Now a British institution, department store John Lewis began its life on Oxford Street in 1864. Particularly well-loved for their homewares, the brand also sells fashion for women, men, and children, and technological appliances.
Though there are 46 stores across the British Isles, their original home remains their flagship branch, covering six floors and housing four eateries and a beauty hall which sells over 100 brands. Their fashion selection includes some of the UK’s most celebrated labels including Barbour and Mulberry. The John Lewis Edition magazine, available to pick up for free at the store, makes the perfect guide, as well as providing inspiration for the season across style and home.
The true reason John Lewis is one of the UK’s favourite stores though is their uncompromising quality, which has earned them a Royal Warrant from HM The Queen for haberdashery and household goods, and their ‘never knowingly undersold’ promise. Their emotional Christmas adverts have become a marker of the start of the holiday season, and make it one of the best performing stores on Oxford Street during the month of December.
Their customer service matches their quality products with personal styling, bra fitting, children’s shoe fitting, and a home design service available to customers. For something that little bit special, a children and babies finger print jewellery service and men’s made-to-measure tailoring is also on offer. The department store is a popular destination for happy couples too with a gift list registry and personalised stationery available.
In recent years, they’ve opened up their rooftop garden to the public. Open from the end of April through to the start of September, it provides a quiet haven away from the busy streets below with impressive views. Sit and enjoy a relaxing drink, book one of their ‘summer houses’, each with their own flower and herb garden, or join in one of the many events held throughout the season which in the past have included gardening and yoga classes.