Compared to some of the incredible refurbs that rival emporia have indulged in, Harvey Nics feels like it’s coasting a little. That said, you’ll still find a worthy clutch of unique brands over its eight floors of beauty, fashion, food and home.
In beauty, there’s skin-firming Rodial, La Prairie Platinum and Bed of Nails pillows and mats, with slick Gentlemen’s Tonic for men, as well as beauty services that include Beyond MediSpa, with a team of doctors and medical ‘aestheticians’, and the Daniel Hersheson hair salon.
Fashion on Four showcases emerging British talent (Peter Pilotto, Mary Katrantzou), new designers (Meadham Kirchoff, Brian Reyes) and favourites Donna Karan and Marc Jacobs. A Sneaker Wall displays hi-tops and plimsolls by Christian Louboutin and Alejandro Ingelmo, and then there’s the denim phenomenon… everyone from Lanvin to D&G. Rick Owens has joined Balenciaga and Marc Jacobs in Menswear, alongside Prada, Armani, D&G and a host of brands such as Aussie Bum, King Baby and U Boat.
The fine Foodmarket on the fifth floor boasts over 600 exclusive products in Harvey Nichols’ smart black and silver livery, along with accessories and kitchen products such as the wonderfully whimsical Blaue Blume china.
Those with a taste for luxury can adjourn to the bar, which even has a private vodka tasting room. Hunger pangs can be sated by Wagamama, Yo! Sushi or the fab Fifth Floor restaurant, bar and café.
Harvey Nichols is number 35 in our list of the 100 best shops in London.