Visit London Blog » Shopping Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What’s On This Weekend: 3-5 January Mon, 30 Dec 2013 10:00:30 +0000 Winter Wonderland

Prolong the holiday season this weekend with the last of festive pleasures such as ice skating, Christmas markets and decorations. Shopaholics will be hitting London’s boutiques and big name stores for the January sales this weekend. It’s also not too late to see a pantomime before the kids head back to school: “oh yes it is…oh no it isn’t!”

Get Your Skates On

If you haven’t already, it’s time to head to the Bluebird ice rink in Chelsea before it closes on Sunday. Set in a charming courtyard, the rink is the perfect place for a mid-shopping pit stop amid the hubbub of January sales along Kings Road. Skate amongst the stylish locals before delving inside The Shop at Bluebird for some trendy clothing. The larger ice rinks at the Natural History Museum, the Tower of London and Somerset House also close for another year this weekend, so get your skates on (all end 5 Jan).

Natural History Museum ice skatingPeter Pan-tastic

Peter Pan fanatics will be spoilt for choice this weekend. Young ones will have the chance to see Peter, Wendy and co. in Peter Pan: The Never Ending Story at Wembley Arena (ends 4 Jan); over-sevens can see what happens when Peter Pan Goes Wrong at Pleasance Theatre Islington (ends 5 Jan); while Henry Winkler continues to star as Captain Hook in Richmond Theatre’s production of J. M. Barrie’s classic pantomime for all the family (ends 12 Jan).

Last Chance to Walk in Winter Wonderland

One of the highlights of the Christmas calendar in London, Winter Wonderland is crammed full of market stalls, rides and festive eats and drinks. While Christmas may be over, there’s still plenty to see before the Hyde Park attraction hibernates for another year, from the spectacular Magical Ice Kingdom with its glistening ice formations to the far-reaching views from the Giant Observation Wheel (ends 5 Jan).

Push the Boat Out at ExCeL

The London Boat Show takes up residency in ExCeL for eight days from Saturday with plenty of water-based fun. Whether you’re looking to buy a super yacht, brush up on some sailing skills, or simply to marvel at the incredible boats on display, it’s a great chance to mingle with the boating community and learn about what’s new this year (4-12 Jan).

Cirque du Soleil: QuidamHead Over Heels at Royal Albert Hall

The master acrobats and contortionists of Cirque du Soleil return to the Royal Albert Hall this weekend in their spellbinding performance of Quidam. The show follows the story of Zoe, a young girl bored with life and her unloving parents, who finds solace in an imaginary world full of mysterious characters (4 Jan-9 Feb).

Say Cheerio to Christmas at Geffrye Museum

Make the most of Christmas decorations before you grudgingly take yours down on the Twelfth Night this Sunday – it’s apparently bad luck not to – with a trip to the Geffrye Museum. Its Christmas Past exhibit concludes in time for Epiphany and showcases decorations through the years in its lovingly adorned rooms. If you go on Sunday, you can time your visit with the museum’s customary Farewell to Christmas carol singing and burning of holly and ivy to officially mark the end of the festive season (ends 5 Jan).


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London Christmas Shopping News: Fortnum & Mason, Harrods, Seven Dials & St Martin’s Courtyard Thu, 28 Nov 2013 10:00:45 +0000 The lead-up to Christmas is a fantastic time to go shopping in London, as all major streets are twinkling prettily with festive lights and decorations. From shopping events to fashion drive-throughs, London’s shops are pulling out all the stops to turn the city into a merry retail haven.

Fortnum & Mason Tree at St Pancras International Station

Fortnum & Mason Tree at St Pancras

Fortnum & Mason has provided a gorgeous Christmas tree to decorate St Pancras International Station. Standing 35ft high, the tree is adorned with 2,000 mini hampers, one of Fortnum’s most famous products. One of the latest shops to open at St Pancras, the centuries-old retailer stocks conserves, shortbreads, musical biscuit tins, sweets, chocolates and of course, hampers. Travellers can also feast on afternoon tea at the shop’s tea salon. This is the brand’s first new shop away from Piccadilly in more than 300 years.

World’s First Fashion Drive-through at Selfridges

Forget drive-through fast food, drive-through high fashion is the latest craze to hit London with Selfridges leading the way! Customers can order online at and then collect their goods from the new Selfridges fashion and retail drive-through at the Oxford Street store. Without leaving the comfort of their cars, the free goods collection process can be completed in less than three minutes. This is the first time a fashion-led retailer has offered such a facility to customers.

Fairy Tale Boutique Opens at HarrodsBibbidi Bobbidi boutique at Harrods

A fairy tale boutique for children has opened at Harrods. Inspired by the scene in the Disney Cinderella movie where the Fairy Godmother transforms Cinderella for the ball, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is set within a magical castle inside the world-famous department store. The boutique offers children aged from three to 12 the chance to be transformed into their favourite character for the day.

Seven Dials Christmas Shopping Night OutSeven Dials

Neighbouring shopping destinations Seven Dials and St Martin’s Courtyard are hosting a festive shopping night next week. The shopping streets will be closed to traffic for the merry event which will feature live music and festive street food stalls. More than 120 shops, bars and restaurants will be offering a 20% discount on the night. Shop for party season outfits at  Diesel, Urban Outfitters, Laura Lee Jewellery, Tatty Devine and Superga. For one-off Christmas presents, there’s a slew of independent boutiques to choose from: think erotic emporium Coco De Mer and homeware boutique Do Shop. Shoppers will also be treated to a host of in-store parties including DJs, makeovers and free goodie bags with purchases. Register for a free ticket here. 5 December from 5-9pm

Spreading Festive Cheer!

In the true spirit of Christmas, St Martin’s Courtyard will be spreading joy with Random Acts of Kindness over the festive season. Shops and restaurants will be rewarding shoppers, diners and visitors with fantastic gifts completely at random.You don’t even have to buy anything to be in with a chance. There are 100 prizes on offer ranging from a wine tasting evening for two at Dalla Terra to a Christmas hamper from Bill’s. 12-24 December

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London Video of the Week: London Fashion Week Blogger Edit by Missguided Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:05:54 +0000

As London Fashion Week draws to a close, here are a few London style tips from a group of fashion bloggers. Don’t forget, London Fashion Weekend is open until Sunday so there’s still time to update your wardrobe! For more ideas, visit our shopping pages.

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London Shopping news: London Fashion Weekend, The Cambridge Satchel Company, Jack French London, Pop, Divine Chocolate Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:53:06 +0000

As London Fashion Week draws to a close, the spectacular Somerset House will morph into a giant shopping extravaganza for London Fashion Weekend (21-24 Feb). You can experience the buzz of the city’s biggest week of fashion by enjoying glamorous catwalk shows, insider talks and pop-up designer sales. The event is a shopaholic’s dream with more than 100 British designers selling one-off pieces, as well as their spring/summer 2013 collections at heavily discounted prices. Don’t leave without nabbing your free Radley bag! Tickets from £15.50.

Speaking of bags, The Cambridge Satchel Company has opened up its first-ever stand-alone store in Seven Dials, Covent Garden. Located at 15 Shorts Gardens, the former pop-up store offers quirky leather satchels, inspired by 1970s-style satchels, in an eye-popping array of styles and colours. If you want to personalise your bag, you can have your initials embossed on one.

British accessories brand Jack French London has launched a new pop-up shop at St Pancras Station. To celebrate the launch, the brand has created a limited edition St. Pancras bag. The deep-red bag reflects the colour of the station’s pipes, walls and tiles. Open until 13 March.

Are you passionate about popcorn? Then swing by the recently-opened Pop, Europe’s first popcorn boutique in Blenheim Crescent in fashionable Notting Hill, which produces an ever-changing popcorn menu. Forget sweet or salty, customers can munch on popcorn flavoured with orange caramel and chocolate, Bloody Mary, chilli and cheese, and English toffee and sea salt. Pop also sells a selection of cult drinks and sodas from the US, including A&W Root Beer, Vanilla Coke and Grape Soda.

If like me, you have a sweet tooth, Divine Chocolate is celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight with a pop-up shop in Seven Dials, Covent Garden (25 Feb-10 Mar). Expect lashings of chocolate to try, including Divine’s Easter range and new chocolate bar flavours, as well as a photography exhibition, Azonto Ghanaian dance lessons and the chance to meet some cocoa farmers.

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Valentine’s Day Shopping News: Boxpark, Carnaby Street, Penhaligon’s and the William Morris Gallery Wed, 06 Feb 2013 15:33:22 +0000

Love is in the air in London’s shops and markets in the lead-up to Valentine’s Day on 14 February. If you want to find the perfect gift for your loved-one, London has a whirl of Valentine’s shopping events to tickle your fancy.

The spruced-up William Morris Gallery is hosting the E17 Designers Valentine’s Day Special this Saturday (9 Feb), where 20 artists will be selling their hand-crafted items, including prints and precious gems, corsages and customised cufflinks. Expect wandering minstrels, love poetry and choir singing. Entry £2. Children under 16 free.

In East London’s hip Shoreditch, pop-up mall Boxpark is hosting romantic events aplenty, including macaroon-making classes (from now until 13 Feb) and love-inspired nail designs by Boom Nails (14-17 Feb). Boutique lingerie brand Playful Promises will be offering 20% off its sexy stock, from lingerie sets to risqué satin corsets (14-17 Feb).

Carnaby Street is spreading the love this V-Day with shed-loads of inspirational gift ideas.

Head to the Marshmallow Apothecary pop-up (9-23 Feb) in Kingly Court to be prescribed a bespoke box of marshmallows. Lovers can feast on aphrodisiac flavours including ginger and chilli, which can be taken away or enjoyed in the café with a hot chocolate or cocktail. For handmade gifts, visit Kingly Court for the Craft Jam Fair and Market this Saturday (9 Feb, 12-7pm), which offers everything from cards and accessories to homeware and artisan food.

Sutra Kitchen vegetarian cooking school and deli is hosting a Valentine’s Day cooking experience for couples. Get steamy in the kitchen under the guidance of head chef Jay Morjaria and then enjoy your creations, including wild mushroom and thyme risotto. The class is £25 and includes a glass of bubbly. Email to book.

Put a smile on your Valentine’s face by popping into the newly re-vamped British perfume house Penhaligons, in Regent Street. The brainchild of UK designer Christopher Jenner, the plush emporium is all wood panelling, padded walls, onion dome chandeliers and ceiling roses inspired by Westminster Cathedral. Don’t leave without taking a sniff of signature scent Blenheim Bouquet, which was created in 1902 and worn by Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde.

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London Shopping news: : Urban Outfitters, Oscar de la Renta, Affordable Art Fair, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Selfridges Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:01:57 +0000 Calling all hipsters! American retailer Urban Outfitters is opening a new store in Marble Arch on 1 February. Sited at 469 Oxford Street, this two-floor store will stand out from the crowd thanks to its transparent internal walls which mean that shoppers can enjoy a sneaky peak into the stock rooms and visual display area. But worry not – the changing rooms aren’t see-through!

As well as stocking its hip, own brand merchandise, the store will feature designers such as APC, House of Hackney and Obey. The shop is currently promoting the store with a YouTube video which you can watch below. Look out for top London sights in the video, including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus and Tower Bridge.

If you fancy dressing your walls with an original artwork, swing by the Affordable Art Fair Battersea. Taking place from 7 to 10 March in Battersea Park, the fair will present work by established artists and emerging talents, all priced from £40 to £4,000. Every piece is available to buy and take home the very same day.

If you’ve got cash to splash, American fashion house Oscar de la Renta opened its first-ever flagship UK store in London last week, on the corner of Berkeley Street and Mount Street in Mayfair. The cavernous 3,000sqft store spans three floors and stocks accessories, fragrances, homewear, bridal lines and children’s clothes.

Bookworms who love Lewis Carroll novels can find Alice-themed goodies aplenty at new boutique Alice Through the Looking Glass. The shop’s star attraction is a £3,500 chessboard, handcrafted by Alice novels illustrator Sir John Tenniel. Victoria top hats and first edition Alice books are among the other curiosities on sale. Shoppers can also enjoy a cuddle with the shop’s resident white rabbit who lives in the window.

Shush! Silence is golden at department store Selfridges‘ recently-opened The Silence Room. Part of the store’s No Noise campaign, the ground-floor space offers a peaceful sanctuary for shoppers who are in need of some quiet time. The notion of having a quiet space in the store was originally mooted by founder Gordon Selfridge in 1909, but it was never put into practice – until now. Store insiders say shoppers have been using the space to pray, sleep and meditate.

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Sponsored Post: Autumn Fashion Safari at Westfield London Tue, 09 Oct 2012 10:00:34 +0000 Dewayne shows off a Reiss suit Shoes from Dune Coats from Hobbs Shoes from bimba & lola Shoes from Dune Coats from bimba & lola

By Janine Kelso

Calling all fashion lovers! If your wardrobe is in need of an autumn update, there’s no better place to rev it up than with a trip to Westfield London in Shepherd’s Bush, with more than 300 shops. I visited the mall last week and was wowed by the hot buys for autumn 2012.

Label lovers can find the latest trends in Westfield’s The Village where you’ll find all manner of luxury lines, from Burberry to Versace, but I made a beeline for the more wallet-friendly shops.

Those in the know are saying that black is back and that it’s time to show your rebellious side by going gothic with studs and crucifix details – or keep it feminine by sticking to velvets, feathers and silk. My top picks included a sumptuous black faux fur coat by Biba at House of Fraser and a rock chick-style studded black bag at Karen Millen.

Also making fashion waves right now are digital prints, with geometric and precision patterns leading the way. I popped into River Island where I found lashings of leopard print and tartan, with stand-out pieces including tartan trousers with black leather-look side panels and black boots with a zebra print heel. Fierce! “Leopard print has been popular for a while and everyone’s wearing lace and black at the moment,” River Island Shop Assistant Loren-Jai told me.

I swung by super-cool bimba & lola where I found a whirl of gorgeous brocades and embroidery, inspired by different cultures. Famed for its edgy designs, this Spanish fashion brand had some particularly gorgeous animal print fur coats and embroidered jackets, as well as scores of lovely leopard print loafers and ballet slippers, making it my favourite shop of the day.

When it comes to footwear, opulence is the order of the day with bejewelled shoes in fashion favour right now: think pointy studs and plenty of bling that will give any outfit instant wow-factor. I sneaked a peek at Dune’s footwear offering and was dazzled by polka dot court shoes embellished with sequinsheels covered in metal studs, and crystal beaded court shoes for a truly bling-tastic look. There was even a spiked studded toe cap court shoe, which I wouldn’t like to encounter down an alleyway on a dark night!

Preferring to wrap up my tootsies in something cosier in the upcoming chilly months, I checked out UGG Australia, home to what is probably the world’s most famous comfy boot which I was told is like “wearing a teddy bear on your foot” by shop assistant Rudy. My fave shoes were fluffy flip-flops and bejewelled fluffy boots that Rudy said were “inspired by the Queen’s Jubilee and the Royal Wedding”.

And as for men, Reiss appear to have nailed the English gentleman look this season with its stylish suits and range of pocket squares – a handkerchief folded in a special way that’s placed in the breast pocket of a suit. “Old school stuff is coming back and our suits are very James Bond-style,” shop assistant Dewayne told me, working the accessory du jour himself with a fetching pink pocket hankie dashingly peeping out of the breast pocket of his dark blue suit jacket.

So if your wardrobe needs a refresh, head to Westfield London – or Westfield Stratford City if you’re based nearer East London – and you’ll be hot to trot!

Janine was a guest of Westfield

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Mayor’s Thames Festival Sun, 09 Sep 2012 11:14:58 +0000

London is enjoying superb weather for this weekend’s annual Mayor’s Thames Festival as you can see from this photo. It was taken yesterday in The Scoop and you can see Tower Bridge in the background. And it’s not over! I’ll be heading down to the river later to enjoy today’s festivities and the spectacular parade and fireworks this evening. The event coincides with the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony.

Have you ever been to the Mayor’s Thames Festival? What was your highlight?

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London's Quirkiest Souvenirs Mon, 18 Jun 2012 09:00:26 +0000 While it’s likely that your visit to London will be unforgettable, a souvenir can be a great way to bring back happy memories – as well as to show off to your friends! We’ve put together a list of some of London’s quirkiest souvenirs, which are guaranteed to remind you of the eccentricity and diversity of our great city. If you think we’ve missed any gems please let us know in the comments!

Travelcard Cushion

In celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, graphic designer Ashley Allen created a fantastic travelcard-inspired cushion. Lined with royal purple and representing a travel ticket to Buckingham Palace, this trendy piece will ensure you can relax like royalty.

Selfridges Pantone 109 Spork

If you miss hanging out in Selfridges‘ many cafés and bars, perk up your mealtimes with this handy spork, coloured in the department store’s signature yellow. Not only does it make forks, knives and spoons redundant, but  its vibrant colour means that you could probably use it to eat in the dark.

Lulu Guiness Phone Box iPhone Case

Available from Fortnum and Mason, this patent leather iPhone case  is a stylish replica of London’s iconic red phone boxes. Don’t leave it lying around, however, lest you return to find it full of tourists cramming themselves inside to take photos.

Samuel Johnson Cufflinks

Carnaby Street’s Things British shop sells these cute cufflinks, which display Samuel Johnson’s classic quote: “when a man is tired of London..he is tired of life.” Sure to be a great ice-breaker at parties!

London 2012 Olympic Games Wellington Boots Pin Badge

While wellingtons are lamentably not part of the Team GB kit, this fun pin badge will ensure you get a gold medal for style.

Hermes Foot from the British Museum

Entering the British Museum’s shop is like stealing into a Pharoah’s tomb: it’s full of wonderful objects but you just can’t take them all at once. We particularly love their plaster cast of Hermes Foot, taken from an unknown statue and which – according to the Museum – makes an excellent door stop.

House of Commons Port

After a tour of the Houses of Parliament, you can check out the gift shop that contains dozens of quirky souvenirs. Grab a bottle of House of Commons port for a delicious taste of power.

Wimbledon Net Measure with Pouch

If you can’t fit Andy Murray in your suitcase, you can at least take your tennis game to the next level with this pretty net measure (used to measure the height of the net from the ground) from the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.

Do you have any quirky souvenirs of London?

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Win! Day 9: Shopping and Pampering in Seven Dials Fri, 09 Dec 2011 10:30:02 +0000

Give yourself something to look forward to after Christmas with our competition to win a day out in Seven Dials, Covent Garden.

One lucky winner will win £150 of shopping vouchers to spend in the shops of Seven Dials in the New Year.

The prize also includes cocktails and canapés for two at Brasserie Max at the Covent Garden Hotel – just what you need after a hard day’s shopping!

You’ll also get a complimentary blow dry at top hair salon Adee Phelan, so you’ll have a new  ‘do to go with all your new stuff!

Enter now to win shopping and pampering in Seven Dials, Covent Garden

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