London shopping trip; Knightsbridge to Oxford Street!

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Happy Wednesday everyone – welcome to my latest blog post!

I’ve just had my first full weekend off work for a while and made the most of it by making plans and visiting friends. The highlight of my weekend was a London day trip which took place on Sunday and we had a fantastic time! Me and my family wanted to see some sights and start some Christmas shopping, and what better place to be to do both of those!

We caught an early Oxford Tube from Thornhill park and ride which took us directly to London via stops at Lewknor and Hillingdon. We chose to get off the coach at Marble Arch as we wanted to visit Knightsbridge first and this stop enabled us to get there in the quickest time without having to use the Underground. A short taxi ride took us right to the front door of Harrods, past Hyde Park and the renowned Dorchester Hotel, and we couldn’t wait to step inside the world famous department store when it’s doors opened at 11.30am.

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The last time I visited Harrods I was only 10 years old so didn’t fully appreciate the architecture of the interior, the sheer size and stature of the building and the multiple floors offering thousands of unique and beautiful gifts for the home and beyond. This time though I was blown away by everything in store and mesmerised by the beauty of the building itself. We started on the cosmetics floor and worked our way up through the confectionary, homeware and toy departments before arriving at the main attraction; the eagerly anticipated Christmas department! The Christmas store looked beautiful with thousands of pretty baubles lining the aisles and hundreds of festive items on display from stockings and personalised sacks to fairy lights and scented candles. The toy department was also a hit with us as we loved the huge stuffed animals and the wide range of gifts on offer for kids- it certainly made me relive my childhood looking at all the dollies and cuddly toys!

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We made a special trip down to the ground floor to take a look at the Diana and Dodi memorial that is displayed all year round. There is a large statue as well as a gold coated marble shrine with a wishing well and portraits of the couple. It was very poignant and looked absolutely beautiful, my mum was and still is a massive fan of Princess Diana so she particularly wanted to visit the shrine to pay her respects; I would certainly say that it’s worth a visit when spending time at Harrods.

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After we had spent a couple of hours in Knightsbridge we made our way back to Marble Arch to start our Christmas shopping on Oxford Street. We actually chose to walk there rather than get a taxi which made a nice change. We cut through Hyde Park passing the popular Winter Wonderland attraction and the famous Speakers Corner. After half an hour we arrived at Oxford Street ready for lunch when we finally sat down and stopped for lunch at Bella Italia on Duke Street! We zig zagged down the high street popping into all the well known stores including H&M, Forever 21, New Look, John Lewis, Accessorize, Gap and many more including small London tourist shops and the one and only Selfridges!

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Last but by no means least was a visit to the beautiful Disney store which I must admit I was definitely looking forward to! I always love visiting disney stores throughout the country, but the one on Oxford Street holds a special place in my heart for some unknown reason! I don’t know whether it’s the decor, the layout or the numerous character figurines but no other store in the UK quite compares for me. I loved seeing all the Christmas decorations and the Frozen theme throughout looked incredible.

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After we were all shopped out and tired from the walking we had done we walked back to Marble Arch to catch the Oxford Tube which took us straight back to Thornhill. I usually take advantage of the Underground when visiting London to make the most of the city and visit more of the sights, but as we were purely christmas shopping we decided not to stray too far and it made a nice change to walk everywhere! I’d definitely recommend catching the Oxford Tube if you want to stay near the Marble Arch area; with prices as low as £13 return for under 25s, children travelling for free on selected days and parking at £2 for up to 11 hours you really can’t go wrong with this option of travel for your day trip! The coaches are so frequent they run every 12-15 minutes throughout the week so you’ll never have to wait for too long.

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Overall I had a brilliant day trip to the capital, even though I didn’t fit in as much sight seeing as I wanted to I still got to experience the London ‘buzz’ which I love and I can’t wait for my next trip back to my favourite city in the world!

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My next adventure is to The Clothes Show Live in Birmingham’s NEC arena on 5th December which I am very excited about! In between then I will be posting some other blog updates so be sure to keep an eye out and I also have some brilliant news which I will share with you in due course… Watch this space!

Love Jess x

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