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Selfridges Celebrate London Design Festival – 18th September to 1st October 2016

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To celebrate the London Design Festival 2016, Selfridges with be hosting a series of events and launching a host of exclusive collections from leading British designers including Zaha Hadid, Tom Dixon and Faye Toogood .

The events include the opportunity to attend Modern Calligraphy Workshops for Beginner’s and Flower Arrangement Masterclass with Abigail Ahern.

Other highlights include :

A Q&A with Director of Zaha Hadid Architects, Patrik Schumacher.

An Evening with Creative Director of MontBlanc , Zaim Kamal.

Meet the Creative Director of Aspinal of London, Mariya Dykalo.

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There will also be an Art Paint Installation with Charlie Oscar Patterson – In celebration of the first anniversary of The Conran Shop at Selfridges, South London-based artist and designer Charlie Oscar Patterson who will create a live painting installation on the back wall of The Conran Shop space. Charlie will work throughout the day, painting the wall in his signature brightly coloured graphic imagery. 19th September – 24th September.

For more information, visit the Selfridges website here

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Christmas in London’s Oxford Street 2014

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The West End of Oxford Street tends to be the location of many of the flagships stores of the main London department stores.

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Selfridges, House of Fraser, Debenhams, Mark’s and Spencer’s amongst others go to town with Christmas decorations to attract shoppers to their stores.

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However it is worth remembering in the weekends leading up to Christmas, Oxford Street gets incredibly busy and if you can shop at other off peak times you will probably get a better shopping experience.

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Many of the stores hold special Christmas Events and special promotional offers.

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CHRISTMAS OPENING TIMES

Monday – Friday

9.am – 9pm

Saturday

9:30am – 10pm

Sunday

11:30am-6pm

Christmas Eve

9am – 6pm

Christmas Day

Closed

Boxing Day

9am – 10pm

New Years Eve

9.30am – 6.30pm

New Years Day

11am – 7pm
*Some stores may vary

Typical bank holiday opening hours:
12pm-6pm

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Christmas at Selfridges – Oxford Street, London

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Selfridges’ have adopted a storytelling theme for their Christmas window decorations, some best-loved fairy tales including Cinderella, Snow White and Hansel and Gretel  have inspired the award-winning Selfridges windows team.

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This is fitting seen as the Oxford Street store has recently opened the world’s first department store cinema. During the festive season, the Everyman cinema at Selfridges will show a series of enchanted tale-based films including Pinocchio and It’s A Wonderful Life.

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A  large centrepiece installation called Destination Christmas, atop the Oxford Street canopy is over 18 metres across by 10 metres tall and over 3 metres wide. It is  decorated with 1,000 metres of neon lights and over 10,000 LED lights.

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Away from the exterior, there will be roaming Father Christmas between 28 November – 24 December in the store.  Also there will we a travelling literary circus entertaining families with interactive storytelling.

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Selfridges’ is unusual that it has a department store cinema. Located on the lower ground of the Oxford Street store, the cinema seats 60 people and this Christmas, the schedule includes Christmas classics and new movies such as a sing-a-long screening of ‘Frozen’, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, ‘The Paddington Movie’ and ‘Pinocchio.

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Between 22 October – Feb 2015 Le Chalet will be open , it is Selfridges’ rooftop restaurant will serve a delicious Alpine-inspired barbeque influenced-menu alongside a crab and shellfish bar. Situated on the terrace will be a log cabin with a hot chocolate bar.

If you would like to find out more about Selfridges events, visit the Selfridges website here

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John Lewis celebrates 150 years of Retail Business at Oxford Street Store

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John Lewis has announced plans to mark its 150th anniversary with a series of commemorative events which will celebrate a business that has grown from a humble draper’s shop opened in 1864, to the £4 billion international, award-winning business it is today.
The centrepiece of the celebrations will be an interactive exhibition in the retailer’s flagship shop on Oxford Street
From the cobbled streets of Victorian London, visitors will open a door into the retailer’s past via the draper’s shop where it all began on 2nd May 1864. Following a dimly lit corridor past the original book that includes the first day’s takings, guests will find themselves in John Spedan Lewis’ office, the setting for the birth of the John Lewis Partnership. Visitors will get an insight into the man Spedan was and his revolutionary idea that all workers should be co-owners and share in the success of his company.
After a installation which tells the story of how a WWII bomb threatened the future of the company, the exhibition proceeds to explain how the “craft of shopkeeping” and a passion for customer service has guided the business ever since. The work of many celebrated designers and brands is recognised, as well as the retailer’s own textile mill, Herbert Parkinson, where a bespoke weave will fill the exhibition floor and run over the ceiling. Visitors will exit the exhibition with a glimpse into how we will shop, live and look in the future, through a unique collaboration with the Royal College of Art.
In a first for the retailer, the Oxford Street flagship will also open its roof to London. Working with Tony Woods, Royal Horticultural Society National Young Designer of the Year, and the Partnership’s own gardeners from the Longstock estate, one of the capital’s largest urban rooftops will be transformed into a tranquil space that boasts some of the best views in town.
Across the country John Lewis shops will be joining the celebrations, which start on 3rd May, with a whole host of regional activities and, working in partnership with Barnardos, each shop will be supporting local charity initiatives.

London Department Stores – Fenwick of Bond Street

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Location – 63 New Bond Street  London W1S 1RQ

Fenwick  is a small chain of department stores in the United Kingdom. The store’s founder, John James Fenwick was born in Yorkshire and opened the original Fenwick store in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1882.

Originally a type of drapers shop, it did not become a department store until John’s son Fred joined the business in 1890.

Unusually in modern retail, the company is still owned by members  of the founder’s family and has eleven branches in the UK.

In 1891 it opened a store in Bond Street which has expanded and been remodelled up to the present day.

MON-WED 10.00am – 7.00pm

THUR 10.00am – 8.00pm

FRI-SAT 10.00am – 7.00pm

SUN 12 noon – 6.00pm

Quick Store Guide

Floor 3

Weekend Collections, Swimwear, Personal Shopping Suite, Personal Beauty Studio, Affogato Coffee Bar, Ladies Powder Room, Customer Services, Public Telephones, Office Trainers, Baby Changing Facilities, Disabled Toilets,

Floor 2

Designer Collections, Bond & Brook Restaurant, Clarins Skin Spa, Chantecaille Healing Spa, Pure Massage,

Floor 1

International Collections, Agnes b, Joseph, LK Bennett Shoes and Fashion, Kurt Geiger Shoes,

Ground Floor

Lingerie, Handbags, Belts, Hats, Sunglasses, Scarves and Gloves, Jewellery, Hosiery, Gielly Green Hair Bar, Cosmetics and Fragrance, Nails Inc Bar, Blink Brow Bar,

Lower Ground Floor

Childrens, Babywear and Toys, Cards and Wrap, Menswear, Kurt Geiger Men’s Shoes, Carluccio’s Restaurant and Food Shop, Men’s Cloakroom, Disabled Toilets,

London Department Stores – Harvey Nichols

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Harvey Nichols

Location – 109 – 125 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RJ

Harvey Nichols is a luxury department store in Knightsbridge, the origin of the company began when Benjamin Harvey opened a small linen shop on the corner od Knightsbridge and Sloane Street.

In 1835 the shop was extended, in 1841 Harvey employed James Nichols who became a manager in the company. When Harvey died in 1850, his wife went into partnership with Nichols and the company was renamed Harvey Nichols and Co.

In the late 19th century the original shops were demolished to build a new purpose built department store.

In the late 20th century  Harvey Nichols became known for its luxury items and award winning restaurants. Harvey Nichols has a small amount of stores in the UK and overseas, and in  1996  launched its first stand-alone restaurant in London, the OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar, and Brassiere.

Opening Times

Mon – Sat: 10am – 8pm

Sun: 11:30am* – 6pm (*browsing only between 11:30am – 12 noon)

Store Guide

Floor 5

Foodmarket & Restaurants  Foodmarket, Wine Shop, Fifth Floor Restaurant, Bar & Café, Yo! Sushi, Outdoor Cafe Terrace

Floor 4

Womenswear, Lifestyle & Beauty Services Contemporary Collections, Sneaker Wall, Accessories, Daniel Hersheson Salon, Beyond MediSpa, Customer Services

Floor 3

WOMENSWEAR  Leisurewear, Contemporary Collections, Denim Gallery, Lingerie, Hosiery, Swimwear, Shoes, Click + Collect, Style Advisors

Floor 2

WOMENSWEAR  Designer Collections, Childrenswear and Children’s Shoes, Personal Shopping

Floor 1

WOMENSWEAR  International Collections, Contemporary Collections, Designer Shoes, Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin

Ground Floor

BEAUTY & ACCESSORIES Beauty, Perfumery, Beyond Beauty, International Handbags, Contemporary Handbags, Accessories, Jewellery, Sunglasses, Blink Brow Bar, Champagne Nail Bar

Lower Ground Floor

MENSWEAR  International Collections, Casualwear, Formalwear, Shirts, Ties, Accessories, Shoes, Wagamama Restaurant

Lower Ground Floor 2

MENSWEAR  Contemporary Collections, Denim, T-Shirt and Sneaker Galleries,

London Department Stores – Harrods

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Harrods

Location – 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1RT

Harrods is one of the most famous department stores in the world, it is located in Brompton Road in Knightsbridge. The store occupies a 5 acre site and has over a million square feet of selling space in over 330 departments, it is the largest department store in Europe.

Harrods was founded in 1834 by Charles Henry Harrod who had run a number of businesses all over London.

In 1849 he relocated to Brompton and took over a small shop on the site of the present store. Harrod’s son Charles Digby Harrod developed the business selling medicines, perfumes, stationary, fruit and vegetables. The great success of the store enables the store to expand as adjoining buildings were acquired. However the success was dampened by a fire in 1883 when the store burnt down, however this did not deter Charles Harrod who made sure all his orders were fulfilled on time.

A new building was built on the site and the store gained a reputation for being the local shop for the rich and famous. The store was the site of the first moving staircase or escalator in London 1898 although it was not an instant success as many customers were scared to use it.

In 1959 Harrods was bought by the House of Fraser group, and in 1985 the Fayed brothers bought the store.

From 1985 to 2010 Mohamed Al Fayed worked hard to consolidate Harrods position as one of the most famous stores in the world and make good its boast that it will provide the customer will almost any service for a price.

In 2010 Harrods was sold to Qatar Holdings for an estimated 1.5 Billion pounds.

Harrods has been the victim of a bomb attack when six people died in 1983 and has a high security presence due to the luxury goods on the premises.

Up to 300,000 customers visit the store on busy days, they are served 5000 staff in 330 departments. There are 32 restaurants, personal shopping, a bank, a barbers shop, amongst numerous other services.

Opening Hours

Mon to Sat 10am-8pm

Sun 12pm-6pm