Undoubetdly one of the most magical things about London during this time of year are the department stores. The inner Buddy the Elf in me (or Kevin, or in fact Rowan Aktinson in Love Actaully) has a seriously soft spot for the twinkling lights, glossy and bustling shop floors and the chance of maybe spotting a certain Mr Claus peeking around in a secret grotto too. It’s not just about the shopping, but the buzz of the last minute rush and just soaking up the countdown to the final few days until Christmas.
This year I was lucky enough to be invited in to my favourite store in London, Selfridges, for a visit to the elves in their ‘Elfridges’ department- a cosy corner on their Christmas floor (or online), in which you can receive tailored personal shopping for every imaginable gift for every special person in your life. Naturally, all of this is done within your budget, to your tastes and to your timings- who said Christmas shopping was stressful? On top of that, Joe and I also stopped by their incredibly festive Forrest on the Roof– fuelled by cosy blankets, delicious dishes, logs, disco balls and all- to refuel after scouring the shop floor.
Okay, so I know there’s plenty more than one way to ‘give’ at Christmas (trust me it’s far more than a perfectly wrapped box or stuffed stocking) – but I do recommend popping by (even if it is just to catch their special festive performances most evenings)! I have also popped below a few of my other festive favourites in the city, if you want to inject a little bit of Christmas spirit during the last few days.