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Finding The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift In London’s Department Stores

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Finding a Mother’s Day gift can be extremely challenging. The idea of strolling around the shops, looking for clue after clue about what to buy is a nightmare. Fortunately, London’s department stores will be well-prepared for the Mother’s Day rush, providing plenty of inspiration the second you step through their doors.

Harrods

Harrods is probably London’s most well-known upmarket department store and is located on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge. It was established more than 160 years ago and is known for its boutiques of super-brands, many of which have products that are exclusive to Harrods. The food halls have a wide range of luxurious teas, chocolates and fresh foods. Perfect if you’re looking for unique culinary delights.

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Selfridges

Selfridges is one of the world’s finest department stores. It is located on Oxford Street and has six floors of floor space spanning 10 acres. The store contains the world’s largest department for denim, which always has stock of over 11,000 pairs of jeans. With high-end fashion, jewellery and electronics, there are plenty of opportunities to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols is one of London’s most prestigious department stores and owned by the Debenhams chain. It is located on Sloane Street in Knightsbridge, close to its main rival, Harrods. For brand name merchandise there’s no better place. With over 200 of the world’s most desirable fashion brands, it’s vast selection is unrivalled.

Liberty

Liberty is situated inside a huge Tudor building on Regent Street. All of the products in store are cutting edge and unique, making it the perfect department store if you’re looking something truly original. Liberty shoppers literally travel the world looking for designers worthy of the Liberty label; therefore, the five floors of fashion accessories, beauty products, home-ware and antiques won’t just adorn common brand names, but would have been carefully sourced from around the globe.

Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason is a food hall that’s located in Piccadilly. It was established over 300 years ago and still retains many of its pre-war features. The Royal Family have been known to frequent the establishment, which demonstrates how luxurious their product line is. While the selection of perfumes, furniture and home-ware pales in comparison to some of London’s other, larger department stores, the food and glutinous delights are unbeatable. With a vast selection of hampers and delicacies, there’s no better place if you’re buying for a foodie.

Each of London’s department stores offer a unique shopping experience that simply cannot be compared to the other. While some are better for unique products that you wouldn’t find on the high street, others are more suitable for common luxury brands. Regardless of where you go, you will almost certainly find a gift of impeccable quality and style.

If you’re completely lost for ideas or would rather buy a memorable experience, consider a trip on The London Helicopter. There are selection of sightseeing offers available, each providing a unique perspective of the city and nearby sights.

5 West End Shows That Everybody’s Talking About

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No visit to London would be complete without watching some world-class musical theatre. Along with Broadway, the West End is home to some of the greatest venues on the globe. Here are five highly decorated shows that will continue running throughout the upcoming season.

The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre

Ten years ago nobody would have predicted that the makers of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, would create a musical that would win nine Tony Awards. This controversial stage show is about two Mormon missionaries who are trying to share the Book of Mormon to Ugandan locals amidst a brutal war. After receiving rave reviews from critics on Broadway, the Book of Mormon is now receiving critical acclaim in London’s West End. Ticket prices start at £36 per person.

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Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre

Les Miserables is one of the most successful theatre productions in the world. It has been translated in over 22 languages, performed in more than 44 countries, and seen by over 70 million people. Set among the backdrop of 19th-century France, the story of Jean Valjean is a classic tale of love, passion and redemption. Songs featured include “I dreamed a dream”, “One Day More” and “Bring Him Home.” Tickets prices start at £29 per person.

The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre

Everyone knows and loves the Disney classic. The Lion King is an uplifting story about the young cub Simba, and his journey to the throne. The musical features music and lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice; 25 species of animal, portrayed by actors and puppets; and some of the best costume design and special effects in the history of theatre. Ticket prices start at £35 per person.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of the newest mainstream productions to hit the West End. Based on the Roald Dahl classic, this dark tale about a young boy called Charlie Bucket and the eccentric Willy Wonka, will dazzle all of your senses. The production is brought to life with music and lyrics from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Ticket prices start at just £17 per person.

Wicked at the Apollo Victoria

Wicked is a story about the early life of the witches from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It is one of the most popular West End musicals ever made, and has entranced theatregoers since it premièred in 2006. It has now won over 90 international awards and has broken numerous box office records. Ticket prices start at £23 per person.

If you’d rather watch a smaller production, there are also plenty of fringe theatres in the West End to explore, each offering something completely different. Whether you’d like a rough, off the wall drama or a whimsical, magical fairytale, there’s always something for everyone.

Are you more about the atmosphere than the shows themselves? To see the West End and the beautiful theatres in all their glory, consider taking a trip on The London Helicopter.

Romantic Valentine’s Day Hotspots in Central London

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Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is approaching. If you haven’t already started making plans, best get to work. February 14th is one of the busiest days of the year with restaurants, cinemas and theatres packed to the rafters. Don’t wait any longer! If you’re struggling for ideas, consider the following options.

The London Helicopter

If you really want to get in your partner’s good books and give them a Valentine’s Day that they will never forget, book a trip on The London Helicopter. There’s nothing more romantic than flying over the city and then enjoying a nice post-flight glass of bubbly.

The London Helicopter are offering an exclusive discount for couples on Valentine’s Day 2018! Find details of the offer here: The London Helicopter – Valentine’s Day 2018 Offer

The Royal Observatory

The Royal Observatory in Greenwich will once again host an evening of romantic star gazing this Valentine’s Day. Here, you are your partner can look through an 18 tonne Victorian telescope while enjoying a nice glass of champagne. Tickets are just £30 and there are two available timeslots throughout the evening.

The London Eye

Imagine the look on your partner’s eye when you’re both gracefully rotating high above the River Thames. The Coca Cola London Eye is the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel at a whopping 135 metres. As a modern symbol of England’s capital, taking a ride on Valentine’s Day seems fitting for the occasion. To make the experience extra special, consider renting out your own private capsule, complete with champagne and truffles.

The Shard

The Shard was the winner of the Mills & Boon’s Romantic View award 2015. Here you and your partner can watch London light up throughout the night on the 244 metre high viewing platform. This Valentine’s Day doors will stay open until midnight, with the last entry at 10.30pm. To make this experience extra special by proposing, there is even a marriage concierge service that will ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible.

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City Cruises

If you’re looking for something to do during the day, consider taking your date on the Valentine’s Afternoon Tea City Cruise. Here you can sample traditional sandwiches, pastries and scones, while sipping tea and watching the city drift by. Just for the occasion, City Cruises has also hired a live jazz band that will play a romantic set list along the way.

Kew Gardens

The Princess of Wales Conservatory in Kew Gardens will host a special Valentine’s Day event where you and your partner can enjoy the vibrant tropical flowers after sundown. Between 6pm and 9pm the glasshouse is illuminated with a mystical display of colours and art installations. After walking the romantic trail, you also have the option to partake in a Latin American dance class.

The Love Bus

On the Love Bus Valentine’s Day tour, you can view London’s most famous landmarks – including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye – from an open-topped bus, while a live singer performs on board. All tickets come with a cosy blanket, two miniature bottles of Bucks Fizz and a box of chocolates.

 

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