New visitors to the city may overlook Liberty in favour of the more infamous Selfridges or Harrods, but it’s always my first stop if I ever decide to brave a department store. The Tudor façade is made from old war ships, and inside lies a labyrinth of rooms with decadent wood-wall panelling. I rarely buy anything, unless it’s Christmas or the sales or I’m looking for a unique gift, but that never stops me popping in simply to enjoy the surroundings.
The scarf and perfume rooms on the ground floor are two of my favourites, as is the core of the building where womenswear is. On the third floor there’s a huge selection of gifts: tableware, notebooks, candles and lots of other unusual items and it’s here that I always dash for a last minute present! The Christmas windows are now up and are not to be missed.
If you do pay the store a visit, make sure you have tea in one of the cafés. The decor is immense, lunch is lovely but I’d recommend sampling the traditional English cakes on the ground floor, washed down with one of the 48 varieties of tea.