Christmas day is a time for indulgence, revelry and celebration. However, the days leading up to the big day can be stressful- particularly if you haven’t finalised what presents you will be buying for your loved ones. With knowledge gained through operating in London over several years, thesqua.re knows where to complete your last minute Christmas shopping.
Harrods: The most iconic department store in London, Harrods undergoes a spectacular transformation during Christmas.During the Festive Season, Harrods is festooned with decorations, lights and trees in addition to a special temporary store dedication to Christmas.
With over 300 stores across several floors and five acres, there’s something for everyone in Harrods.
Oxford Street: Illuminated by the iconic Christmas lights that hang above the street, Oxford Street contains a seemingly endless array of high street stores. A short walk from Oxford Circus Station, relax after you’ve found the perfect gift with a drink in one of Soho’s many bars. Oxford Street contains Selfridge’s, London’s second major department store. Recently voted the world’s best department store, Selfridge’s offers countless dining options to enjoy following a hard day’s shopping.
Covent Garden: From the charming Christmas baubles surrounding the Piazza to the cobbled streets of Seven Dials, Covent Garden is a magical place to find the perfect gift for a loved one this Christmas. Designer brands such as Burberry, Mulberry and Lulu Guinness sit side by side with traditional market stalls that sell handmade crafts.
Winter Wonderland: Over the past several years, Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park has become a stalwart in London’s Christmas calendar. In addition to offering traditional fairground rides, mulled wine and food stalls, Winter Wonderland has a charming Christmas market that offer an array of crafts and bric-a-brac.
Liberty: Located near Carnaby Street, Liberty is a department store like no other. Wandering through this doyenne of department stores is tantamount to wandering through a stately home. Containing a lovingly curated selection of floral fabrics, designer fashion brands and beauty products, Liberty exudes stately class.
The Swedish Church Christmas Fair: Have a Scandinavian Christmas with the help of this traditional fair selling an assortment of festive treats, crafts and gifts. A pop-up café in the church hall will serve a range of delicious sandwiches with meatballs and cheese and the Swedish version of mulled wine: glögg.