Kings Road has good shopping as well as Sloane Street. There, you will find the same types of shops you can find in most every major city.
For fun shopping, a place I discovered on my last trip (which I loved) is Dover Street Market, very cool. Otherwise, one cannot go wrong Harvey ‘Nicks’/Nichols in Knightsbridge. Right near to Harvey Nicks is a great boutique called Luisa Spagnoli, a Milan designer with just one store in England and none Stateside.
The favorite shopping of all the British-born is Selfridges on Oxford Street.
Marylebone High Street is also great with nice boutiques and some cute frommageries and pubs off on the side streets. French purveyor of tea, Kusmi Tea, has a shop on the street– try the Almond Green Tea.
Shopping for the Men:
While the women may occupy themselves shopping, the men will want to check out Anderson Wheeler– the British Rifle maker featured in the most recent James Bond film (named one of the best Bond guns of all time, too). The store in Mayfair has more than just rifles- English Men’s Clothing, details for Safari and one of a kind artwork and taxidermy adorn the store.
The Uber Fabulous:
For that, there is LouLou’s where the who’s who of London mix. It’s worth scouring facebook see if any of your friends are ‘double-barreled toffs’ who may be part of this private social club. Thought this quote was appropriate, from a piece on LouLou’s in the Pursuitist, about the club: For any expat traversing the London nightlife scene, Loulou’s may be the equivalent of walking Downing Street and believing that you can somehow talk your way inside.
To Get Outdoors:
Richmond Park is a short train stop from London and incredibly picturesque. It looks like a British fairytale with manicured lawns, gorgeous estates and the expansive park where the Queen’s Deer (just in case you thought they were your deer) roam free, as pictured below. After a stroll around the park you can sit beside the Thames and have a pint with some fish and chips at The White Cross Pub. This is a wonderful way to see more of the greater London area and get some fresh air.
For Those Into History:
Clearly, England has no shortage of rich history. So we have distilled the list. St. Pauls’ Cathedral is one of the most historic places in and around London (right up there with Westminster Abbey and possibly Shakespeare’s Globe). A architectural beauty with a incredible stories of fires and imperialism. It’s worth a visit to the crypts below. The Cabinet War Rooms is where Churchill ran the war during the blitz. A good spot for people who like WWII History.
Try to structure a visit around Ascot, Henley Royal Regatta or Wimbeldon. Each event is special in it’s own right and worth seeing…. Pimms, party dresses, top hats and strawberries and cream.
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