Choose between dozens of brands under one roof at one of the many unique department stores in London.
Head to iconic London shopping destinations such as Harrods and Selfridges for luxury goods and stunning food halls; or check out newer London department stores, such as Dover Street Market and Goodhood, which curate cutting-edge clothes and lifestyle pieces from the latest British designers.
Most London shops reopened on 12 April following the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions – be aware that some venues listed may still be closed after that date.
When visiting shops, department stores and markets in London, you can expect to find special safety measures including socially distanced queuing, hand sanitiser stations, one-way systems and a limit on in-store capacity. It is mandatory to wear a face covering in all public indoor settings, including shops and supermarkets.
Make sure to follow the latest government guidelines and act responsibly when out and about in the capital.
1. Dover Street Market
Experience a dose of surrealism as you shop at Dover Street Market. Founded by the designer of Comme des Garçons, Rei Kawakubo, this marketplace features unique installations that blur the lines between fashion and art from designer brands such as The Row, Gucci and Simone Rocha and cutting-edge British brands such as Martine Rose, Mowalola and Wales Bonner.
Find the latest fashion lines from the likes of Bella Freud and Michael Kors, and top beauty buys from brands such as Elie Saab and Caudalie.
3. Fortnum & Mason
Step back in time at Fortnum & Mason, a bastion of British tradition. From the uniformed staff to the elegant tea room, this department store is full of old-time charm.
Enter foodie heaven in the food hall stocked with fine tea leaves, delicious patisserie and the famous scotch eggs that were invented by Mr Fortnum in 1738.
Find rare goods and luxury items at this British icon. Harrods boasts more than 300 departments selling exclusive products including the latest tech items and bespoke perfume.
Take a break from shopping at one of the many restaurants, or relax with afternoon tea in Harrods Tea Rooms on the ground floor.
6. Harvey Nichols
Join the fashion crowd at Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge. Championing a mixture of new and established designers, you'll find everyday fashion next to high-end pieces.
Refuel after shopping at the Fifth Floor Cafe & Terrace for a cocktail with a view.
Explore 42,000 sq ft (3,902 sq m) of homewares, lighting and furniture at Heal's. A staple on Tottenham Court Road since 1854, the flagship store has kept up with modern trends and has inspiring showrooms to wander through.
Make sure to take a picture of the highly Instagrammable spiral staircase, illuminated by a helix of lights.
8. John Lewis & Partners Oxford Street
Fashion, jewellery, electronics, homewares... you name it, John Lewis & Partners Oxford Street will probably have it on one of its six wide-ranging floors.
When you're done with shopping, take a break at one of the on-site cafes, or enjoy some pampering with in-store stylists. There's even a rooftop bar with seasonal pop-ups, where you can take in views of Oxford Street below with a cocktail in hand.
Inside, find skincare products exclusive to Liberty, exquisite pieces of jewellery and the famous Liberty fabric in the haberdashery department.
Get your hands on the iconic yellow bag at Selfridges. It's easy to find something to fill it with, in this department store that has everything from beauty staples to stationary and luxury fashion from the likes of Miu Miu and Prada.
Be sure to stop by the food hall and check out the tempting bites, including Snowflake Gelato for Jersey milk ice cream and EL&N Café for Insta-worthy lattes. Or enjoy the latest film releases at the in-house cinema.