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Shopping in London

London is one of the best cities in the world to shop.  It’s the city that is ahead of the curve in every way.  Here are some of our favorite shops and restaurants.

First stop was Harrods.

This trip was taken in the early summer however the stores had already transitioned into Fall. It was a good place to start and get a glimpse of high end designers.  There are lots of pictures here because it was such a source of inspiration.  Balmain, Saint-Laurent, Lanvin,  Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Tom Ford, Gucci, Charlotte Olympia, Bottega Vaneta to name a few.

A few more pictures from Harrods including the food halls.

Next up was Harvey Nichols

This department store has an excellent selection of well known designer names as well as new emerging designers. Everything is right on trend and the overall selection is excellent.  No time for pictures from here, too busy shopping.

Then there was Selfridges…..

Apparently there was a recent renovation on the store and it was quite nice.  They have an enormous shoe department of designer shoes and well priced contemporary shoes (KG Kurt Geiger, Kurt Geiger London Top Shop).  It’s overall just a good department store.

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Not to be missed, the old school arcades such as Burlington Arcade

These arcades are full of old school jewelers, cashmere shops, and milliners and can be a great place for a bargain.  At the House of Cashmere (who can pass up a cashmere deal) you can buy large cashmere scarves at 29£ each and cashmere  boyfriend sweaters at 79£.

The Liberty Store

This store has been around for over 100 years, still in the same location and space, it’s pretty incredible.  The scarf department is jaw dropping, that was a highlight however the homeware and textile areas are just as special.

A 17th Century market, Spitafields Market…..

A market with a long history now located in east London this vibrant market place is where art and craft meet fashion and food.  Saturday is the day to find plenty of independent designers.  The center of the market is where the stalls of designers are and the peripheral of the building houses unique boutiques and food establishments.  Going through the stalls you can find local design talent and cool items.  There’s a cashmere dealer who does private label items for some big name stores in Europe, on the weekends he sells the cashmere samples (with labels cut out) that are excellent quality.  Plus some great leather vendors, one of which had wonderfully constructed leather obi belts.

The Conran Shop

With a few locations in London this shop is edited to perfection as far as superior design goes.  Home, gifts, and accessories are their main categories and they definitely showcase new talent.  They were also the recipient of Wallpaper* Design Awards ‘Best Reissue’ in 2014 for the Judd at Conran Capsule Collection.

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