The holiday retail madness is truly upon us and nowhere is that more evident that in central London. While the decorations are lovely, you admire them at your own peril if you try to stop for a brief second in the non-stop flow of holiday shoppers on the sidewalks of the busiest streets.
Admittedly, I’m still behind on my Christmas shopping, but have made significant progress with a recent stop to Fortnum & Mason, a true London institution on par with Harrods, but far less maze-like.
Roaming around the pricey stores at New Bond Street, I managed to swing by Fortnum the other day and get several stocking-fillers and even some treats for myself – ’tis the season and all that jazz. While the store is definitely upmarket, there’s something for everyone and the food department has plenty to offer with beautiful packaging that elevates those shortbread for Grandma from being basic, buttery biscuits to Fortnum & Mason buttery biscuit (insert elderly enthusiasm here).
Should you be in the neighborhood, make sure to swing by and also check out the menswear section on the top floor in case your own Christmas list needs a bit of inspiration. Conveniently, Jermyn street runs right behind the store, so if you need a rest from the crowds inside, you can always pop in to Hackett, Crockett & Jones, John Lobb or several of the other menswear outposts there for a slightly less hectic shopping experience.