London is a shopper’s paradise. With so many big-name retailers and luxury stores catering to every shopaholic’s whim, planning a shopping trip to the city with friends is essential if you want to get the latest looks and restock your wardrobe with some high-end clothing, footwear and accessories for the coming season.
To make life a little easier on your legs, we’ve been busy creating this list of the top shops to visit during your time at the Montcalm hotel spa. We’re also sharing a couple of tips to help make your shopping trip a huge success – read on to discover some of our favourite destinations for a range of unique products that no self-confessed shopaholic should be without.
Rock that equestrian look
Whether you’re a fan of the outdoors or just want to look your very best when out and about around town, then the equestrian look offers a stylish and practical fashion solution for even the most discerning follower of fashion.
Concentrating on excellent quality tailoring, the finest leathers and the accessories that make the look complete, Riders and Squires in Kensington (8 Thackeray St, W8 5ET) is one of London’s best-kept secrets and caters to the needs of horse lovers as well as those who enjoy a little country chic!
Perfect for the spring season, the luxurious body warmers on offer at Riders and Squires can help lift any daytime outfit and are both attractive and practical, but it is the range of accessories on offer from this store that make it so popular.
From expertly crafted walking sticks to high-quality hats, scarves and gloves, this shop also stocks a range of high-end homewares perfect for outdoor dining and picnics, so grab that credit card and get ready to shop ‘til you drop, country style!
To reach Riders and Squires from the Montcalm, take the Tube to South Kensington (the journey takes just a little over half an hour), and you’ll be in country attire heaven in no time!
If you love a good perfume and your bathroom cabinets are filled with bottles of the stuff, then you might be on the lookout for something a little bit different that you can’t find at your local high street department store.
With a long history spanning back as far as 1820 when the shop was granted its first royal warrant, Floris (89 Jermyn St, SW1) has been providing Londoners and visitors with exclusive perfumes and colognes for two hundred years.
Opulent, luxurious and a real high-end shopping experience that smells divine, a visit to the shop is a treat in itself. The traditionally styled shop front leads into a fragrance boutique with plenty of gorgeously presented bottles and staff that still provide your change on velvet pads – this is a retail spot where you are sure to feel like a king or queen.
Getting to Floris from the Montcalm Hotel Spa is straightforward as the shop is located a short stroll away from Piccadilly Tube station, just remember to take advantage of our luxury London hotel deals as you’ll most likely want to take more than one bottle home with you after testing out some of the incredible scents on offer.
Step out in style
If you’ll be taking advantage of one of our London hotel offers and have a little extra to spend on a special treat for yourself, then walk in the footsteps of celebrities, politicians and notable figures and pay a visit to John Lobb (9 St James’s St, SW1).
A master shoemaker who has been cladding the feet of the rich and famous for decades, John Lobb is a byword for footwear quality and still creates shoes by hand.
With previous customers including Aristotle Onassis, George Bernard Shaw and even legendary crooner Frank Sinatra, quality is never compromised here.
Each pair of shoes is tailored to the specifications, foot size and shape of individual customers, so you won’t be able to take your shoes away with you on the same day, but if you are looking to splash some cash on a pair that will last you for years, then they are certainly worth the wait!
Just speak to the staff and they will be happy to post your brand new shoes to your home address once they’ve been made.
To get to John Lobb from the Montcalm, take the Central Line from the Marble Arch Tube station, just a five-minute walk away from the hotel. The journey takes around half an hour in total, so there’s no reason not to put your best foot forward and treat yourself to some expert footwear tailoring.
Remember, as this quality shoemaker makes footwear to order, you’ll need to book an appointment with a member of the John Lobb team before you arrive at the Montcalm hotel spa to avoid disappointment.
Dress to impress
If you’re seeking a little off the peg luxury, then the team at Turnbull & Asser (71 & 72 Jermyn St, SW1) is at your service.
Since 1885, Turnbull & Asser has been providing high-quality shirts and ties that are all made here in the UK. Dressing the likes of James Bond and other film stars, if you want to look sharp on a night out in London, then this is the shop for you!
Prices might be a little on the higher side, but if you are taking advantage of our London hotel offers, then you’ll be able to indulge yourself in a shirt or two which is cut to perfection and will become a real staple of your weekend wardrobe.
If you’re feeling a little more energetic or just feel like a stroll through the streets of London during your shopping trip extravaganza, then you can get to the shop on foot in a little under half an hour.