Under the heritage and seasonal style tips spotlight this issue is Harvey Nichols London
HE HARVEY NICHOLS we know today was created over a 60 year period in the 1800s, starting life as a simple linen store in a small property on the corner of Knightsbridge and Sloane Street, slowly moving into adjoining buildings, before being gutted and redesigned as a department store in 1889. It was started by Benjamin Harvey, whose niece Anne married then employee James Nichols. Following Benjamin’s death, the couple, along with Benjamin’s widow, took over the running of the shop, renaming it and turning it into Harvey Nichols, a department store renowned for its approach to understated luxury and exemplary customer service. The Harvey Nichols customer is obsessed with style, and the store itself is a carefully-curated edit of fashion, beauty, grooming, food and drink. Perhaps the most ‘local’ of all department stores in London, its neighbourhood setting makes it a regular haunt for many of the well-heeled Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Belgravia residents – who casually refer to it as ‘Harvey Nicks’ - and who use its gorgeous Food Hall for weekly shopping, its Fifth Floor roof terrace for a morning coffee, and its chic new Beauty Lounge for everything from haircuts to manicures. And while the store has continued to grow and expand globally – with 14 stores worldwide including seven in the UK, as well as locations in Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, amongst others – its London flagship remains its most important and celebrated. Start your visit with the incredibly helpful Harvey Nichols Concierges, who welcome you into the store with a beaming smile, and can help with everything from directions and suggestions, to instore beauty bookings, stylist appointments and dinner reservations, and even looking after your bags and coats while you shop.
Next up, head to the Fifth Floor for a coffee, to make a plan for the day and decide on your must-see departments. The Fifth Floor at Harvey Nichols is dedicated entirely to food, and actually a key part of the store’s identity. It’s a drinking and dining destination par excellence for savvy Londoners, and it’s not hard to see why - no other department store in the city boasts such an interesting and diverse array of restaurants, bars and cafés. The impressive food and wine shop provides plenty of inspiration for decadent dinner parties, while you can enjoy someone else entertaining at the gorgeous café and sun terrace or at the on-site Burger and Lobster bar, while there is also a Grey Goose vodka bar, cocktails at Archer Street and mouth-watering steaks at Zelman Meats.
Currently undergoing an ambitious redesign of its flagship store, Harvey Nichols has recently opened a stunning menswear ‘destination’ and an exceptional Designer Accessories and Jewellery edit. The new menswear department takes up the two lower ground levels of the flagship store, and is an effortlessly cool hangout for guys. Accessible via a dedicated entrance from the street, it boasts a staggering array of over 270 brands from Buscemi and Belstaff to Paul Smith, Kenzo and House of Creed – as well as an all-day dining hangout at The Wallpaper Bar & Kitchen, open from 8am until late serving breakfast and lunch, before transforming into an evening cocktail bar serving bar snacks and 20 of the world’s best cocktails until late. There is also an exclusive barbershop from AONO and a dedicated Style Concierge service. If a big purchase is in order, then make a beeline for the Designer Accessories and Jewellery department where handbags adorn a floor to ceiling wall, baskets of scarves offer a pop of colour, and striking millinery provides plenty of inspiration for a day at the races. As summer approaches, the designer sunglasses edit and accompanying optical department ensures that, whether you’re jet-setting to sunnier climes or heading into work, you can face the world feeling fearlessly stylish. For those looking to invest in precious stones, the fine jewellery department is a sumptuous setting with plush velvet seating and cabinets adorned with sparkling limited edition pieces to finish any wardrobe.
On the same floor, and open from 8am until 10pm, the Beauty Lounge is the destination for express blow dries, manicures, pedicures, eyelash and eyebrow treatments, as well as an infusion clinic for instant nourishing vitamin drips and injections from NOSH, and an innovative LED light rejuvenating facial treatment from the Light Salon. Don’t miss the exclusive Harvey Nichols Beyond Beauty cabinet, a beauty edit of new, niche and established products, and if you are looking for something new then book a complimentary session with the Beauty Concierge, the first service of its kind in the UK, which offers free, expert advice and expertise for those looking to update their beauty bag. Harvey Nichols has also just opened a homeware takeover on the Fourth Floor of the flagship store. The edit includes exclusive collections from Kartell, contemporary designers FCI London, Andrew Martin, One World, London Essentials, Nick Munro, Alexandra Llewellyn and Armorial, as well as Rockett St George and Christopher Wray who joined the department in 2017. The store is also expanding its collection of candles with the launch of a dedicated Candle Shop – featuring everyone from Maison la Bougie, Fornasetti, Cire Trudon and Azzi Glasser, to Acqua di Parma, Tom Ford, Tom Dixon and Armani Privé – making it a perfect destination for home fragrance lovers. Described as ‘the club that doesn’t require a membership’ – Harvey Nichols is perhaps one of the most exclusive but welcoming department stores in the world. At once both niche but expansive, its brands span world names and artisan specialists. It proudly claims to offer everything from the everyday to the extraordinary, whatever your whim and fancy. A true style destination.
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