Famous flower-printed fabrics and scarves and knickknacks are only part of the appeal at this gloriously historic shop that first started trading in 1875. Recently overhauled, unusual fashion and beauty items, jewelry and stationery, plus antique and handmade housewares, are displayed on its hallowed wooden floors, all accessed through an elaborate entranceway that doubles as a florist's shop.
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Emporium for heritage + innovative and eclectic designs
A store that may not be too familiar with the average tourist is Liberty, which is a classic emporium that sells clothing and household items. The magnificent historical Tudor building with wooden interiors has been serving customers since the 1920's.
Go there to buy fabric (Liberty is famous for its British designs), have a bite at its restaurant, or simply to take pictures.
You can find afternoon tea served in many places around London. One cozy little spot for this British experience is the restaurant at Liberty, a wonderful emporium where the latest fashions sit alongside design classics.
They start serving their afternoon tea quite early, at 12pm. So while the rest of the family had lunch, I couldn't resist indulging in some scones and sandwiches.