The Classic London Guide
Our guide to the most iconic spots of this much-loved city, perfect for both locals and visitors alike.
Harrods87-135 Brompton Rd., Knightsbridge | +44.20.7730.1234
Sure, it's the city's most legendary, over-the-top shopping destination and they stock all the upscale brands you'd expect (the markdowns at sale-time are ridiculously good), but it's the food hall and ice cream shop that keep us coming back, particularly because littles go wild for the tastes-better-than it sounds spaghetti ice cream. The variety, presentation, and quality really are unsurpassed, though the price tags mean that it's only an occasional indulgence. It’s also just a beautiful and majestic space. There's also an on-site salt beef bar from our favorite Jewish deli, Harry Morgan.
Guinevere574-580 King's Rd., Fulham | +44.20.7736.2917
The finds here are beautifully restored and the owners, brothers Marc and Kevin Weaver, take special care with the display of each object. It’s not about period, it’s more about how well things go together in a space—and their displays, almost like vignettes, are both inspiring and stunning. Every few months, Guinevere changes its windows and those alone are worth the visit.
Charles Edwards582 King's Rd., Fulham | +44.20.7736.8490
Charles Edwards specializes in reproductions and the results are modern and elegant lights, bases and chandeliers that give an edgy and sleek nod to the best designs of the past. Great for both indoor and outdoor fixtures, their star lamps are a favorite.
Burlington Arcade51 Piccadilly Circus, Piccadilly
It's becoming more and more difficult to find classic arcades like this in central London, where you'll find independent stores and extraordinary service. Savor the feel of Mayfair's good old days as you wander between the madness of Bond Street and Piccadilly. And don't miss the golden egg that is Ladurée's London outpost for a macaroon.
Bruton StreetBruton St., Mayfair
There's often something interesting going on at the top of the road in Berkeley Square, but you'll also find flagships for Stella McCartney, Diane von Furstenberg, and Maison Martin Margiela.
Browns24-27 S. Molton St., Mayfair | +44.20.7514.0039
Credited with breaking designers like Alexander McQueen and Christopher Kane, Browns is one of the biggest fashion megaships in London—and it has been since 1970, when it opened on a single floor of a townhouse (it's since expanded to consume five adjacent townhouses).
Bond StreetBond Street, Mayfair
A walk down New and Old Bond Street yields eponymous boutiques from some of the world's best designers in clothing and jewelry. Solange-Azagury Partridge (her store is a must-see), Cartier, Miu Miu, Boucheron, and Yves Saint Laurent are all here.
Selfridges400 Oxford St., Mayfair | +44.20.8001.2340
Simply put, this is one of the best department stores in the world. While the layout is refreshingly easy to navigate, no two visits are the same as there's always something new in the works, be it a pop-up shop or temporary exhibit. The Food Hall alone is worth a visit...same goes for the legendary Shoe Galleries.
Savile Row & Jermyn StreetSavile Row, Mayfair
Savile Row is pretty much synonymous with bespoke tailoring. The street has been home to the world's finest tailors for centuries, and the primarily family-owned outfitters on the street have been honing the craft for generations. Nearby Jermyn Street also boasts some serious boutiques and tailors with a reputation for excellent shirting. Case in point: Nobody really does it better than Turnbull & Asser (in business for more than 100 years), Photo: Nick Richards