I love to shop, especially when I am traveling. It gives me the opportunity to find a treasure that I couldn’t find at home. England is no exception, it is my opinion that London in particular has some of the best shopping in the world. I have put together a quick list of some of my favorite British stores. I believe almost all them have several locations all over Great Britain.
1. The White Company
I love everything about this store, from the way it looks, to the products it carries, even down to the way the store smells. It’s just perfection. They sell housewares and clothing. Their style is simple elegance. I was introduced to this brand by Updown Cottage, our favorite holiday let, most of their linen comes from there. They are soft and luxurious.
One of my most prized possessions is a wallet from Radley. They specialize in wallet, coin purses and handbags….. beautiful handbags. I really like the timeless style of their bags and wallets. Their products, in my experience, are made really well out of gorgeous leathers. It is truly worth a splurge if you like that sort of thing.
3. Jo Malone
A trip into an actual Jo Malone store is an experience. While you can find her lovely perfume and cologne in many high end stores here in the States, I have never been into a dedicated Jo Malone store outside of the UK. The inside of the stores are like walking into another dimension, one filled with lovely scents and beautiful sparkling glass bottles. You are also free to sample, smell and combine scents until your heart is content or until you find your prefect Jo Malone scent.
I love this store, love, love, love! I have been a customer of theirs for years. Here in the States I am a difficult size to fit when it comes to undergarments. I seriously visit a Bravissimo every time I visit the UK! In fact, it is usually my first stop. You can make an appointment for a free bra fitting by one of their trained staff and try on anything you’d like. I love undergarment shopping now. They offer adorable undergarments as well as bathing suits and clothing too. This store is a must see for the curvier girls out there.
5. John Lewis
There are some stores that you walk into and you just feel like you are home. John Lewis is one of them. It is what we would call a large department store, but it is done so right it is scary. Money literally leaps, from my wallet when I walk in the door. They carry quality items at reasonable prices. You can find everything from a kitchen sink to baby bibs. They also have a tea room in most of their stores with yummy cakes.
There are just a few of my most favorite British stores. However this is just a small sampling of what there is on offer. So if you are planning a trip to Great Britain make sure to budget some time and money to do a bit of shopping. It’s a lot of fun and you won’t regret it .