What’s the best bit of Christmas for you – the parties and festivities beforehand, mulled wine with mince pies and carols, the turkey with all the trimmings, unwrapping your presents on Christmas morning? Or is it that other great Yuletide ritual…THE SALES!
London is always one of the best cities to find bags of bargains. However, you need to get yourself organised well in advance. Many flagship shops, department stores, shopping centres and exclusive boutiques are opening their doors bright and early on Boxing Day to offer eager shoppers the very best discounts, and even more venues are joining in with their own promotions and discounts in the days between Christmas and New Year, and continuing on until the end of January.
To help you plan your buying campaign here are our top five London sales to hit while staying in any one of our London hotels.
Harrods January Sale
London’s most famous store is once again offering amazing bargains on their finest products, from food to furniture and everything in-between. It’s the perfect way to beat the post-Christmas blues with some prices slashed by 60%. Each year also features celebrity guests who make an appearance at the grand opening. Get up early so you’re at the front of the queue for a dose of celebrity glitter.
Westfield January Sale
They are two of the biggest shopping centres in Europe and the action starts on Boxing Day. Head either to Shepherd’s Bush or Stratford for bargains galore with discounts available in many of the shops and stores. The perfect excuse to spend your Christmas money on a range of men’s and women’s fashion, books, music, DVDs and gadgets. House of Fraser, Zara, Jaeger and Gap are just some of the stores offering discounts on both high street and designer fashion during the sale.
Harvey Nichols January Sale
With plenty of luxury brands and designer items going for a song you could be forgiven for thinking that Christmas has come round all over again. You’ll be staggering away with bargains from the likes of Stella McCartney, Givenchy, Lanvin Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Paul Smith, Lanvin, Christopher Kane and Pucci, to name but a few, with many items marked down 50%.
Selfridges January Sale
With some fabulous discounts on some great designer gear, there is bound to be something for next to nothing. However, people queue from 4:30am to get their hands on the goodies, so set your alarm for before the crack of dawn if you want to be at the front of the line come opening time. With an enormous 50% off some items, there will be substantial discounts on everything from women’s wear, accessories, beauty, furniture, children’s wear, luggage and home accessories. Fashionistas should get their credit cards at the ready as some of the biggest names will be offering some of the very best bargains.
Fortnum & Mason
With bargains galore and plenty of luxury items up for grabs, this sale is one of the best in town. Renowned for being one of the oldest and most famous of department stores in London, with discounts on everything from fashion wear to accessories, home ware to kids wear, furniture to cookware. If you didn’t get everything that wanted in your stocking now is the time to put the situation right.
What’s the best bargain you’ve ever grabbed in a sale? Post your comment below.