One of the things our daughter insisted on doing was to go shopping in London. One of her favourite shops is Selfridges (although she is not so keen on the price tags lol); so we duly visited the shop and she made her purchases. Selfridges is known for their fantastic window dressing, although this time around the majority of their windows were blocked, so no photos of those windows from me. However, there are a huge number of other fantastic shop windows almost everywhere you go in London. So here are the ones we came across that I thought were noteworthy.
This first one is Berry Brothers & Rudd, London’s oldest wine business; it has been operating since 1698 and eight generations later it remains in the same family hands at the same address at 3 St. James’s Street. It first supplied the royal family in 1830 and also supplied the wine for the Titanic.
These next few can be found on Carnaby Street, which is famous for the swinging ’60s, but its history goes as far back as 1665 when the first “Pesthouse” of London was built on the street (a pesthouse was a house for plague victims). In the 1950s the first clothing shops arrived and attracted music legends like Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones. And from there the street developed into “the” place to be in the 1960s if you wanted to be inspired, hear new music, follow the latest trends and see the biggest stars of music and film.
The Tea House on Neal Street near Covent Garden is one a lot of people will have seen on Instagram. I had not really planned to visit this shop, so it was a nice surprise when we spotted it. While not as old as some other shops in London, the Tea House has been family run since it opened in 1982 and has over 200 teas in their shop. I love the vibrant red of this shop, which is continued inside.
The Louis Vuitton shop on New Bond Street surprised us with their display as the eyes you see open and close. This was a shop our daughter could not just walk by, so we went in to have a look around; needless to say we did not buy anything, but it was nice to take a look.
This gentlemen’s barber shop is one of the finest barber’s in London and has been offering traditional barber services since 1875.
And finally we come to Baker Street, famous for the fictional residence of the fictional Sherlock Holmes. The house at 221B Baker Street is open to the public (for a fee) and tickets can be bought at the adjacent Sherlock Holmes Museum/souvenir shop. Apparently the author Arthur Conan Doyle used to visit the house and used its layout in his stories. Next door to the museum is Hudson’s Old English Restaurant and its little window pays tribute to the famous detective.
And on the other side of 221B Baker Street, just a few doors down, you can find the Beatles Store; London’s only shop dedicated to the Fab Four. Here you can find everything from rare ’60s memorabilia to new t-shirts. Being a Beatles fan myself I was tempted to buy some vintage items, but the budget for this trip did not account for rarities of this caliber, so I had to pass them up.