Where to do your Christmas shopping
The countdown has begun, and that means that time is rapidly running out for Christmas shopping. While many of us are turning to the internet to get our Christmas gifts sorted in record time, you can’t beat the experience of shopping somewhere upmarket for some luxuries to give and enjoy this festive season. Here are some of our favourite places to shop for a decadent Christmas.
Fortnum and Mason
Grocer to the Queen, Fortnum and Mason is the ultimate luxury Christmas shopping destination.Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without an iconic Fortnum’s hamper, and the famous store is chock full of other goodies, too.
Decorated with thousands of lights, the celebrated luxury department store Harrods in Knightsbridge is best experienced after dark during the festive season. Check out its famous Christmas Grotto while shopping for the best in designer clothing and luxury gifts.
Forget Oxford Street; nearby Connaught Village is the place to go if you’re after something a bit more exclusive to go under your Christmas tree this year. You’ll find it packed with independent fashion boutiques, art galleries and other sophisticated retailers. Head to Roni’s Bagel Factory for a bite to eat when you need a break from shopping.
An essential port of call whether you’re doing your Christmas shopping in London, Birmingham or Manchester, Selfridges has long been a staple of the Christmas shopping scene. You’ll find a selection of yuletide favourites throughout the festive season, including a Christmas bakery, confectioner’s, deli and festive drinks parlour.
If you’re shopping for a food-lover and want to get them something organic, look no further than Daylesford Farm. Based in Kingham in the Cotswolds, but with shops in Notting Hill, Pimlico and Marylebone, it’s the perfect place to stock up on festive produce for yourself as well as foodie presents for your friends. Their hampers are a great alternative to the Fortnum and Mason ones, while they also stock a great range of beautiful things for the home and garden.
Pick up designer goods at great prices with a day of Christmas shopping at Bicester Village. Longer opening hours make it easier to pop in at a time that suits you, and you can even head to the British Collective Boutique to take advantage of a personalised gift wrapping service. Take a look at the Village’s Christmas Wishlist if you’re in need of some inspiration.
The gift of a luxury experience day
What do you get for the person who already has everything they could want? Give them something money can’t buy: memories. A Ferrari track day at the Silverstone F1 racing circuit, for example, or a decadent spa day at the Dormy House Hotel in the Cotswolds. Why not send them on an English sparkling wine tasting experience, or tasting whisky and gin on a Cotswolds Distillery tour?
Whether you’re Christmas shopping or organising a special treat for someone this Christmas, do it in style by hiring a chauffeur. Merry Christmas!