Best 10 London department stores

Shop for designer fashion, foodie treats, homewares and more at London's best department stores.

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Choose between dozens of brands under one roof at one of the many unique department stores in London. 

Head to iconic London shopping destinations such as Harrods and Selfridges for luxury goods and stunning food halls; or check out newer London department stores, such as Dover Street Market and Goodhood, which curate cutting-edge clothes and lifestyle pieces from the latest British designers.

London's department stores have various coronavirus safety procedures in place, including one-way systems, the quarantine of clothing "try-ons" and hand-sanitising stations. Check the latest regulations before visiting, including the requirement to wear a mask when inside the stores.

Dover Street Market

Experience a dose of surrealism as you shop at Dover Street Market. Founded by the designer of Comme des Garçons, Rei Kawakubo, this marketplace features unique installations that blur the lines between fashion and art from designer brands such as The Row, Gucci and Simone Rocha and cutting-edge British brands such as Martine Rose, Mowalola and Wales Bonner.

Fenwick

Take a stroll along Bond Street to Fenwick. The collection of fashion, beauty and accessories is as desirable as the luxurious shopping street the department store is on. 

Find the latest fashion lines from the likes of Bella Freud and Michael Kors, and top beauty buys from brands such as Elie Saab and Caudalie. 

Fortnum & Mason 

Step back in time at Fortnum & Mason, a bastion of British tradition. From the uniformed staff to the elegant tea room, this department store is full of old-time charm.

Enter foodie heaven in the food hall stocked with fine tea leaves, delicious patisserie and the famous scotch eggs that were invented by Mr Fortnum in 1738.

Goodhood

Find trend-setting clothes and stylish homewares that appeal to the east London crowd at Goodhood in ShoreditchThere are items at every price range, with an eclectic mix of goods that includes mugs, designer camping gear and potted plants.

Harrods

Find rare goods and luxury items at this British icon. Harrods boasts more than 300 departments selling exclusive products including the latest tech items and bespoke perfume. 

Take a break from shopping at one of the many restaurants, or relax with afternoon tea in Harrods Tea Rooms on the ground floor. 

Harvey Nichols

Join the fashion crowd at Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge. Championing a mixture of new and established designers, you'll find everyday fashion next to high-end pieces.

Refuel after shopping at the Fifth Floor Cafe & Terrace for a cocktail with a view.

Heal's

Explore 42,000 sq ft (3,902 sq m) of homewares, lighting and furniture at Heal's. A staple on Tottenham Court Road since 1854, the flagship store has kept up with modern trends and has inspiring showrooms to wander through.

Make sure to take a picture of the highly Instagrammable spiral staircase, illuminated by a helix of lights.

John Lewis & Partners Oxford Street

Fashion, jewellery, electronics, homewares... you name it, John Lewis & Partners Oxford Street will probably have it on one of its six wide-ranging floors.

When you're done with shopping, take a break at one of the on-site cafes, or enjoy some pampering with in-store stylists. There's even a rooftop bar with seasonal pop-ups, where you can take in views of Oxford Street below with a cocktail in hand.

Liberty

Spend hours exploring the nooks and crannies of Liberty London. This department store in the West End is instantly recognisable with the Union Jack flag flying over the mock-Tudor exterior.

Inside, find skincare products exclusive to Liberty, exquisite pieces of jewellery and the famous Liberty fabric in the haberdashery department.  

Selfridges

Get your hands on the iconic yellow bag at Selfridges. It's easy to find something to fill it with, in this department store that has everything from beauty staples to stationary and luxury fashion from the likes of Miu Miu and Prada. 

Be sure to stop by the food hall and check out the tempting bites, including Snowflake Gelato for Jersey milk ice cream and EL&N Café for Insta-worthy lattes. Or enjoy the latest film releases at the in-house cinema. 

Enjoy the festive season and find some of the best Christmas shopping hotspots. For more top places to shop in London, take a look at this guide to London's best shopping destinations.

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