Ever since Arthur Liberty opened the doors of his Regent Street emporium in 1875, the Liberty name has been synonymous with quality, luxury and individuality. In many ways Liberty is a fitting symbol of Regent Street itself. The store brings together the old and the new, combining innovative design and cutting-edge fashion with classic, quintessentially English style. In the wooden-floored Tudor-style building, replete with drop-down chandeliers, there is a vast selection of fashion, accessories and homeware. The store is best known for its exquisite range of world-famous fabrics, which date back to the 19th century
Liberty, 208-222 Regent Street, W1B 5AH, +44 (0)20 7734 1234
The world's most iconic technology brand deserves an iconic London flagship. glass-fronted, 28,000-square-foot Regent Street outlet, the largest Apple Retail store in the world, does not disappoint. The spacious and stylish store epitomises the Apple mantra of simple, modern design, and the entire Apple range can be perused over two floors, from iPhones and iPods to computers and accessories. There's also a Genius Bar for support, a training area and a 64-seat theatre for workshops, events and demonstrations, which run hourly.
Apple Store, 235 Regent Street, W1B 2EL, +44 (0)20 7153 9000
COS, which stands for Collections of Style, aims to provide the quality and feel of high fashion at high-street prices. Launched in 2007 as part of the H&M group, COS embraces the modern, minimalist principles of H&M, but offers a range of more upmarket fashion essentials and reinvented classics that belie the brand's down-to-earth prices. The focus is on attention to detail, and the cut and quality of the clothes for men and women is outstanding. This two-floor Regent Street store, designed by William Russell, is updated with new items almost every day, so there is always something fresh on show.
COS, 222 Regent Street, W1B 5BD, +44 (0)20 7478 0400
From handwashes and bath and shower therapies to scented candles, haircare and grooming products, Molton Brown has everything to soothe and rejuvenate body and mind. All the products of this traditional British company are made in England, making it the perfect place to pick up a gift for a friend, relative or spouse. At this well-stocked flagship store, a team of experts will be happy to guide you through their sumptuous range.
Molton Brown, 227 Regent Street, W1B 5TR, +44 (0)20 7439 7319
For over 80 years Furla has been a world leader in all things leather, best known for its handbags. In this London flagship store you'll also find an ample selection of shoes, jewellery, watches, scarves, gloves and belts for men and women. A symbol of understated elegance, the Italian label is famed for its high quality craftsmanship, and in this resplendent two-floor store you'll be spoilt for choice.
Furla, 221 Regent Street, W1B 4NJ, +44 (0)20 7434 3812
Founded in 1873, Church's is a British institution, renowned for its superb quality gentlemen's shoes. Church's shoes have graced the soles of everyone from high-flying city slickers to James Bond. Each and every shoe, manufactured in Northampton, goes through a staggering 250 stages of production over a laborious 10-week period. The end result is a superior calibre of shoe that exemplifies elegance and class. This flagship store also sells ties, socks, briefcases and a small range of shoes for women, and is impeccably staffed by a polite and knowledgeable team of experts.
Church's, 201 Regent Street, W1B 4NA, +44 (0)20 7734 2438
Jaeger, which celebrates its 125th birthday this year, remains the British clothing brand of choice for many fashion-conscious Londoners. Across the four spacious floors of this London flagship store are several collections for men and women, including our personal favourite, Jaeger Black, which comprises couture-inspired occasion-wear. Alongside catwalk-influenced clothes, most of which are made from cashmere, wool, camel hair, angora and silk, you'll also find luxurious 100%-cotton, 300-thread-count bed linen in the expanding home section. Trust us when we say you won't find comfier in the capital.
Jaeger, 200-206 Regent Street, W1B 5BN, +44 (0)20 7979 1100
If you've got kids, or if you're a big kid at heart, make sure you take the time to visit Hamleys, one of the oldest, largest and most iconic toyshops in the world. Once you've made it past the pirates on the front door and dodged the flying helicopters, you can lose hours rediscovering your childhood across six magical floors packed with every game, gadget and gizmo under the sun. This megastore, which attracts more than 5m customers every year, will be 250 years old in 2010, and is a must-visit destination for Londoners and visitors to the city alike.
Hamleys, 188-196 Regent Street, W1B 5BT, +44 (0)871 704 1977
Brooks Brothers' past and present clientele is as distinguished as they come. The American label, established in 1818, has not only dressed every US president from Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama, but has also been worn by style icons such as Clark Gable, Fred Astaire and Katharine Hepburn. Famous for button-down dress shirts and iconic suits, Brooks Brothers both respects the past and creates for the future, blending classic, timeless style with original, innovative design. This flagship store also offers a made-to-measure service for shirts and suits, as well as an assortment of accessories, including bow-ties, watches and cufflinks.
Brooks Brothers, 150 Regent Street, W1B 5SJ, +44 (0)20 3238 0030
In the 158 years since its launch, Aquascutum has clothed princes, politicians, pop stars and personalities, and has been worn by everyone from the Queen Mother and Winston Churchill to Cary Grant and the Beatles. It is a truly British company with a rich heritage, and in this lavish three-floor London flagship store you'll find everything from suits, shirts and ties to dresses, bags, accessories and outerwear, for which the brand is most famous. To get that authentic London look, pick up a trench coat with house check lining - one of the brand's most celebrated garments.
Aquascutum, 100 Regent Street, London, W1B 5SR, +44 (0)20 7675 8200