Luxury Christmas Shopping in London

J. Floris Ltd. at No.89

An even older establishment, Floris dates back to 1730, when a barber emigrated from Menorca and set up shop here. The seventh generation of his family carries on the business. You’ll find cologne, soaps, and bath essence and unusual toilet accessories. Toothbrushes inlaid with mother-of-pearl or lapis lazuli share a shelf with extravagant swansdown powder puffs and tiny combs for moustaches.

Geo F.Trumper at No.20

This tiny barber’s shop is known as the gentlemen’s perfumer. They have been manufacturing toilet waters and perfumes since the middle of the 19th century. There is a barber shop in the basement that has been here since the 1930’s. Almost anything in this shop would make a marvellous gift. There are traditional shaving mugs, razors with carved horn handles, and an incredible collection of shaving brushes made from badger hair, which is said to be the absolute best for shaving.

Bates the Hatter at No.21a

For the person who has everything, why not buy an Indiana Jones wide-brimmed felt hat . This shop is little-changed since the turn of the century. Its biggest sellers are beautiful Panamas. Although a men’s hatter, many of their hats also appeal to women – their caps and felt hats make attractive fashion

Turnbull & Asser at No.71

Famous for classic-cut shirts in both silk and cotton, this shop is shirtmaker to the Prince of Wales. Many other famous people are patrons and their signed photographs line the rear walls of the shop.

Exclusive fabrics are used for their shirts and made-to-measure shirts don’t come cheap.They also sell ties in English woven silks, boxer shorts made of shirting materials, pajamas, dressing gowns, socks in natural fabrics and brilliantly coloured silk scarves. The Christmas gift par excellence would be a silk-lined cashmere dressing gown.

R.E. Tricker at No.67

Tricker has been making shoes since 1829. They sell handmade shoes for men that are made to last. They are expensive but they will see you through at least a decade. Nonetheless, buying a pair of custom-made shoes here is not a decision to be made quickly. The shop also carries ready-made shoes, the biggest seller being the traditional English brogue.

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