SHOP­PING IN­STI­TU­TIONS

Un­der the her­itage and sea­sonal style tips spot­light this is­sue is Har­vey Ni­chols Lon­don

Exclusively British - - CONTENTS - Words | Emma John­son

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.

DE­SIGNER DESTI­NA­TION

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.

BEAU­TI­FUL SPA­CES

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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109 - 125 KNIGHTS­BRIDGE LON­DON, SW1X 7RJ

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