London becomes a shopaholics dream immediately after Christmas, for this marks the start of the massive January Sales. With discounts in some stores up to 50% or more covering every type of product imaginable from fashion to technology, the choice is enormous.
You do have to be up early to catch the bargains. Check the websites of the stores you are particularly keen on visiting to discover the day their sale starts. Then be prepared to queue! Most arrive from 4am onwards – but it has been known for people to queue overnight to be first through the doors to obtain a really special item. Bring some coffee and be prepared to chat, it tends to be a very relaxed atmosphere.
Starting dates vary, but in general most sales start on Boxing Day (December 26), or the day after. Bear in mind that on Boxing Day, there is still a limited service on London Transport so it can be helpful to focus that day on shops within walking distance of your Holiday Apartments London so that shopping bags can be brought back to the serviced apartment at regular intervals.
Within easy distance of Presidential Apartments Kensington is the most famous sale of all – Harrods. It is often described as being almost iconic. The bargains are amazing on everything food to furniture, toys and of course fashion. One of the most popular sale areas within the store is always the china section, where hundreds of people desperately try to gather together the dinner or tea service of their dreams, or simply find extra items from a much loved range.
Other key sales areas are further afield. Not to be missed are the big department stores on Oxford Street. It is quite simply a matter of starting at Marble Arch and working your way along the street, with the odd diversion down Bond Street for the most exclusive shops. Marks & Spencer, Selfridges, House of Fraser and John Lewis are always popular destinations with bargain hunting shoppers, likewise Libertys on Regent Street and Fortnum & Mason on Piccadilly. Check out the individual shops especially if they include your favourite brand names such as Burberry because they often have some great deals at this time of the year.
If your preference is technology, then the area to head for is the eastern end of Oxford Street around Tottenham Court Road. This area has long been renowned as THE place to go for technology of any kind and the prices on desired items can be very low indeed. A lot many Aparthotels London are situated around the street to give visitors a lavish tour with comfortable stay.