL Tel: UK 020 7730 1234. International +44 (0)20 8479 5100. Description: London's most famous Department Store. They say you can buy anything from an elephant to a pin here. Excellent designer wear and accessories departments for Him, Her, Baby and child. Furniture, Bespoke interior design and curtain making. Book store and the famous Food Halls, Restaurants and Oyster Bar. Online Sales Up to 50% on selected items in all departments. 3 for 2 offers in the Food Halls. Store hours: Weekdays 10:00 - 20:00. Suns 11:30 - 18:00. Relax: Five gourmet restaurants and five cafes provide an eclectic range of classical and ethnic gourmet dining and Afternoon Tea. London Transport: Knightsbridge, Underground.
Sloane Square, Chelsea, SW1 1EL. Tel: +44 (0)20 7730 3434 Description: A branch of John Lewis Partnership with departments for Home & Garden, Electrical and Tech, Womenwear, Menswear, Beauty, Childrenswear, Sport & Leisure, Fabrics, Gifts. Online Sales: Some spectacular bargains with up to 75% off women's fashion items and homeware plus 'special buy' offers. Look for Jaeger dresses in Womenswear. Store hours: Weekdays 09.30 - 20:00. Suns 12:00 - 18:00. Relax: Top floor self service restaurant with delightful view over London's rooftops provides breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. London Transport: Sloane Square, Underground.
Great Russell Street,
WC1B 3DG. Tel: +44 (0)20 7323 8299 Description: One of the foremost museums in the world. Online Shopping: Up to 50% off Homeware, Sculpture, Jewellery and Books. Look for Victorian gold Cherub necklace. Shop hours: Daily 10:00 - 17:30. Relax: Casual contemporary dining in the Court Restaurant and Café. London Transport: Russell Square, Underground
Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2RL. Description: The world's greatest museum of Art and Design has, as one might expect, a superb shop of exclusive items inspired by the museum's collection. Online Shopping: Bargains galore with up to 60% discounts across all departments including fashion & accessories, jewellery, and homeware as well as selected lines from the museum's exclusive exhibition ranges. Look for beautiful Victorian silk Fig and Peacock motif scarf and shawl . Store hours: Daily 10:00 - 17:45. Fridays 10:00 - 22:00. Relax: The V&A child-friendly Café offers hot and cold dishes and drinks. A Garden Café operates in the summer months. London Transport: South Kensington, Underground
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