British charm is evident everywhere you turn in London, from the posh boutiques of Regent Street to the high street hustle & bustle of Oxford Circus. We stayed in Central London, just a hop and a skip from Carnaby Street, a sort of outdoor mall of ample boardwalks, trendy shops and tucked-away alley eateries that feeds directly into Liberty, the ne plus ultra of London shopping destinations.
Housed in a grand, 1920’s Tudor revival building, shopping at Liberty is an experience. Where else do Moroccan antiquities share retail space with classic calico prints sold to quilting enthusiasts, colorful shower caps and egg cups, Dries van Noten clothes and vast categories of chocolates? |ABOVE + BELOW| lost inside the wonderland that is Liberty |ABOVE| Heading to Harrods in an Equipment shirt, Everlane sweater, AYR harem pants, Chanel bag, Derek Lam shoes, Ippolita and Monica Rich Kosann necklaces, Michele watch
Harrods, another iconic London destination, takes Liberty’s anything-goes approach to merchandising and ups the ante. Their motto is Omnia Omnibus Ubique ~ All Things for All People, Everywhere (and man, do they mean it). The store sits upon a 5-acre footprint, and its sprawling, first floor Food Hall is absolutely awe-inspiring, with counters for everything from caviar to wedding cakes. Its 330 departments offer everything from Yves Saint Laurent hats to flat screen TV’s.
|ABOVE| London’s Knightsbridge neighborhood, headquarters for Harrods |BELOW| The Egyptian escalators and Fendi tree-trimming at Harrods |ABOVE + BELOW| A super-cool wall at Paul Smith’s Mayfair store, cleverly tiled in dominoes |ABOVE + BELOW| Paying a visit to the Vivienne Westwood headquarters ~ more from that visit coming soon! The Mayfair area is home to the Royal Academy of Arts (where there’s currently an incredible Anselm Kiefer exhibit on display), as well as cool concept shops like Dover Street Market and Paul Smith’s cleverly designed flagship.
|ABOVE + BELOW| Sweating it out in Chanel’s shop windows |ABOVE| At Dover Street Market, dreamy Celine shoes and Frank Gehry’s design collaboration with Louis Vuitton ~ the ultimate tabletop sculpture of a bag |BELOW| The iconic Savile Row, home to the world’s finest suit makers |ABOVE| Hitting up Dover Street Market in Mayfair, wearing Ray-Ban sunnies, BCBG sweater, H+M shirt, Chanel bag, AYR jeans, Derek Lam shoes, Michele watch