Shops: Christmas gifts at Liberty London Homegirl London December 13, 2013 Shops In the run up to Christmas I’ll be reviewing some of London’s finest stores in a bid to help you find suitable Christmas gifts. The shop I’m taking a look at today is Liberty London situated on Regent Street, London W1 which is just perfect for buying Christmas gifts for quirky, curious, individual and eccentric people. Liberty London was founded in 1875 by Arthur Lasenby Liberty. Arthur travelled the world looking for unique and eclectic products to excite his discerning clientele. He started off small selling ornaments, fabrics and interesting objects from Japan and the East. As his business grew he bought more properties to expand his empire which resulted in the construction of the iconic Tudor building in 1924. The black wooden timbers came from two ships – HMS impregnable and Hindustan. It’s such a lovely store which is almost like shopping in a grand house, especially when you walk up the stair case which creaks beneath your feet. If you’re after Christmas gift ideas for men, then you should definitely start your tour at the Lower Ground which houses men’s fashion collections, accessories and shoes; Christopher Kane, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Raf Simons plus many more. A couple of things I spotted which might be of interest are the Sandqvist Bag – £134 and the Brooks Leather Bicycle Saddle Bag – £60. Murdock London has a barbers and men’s grooming salon in the basement so you could always buy a gift certificate if you can’t find a suitable Christmas present. Christmas Gift Ideas for Men, Liberty London, Sandqvist Bag Christmas Gift Ideas for Men, Liberty London, Brooks Leather Bicycle Saddle Bag Head up to the Ground Floor where you’ll find stationery, chocolate, fragrance, beauty, cosmetics and fashion accessories; sunglasses, scarves and handbags. I’ve picked out a couple of beauty items for you to consider as Christmas gifts for women; Bigelow Lemon Body Cream – £58, Liberty Soaps – £16, Liberty Rose and Lemon Rind Hand Lotion – £15 and the Liberty Rose and Lemon Hand Wash – £14. Christmas Gift Ideas for Women, Liberty London, Bigelow Lemon Body Cream Christmas Gift Ideas for Women, Liberty London, Liberty Soaps Christmas Gift Ideas for Women, Liberty London, Liberty Rose and Lemon Rind Hand Lotion and Liberty Rose and Lemon Rind Hand Wash You’ll also find Liberty print Christmas gifts on the Ground Floor like this large Liberty Journal – £19.95, large Liberty Wallet – £195 and Liberty Scarves – approximately £150 depending on design. Christmas Gift Ideas for Women, Liberty London, Liberty Journal Christmas Gift Ideas for Women, Liberty London, Liberty Wallet Christmas Gift Ideas for Women, Liberty London, Liberty Scarves There is also a large chocolate and confectionery department on the Ground Floor where you’ll find plenty of interesting brands, like the Amelia Rope chocolate bars – £11.95. Christmas Gift Ideas, Liberty London, Amelia Rope Chocolate Bars The First Floor houses fashion brands for women; designer essentials, contemporary luxury, denim, shoes, etc. Fashion designers include; Lulu and Co, Folk, Alexandra Wang, Sophie Hume, Helmut Lang, Rag and Bone, etc. The Second Floor features women’s designer classics by designers like; Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham. The Café Library is situated on the Second Floor which is worth a visit. I enjoyed a goat’s cheese, fig and caramelised red onion tart with side salad for £12.95. Breakfast is served 10am until 12pm. Lunch between 12pm and 3pm and afternoon tea from 3pm until 6pm. On Sunday brunch is served 12pm until 4pm and afternoon tea from 3pm until 5pm. Liberty London, Café Library Meal Floor Three showcases Liberty Fabrics and Liberty Prints, the Bath Shop, Dining Room and Gift Room plus Children’s Clothing. The Bath Shop has some lovely products, like these Il Frutteto Citron and Bergamot Soaps – £4.25. Christmas Gift Ideas, Liberty London, Il Frutteto Citron and Bergamot Soaps Floor Four is home to quirky, eccentric and curious Christmas Gifts like the Fornasetti Plate – £139, Phrenology by L.N. Fowler – £59.95 and the Tea Set for One in a Case – £75. Check out the Cookshop for Falcon Enamelware and Emma Bridgewater products. Christmas Gift Ideas, Liberty London, Fornasetti Plate Christmas Gift Ideas, Liberty London, Phrenology by L.N. Fowler Christmas Gift Ideas, Liberty London, Tea Set for One in Case Arts and crafts, carpets, rugs, lighting and furnish fabrics can be found on the Fourth Floor. The Christmas Shop is also situated here which stocks decorations, toys, sweets and branded Liberty food products like the Liberty London Strawberry Jam – £5.95. Liberty London Christmas Shop Christmas Gift Ideas, Liberty London, Strawberry Jam That’s it for the tour. I hope you found an array of amazing goodies to buy. The address is Regent Street, London W1B 5AH. Opening times are Monday to Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm. The website is www.liberty.co.uk. Credits: text and images by Homegirl London.