One of London’s oldest and most distinctive department stores is Liberty, and even though the Duchess of Cambridge hasn’t been spotted there, I’d be surprised if she’s a stranger to its hallowed halls.So, if you’re planning a trip to Regent Street to shop like Kate (see my last blog post here!), then you should definitely take the time to pop into Liberty, which is just around the corner, and is one of the most delightful pit stops you could make!One of the first things you need to do is make your way to the entranceway, where you’ll see a glorious display of seasonal blooms – perfect for a quick snap!Then make your way into the main hall, which is full of Liberty’s famous prints! The department store was founded in 1875, making this Liberty’s 140th year – hence the beautiful displays when I visited. In this area you can pick up scarves from loads of fabulous designers, including Alexander McQueen.Also, make sure to check out the millinery on the ground floor – there are always a great selection of hats and headdresses, perfect if you’re off to a summer wedding or maybe the races! The ground floor is also where you’ll find beauty, and Liberty prints on bags, stationery and other small items.Definitely make it a point to explore the downstairs area, as there are lots of opportunities to make small purchases, whether it’s some fantastic wrapping paper (no, seriously!), scented candles, or maybe some gorgeous or unique confectionery.The ground floor is also home to some luxury jewellery and designer bags, including wares from McQueen, Mulberry and Anya Hindmarch.Because Liberty is so small, and space is limited, the staff have to edit their wares concisely, meaning that you get the pick of the best from the latest collections from a range of incredible designers. There are very few places to window shop that are quite as much fun as Liberty! (And, so far, we’ve only begun to discuss the bottom floor – we’ll leave the rest of the store for you to discover when you visit! How’s that for incentive?!)
Visit the site at www.liberty.co.uk, and find the store’s main entrance on Great Marlborough Street, just off Regent Street.