Dónde ir de compras en Londres

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La realeza británica siempre se ha distinguido por su estilo elegante y atemporal, en parte, gracias al rico legado sartorial y comercial de Londres; pero además de tiendas de ropa en las que hacerse con las últimas tendencias, la capital tiene mucho que ofrecer. Descubra los mejores comercios en los que darse un capricho en Londres, tanto si su perdición son los deportes de diseñador como si es amante de la lectura y las obras literarias emblemáticas.

Los clásicos

Fortnum & Mason

Ideal para... los amantes de la gastronomía anglófila

The lowdown: A food mecca since 1707, Fortnum & Mason’s flagship Piccadilly store is a must-visit for lovers of coffee and condiments: it has won several royal warrants for its products, many of which were sent out in hampers to British soldiers during both world wars. Fill your shopping basket with sweet treats on the ground floor, then head up to the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon for a spot of afternoon tea – the perfect pick-me-up between shopping. Visit mid-week when it’s easier to get a table.

If you only buy one thing: Grab a jar of Fortnum’s Piccadilly Honey – it’s made by bees dwelling in pagoda hives on top of the store – plus a olive wood and sterling silver honey drizzler for something to treasure forever.

¿Dónde? 181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER. Tome las líneas Victoria, Jubilee o Piccadilly hasta la estación de metro de Green Park.

  • Adquiera algún artículo de la gastronomía británica en la sección de alimentos de Fortnum’s (como lo llaman los locales)

    Viaje al pasado

    Opposite Fortnum & Mason, you’ll find the majestic Burlington Arcade complete with the world’s oldest and smallest police force, the Burlington Beadles.

    Descubra Londres
  • Hágase con algunas de las fabulosas telas de los almacenes Liberty de Londres

    Compre como si fuera Jagger

    Salga de los almacenes Liberty por la salida trasera para explorar los lugares de interés y las tiendas de la famosa Carnaby Street, o vaya a tomar una copa y algo de picar en la cercana galería comercial Kingly Court.

    Explore la ciudad
  • Los emblemáticos almacenes Harrods son el telón de fondo ideal para hacerse una foto si es su primer viaje a Londres © Alex Segre / Alamy Stock Photo

    Visita relámpago

    No se preocupe si se le ha olvidado algo; Harrods fue uno de los primeros grandes almacenes del mundo que abrió sucursales de sus tiendas en los aeropuertos. La tienda insignia de la marca se encuentra en el aeropuerto de Londres Heathrow, Terminal 5.

    Vuele a Londres


Best for… Luxury lovers

The lowdown: Harrods is a 4.5-acre empire of designer goods, and the ultimate shopping destination for fashion and accessories in London. But it’s worth visiting even if you aren’t planning on investing in a Chanel bag: the store has over 300 departments including a food hall, a pet shop and a toy kingdom. The interior is also spectacular – think art deco-style lifts and Egyptian-themed escalators flanked by ornately carved pillars and a gold sphinx statue.

If you only buy one thing: Keep it quintessentially British and choose a Wedgwood teacup and saucer set – an elegant memento that’s small enough to fit in a carry-on bag.

¿Dónde? 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL. Tome la línea Piccadilly hasta la estación de metro de Knightsbridge.

Liberty London

Best for… Curious curios

The lowdown: Walking through the doors of Liberty’s imposing Tudor facade is like simultaneously stepping into a historic London shopping landmark and an eastern bazaar: its nooks and crannies are filled with the most delightful trinkets and treasures. A brilliant place to pick up lotions and potions from niche beauty brands, the department store also has an amazing array of classic Liberty floral printed items, including scarves, bags and notebooks. Head there for brunch in Arthur's Cafe on a Saturday morning at 10:00, leaving you with plenty of browsing time afterwards.

If you only buy one thing: Pick up a Liberty Alphabet Silk Scarf with your initial on it for a touch of luxury personalisation without having to pay extra for a monogram.

Where? 208-222 Regent Street, W1B 5AH. Take the Jubilee, Bakerloo or Central line to Oxford Circus tube station

  • Déjese seducir por los agradables productos para el cuidado corporal de Aesop

    Tiendas pop-up

    A short distance from Redchurch Street, you’ll find Boxpark: the world’s first pop-up shopping complex with street food and shops housed in repurposed shipping containers.

    Sabor londinense
  • Sunspel Shoreditch is the company’s original London store © Mariell Lind Hansen

    East End delights

    Shoreditch is a buzzing district in London packed with quirky bars, shops and cafes.

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  • Labour and Wait was established in 2000 in East London © Dave Rowswell

    Beloved boutiques

    London is full of independent cafes and shops – discover more hidden gems around the city.

    Curious London

Tesoros ocultos

Redchurch Street

Best for… Hip homeware hounds

The lowdown: This East London street is a hotbed of quirky, independent stores and boutique brands. Pop into Sunspel for luxury fashion and Aesop for beauty products. Be sure to make a stop at Labour and Wait: the emerald-green store has a cult following among cool homeware-loving Londoners in the know. The curated homewares are both utilitarian and attractive – where else could you pick up a glass jar of lavender water that looks straight out of an apothecary and a mini log cabin burner that emits balsam fir smoke through its chimney?

Si solo compra una cosa: esta cafetera japonesa de color mostaza y del estilo de la década de 1970 es ideal para animar la mesa de su cocina en el desayuno.

¿Dónde? Tome el tren de cercanía (Overground) a Shoreditch High Street.

  • Haga sus compras de zapatillas en Sneaker Space dentro del Mercado de Dover Street

    Alimento para el pensamiento

    After all that shopping, you’ll be in need of refuelling and refreshment - walk into China Town or nearby Soho for some of the capital’s best dining experiences. Fly to London from:€77 return

    Reserve sus vuelos

Mercado de Dover Street

Ideal para… los amantes del calzado deportivo con estilo

The lowdown: Dover Street Market, both a shop and an exhibition space, was one of the world’s first concept stores. Originally opening on Dover Street in Mayfair (hence the name), the beautiful store now sits on Haymarket in the West End. The set up is essentially lots of shops within a shop – designers change seasonally – and each brand has its own visual space. Don’t miss the ‘sneaker’ lounge, where you can buy limited-edition collaborations from the likes of Adidas, Nike and Common Projects. Be sure to visit at the weekend when there’s a bit more of a buzz.

If you only buy one thing: A pair of Comme des Garcons Play Converse trainers, featuring artist Filip Pagowski’s iconic red heart logo – guaranteed to put a spring in your step.

Where? 18-22 Haymarket, SW1Y 4DG. Take the Bakerloo or Piccadilly line to Piccadilly Circus tube station.