The best Christmas shops in London
Whether you like to get your Christmas shopping done early or you leave it till the last minute, you're guaranteed to find everything you need in these stores
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Christmas is fast approaching so it's time to start planning your festive shopping. We round up the best Christmas shops in London where you will find original gift ideas, beautiful baubles and the most spectacular decorations. Don’t do Christmas in London without it! And don't forget to pay a visit to London's Christmas markets and fairs while you're at it.
Always first off the mark when it comes to retail matters, Harrods opened Christmas World – covering 2,000 sq ft of shop floor – back in July. With its opulent red carpets and gold trimmings, it’s as gaudy and glitzy as you might expect, boasting Elliot Raffit and Michael Aram luxury decorations and a 6ft model Santa Claus – yours for £3,999.
Don’t miss out on this year’s red cardigan-clad Harrods bear, Sebastian, £24.95. They usually sell out in the run up to Christmas so get yours early.
- 87-135 Brompton Rd, SW1X 7QN
Stylish stocking fillers
Up on the fourth floor between the excellent new toy department and Food Garden café, the Selfridges Christmas shop is bursting with everything you could require for a stylish Yuletide including knitted pudding decorations, traditional advent calendars and luxury Christmas crackers. Just look for the life-sized Polar bears.
- 400 Oxford Street, W1U 1AT
Luxury food hampers
Green Park or Piccadilly Circus
We can’t think of a more festive shop than 307-year-old Fortnum and Mason. The entire store becomes a winter wonderland bedecked in opulent decorations and the most glorious foodie treats, from specialist biscuits presented in Christmas Merry-Go-Round tins to children’s hampers, from £45, featuring traditional sweets and fashion crackers by London designer Holly Fulton.
There’s also a new Candle Room paying homage to founder William Fortnum, who started out selling candles to ladies of the court. Perfumer Roja Dove has created a special Fortnum-inspired scent.
- 181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER
For a lovely, traditional array of Christmas bits and bobs in a festive setting, Liberty is your place. The Christmas shop, open from Sept 7, sits on the fourth floor in the East Gallery and East Atrium. Look out for old-fashioned Christmas wreaths, stuffed toys and baubles galore, including framed pictures of the Queen. Liberty crackers are among the most pretty on the market, too.
- Regent Street, W1B 5AH
Designer home trimmings
Christmas decorations don’t get smarter than those you’ll find at the Conran Shop; coloured-Perspex deers, Missoni-esque glitter balls and retro-style glass sea horses. The Blue Room has been transformed into a stylish Christmas market.
Those who want to turn the Christmas table into a work of art will appreciate the super-elegant array of crackers including the deep pink origami crackers, £65 for six. The Conran Shop will also be selling hampers for the first time – in super-stylish red (pictured) and pink boxes.
Michelin House, (81 Fulham Road),
We love Heal’s super-cool new look. This year the Christmas shop will inhabit the ground floor from Oct 24 while real fir trees, some of them strewn with customers’ wishes, will decorate the inside and outside of the store. Go here for statement decorations and super-stocking fillers like gorgeously packaged Italian soaps and Missoni face cloths.
- 196 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7LQ
Well-priced cards, wrapping paper and baubles
When it comes to buying your festive trappings, Paperchase has it covered. Come here for a glittering selection of decorations from traditional tartan covered baubles to glass pugs and retro disco balls.
This year, the first floor of the Tottenham Court Road flagship also homes an inspiring selection of classic children's toys and home wares by design brands including Vilac. The classy book department stocks glossy art, design and craft titles – all excellent gift fodder for the creatives in your life.
- 213-215 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7PS
Cultural themed gifts and cards
As museum shops go, the V&A’s airy store has got to be the most festive. Find a lovely array of classic decorations, cards – including vintage Harper’s Bazaar covers – and a fine selection of stocking fillers. As well as a mighty selection of beautiful art, fashion and design books, you’ll find all sorts of crafty delights such as handmade felt puppets for kids, Indian floor cushions and accessories by Welsh textiles label Melin Tregwynt.
- Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
Fake Christmas trees
Bond Street or Oxford Circus
London’s least intimidating department store has everything you could ever require to make Christmas go with a bang. As well as the vast selection of tree decorations, wrapping paper and baubles, you’ll find the best range of fake Christmas trees – and, at 10ft, the tallest – on the high street. It's also ace for table decorations.
- 300 Oxford Street, W1A 1EX
The flagship Oxford Street branch has just undergone a huge £25million renovation due to be complete just in time for Christmas shopping. Until then, you’ll have to walk through the hoardings.
The Christmas shop will be open from mid-September on the fourth floor and will feature a good supply of festive trimmings including Christmas stockings, table top trees, garlands, wooden advent calendars and felt trees. Look out for lots of three-for-two offers.
- 334-348 Oxford Street, W1C 1JG
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