Visiting the English capital over the festive period? Take inspiration from the dazzling Christmas lights that sparkle across Oxford Street and Bond Street and select a magical set of twinkling tree adornments to take home with you. Guests joining us at The Chesterfield Mayfair are within easy reach of the city’s finest department stores and their excellent displays of holiday season paraphernalia. Here’s where to buy the best Christmas decorations in London.
Fortnum & Mason
The 18th-century emporium of Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly blossoms into a glittering festive wonderland during November and December – and its window displays are a sight to behold. The department store is renowned for its artful Christmas hampers, which are packed with shortbread biscuits, festive tipples, cheeses, and luxury pickles and preserves. You can’t miss its beautiful range of Christmas decorations on the third floor, providing everything you’ll need – and more – to deck the halls. From advent calendars to eccentric English-inspired tree hangs, a visit here will certainly put you in a holiday mood.
Christmas by the River
The River Thames and London’s iconic skyline form the picturesque backdrop to Christmas by the River at London Bridge City’s festive market. More than 60 chalet stalls huddle together beneath the festive twinkle of fairy lights, selling cosy winter accessories, one-of-a-kind stocking fillers, artisan Christmas tree decorations and plenty of candy. In need of a refreshment? Try the steaming eggnog latte or spicy mulled wine, or for choose fresh, crunchy churros dipped in thick hot chocolate.
Located in Knightsbridge, celebrated retailer Harrods offers an enchanting shopping experience during the winter season. The department store’s dazzling window displays and impressive wreath and ribbon-spun doorways are bound to impress. Weave through its lavish food halls, where traditional festive treats – spiced chutneys, Christmas cheeses, fruit cakes – are very likely to divert your attention, and head up to Christmas World on the second floor. An elegant assortment of wreaths, gleaming baubles, pretty fairy lights, candy canes and stunning table centrepieces await discovery. Travelling with children? Be sure to pay a visit to Santa in the snow-sprinkled Harrods Christmas Grotto.
A grand six-storey Tudor building tucked behind Regent Street and trading since 1875, Liberty is a very exclusive shopping enclave. Venture up to its sixth floor – marvelling at its atmospheric creaking wooden stairways – to discover its Christmas Shop stacked with dizzying displays of festive cheer. Designer garlands crafted from pine cones, bejewelled fir tree baubles and peacock-inspired tree-toppers make this London’s one-stop Christmas decoration shop. Liberty also stocks lovely couture fashion accessories and artisan chocolate truffles for fabulous gifts.
One of the capital’s most popular shopping destinations, Selfridges is a delight to visit at any time of year – but it comes into its own in the holiday season. This year’s festive space is themed around rock ‘n’ roll, with fun Union Jack-patterned baubles and pop culture tree adornments stocked alongside traditional take-away trinkets. Alongside its festive home décor, find an impressive variety of pretty gift tags, hand-printed wrapping paper and handmade Christmas cards. Post-shopping spree, stay for a sumptuous afternoon tea at the Art Deco-inspired Dolly’s or raise a glass at the Champagne & Oyster Bar by Caviar House & Prunier to toast a merry festive season.
Experience the capital’s favourite department stores and find the finest Christmas decorations in London when you stay at The Chesterfield Mayfair.
Image credits: lead image © Nadezhda1906. Fortnum & Mason © iStock/annamoskvina. Christmas decorations © iStock/anyaberkut. London street decorations © iStock/oversnap.