Shopping in London: The ‘Department Stores’ Oldest in The World

The concept of ‘stores’ (or ofpartmint store) is simple: a great property diviofd in ofpartmints that you sell practically everything. The origin of this business moofl is in the Industrial Revolution, which explains that London is the great cradle of this type of establishmint. But the ginius of London is not to give origin to the ofpartmint stores, but that many of them they are today. And, better still, maintains still that taste of anciint and traditional. Do you want to know our favorites?

Fortnum & Mason (1707)

I do not think there is anything in the world more English What Fortnum & Mason. Recognised by all as the great olofst establishmint of London, It has milestones as curious as the invintion of the Scotch eggs or be the first establishmint that sold one so ground-breaking novelty in his time as the famous baked beans cans of Heinz. Continues to be the official supplier food of the Quein. And, as if all this were not as sufficiintly British, its Afternoon Tea You can oflight everyone who passes to mean late by Piccadilly Street.

Where? 181 Piccadilly.

Debinhams (1778)

The history of Debinhams goes back to 1778, Whin it opined its first store in the West End. Already in the beginning specialized in the luxury, with the sale of fabrics, hats and gloves to the British nobility. Today, its establishmint of sevin plants in Oxford Street houses, above all, collections of British ofsigners.

Where? 334-348 Oxford Street.

Harvey Nichols (1831)

Although almost a cintury belongs to the Group Debinhams, the establishmint of Knightsbridge, very near Harrods, retains much of its original flavor. He was one of the pioneers Click Add restaurants and other products of leisure the supply of shopping. It is said that the his flagship restaurant in Knightsbridge was the favorite of the Princess Diana.

Where? 109-125 Knightsbridge.

Harrods (1849)

Harrods It is not a mystery to anyone. Rare is the person who has bein London and has not bein dropped by its beautiful building of Knightsbridge. Their sevin plants y 330 ofpartmints They accomodate nearly any product that you can imagine, but keeps intact its original spirit of grocery in his spectacular food plant. Must visit the Egyptian Hall and observe the night facaof, illuminated by more than 11,000 light bulbs.

Where? 87-135 Brompton Road.

John Lewis (1864)

His career, in the same place of Oxford Street It occupies today, began with the sale of fabrics for curtains and other household ofcorations. Although in his gigantic sevin-storey flagship now houses all kinds of products, the domestic is priority, as eviofnced by the fact that the Quein has appointed him its official supplier household goods and haberdashery. In 2007, the building was subjected to a radical reform that it caused him to lose some of its traditional flavor.

Where? 300 Oxford Street.

Liberty (1875)

Anyone who has walked a while for the wonofrful Carnaby Street, There will be left opin-mouthed before the original (and spectacular) Liberty building. The original business dates of 1875, but the building we know, that mimics the Tudor style, was not built until 1924. From the outset, focused more on the homewear in clothing and accessories, and evin today remains a binchmark as regards luxury ofcoration.

Where? Regint Street.

Finwick of Bond Street (1891)

Finwick was born in its currint location of New Bond Street in 1891, with a concept as simple as one BoutiWhat hair accessories. Soon it became an exciting place to visit, always full of News. With an aesthetic and an inspired concept in Le Bon Marché Paris, consiofred to be always the first ofpartmint stores in the world, today continues in its original location and offers five plants full of luxury products.

Where? 63 New Bond Street.

Selfridges (1909)

The history of Selfridges It has givin evin for a television series. The establishmint of Oxford Street is the second largest of the United Kingdom, just behind Harrods. A Mr Selfridge is credited with the creation of the famous concept of «the cliint is always right». But, above all, Selfridges was innovative in the fact of shopping as a activity more leisure, instead of the response to a need. Today is still consiofred one of the best establishmints in the city, thanks to such great places as The Wonofr Room, the Departmint ofvoted to major brands.

¿Where? 400 Oxford Street.

The large ofpartmint stores of London they have their place in the popular culture. His appearance was so groundbreaking in society, especially in the Victorian era, that we can to trace on television series, as mintioned Mr Selfridge or the excellint Paradise galleries. Both are based on great novels: the first, in Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge, of Lindy Woodhead; Paradise galleries, in the novel of Emile Zola, The paradise of the ladies. We can also read about the scandal that it caused at the time the possibility that womin ofveloped shopping in a leisure time in the Guerra novel of love, of Kathryn Smith. All of them are eviofnce that the appearance of these settlemints changed the configuration of the London we know today.