Shopping in London
From Selfridges to Heddon Street
9am. Not a minute to lose: it's opening time at Selfridges on Oxford Street, the pioneer of London department stores, well-known for its sharp and trendy fashion ranges.
Another London institution you simply can't miss: Liberty on Regent Street. This shrine to British shopping, famous for its printed fabrics, is immediately recognisable by its iconic Tudor façade. A luxurious ambiance to browse and treat yourself with clothes, accessories, home décor and beauty products.
Menswear special and places to eat
Midday. Head for Jermyn Street, THE classic street for menswear. Push open the door to Geo. F. Trumper Perfumer, renowned barber, and indulge in treatments favoured by the city's Lords and personalities. The emblematic Dunhill company is a temple to elegant masculine fashion. Close by, you'll find the greatest concentration of top end tailors on the famous Savile Row. So chic!
Time for lunch! 1pm Lunch at Tibits, a super trendy vegetarian restaurant in Heddon Street. You pay for your plate of food by weight!
Alternatively Vapiano on Great Portland Street offers delicious home-made fresh pasta. Order your own customised meal at the counter, selecting from a range of different pastas and accompaniments, all made from natural ingredients. Another novel concept. Delish!
From Oxford Street to Piccadilly
2pm. Here you are in a one of the world's most famous shopping streets. From traditional English stores to international names, there's something for everyone: New Look, Topshop, Primark, plus as well as H&M, Apple, National Geographic, Banana Republic and so on...
Running straight-up from Oxford Street, Regent Street is every bit as tempting. Stop off at Hamleys: this toy mecca spanning 7 floors will delight young and old alike.
Time for Tea! 4pm. Tea time,this very British tradition covers much more than just one cookie: mini sandwiches, scones and cakes: all British delights are served! Where else to sample than in Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly? This deluxe grocer's store, which includes dozens of different types of teas in its vast range, is one of the most noted places in the capital for afternoon tea. Served in it's 4th floor St James's restaurant.
London by night
8pm. Dine in one of the many restaurants in Swallow Street, Heddon Street or St Christopher’s Place: Grand Bazaar, Momo - an oriental ambiance and DJ in this London institution – or Veeraswamy, the UK's oldest Indian restaurant… Unless you'd prefer to take in a show, one of the must-do things in London! Chicago, Mama Mia, The Lion King… are on the bill.
11pm. Feel like a nightcap? Stop off at the elegant art deco Claridge’s Bar or Ronnie Scott’s, the world famous jazz club, before heading back to your hotel, the Langhamon Regent Street. This beautiful building dating back to 1865 was Europe's first "Grand Hotel". Its luxurious, spacious rooms offer the ultimate in peaceful retreats. Have a dip in the pool before sitting down to a truly unforgettable breakfast!