Selfridges is a large department store which has its flagship store in Oxford Street, London but also has stores in Manchester and Birmingham. The London store was opened in 1909 and is an impressive building on the busy thoroughfare in Oxford Street. If travelling by tube you can either get off at Marble Arch or Bond Street as it is a short walking distance from both.
The store has impressive large windows with some amazing window displays. The window displays aren’t the kind that you see something you’d like to wear and that makes you want to go in but they are the kind that make you stop and look. On my last visit the windows were themed with a grecian theme with lovely white dresses and huge big pillars.
Many people living in London probably take Selfridges a bit for granted but although we have department stores where I live they are nowhere near the same scale as Selfridges. When I walk into the shop I am just struck by the sheer size of it. The perfume and beauty hall is just immense, it is almost a little to big and you don’t know where to start.
The shop pretty much sells everything, not quite the kitchen sink but close enough. There are certainly a wide range of products and prices to suit a wide range of budgets too. There is perfume, cosmetics, handbags (gorgeous gorgeous but very expensive handbags!), clothes (lots and lots of lovely clothes), kitchen utensils, china, books, luggage, gifts, toys, pet accessories, candles pretty much everything you would want in a department store.
The shop is spread out over 6 floors. The Lower Ground Floor includes a bookshop, luggage and the cook shop. The Ground Floor includes fragrance, beauty, stationery, the foodhall and women’s street fashion which is geared more to the younger women including clothes from high street stores and labels like Lipsy. The First Floor is the Menswear, Men’s shoes and accessories. The Second Floor is the for the Ladies, including designer wear, clothes, shoes and accessories. The Third Floor has lingerie and also childrenswear. Finally up on the Fourth Floor is furniture, lighting and bedding.
The clothing departments are really large both for men and for women although the women do get the larger space! There are clothes for most budgets from the more high street store fashions on the ground floor to the high end designers upstairs.
The shop has lots of toilets and they seem to be on every floor unlike the department stores where I live where the toilets always seem to be tucked away on the top floor and have huge queues. There are also several places to stop and have a drink, snack or something more substantial to eat.
The store is open 7 days a week. On Mondays to Saturdays it is open from 9.30am to 8pm with late night opening on a Thursday to 9pm. On Sundays it opens from 11.30am to 6pm although you can’t actual purchase anything until 12noon.
I have always visited the store when I have been on holiday and have gone midweek when the store is much quieter. Its much better if you want any assistance with anything. On my first visit when walking through the beauty hall an assistant at one of the counters asked if I would like my make-up done. I then got my make-up done with her teaching me the techniques at the same time and there was no pressure to buy although I did end up buying some eyeliner and a brush as I really liked the effect.
The Cookshop is great if like me you like little gadgets and accessories for the kitchen. They have a large selection of lovely Alessi accessories which are really great. They also quite often have cooking demonstrations and when I was there last they had been making chocolate cake to demonstrate the silicone bakeware and the smell filled the area, yum!
Selfridges is a really nice department store that gives a lovely shopping experience and is a great place to browse even if you don’t actually buy anything. My purse is probably quite thankful though that there isnt a Selfridges near me or I might be popping in too regularly!
Despite being opposite Starbucks and 5 minutes from HMV, both of these stores have an outlet inside Selfridges. Their magazines and newspapers are supplied by WH Smith, so it’s a coming together of several places to make the whole. There is also a branch of EAT and Yo Sushi as well as Square Pie inside and lots of concessions of clothing brands and other brands eg homewares and beauty.
They have some rare and exclusive items but these come with the prerequisite extortionate price tag. It’s possible to spend a day inside here, and your life’s savings although the sales period can have some very generous reductions.
You can also get clothes altered here, and there is a service to find the best jeans to fit you as it can be very daunting with all those many brands.
Selfridges is HUGE. Its the centre of attention along Oxford St. The outside of Selfridges is very impressive, and the first time you walk in you will think wow.
The stores sell more of less everything you could want, and the food hall is a must place to visit, the food will blow you away. If you’ve never been before, you may get a little lost as it has 7 floors.
I buy all my make up from Selfriges, its always in stock, and the staff are just amazing, they go above and beyond every time.
If your a lover of shoes, handbags, and make up, this this is the shop for you. I don’t know how many times i have looked at the bags and shoes and just wanted to get the credit card out, they are all so stunning.
A great place to visit on a trip to London.
Huge London department store, everything under one roof (sometimes at a price). Books, luggage, cookware, gifts, fashion, stationery (great choice of magazines from around the world).
I can spend hours here wandering around, but my favourite is the food hall, you can get some fantastic take away food here (for around the same price as most takeaways but without the wastage because you order the right amount!), Indian, Chinese, Japanese, seafood), so you can treat yourself every now and then.
High street fashion and designer fashion, great shoe department. There are a couple of bars too if you fancy putting your feet up with a glass of something and a snack.
Obviously quite expensive and quite overpriced in some cases, but check out their sales, which can be pretty amazing. Last year I bought a beautiful silk skirt reduced from £395 to £39 and it’s superb quality. I’d also recommend buying pretty much anything from the food hall, from the beautifully decorated cakes to the proper Italian ice cream. You can also buy food from all over the world here- but at a premium. Just before Christmas I saw a box of Oreo cookies on sale at £6.95! I’d also thoroughly recommend taking children there to see Santa at Christmas, it’s free and for the past two years it’s featured a train that goes though Lapland before arriving at Santa’s grotto (note: this may not be so good for smarter kids who realise that there are in fact two Santa’s grottos.)
2nd only to Harrods as a department store in London. Good choice of goods that can be found cheaper elsewhere usually but worth browsing to find what you want before hitting the net to place an order with another vendor. Although in the sales it can be a place to pick up something you have had your eye on.
You must visit this place if you like food. Their food hall is brilliant. It is similar to Harrods but at much lower prices and without the ponched up packaging.
This shop is placed in a huge building and probably has everything you could possibly want in one store, of course you could get everything cheaper elsewhere but handy if you have the cash to splurge. I dont, but it was nice to have a look at Prada bags and Tiffany jewellery. We did spend a lot in the food bit though. They have a lovely bakery where I bought several cupcakes which were delicious and not extortionally priced.
Place to shop and eat in town, although not the cheapest.
Good designer brands and they also have great food hall downstairs. It is easy to get lost however they offer a free personal shopper service- on request, which is very convenient to use and saves time.
This is an excellent store. Full of designer labels, and American treats. You need to go in and have a look around, it’s all very well set out, you will need to have saved up too, it’s quite expensive, but if you can get there Boxing day, usually when the sales start, you should definately get some good bargains then.
Oxford Street is the street for serious shoppers, so if you’re there go in and have a look around.
If you make your way through the food hall towards the krispy kreme counter, there’s a little selection of imported US food (lucky charms cereal for about £7, no less), cookie and pancake mixes, and even egg nog. It’s my first stop when buying presents for my American friends, and it’s their favourite place on oxford street!!
Excellent department store. Whenever I am in London I like shoping in Selfridges . Very spacious very good layout of the store and many items for reach and famous. I recommend all visitors in London to visit Selfridges.
The Web site should have been more advanced. The address and visit hours are not enough for people that can now shop on line. More photos of good products and prices will be very appreciated.
The excellent departmeent store. Selfridges London should be proud that they have such an excellent store. One of the best in the world. I added the store to the most luxurious stores in the world.
There are two reasons for visiting Selfridges. If you are an Art Deco enthusiast, this large department store near the Marble Arch/Hyde Park area will have you mesmerized by the decorative touches both on the inside and outside of the building.
It is one of the best examples of the period architecture when it comes to buildings still used for their original purpose.
The other reason to visit are the excellent shopping opportunities that await inside. There is a huge range of fashion, cosmetics and homeware items on offer, ranging from high-street to top-end luxury brands. The food hall is also worth visiting, as it offers excellent dining options for lunch/early dinner.
There is a women’s hair and beauty salon situated on the third floor, which I sometimes visit for special-occasion hairstyling.
This store is one of my favourite shopping venues, as it offers luxury without a trace of snobishness or 'exclusivity’.
I usually finish by picking up some wonderful freshly-baked cupcakes in the bakery section.
Just came back from Selfriges for a bit of Christmas shopping. It’s a great store with a wide variety of products to choose from. A word of warning - this place is slighly more expensive than the usual high street store, however there are some great bargains during the winter / summer sale.
If your idea of heaven is wandering round large superstores then this will be a treat. However if you prefer something smaller and more intimate then steer clear.
I always seem to get lost in this place - somehow I go looking for the womens wear on the ground floor, the one with Top Shop and the like. On the postive side if you have better sense of direction than I do, there is something for everyone - you could even do all your christmas shopping under one roof!
The food hall is a must. I enjoy just wandering around looking. Yum. Not cheap though.
Being smack bang in the middle of shopping center in London, along Oxford Street, it gets really really busy.
Selfridges is a classy store with a lot of energy inside so needs a lot of energy from you to survive a visit. Packed with stock – mostly at the top of the price range and usually packed with customers which makes even the simplest search for an item take ages. Food Hall is excellent (if you have the cash) but again be prepared for crowds and confusion. Staff are well presented and seemed to be chosen for their good looks and style over service – I’ve always found it impossible to engage with them in any meaningful way. Located at the top end of Oxford Street so easy to get to if you can face the nightmare street walk and packed tube stations nearby.
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