Christmas shopping guide to London

  • Category: Fashion & Lifestyle
  • Dates: Sunday, 01 December 2013 to Tuesday, 24 December 2013

London is renowned for its excellent shopping scene, and it only gets all the more magical during the Christmas season. Whether you're strolling down the beautifully-lit Oxford Street in search of a present for that special someone, or mooching between the stalls of Greenwich Market with mulled wine and a mince pie, there's no denying the festive cheer that seizes the capital. But where are the best places to go?

Harrods

Harrods loves celebrating Christmas, so much so that it usually starts early - usually in July. London's favourite department store stocks all manner of luxurious goods, and the helpful staff members are experts in locating exactly what you're looking for.

Oxford Street

One of the city's premier shopping destinations, you can bet the big names here will be pulling out all the stops for the holiday season. Bursting with top brands including Monsoon, River Island and the Disney Store, you can pick up presents for even the pickiest friends and family members.

Southbank Market

Nothing says Christmas like a traditional Bavarian market - and this is exactly what you'll find if you head to London's Southbank during December. The lights illuminating the chalets twinkle seductively off the surface of the Thames, making this one of the most charming shopping destinations in London.

Selfridges

If you like to do all of your Christmas shopping in one fell swoop, look no further than Selfridges. Its concession boutiques, storewide themed events and collections from the hottest brands mean you won't have to visit another shop outside the stylish department store.

Westfield

If you like a lot of shops but prefer not to wander about in the cold, Westfield shopping centre is home to a plethora of big name brands and superb restaurants for that necessary mid-shop meal break. 

Drop your bags off at The 41 Hotel and enjoy a post-shopping trip to the theatre, courtesy of the Wicked the Musical or Billy Elliot the Musical special offers. A perfect day.