FESTIVALS & SEASONS
To 12 Sep: The 120th year of this extravaganza of classical music, with performances from the world’s greatest artists, orchestras and ensembles (p. 50). ‘Promming’ tickets – where punters stand in the large space directly in front of the stage – are available for all concerts for just £5 each. www.bbc. co.uk/proms. Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP. T: 0207589 8212. F4. Station: South Kensington.
To 27 Sep: A summer-long festival of cabaret, circus and sideshow taking place in an atmospheric 1920s Spiegeltent on the South Bank. www.london wonderground.co.uk. Jubilee Gdns, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX. T: 0844-545 8282. E8. Station: Waterloo.
More London Free Film Festival
2-24 Sep: Free open-air screenings of newish and classic movies. 2 Sep: The Imitation Game. 3 Sep: Paddington. 4 Sep: Ghostbusters. 9 Sep: To Kill a Mockingbird. 10 Sep: Frozen. 11 Sep: The Theory of Everything. 16 Sep: Moulin Rouge!. 17 Sep: Selma. 18 Sep: Big. 22 Sep: Still Alice. 23 Sep: Zoolander. 24 Sep: The Sound of Music. www.morelondon.com/thescoop. The Scoop, More London Riverside, SE1. T: 020-7403 4866. E11. Station: London Bridge.
Cinema and TV from the archives of the British Film Institute (BFI), plus artist talks. Check for listings, times and prices. 1 Sep: Nicolas Winding Refn introduces Farewell Uncle Tom. 3 Sep: Cheerful Wind. 5 Sep: The Day the Earth Caught Fire. 6 Sep: An American Werewolf in London. 7 Sep: Oliver!. 10 Sep: Mr Holmes. 12 Sep: In Cold Blood. 14 Sep: The Haunting. 15 Sep: Tipping the Velvet. 16 Sep: Lost in Translation. 18 Sep: Serial Mom. 20 Sep: Good Men, Good Women. 21 Sep: Invasion of the Body Snatchers. 22 Sep: Absolute Beginners and Q&A with Julien Temple and Patsy Kensit. 24 Sep: Midnight Express. 27 Sep: The Ipcress File. 28 Sep: Jubilee. 30 Sep: Macbeth. www.bfi.org.uk. BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XT. T: 0207928 3232. E8. Station: Waterloo.
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
Art-house cinema screening films from around the world. The venue also houses an art gallery, café/bar and excellent bookshop. Please check for full programme, times and prices. 1 Sep: The Alcohol Years and Q&A with Carol Morley. 5 Sep: Oranges are Not the Only Fruit. 9 Sep: Girlhood. 15 Sep: Offside: Maradona by Kusturica. 17 Sep: A Nos Amours: Chantal Akerman 23: Demain on Déménage (Tommorrow We Move). 18 Sep: Horse Money. 22 Sep: Yorgos Lanthimos selects and introduces The Red and the White (Csillagosok, katonák). 23 Sep: Kim Newman select and introduces Celia. www.ica.org.uk. The Mall, SW1Y 5AH. T: 020-7930 3647. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
The Lounge at ODEON Whiteleys
Watch films in intimate screening rooms on comfortable leather seats while also dining on an exclusive menu from chef Rowley Leigh. The food is served directly to your seat. Please check programme for films. www.odeon. co.uk/thelounge. Whiteleys of Bayswater, Queensway, W2 4YL. T: 0871-2244 007. Off map. Station: Queensway.
SINCE LORD GEORGE CAVENDISH
commissioned in 1819, the shopping promenade has endured a fire, looting, wartime bombing and axe-wielding thieves who drove a Jaguar up it in 1964. Yet the arcade – as seen in the films Patriot Games, 101 Dalmatians and Scandal – still stands.
While the promenade is home to traditional shops such as Armour Winston, international brands have moved in to attract overseas visitors. Now you can shop for lingerie at Eres and La Perla, fragrances at Frederic Malle and watches at Bell & Ross, as well as browsing Chanel, Maison Michel and Barrie.
The arcade’s own private police force, known as the Beadles, has been given new Regency-style uniforms. Every day, during the traditional opening of the gates ceremony, you can watch the Beadles ring a bell three times at 8am when the arcade opens.
The iconic arcade has also benefited from a refurbishment, following consultations with Westminster Council’s planning department and historical specialists such as English Heritage. The upper arches have been painted in their original white, and the floor, last updated in 1990, has been replaced with one made from British stone designed by Jamie Fobert. Inspired by floor patterns in early 19th-century Regency buildings, the floor features a monochrome geometric pattern which tricks you into thinking you’re looking down through it.
To celebrate, the arcade commissioned Zoe Bradley to create two origami chandeliers, which you can see until 30 September. The beautiful bouquets, made from iridescent paper, feature 9,676 petals – 1,860 wild roses, lotuses, peonies, blossoms and fuchsias – and 2,100 leaves. You can see hundreds of brightly coloured flowers cascading through the centre. 51 Piccadilly, W1J 0QJ. T: 020-7493 1764. www.burlingtonarcade.com
MAJOR STORES Debenhams
Fashion, homeware and accessories including Jasper Conran. Mon-Wed 9.30am-8pm; Thur-Sat 9.30am-9pm; Sun noon- 6.30pm. www.debenhams. com. 334-348 Oxford St, W1C 1JG. T: 0844-561 6161. D6. Station: Oxford Circus.
This much-loved fashion department store is filled with designer names, lingerie, cosmetics, menswear and shoes. Please check for opening hours. www.fenwick.co.uk. 63 New Bond St, W1S 1RQ. T: 020-7629 9161. E6. Station: Bond Street.
Fortnum & Mason
This famous British company has a great food hall, as well as fashion, gifts, antiques and groceries. The store also has its own ice-cream parlour and The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon and is renowned for its luxurious hampers. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm; Sun noon- 6pm. www.fortnumand mason.com. 181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER. T: 0845-300 1707. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
One of the world’s biggest and most famous toy shops, Hamleys has several floors of fun with entertaining staff on hand to demonstrate the products. Mon-Wed 10am-8pm; Thur & Fri 10am-9pm; Sat 9.30am-9pm; Sun noon- 6pm. www.hamleys.com. 188-196 Regent St, W1B 5BT. T: 0871-704 1977. D7. Station: Oxford Circus.
The famous store has food halls, fashion, a sports floor, a spa and myriad bars and restaurants. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 11.30am- 6pm. www.harrods.com. 87-135 Brompton Rd, SW1X 7XL. T: 020-7730 1234. F5. Station: Knightsbridge.
House of Fraser
Mid-range designer brands and collections, ranging from fashion to electricals and home products (multiple locations around London). www.houseoffraser.com. 318 Oxford St, W1C 1HF. T: 0844- 800 3752. D6. Station: Oxford Circus.
British fashion labels and homewares are all available at this popular store. Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat 9.30am-8pm; Thur 9.30am-9pm; Sun noon- 6pm. www.johnlewis.com. 300 Oxford St, W1A 1EX. T: 020-7629 7711. D6. Station: Oxford Circus.
Fashions, home furnishings and floral and graphic prints. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm; Sun noon- 6pm. www.liberty.co.uk. Great Marlborough St, W1B 5AH. T: 020-7734 1234. D6. Station: Oxford Circus.
Marks & Spencer
Stalwart British company with clothing, food, beauty and homeware (multiple locations around London). Mon-Sat 8am-9pm; Sun noon- 6pm. www.marksandspencer.com. 458 Oxford St, W1C 1AP. T: 020-7935 7954. D6. Station: Marble Arch.
Set over seven floors, it has famous fashion brands and homeware, as well as beauty rooms and a restaurant. Mon-Tue, Thur-Sat 9.30am-7pm; Wed 9.30am-8pm; Sun 11am-5pm. www.peter jones.co.uk. Sloane Sq, SW1W 8EL. T: 020-7730 3434. G5. Station: Sloane Square.
This landmark store offers some of the finest products in beauty, fashion and home style, plus a selection of cafes and restaurants. Check opening times. www.selfridges.com. 400 Oxford St, W1A 1AB. T: 0800-123 400. D6. Station: Bond Street.
MALLS & FACTORY OUTLETS Bicester Village
Out-of-town centre packed with top designer outlet shops offering large discounts. Mon-Fri 10am-7pm; Sat 9am-8pm; Sun 10am-7pm. www.bicestervillage. com. Bicester Village, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 6WD. T: 01869-323 200. Off map. Station: Bicester North, then shuttle bus. Bus pickup service from major hotels.
A huge shopping mall, which is home to more than 300 fashion stores, from high-end to highstreet names. Plus 65 restaurants, and a cinema. www.westfield.com/london. Ariel Way, W12 7GF. T: 020-3371 2300. Off map. Station: Shepherd’s Bush/ Wood Lane.
Westfield Stratford City
Europe’s largest urban shopping centre is packed with shops and eateries and even has an All Star Lanes bowling alley. www.westfield.com/ stratfordcity. 2 Stratford Place, E20 1EJ. T: 0208221 7300. Off map. Station: Stratford.
Men’s and womenswear, plus many covetable accessories (multiple locations around London). www.bananarepublic.eu. 224 Regent St, W1B 3BR. T: 020-7758 3550. D6. Station: Oxford Circus.
Fashion boutique in interconnecting townhouses selling designer clothes. www.brownsfashion.com. 24-27 South Molton St, W1K 5RD. T: 020-7514 0016. D6. Station: Bond Street.
Lingerie Retailer of the Year 2014, Coco De Mer, specialises in luxurious underwear. With top lines in bras, knickers, hosiery and accessories, this specialist boutique has gained a fine reputation for offering stylish products from the world’s foremost designers. Look out for in-house talks and classes that take place in the evenings.
Clothing for men, women and children (multiple locations). www.burberry.com. 121 Regent St, W1B 4TB. T: 020-7806 8904. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Chic flagship store with fashion and accessories. (multiple locations). www.chanel.com. 158-159 New Bond St, W1S 7UB. T: 020-7493 5040. E6. Station: Green Park.
High-quality women's fashion labels from Dior's latest collections. www.dior.com. 31 Sloane St, SW1X 9NR. T: 020-7245 1330. F5. Station: Knightsbridge.
Luxury Italian clothes (multiple locations). www.gucci.com/uk. 18 Sloane St, SW1X 9NE. T: 020-7235 6707. F5. Station: Knightsbridge.
British gentleman-at-leisure look (multiple locations). www.hackett.com. 193-197 Regent St, W1B 4LY. T: 020-7494 4917. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Italian leather bags, stylish eyewear and men's and women's fashion (multiple locations around London). www.prada.com. 16-18 Old Bond St, W1S 4PS. T: 020-7647 5000. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
Stylish, affordable fashion for men and women. Also offers personal shopping. www.riverisland.com. 473 Oxford St, W1C 3AU. D5. Station: Marble Arch.
JEWELLERY & WATCHES Harry Winston
Beautiful gems loved by royalty and Hollywood's elite. www.harrywinston.com. 171 New Bond St, W1S 4RD. T: 020-7907 8800. E6. Station: Bond Street.
Stylish pieces, including charm bracelets that you can build. Look out for the London-inspired pieces, from the Queen's guard to a telephone box. www.pandora.net. 257-259 Oxford St, W1C 2DD. T: 020-7407 2007. D6. Station: Oxford Circus.
Grand, spacious setting for this luxury German family business, established 1878. Large selection of jewellery with a unique range of fine watches including A Lange & Söhne, and Glashütte Original. www.wempe.com. 43-44 New Bond St, W1S 2SA. T: 020-7493 2299. E6. Station: Bond Street.
KID'S STORES Build-a-Bear
Create your own toy bear. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 10am-7pm. www.buildabear.co.uk. Covent Gdn, North Piazza, WC2E 7QA. T: 020-7240 2372. E8. Station: Covent Garden.
Disney Store, The
Huge store with Disney products. Mon-Sat 9am-9pm; Sun noon- 6pm. www.disneystore.co.uk. 350-352 Oxford St, W1C 1JH. T: 020-7491 9136. D6. Station: Bond Street.
Full of products inspired by the TV channel's characters. Look out for the lifesize SpongeBob SquarePants. Mon-Fri 10am-10pm; Sat 10am-11pm; Sun noon-6pm. 1 Leicester Sq, WC2H 7NA. E7. Station: Leicester Square.
Buckingham Palace Shop
Souvenirs including the Royal Arms Chinaware collection. Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm. www.royal collectionshop.co.uk. 7 Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1W 0PP. T: 020-7839 1377. E6. Station: Victoria.
London Glassblowing Studio & Workshop
Home to jewellery, decorations, vases, ornaments and unusual items. www.londonglassblowing.co.uk. 62-66 Bermondsey St, SE1 3UD. T: 020-7403 2800. F11. Station: London Bridge.
Huge store with a colourful range of sweet treats. Mon-Sat 10am-midnight; Sun noon-6pm. www.mms world.com. 1 Swiss Court, W1D 6AP. T: 020-7025 7171. E7. Station: Leicester Square.
Opened in 1706, Twinings is filled with dozens of teas and infusions. Visit the Tea Tasting bar. MonFri 9.30am-7.30pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 10.30am4.30pm. www.twinings.co.uk. 216 Strand, WC2R 1AP. T: 020-7353 3511. D9. Station: Temple.
. D R M A H L U F
The American designer and film director, who revamped Gucci and is known for his simple, stylish elegance, has taken his time to open his first London store, which is home to men’s and womenswear. Taking up more than 2,400 square metres on ultra-chic Sloane Street, it’s a vision in white marble, chrome and dark wood.