London is a great place to enjoy some Christmas shopping, with a vast array of different department stores, fairs and markets catering to almost all tastes. If you’re visiting the city this season, here are a few of our favourite spots…
For floor upon floor of Christmas shopping, Selfridges should certainly make your shortlist of festive retail venues while staying at accommodation in Chelsea London. With its rich heritage as a London favourite, Selfridges also offers lots of space for you to relax and take a step back from shopping during your visit – before emerging recharged to continue your hunt for the perfect gift! It’s entirely possible to grab everything on your shopping list here, so be sure to plan plenty of time to explore..
A historic department store which looks and feels like a stately home more than a store, here you’ll find a carefully curated selection of luxury gift ideas. It’s not a great place for the budget-conscious, but for lovers of upscale goods this is a wonderful place to explore the latest designer items, fashion and beauty while you stay at hotels near Saatchi Gallery.
Offering an event as well as a shopping space, Winterville offers everything from outdoor skating to stalls selling unique gifts. A great place to get in the Christmas spirit, or even play a few rounds of Crazy Golf..
The Christmas window displays alone are a great reason to visit, and this is a fantastic place to find almost anything. One of the big highlights is the seasonal Santa’s grotto, where younger visitors can immerse themselves in the magic of the season while staying at accommodation in Chelsea London.
A beautifully decorated shop widely regarded as one of the most beautiful bookshops in the city, Daunt Books also promises plenty of variety. Highly recommended for anyone shopping for a true bookworm.
Southbank Centre Wintertime Market
With seasonal goods (particularly delicious treats) on offer, this is a fantastic location to shop for the foodie in your life. There’s also lots of great seasonal touches including fairy lights and igloos!
Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop
A purveyor of classic and traditional toys, Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop invites visitors to take a step back from the tech-heavy options which so often dominate children’s gifting at this time of year. First founded in 1856, the venue has lots of fascinating finds to explore including toy theatres, puppets and books.
Christmas by the River
This impressive annual market offers stunning views and some wonderful artisan goods, as well as traditional German-style chalets which help set the ideal Christmas mood! Popular each year, it’s also hugely atmospheric – expect festive tunes and snacks while you browse.
Seeking something a little unusual? Then the V&A Shop is a great place to look. Expect lots of textiles, jewellery and home furnishings, each linking to the design-loving museum it is a part of.
Zero Waste Christmas Market
A fantastic way to enjoy a more ethical Christmas, this market offers a selection of goods which have been created with sustainability in mind. As the first market of its kind in London, Zero Waste Christmas Market champions a greener approach to the festive season.