London’s Best Christmas Shopping


The annual Christmas shopping bonanza will see more than 40 million people visit London over the festive period.

You’ll find world class independent stores, flagship big-name brands and Christmas lights, Christmas markets and other seasonal events going on in the capital – making it more than just a shopping opportunity.

So get your lists together (check them twice) and read on for our guide to where to get your gifts this Christmas in London.

Regent Street | Carnaby | Oxford Street | Covent Garden | Seven Dials | Marylebone High Street | Duke of York Square | Jermyn Street | Fortnum & Mason | Harrods | Westfield | Brent Cross | London Designer Outlet| Southbank Centre | Markets at Christmas

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Regent Street

Regent Street Christmas Lights 2015

Regent Street Christmas Lights 2015

Few shopping streets in the world can offer a Grade II listed location.  Designed by John Nash, Regent Street has been fashionable since the Georgian era, and still has some of the most stylish stores in London.

It’s a mile from the top to the bottom, and it’s where you’ll find luxury brands like Burberry, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss and the stunning Liberty London, which has some of the finest Christmas decorations in the city.

Head there on November 15th for the traffic-free day. It starts at noon, and includes a family Christmas show, and they’ll be switching on the lights too.

Download their app for personalised offers, as well as alerts from your favourite stores.

Take a break – eat, drink and relax

Christmas shopping

Le Meridien Piccadilly – Terrace Grill & Bar

The latest store to open in Regent Street is Jo Malone London, and the new flagship shop has exclusive products you won’t find anywhere else. They also offer free consultations and hand massages, complete with botanical garden and artisan studio.

There are also bars and restaurants tucked away in the winding side streets off Regent Street to visit, like Le Meridien Piccadilly. Their Terrace Grill and Bar offers great views – they also specialise in eclairs if you fancy something sweet.

They also have one of London’s largest gin selections, and if you head into the hotel’s Longitude 0°8’ bar, you’ll find a special Christmas cocktail menu.

Michelin starred chef Richard Corrigan has put together a special menu at Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill, which has been serving up quality seafood for a century. This is the place to treat yourself to some festive fish, and they’ll lay on all the Christmas accoutrements you’d expect.

Bentleys Oyster Bar & Grill

Bentleys Oyster Bar & Grill

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Getting there: Regent Street, W1
Nearest tube: Oxford Circus (north end) Piccadilly Circus (south end)

Carnaby Street

Christmas in Carnaby

Christmas in Carnaby

One of most famous streets in London, you’ll find big-name fashion brands, boutiques and independent gift stores when you walk through the famous Carnaby Arch.

There are 150 different brands in the area, covering sportswear, with Vans, Puma and Nike, while the likes of Muji have a wide range of gift ideas.

Carnaby Christmas lights

The Christmas installations will be lighting up the skies on Thursday, November 12th. With it being swinging Carnaby – they’re throwing a party at the same time.

Running from 5pm to 9pm (lights on at 6.30pm), register for your free party ticket, which gives you 20% in the shops, bars and restaurants, along with access to co complimentary food & drinks, a pop-up bar and goodie bags.

Carnaby Street Light switch on

Carnaby Street Light switch on

Take a break – eat, drink and relax

Kingly Court has more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars across three enclosed floors.

There is also an outdoor courtyard, which has free wifi and seating, as well as a yoga studio, triyoga, where they also do treatments and massages as well.

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Getting there: Carnaby Street, City of Westminster, London, W1F 9PS
Nearest tube: Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus

Oxford Street

The lights went up early on Oxford Street this year, with Aussie pop icon, Kylie Minogue, doing the honours in 2015.

The flagship John Lewis store already has its Christmas Shop open, with baubles, wreathes and stocking fillers on offer. Selfridges has also launched its Christmas service, with bespoke hampers and personalised gifts available.

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Getting there: Oxford Street, London, W1
Nearest tube: Oxford Street or Tottenham Court Road

Covent Garden

Reindeer in Covent Garden

Visit the famous Covent Garden area, including the covered Jubilee Market, which was built in 1904 and sells arts and crafts on Saturdays and Sundays.

There’s an app you can sign up to, which offers exclusive offers and experiences in the area.

Christmas lights

Celebrate ‘Giftmas’ on November 26 to 28, a special shopping weekend where you can use their free wrapping service and enjoy late night opening. Download their shopping app for exclusive offers.

This year’s lights‘Meet Me Under the Mistletoe’, created by Michael Howells, go live on Thursday, November 12th. There will be 40 magnificent mistletoe chandeliers, adorned with almost 700 glistening berries and c100,000 pealights.

The event starts at 6pm on the West Piazza and there will be music from A capella group, AfterParty.

They’re also hosting the city’s first Mulled Wine Festival, which will run for three days (12pm to 9pm).

Take a break – eat, drink and relax

You’re in the heart of Theatreland – so why not see a show while you’re there. Find the latest theatre deals here.

We’ve also put together a guide to some of the best things to do in Covent Garden, from cafes to bars and restaurants.

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Getting there: Covent Garden, London, Wc1
Nearest tube: Covet Garden, Leicester Square or Charing Cross

Seven Dials

Seven Dials at Christmas

Seven Dials at Christmas

Head to Seven Dials (and St Martin’s Courtyard) on Thursday, December 3rd for their Christmas Shopping Party. Register for a free ticket here to access 20% off at a hundred stores, bars and restaurants on the night.

Taking place between 5pm and 9pm, you can also get to see the latest Christmas illuminations.

You can get a festive touch up at the Sassoon Salon who will be offering 20% on a cut and/or colour and a complimentary Instant treatment and goody bags.

BareMinirals are offering nibbles and refreshments with makeover demonstrations, or you can visit bespoke watch service LJX Custom, and design a watch from scratch.

Coco de Mer have naughty entertainment in-store for a flirty festive start to the season, and Miller Harris will help you find your very own scent.

Christmas lights

St Martin's courtyard lights

St Martin’s courtyard lights

St Martin’s Courtyard are launching their lights on Friday, November 6th – themed around the 12 Days of Christmas.

Take a break – eat, drink and relax

Hawksmoor do some of the best steaks in London, Flesh & Buns gives you Japanese-fusion food in a funky setting and Mon Plaisir will give a Gallic twist to your evening’s eating.

Head to the Foundation Bar for cocktails.

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Getting there: Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9HA
Nearest tube: Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road

Marylebone High Street

Christmas Shopping

Marylebone Christmas Lights 2014

This central London “village” has plenty of independent shops.

Visit Aspinal of London or Paul Smith for high-quality accessories and stocking fillers, or see where Tilda Swinton and Victoria Beckham get their clothes from at William Vintage.

Christmas lights

This year’s big switch on in Marylebone Village will be on Wednesday, November 18th, and model and author, Sophie Dahl will be doing the honours. There will be live music, stalls and festive entertainment between 3.30pm and 6.30pm – lights on at 6pm.

This year the event will support the charity Age UK Westminster, and part of the street will be closed to traffic.

There will be food and drink stalls selling mulled wine and other Christmas treats.

Reindeer's at the Marylebone Christmas Lights 2014

Reindeer’s at the Marylebone Christmas Lights 2014

Take a break – eat, drink and relax

Marylebone High Street has everything from gastro pubs to Michelin-starred restaurants.

There also plenty of bakeries and patisseries if you just want to grab something on the go see their list of places to eat and drink in Marylebone.

There’s also art galleries, museums, and of course Regent’s Park is a short walk away, if you want to take a shopping break.


Getting there: Marylebone High Street, Marylebone, London
Nearest tube: Regent’s Park, Oxford Circus, Bond Street and Baker Street

Duke of York Square

Christmas shopping in the Duke of York Square

Christmas shopping in the Duke of York Square

See what the Chelsea set are buying for Christmas in this stylish square, which will have a magnificent Christmas tree at its heart for the festive season.

Top quality brands like Mary Quant and Cath Kidston have shops here, along with one of the largest Zara stores in Europe.

The Square will be offering its complimentary gift wrapping service, with skilled wrappers sprinkling some stardust on your packages and parcels. The service will be available daily to all shoppers at Duke of York Square from Tuesday, December 1 and is complimentary for all gifts bought on the Square(proof of purchase / max 3 wraps per person, per day).

Christmas lights

Taking place on Saturday, November 7 at 4pm, their annual Christmas Lights Switch-On is an all-day event for all the family. Father Christmas will be in his grotto, and you can book ahead (see website) to get a spot.

Christmas Shopping

Santa’s Grotto in the Duke of York Square

Take a break – eat, drink and relax

Every Saturday the square holds a Fine Food Market, selling everything from cakes to game, and there will be a festive tinge to the food in the run up to Christmas.

Visit the Saatchi Gallery to see some of the finest modern art, and then visit the Gallery Mess for a bite to eat.

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Getting there: Duke of York Square, King’s Road, London, SW3 4LY
Nearest tube: Sloane Square

Jermyn Street

If you’re shopping for the gentleman in your life, you can buy the highest quality menswear in this historic, fashionable street (it dates back to 1664).

Here is where you’ll find the best tailors, shirt makers, leather goods and wine merchants in town.

Christmas hamper competition

If you visit Jermyn Street from now until Monday 14th, make sure you pick up a competition postcard to win the Ultimate Jermyn Street Christmas Hamper Competition.

Along with a night at The Cavendish London and a trip to the theatre, there are heaps of Christmas goodies in there, including dinner at The Ritz Club and a customised suit from the formalwear collection, a traditional Jermyn Street shirt and a tie by Hawes & Curtis.

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Getting there: Jermyn Street, London, SW1
Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus or Green Park

Iconic shops

Fortnum & Masons

The famous Fortnum’s hamper has been a prized Christmas present for more than 300 years – it’s even been sent to Everest and the Iraq frontline.

One of London’s oldest and most iconic shops, they like to go to town during the festive season with a full range of customised gifts for even the most discerning recipient (it was the Royal Grocer for 150 years).

Fortnum’s is also famous for its tea, so it might be rude not to stop in at The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon for their afternoon tea selection and take a break from shopping.

Fortnum's Christmas Store Front

Fortnum’s Christmas Store Front

Key shopping date

If you like your shopping experience to be glamorous evening, visit the store on Thursday, November 19, between 6pm and 9pm, and sip a glass of champagne while visiting the newly refurbished beauty and accessories floor.

There’ll be complimentary mini-treatments, fragrance consultations, makeovers and manicures as well as Fortnum’s expert jewellery, accessories and beauty buyers to advise you . You could also win an iconic signature Fortnum & Mason hamper every hour throughout the evening.

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Getting there: Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London, W1A 1ER
Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus


Luxury retailer Harrods attracts customers from across the globe, and no more so than at Christmas.

They are hosting two Christmas shopping weekends as part of their Festival of Christmas celebrations.

Taking place on Friday, November 6 to Sunday, November 8 and Friday, November 27 to Sunday, November 29 – there will be special deals, competitions, face painting and crafts on offer – as well as the arrival of Father Christmas.

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Getting there: 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL
Nearest tube: Knightsbridge

Christmas Shopping centres

Westfield London & Westfield Stratford City

Wesfield London ice rink

Wesfield London ice rink

If you want to do your Christmas shopping protected from the elements, head east or west to two of the biggest urban shopping centres in Europe.

Westfield London

The centre has more than 250 stores, as well as high-end area The Village – which has  brands like Burberry, Tiffany & Co and Versace.

They’ve just started their first Christmas opening hours, with the complex being open until 10pm, with the times being extended until 11pm from December 14 (Sundays still close at 8pm)

Christmas lights

Katy B will be switching on the Christmas Lights this weekend on Friday, November 6 before headlining the free MUSIC CUBE festival which runs until Sunday.

Their ice rink is opening on Thursday, November 19 and you can book tickets in advance – each week they will have different live acts to entertain the skaters and you can book your tickets to Santa’s Grotto now.

Another way to take a break is to visit the Fashion Lounge at Westfield London – this is a great place to get a treatment or pamper and they offer bespoke styling and personal shopping services.

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Getting there: Ariel Way London W12 7GF
Nearest tube: Shepherd’s Bush, White City, Wood Lane

Westfield Stratford City

Westfield Stratford City is bigger, with around 350 shops, loads of restaurants,a cinema and bowling alley.

They’ll be hosting their Christmas Festival on Saturday, November 14 with a whole day of family fun planned.

There will be a Christmas Carousel, Grotto and live music from The Salvation Army and Motown singers The Estrellas as well as mulled wine and minced pies.

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Getting there: Olympic Park, Montfichet Rd, London E20 1EJ
Nearest tube: Stratford

Brent Cross

Brent Cross was the first large enclosed shopping centre to be built in the UK back in 1976, and its still setting the standards today. It’s home to more than 140 stores.

If you’re working in the week and wondering when you’re going to fit in gift buying, Brent Cross will be open on weekdays until 10pm from November 30th. This is extended from December 14th to 11pm – so plenty of time to get your presents.

Christmas lights

Their Christmas lights switch on takes place on Thursday, November 12th.

There will be live performances by the Urban Voices Collective , who’ll be singing festive classics (old and new) at 4pm and 6pm – before the lights are turned on at 6.30pm.

You can also visit Santa at the new Christmas Grotto offering an immersive 360 digital experience, which opens the same night. To find out more and book a place, click here.

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Getting there: Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Hendon, London, NW4 3FP
Nearest tube: Brent Cross

London Designer Outlet

Christmas at the London Designer Outlet

Christmas at the London Designer Outlet

London’s only outlet guarantees a White Christmas – yes, the snow cannon will be firing on the hour from December 14th to Christmas Eve.

Alongside LDO, the festive season includes an Ice rink, traditional vintage funfair and festive street food market, all open from November 20.

Inside, you’ll find more than 50 top-class brands, including Nike, The Sunglass Hut and M&S, offering up to 70% OFF RRP.

They also have a cinema, bars and restaurants so you can make a day of it.

Ice Rink at the London Designer Outlet

Ice Rink at the London Designer Outlet

Christmas competition

From November 20 you can win their LDO Christmas wish list in. Just fill out the competition form (available from Guest Services in LDO) and pop it in Santa’s post box for the chance to win a Christmas shopping spree worth £200 and four runners up will win a £50 voucher to LDO

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If you want to combine a trip to the London Designer Outlet with a gig or show – here’s our guide to Wembley Arena and the surrounding area.

Getting there: London Designer Outlet, Wembley Park Boulevard, Wembley, HA9 0QL
Nearest tube: Wembley Park or Wembley Stadium

Christmas markets

Winter at Southbank Centre with Nat Wes (c) Jason Alden

Winter at Southbank Centre with Nat Wes (c) Jason Alden

Winter at Southbank Centre with NatWest

Southbank Centre’s Winter Market will run from Friday, November 20 to Christmas Eve – and the wooden chalets will have festive food, drinks and crafts to buy (Sun-Thu: 11am to 9pm, Fri-Sat: 11am to 10pm)

Along with the market the festival will be hosting a range of events, raising funds for charity, with concerts, dances, choirs and auctions taking place across December – see website for dates.

Christmas shopping

Winter at Southbank Centre with Nat Wes (c) Belinda Lawley

For more adult entertainment – head to La Soirée for cabaret and circus thrills or have a drink at the traditional Scandinavian bar, The Rekorderlig Cider Lodge.

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Getting there: Southbank riverside, London
Nearest tube: Waterloo

Find out more about markets in London

Greenwich Market is a great place to visit for gifts, an they have a lantern procession taking place on Wednesday, November 25 from 4pm, along with a Christmas grotto and carols.

You can visit a full market at Borough Market every day of the week, between Wednesday, December 9 and Christmas Eve in the run up to Christmas.

Visit our guide to some of London’s famous markets to find out where to buy food, flowers and antiques in the city during the festive period

Essential shopping links

Find more inspiration for things to do in London here, if you fancy taking a break from shopping.

For all the latest news and travel information, visit the Transport for London website.

If you’re planning on spending more than a day shopping in London, then we have plenty of London hotels to stay in and make a weekend of it.

And finally, remember to check out the weather forecast in case you need to head straight to the umbrella store.


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Kirsten Beacock

Kirsten is the chief blogger here at A former newspaper journalist (don’t hold that against her), having taken extensive trips to China, America and Australasia, she is now pouring her passion for travel into writing blogs and features for the website. Arriving in London via exotic Scunthorpe, Kirsten has made it her mission to try out as many pubs and restaurants as she possibly can in the capital.

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