My Favourite Big Stores

I judge my favourite stores by the likelihood of me going in there and coming out with something I hadn’t intended to buy. From that point of view, Selfridges and London’s flagship bookstore Foyles are impossible to beat, because there’ll always be something you didn’t know you needed. As a child, Hamley’s toy store, with […]

This Is London, We Don’t Do Service

Go to New York, buy an expensive present and ask to get it gift-wrapped. It will be returned moments later in immaculate folds of paper and bows with a card attached. Ask for gift-wrapping in a London department store and the shop assistant will look at you as if you have delivered a cheque to […]