Buy me. I’ll change your life.
It was in 1909 that Harry Gordon Selfridge threw open the doors of the world-famous department store that still bears his name. Replete with educational and scientific exhibits to lure the punters, it even played host to the first public demonstration of television.
The axis of Oxford Street and Bond Street remains the mecca of London shopping to this day. And while few stores today boast displays of giant indoor aeroplanes, the merchandise is still piled high. And all are just minutes from the front door of Welbeck Street.
I shop therefore I am
A location envied by the most ardent of bargain hunters and fashionistas, nothing beats Marylebone for easy access to the boutiques. London’s biggest and meanest stores are here, alongside flagships like John Lewis, Nike Town and Topshop -- each large enough to lose a day in. And a fortune.
South Moulton Street has posh boutiques and emerging brands. Harley Street is a stone’s throw away for some designer surgery. And then there’s Bond Street, famed for the aspiration of Asprey's, the trinkets of Tiffany’s and the sophistication of Sotheby's.
From sell, sell, sell to sale
And if you are going to do the sales, start early. And be back for elevenses.
Collapse into the sofa at Welbeck Street. The home's host, a hedge fund manager by day, leaves little to chance: a spacious room with a large TV and plenty of room for shopping bags, and adjoining modern kitchen.
Across the hall is a bedroom with a regal super-king-size bed, acres of 5* linen, and an ensuite large enough to stage your own catwalk show.
Once you've kicked off your Jimmy Choos, bathed with onefinestay's White Company toiletries, and dried off with our fluffy white towels, you're ready to head out for a night on the tiles.
Maybe it’s Marylebone
Head West rather than South, and discover Marylebone Village, a nest of winding alleys away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street. Cuisine choices for all times of day include highlights like The Golden Hind, a British institution for fish and chips.
Or, if the you're spent with all the spending, escape the retail bubble altogether to discover a different kind of collection. The world-renowned Wallace Collection stands grandly on the corner of Manchester Street, 2 minutes from the front door of the flat.