As the trend for hybrid spaces takes off and London’s stores decide that more is more, we pick five of our favourites that exceed expectations. From the concept store that is also a spa to the historic department store that offers a traditional wet shave, these stylish spaces present exciting services.
As one of the oldest and most prestigious stores in the world, let alone London, it would be very easy for Liberty to rest on its laurels. But not so for this ever-evolving space, which continues to delight customers – locals and visitors alike – with new and exciting services. Whether you’re relaxing in the Margaret Dabbs Sole Spa, indulging in a wet shave at Murdock, or refuelling at delicious Café Liberty, this department store offers plenty to keep you busy all day.
Liberty, Regent Street, London W1B 5AH, +44 (0)20 7734 1234
The Shop at Bluebird
Not content with being one of London’s foremost concept stores and presenting an expertly curated range of fashion for both men and women, The Shop at Bluebird has a spa in the basement providing a number of treatments. Get your brows threaded at the Blink Bar then browse the amazing selection of beauty goods on offer.
The Shop at Bluebird, 350 King’s Road, London SW3 5UU, +44 (0)20 7351 3873
2015 was an important year for beauty brand Lush: it is celebrating its 20th anniversary and has marked the occasion with the opening of its largest store in the world. Set on Oxford Street and spread over three floors, the flagship shop showcases Lush’s full range of innovative products. There is also a Lush Spa with four treatment rooms, a Hair Lab where clients can try products before purchasing, and an events space where workshops, talks by experts and other activities are held.
Lush, 175-179 Oxford Street, London W1D 2JS, +44 (0)20 7789 0001
Fortnum & Mason
Department store Fortnum & Mason has been located at its Piccadilly premises since it was opened by William Fortnum, a royal footman, and Hugh Mason in 1707. In 2012 the British Queen herself officially opened the store’s impressive Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, which is now known as one of the best places in London to enjoy that most British of traditions, afternoon tea.
Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER, +44 (0)20 7734 8040
Grace Belgravia is described as a private members’ club for women dedicated to the art of living well. Inside this impressive Belgravia building you’ll find a medical clinic, spa, gym and health-food café. Those on a real health kick can take the Grace Intensive Cleanse programme, which involves diagnostic testing, nutrition analysis and bespoke detox treatments and exercise over three to five days.
Grace Belgravia, 11C West Halkin Street, London SW1X 8JL, +44 (0)20 7235 8900