The Best Department Stores
London is home to some of the world's most iconic department stores. When you're in serious need of some retail therapy, head to one of our favourite department stores and find your best loved designers conveniently located under one roof.
Harvey Nichols
109-125 Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RJ
Every fashionista worth her (or his!) Manolos will have some point crossed the shining granite doorway of Harvey Nichols, to make the most of the on trend, style-forward collections stored over its glorious five floors. Housing clothing and shoes for men and women from some of the world’s best known or up-and-coming designers, Harvey Nicks is is a must for anyone wanting the latest catwalk look or beauty revelation. But it’s not just clothes the store is acclaimed for – the Fifth Floor restaurant is a safe and delicious lunch option and the food hall is stuffed to the rafters with unusual and tempting titbits packed in the store’s stylish black and white boxes and tins. A sophisticated adventure in London’s most fashionable playground; sprawling but manageable, a visit to Harvey Nichols makes shopping a considered and stress free choice.
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****-
5 reviews
Liberty
Regent Street, Soho, London, W1B 5AH
Liberty founder Arthur Lasenby set out to make customers feel they were exploring a stately home when he opened the doors to the famously timbered building in 1920. Today, the Regent Street/Soho store still maintains that feeling of intimacy and secrecy – the mish mash of rooms linked by wooden corridors and sweeping staircases are far removed from the antiseptic and insipid interiors of so many modern stores. Innovative and creative fashion collections work alongside a futuristic beauty room, a beautiful street-side flower shop, an unrivalled fabric department and literary lounge (started by French publishing giant Assouline). A must visit for the shopper determined to find something unique and beautiful – and all within the exquisitely eccentric walls of the Liberty building. A shopping joy.
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*****
16 reviews
Harrods
87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL
As much a part of London’s heritage as the Tower’s Beefeaters or the Palace’s Changing Of the Guard, Harrods is an easily recognisable part of the city’s landscape. Visitors to the city flock to its red walls and green and gold awnings, revelling in the store’s opulent and over-the-top manner. From the hugely stocked pet department to the world-renowned toy floor, Harrods is a shopping institution. But don’t just think it’s a tourist-attraction pumping out green and gold merchandise; Harrods has worked hard to establish itself on the world’s fashion map and houses a 10,000 sq ft Designer Studio which is home to an eclectic mix of the world’s top names as well as a Denim Lounge and a huge shoe department. In true department store style, Harrods stocks something for everyone - from sport to food, jewellery to cutting-edge designers and of course - animals!
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***--
8 reviews
Fortnum and Mason
181 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London, W1A 1ER
Understated and sophisticated, Fortnum & Mason is an up-to-date shopping experience in a store that harks back to a time when things seemed a little less stressful and a whole lot more glamorous. From the moment you walk in, the F&M vibe swoops you along its spiral staircase into an emporium of deliciously stylish home ware, glassware, beauty products, food delicacies and luggage to name but a few of the products on offer. The F&M packaging is instantly recognisable - the delicately eau de nil blue and gold coloured boxes, bags and ribbons make an occasion of any purchase. The restaurant offers an amazing selection and is worth visiting for the store’s acclaimed high tea, a tradition that couldn’t have found a more beautiful and apt home than the comforting and serene walls of Fortnum and Mason.
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****-
4 reviews
Dover Street Market
17-18 Dover Street, Mayfair, London , W1S 4LT
Not the traditional idea of a department store, but the Dover Street Market is emerging as one of London’s most dynamic and forward-thinking purveyors of fine and fabulous goods. The brainchild of Rei Kawakubo of cutting-edge fashion label Come des Garcons, Dover Street Market is a minimalist temple to exciting and uber cool clothing lines. Exclusive and high-fashion, the store offers an ever-changing landscape of designers and displays and is the place to head to if you want to inject something refreshingly different into your wardrobe. Not for the faint-hearted or the fashion cautious, Dover Street Market couldn’t be further removed from the safety of the High Street clothing rails, packing instead creative and cutting-edge creations from the likes of Hedi Slimane and Raf Simmons. A one-stop fashion statement.
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****-
4 reviews
Selfridges
400 Oxford Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 1AT
A maze of concession boutiques, specialist interest areas (a Cycle surgery on the first floor has everything you’ll ever need for two-wheeling exploits) and one have the capital’s biggest and most breathtaking fashion collections. Selfridges, remains the go-to store for shoppers wanting to find extensive and well thought through products all less than one roof. The basement is crammed with every home and kitchen implement you’ll wonder how you ever lived without, The Wonder Room or the ground floor will have you doing just that, as you look round in awe at the 19, 000 sq ft space housing every luxury brand imaginable, whilst the acclaimed fashion floors have put the store firmly on every style maven’s map. Unrivalled for choice and diversity Selfridges is also home to Destination Denim; offering an unparalleled range of jeans and denim wear. Bright and fun, Selfridges makes for a breezy, easy shopping experience.
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***--
13 reviews
Fenwick
63 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 1RQ
A beacon of style since it first opened its door on London’s fashionable Bond Street in 1891, Fenwick remains a blissful stop off from the street’s hustle and bustle. Resolutely calm and collected, the store stocks some of the biggest and best names in men and women’s fashions including the directional Preen and print genius Michael Angel. A blow-dry bar, a seemingly never-ending beauty hall and excellent eateries all help make this Fenwick store a one-stop must for five floors of decadently glamorous shopping.
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****-
4 reviews
Peter Jones
Sloane Square, Chelsea, London, SW1W 8EL
A long established and highly regarded stalwart in London’s department store line up. Originally started by Peter Jones in 1877, the store was purchased by John Lewis of the eponymous Oxford Street store in 1914. Today the Peter Jones glass building, which occupies an entire island site on the West Side of Sloane Square, offers seven floors of the best in fashion, home and technology at the standards expected from John Lewis name. A plethora of different floors and departments, Peter Jones seems to know what customers want and need making this a popular choice with Chelsea locals.
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****-
2 reviews
Marks & Spencer
458 Oxford Street, Oxford Street, London, W1C 1AP
An enduring and much loved figurehead of British shopping, Marks & Spencer has long been the go-to choice for shoppers looking for quality at fair and reasonable prices. Stocking their own labels, including Per Una and the high-fashion Autograph range, Marks & Spencer have built a loyal, fashion following. This, their flagship London store stocks the full ranges for men, women and children and also holds some of the smaller run items and one-off limited collection products. But it’s not just the fashion that has people clamouring for Marks & Spencer, their ready meals, sandwiches and desserts are recognised as being amongst the best on the market, whilst their underwear department remains a legend in its own right.
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*****
4 reviews
Debenhams
334-348 Oxford Street, Mayfair, London, W1C 1JG
Covering a huge corner of London’s Oxford Street, Debenhams continues to bring affordable ranges from a number of top designers including John Rocha, Matthew Williamson, Markus Lupfer and "swimwear Queen" Melissa Odabash to an ever-fashion-hungry audience. The flagship store on Oxford Street is a huge, imposing concrete building that belies the treasures within. Easy to navigate and chock-full of clothing for men, women and children the store also has a sophisticated beauty hall and shoe department that is full to over flowing with beautiful designs at purse-friendly prices.
User rating
*****
2 reviews

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