- Time Out’s guide to Liberty, Harrods, LN-CC and Coco De Mer
The Time Out Shopping Team have put together a video give you a taster of the diversity of quality shopping that’s available in London by focusing on four stores. Two of the featured establishments are well known, and almost London institutions in their own right, while the other two are newer and more cutting edge. No matter whether you plan to shop till you drop this Christmas, or prefer to let your fingers do the hard work and shop online, you will find this video fascinating. Katy and Dan, the presenters, are lively without being in your face, and the video is just the right length to present an informative snapshot, without overstaying its welcome.
The shops featured are just four of the 100 shops selected by Time Out as being London’s finest. The 100 in the list cover some of the glitziest world-renown stores, but also slick new concept stores that might shock your Mother!
First up in the video is Liberty, Regent Street, London, W1B 5AH
Shopping at Liberty is an experience to savour; artful window displays and exciting new collections help to create a very special atmosphere. With its Dickensian interior and exterior, it is particularly well suited to the Festive Season. This was the store than came out the winner.
Then the Team wander round the iconic Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, London, SW1X 7XL
This is the shop where, it is claimed, you can buy almost anything. But for all the tradition, marble and glitz, the store that boasts of selling everything is working hard to inject its image with ever more style and appeal to attract younger shoppers.
Next up is Coco de Mer
23 Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9DD
This stylish Covent Garden erotic boutique sells risqué and more traditional lingerie and bedroom accessories in an unintimidating and friendly environment.
Finally we have LN-CC. 18 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London, E8 2EZ.
LN-CC stands for The Late Night Chameleon Café and it is a fantastical art-installation-cum-fashion-boutique. You have to book in advance to visit and shop there, but that ensures that you have the time, space and staff’s attention to experience this unusual shop that feels like an exclusive club.
Time Out’s 100 list of top shops in London is well worth a look, and even non-shoppers will find places of interest to attract them out onto London’s streets this Christmas- combine it with a trip to see the famous lights of Regent Street!
So in just five minutes enjoy an entertaining trip through four very different shops, with two amusing and articulate guides, who don’t assume you are a professional shopper, but also don’t treat you like a recluse who never ventures out to shop! Don’t take my word for it- the comments on the video are universally good.