Top choice Department Store

in Kensington & Hyde Park
Image by Howard Kingsnorth / Getty Images
Image by Howard Kingsnorth / Getty Images

Garish and stylish in equal measure, perennially crowded Harrods is an obligatory stop for visitors, from the cash-strapped to the big spenders. The stock is astonishing, as are many of the price tags. Many visitors don't make it past the ground floor where designer bags, myriad scents from the perfume hall and the mouthwatering counters of the food hall provide plenty of entertainment.

The food hall actually makes for an excellent and surprisingly affordable option for a picnic in nearby Hyde Park, while for full-on kitsch the ‘Egyptian Elevator’ resembles something out of an Indiana Jones epic. Shop sales start at noon on Sundays.