Selfridges Department Store in Oxford Street, London
The clock outside Selfridges
The regal exterior of Selfridges department store gives little clue to what lies beneath – towering stone columns and an ornate clock welcome you to the building. But as soon as you walk through the revolving doors you will discover that you are somewhere that is less a museum of Britishness and more an ever-evolving world of shopping. Shiny white surfaces and brightly coloured lights are just a taste of the thorough modern-ness of Selfridges. This is a department store with its own psychic, one of the largest women’s shoe department in the world and an art gallery in its basement. You could visit the shop every day of your trip to London and have a different experience each time – you might find a DJ spinning tunes in the fashion department, Jason Atherton doing a cooking demonstration in the food hall, or Tracy Emin exhibiting her favourite Selfridges products.
This page will provide you with an overview to Selfridges, helping you to gain an understanding of what they offer before your trip there. You will find photographs, opening times and contact details. You will also find a guide to what each floor offers, details of the eating and drinking options in the department store and tips on how to make the most of a trip to Selfridges.
What to expect from a trip to Selfridges and what makes the store special
Selfridges Department Store
Selfridges department store offers a youthful and vibrant alternative to shops like Harrods department store. Selfridges is more than just your average shop – it is a complete experience. You will often find that during your trip to Selfridges, there are special events taking place. This could be anything from a cookery demonstration to a DJ spinning tunes to a fashion show. If you would like to see whether there will be any events taking place during your visit you can check the official website. Head to the Events Page of the Official Selfridges website and check the events that are taking place in the London branch of the Selfridges store.
There is something here to suit a cross-section of visitor’s tastes and budgets. Depending on what you are after you can buy some stilettos from Jilly Choo or from Topshop. You can have lunch at Hix champagne bar or at EAT sandwich shop. You can head to the Wonder Room to marvel at some of the world’s most expensive designer jewellery and then head to the accessories department next door to treat yourself to a few pieces that come with two rather than six-figure sums. In the cosmetics department, alongside the Chanel and Clinique make-up, you will find more affordable and more youthful options like MAC and Benefit.
Selfridges is a long-established department store – it first opened on 15th March 1909. It was the first fully-fledged department store in London – before this, stores grew from being a specialist shop into somewhere that was multi-purpose. Selfridges was built with the intention of being multi-purpose.
Selfridges are known for offering luxury products. The store’s product selection is aimed at offering one of the best of everything for all budgets – there should be something here for everyone. This was Selfridges’ aim when the shop first opened. The store was first owned by an American from Chicago – Gordon Selfridge. On the day that the store was opened, Gordon Selfridge gave keys to the first customers who came through the doors to indicate all were welcome here. The store has continued with this ethos to this day.
It specialises in offering everything! Whether you want to buy cigars, designer shoes, a quick sarnie, a guidebook or typically British crockery, you will find it here under one roof. Selfridges has the largest women’s shoe department in the whole world. There is an area in the Wonder Room (the designer jewellery department) called the Concept store. This is a store that has a new theme on a monthly basis. Themes have covered everything from 90s vintage to Fornasetti crockery. This area is free to enter and is worth a look around regardless of whether you intend on actually buying anything. There is also an art gallery called Ultra Lounge. It is 3500 square feet of exhibition space and is located in the basement of the building. There are 5 – 6 different exhibitions there every year. It is also free to enter.
There are lots of book signings at Selfridges. Ones in the past have included Mariah Carey and Roberto Cavalli. Check out the ‘What’s On’ page on the official website link below to see what might be on during your visit.
Also, don’t forget to check out the window displays on your way in or out of the shop. Particularly at Christmas, but also throughout the year, Selfridges are famous for offering some of the lavish and creative window displays in the whole city.
Plan of the store
If you walk into Selfridges and suddenly feel slightly overwhelmed by the size and variety, never fear. Here we have listed for you what to find on each floor of the building (you will find the shops listed with the eateries underneath – see below for details on the restaurants and cafes). Also, if you are feeling lost once you arrive at the store, simply ask a member of staff about what you are looking for, and they will point you in the right direction. At the bottom of each set of escalators, you will find a member of staff whose job is to help customers find what they are looking for in the shop – they will point you in the right direction. Here is a plan for the whole Selfridges store:
Lower Ground Floor: Music Department, Technology Department, Book Shop, Luggage Shop, Bureau de Change, Travel Agents, Christmas Shop, Home Accessories Store, Customer Services, Wedding Shop, Shoe Repairs, Cook Shop, Key Cutting and Engraving.
Frankie’s Italian Bar and Grill
Ground Floor: Pharmacy, Women’s Street Fashion Store, Women’s Accessories, Fragrances, Beauty Department, Fashion Jewellery section, Concept Store space, Sunglasses shop, Wine and Cigar Shop, Confectionary department, Stationery shop, Gift Wrapping service, Food hall, Watch repairs.
The Brass Rail
Hix Champagne Bar
First Floor: Men’s Street Fashion store, Men’s Casual department, Men’s underwear, Barbers and Grooming, Men’s Formal department, Men’s shoes, Men’s designer, Men’s Contemporary.
Second Floor: Shoe Galleries, Womenswear department, Women’s Designer shop, Personal Shopper service.
Obika Mozarella Bar
Third Floor: Womenswear Department, Kids section, Women’s Hair and Beauty salon, Swimwear department and Lingerie.
Fourth Floor: Furniture and Lighting Department, Toy Shop, Bed linen shop, Bath shop, Opticians, Beds Department.
Food Garden café.
Places to eat
Selfridges has enough eateries behind its doors to keep you trying new places for a week! On each floor of the department store, you will find at least one restaurant, bar or café. The store provides for a wide variety of tastes and budgets, meaning that you can pop in for a quick coffee in the penthouse Starbucks or head for a slap-up lunch in the Hix restaurant. Here we have listed each place to eat, with a description and links to an official website where you can find out more about prices, opening times and menu.
Hix Restaurant and Champagne Bar: Mark Hix is a famous British chef. He is known for serving traditional local food, but often with a fancy twist. You can head to the Restaurant and Champagne Bar for tea, lunch, brunch or simply some oysters, caviar and champagne.
Aubaine: Aubaine is a contemporary French bistro that sits in the very heart of Selfridges. It is a place that has been designed to help you relax and refuel after a hard morning of shopping. Head here for salads, coffees or a more laid-back three-course lunch. For details, see the Official Aubaine Website
Frankie’s Bar and Grill: This is a traditional old-style Italian American Grill restaurant. It offers everything that you might expect – burgers, pizzas, pasta and sodas. It is the brainchild of a heady combo – the famous chef, Marco Pierre White and the famous jockey, Frankie Dettori. This is a place to bring the whole family for some relaxed fun. For more details see the Eat and Drink page on the Selfridges website.
Food Garden Café: This is your opportunity for some real variety in a laid back setting. The Food Garden Café offers different stations from which you can get different types of cuisine (not to be mixed up with the food hall – see below). You will find everything from Indian thalis to Sunday roasts in this healthy food stop. For details, see the Eat and Drink page on the Selfridges website.
Gordon’s Restaurant: Gordon’s Restaurant sits on the men’s fashion floor, and it has a touch of the gentleman’s club about it. Here you will find a long cocktail menu, salads, and the famous doorstop club sandwich. This restaurant is popular with young and trendy guys in London. For details, see the Eat and Drink page on the Selfridges website.
Obika Mozzarella Bar: This chic Italian eatery sits aptly in the designer women’s section of the store. As its name suggests, the emphasis here is on mozzarella, and you can try a variety of different mozzarellas. However, you will also find salads, pasta and carpaccios on the menu. It is a concept that began in Milan. For more information, see the Official Obika website.
Starbucks: This famous coffee chain has a branch on the top floor of the Selfridges building. For details, see the Eat and Drink page on the Selfridges website.
Remember that on the ground floor of the store you will find the famous food hall. This is a place to head to find high-quality cuisine from around the world. Staff at the many various counters know a lot about the food that they are serving, so make sure you ask lots of questions (if you’re friendly you might even get a free sample!). Dotted around the food hall, you will see food places that are more relaxed. You will either be able to sit or stand at the counter to eat them or buy them to take away. Options include Yo! Sushi, Krispy Kreme, a champagne bar, Eat sandwich shop and the famous Brass Rail – a salt beef restaurant.
Where is the store?
Closest Tube: Bond Street (Red Line / Central Line and Grey Line / Jubilee Line)
On leaving Bond Street tube station you will find yourself directly on Oxford Street. Simply turn left and head down Oxford Street (away from Oxford Circus). You will arrive at Selfridges in about two to three minutes.
Selfridges & Co
400 Oxford Street
Tel (local calls): +44 (0) 80 0123 400
Tel (international calls): +44 (0) 20 7160 6222
Website: Official Selfridges Website
Monday – Tuesday: 10:00 – 21:00
Wednesday: 09:00 – 21:00
Thursday – Saturday: 10:00 – 21:00
Sunday: 11:30 – 18:00
Only browsing: 11:30 – 12:00 Noon
There is nothing normal about Selfridges. There are some quirky permanent features in the store that are not available in any other department stores in London. These include a psychic service, a tattoo parlour and piercing parlour. This makes it a destination if you are foodie in search of high-quality foods and ingredients that you cannot find elsewhere. There are lots of food products that are sold just in Selfridges before they are sold anywhere else – for example, the famous Willie Harcourt-Cooze’s chocolate. The company describe themselves as an ethical ‘retail activist’ department store. Despite the connotations of luxury, Selfridges have stopped selling foie gras, fur and unsustainable fish.
Selfridges is now a major department store chain, with shops across the country. However, the Selfridges on Oxford Street remains one of its biggest and most popular stores. If you love shopping it is essential that you schedule in some time to visit Selfridges during your trip to London – this truly is a shopping mecca! However, watch out, Selfridges has a habit of hooking you in – before you know it you could have spent a lot of cash and a whole day in this gigantic store.
London shop opening times for Christmas: John Lewis, Selfridges, Primark and more
ecember is here, and with it, longer opening times as the government green-lights plans to let shops recover from the effects of lockdown.
Councils have been given the right to waive restrictive shopping hours; a move designed to help business-owners after months of coronavirus restrictions.
At the moment, shops can stay open in the week and on Saturdays from 9am – 7pm, except for Sunday trading. If they want to keep going beyond that, they have to apply for special permission. Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced a move to temporarily suspend those processes to create a “more pleasant and safe shopping experience”.
Some shops could keep their doors open for 24 hours, something we can all appreciate in the days before December 25.
We’ve put together a list of the top shops and their new hours for the run-up to Christmas.
Argos extended hours opening times
Most stores will be open from 9am – 8pm during the working week. On Saturday you can visit the store from 9am – 6.30pm while Sundays have shorter hours, opening from 11am – 5pm.
Boots extended hours opening times
Boots kept many stores open during Lockdown 2. 0 as it was classed as an essential shop. Now that all stores have reopened, it is keeping to its normal hours: 8am – 9pm Monday to Saturday, and 12pm -6pm on Sunday.
Debenhams Oxford Street opening times
The department store chain, which announced it is set to close permanently soon, will stay open from 10am – 9pm Monday to Friday, opening half and hour later at 9.30am on Saturdays. On Sundays it will keep the lights on from midday until 6pm.
Harrods extended hours opening times
Christmas spirit is high over at Harrods, who has joined the rest of London in throwing open its doors and welcoming customers.
You can shop in-store Monday to Saturday 11am–7pm, Sunday 12pm–6pm.
They are asking visitors to maintain government guidelines while perusing its luxury goods.
Harvey Nichols extended hours opening times
The Knightsbridge shop has reopened its doors following the end of Lockdown 2.0 on December 2.
It’s hours are 11am – 8pm Monday to Saturday and 11.30pm – 6pm on Sunday.
JD Sports extended hours opening times
The fitness and sportswear emporium is welcoming back shoppers in England by keeping some stores open 24 hours. Branches in Leeds White Rose, Meadowhall, Birmingham Fort, Bluewater Park, White City and Stratford Westfields will be open to the public for 24 hours on December 2.
John Lewis extended hours opening times
For those who prefer to do their shopping in person, John Lewis has introduced a booking system so you don’t have to queue to enter its physical stores. This is a great way of ensuring everyone keeps to social distancing rules and has space to do their shopping without the crowds. There are slots available until 7.45pm at the flagship Oxford Street branch on December 15, with new slots set to be announced in the coming days.
Marks & Spencer extended hours opening times
High street bellwether M&S has said it will keep 400 shops open until midnight in the immediate days before Christmas – that’s December 21, 22 and 23.
They will be shut on Boxing Day – December 26 – so workers can have a well-deserved rest.
Next extended hours opening times
The fashion and homewares retailer has yet to say whether it will extend shopping hours this December. It’s safe to assume it will keep it’s regular hours but we’ll update this page with the latest news so bookmark us and check back before you shop.
Primark extended hours opening times
The fast fashion and homewares store has extended its opening hours to cater for Christmas shoppers. On it’s website, the store said they would be: “keeping our stores open for longer for safer shopping, giving you more time to shop, reducing the queues and making it easier to maintain social distancing.”
They stressed the importance of shopping alone or in small groups, visiting in quieter periods and to wear masks.
Branches in retail parks and big shopping centres like Westfield will keep doors open until 10pm, and 11 outlets will open for 24 hours from 7am on December 2 until the normal closing time on Dec 3.
Selfridges extended hours opening times
The London store will be open from 9am – 10pm Monday to Saturday, and 11.30am – 6pm on Sunday. The same huors apply for Manchester’s Trafford Centre.
Birmingham Selfridges and the Manchester Exhange Square stores will operate as above, but close at 5.30pm on Sunday.
Sainsbury’s extended hours opening times
The supermarket is giving customers more time to shop safely by extending Christmas opening hours. The majority of our supermarkets will be open from 6am until midnight from December 21 – 23.
On Christmas Eve, most of our supermarkets will be open from 6am to 7pm. All stores will be closed on Christmas Day.
TK Maxx extended hours opening times
While the discount store is not offering Click & Collect in some stores, it has confirmed it will lengthen opening times for some branches throughout the month. The retailer is asking customers to wear a face covering unless they’re medically exempt and to pay using contactless methods.
Zara extended hours opening times
The Spanish fashion retailer has kept certain stores closed for the time being. While we haven’t heard whether they branches that will be open will extend their hours, you can check on changes at your nearest branch using the store locator below.
Selfridges Is Now in the Wedding Business
“For some time now, it’s used unexpected or creative brand activations and collaborations and cultural programming not just to bring people into the store, like a sort of immersive magazine, but also to establish its full authority in understanding cultural and consumer trends,” she said.
The department store has also benefited from being a small chain, Ms. Green added. It has just three other stores in Birmingham and Manchester, which allows for more creativity.
Among the latest examples: the Oxford Street store has an area dedicated to secondhand items, and another offering clothes for rent, both reflecting the company’s sustainability campaign.
“The levers of what makes you buy something are changing and increasingly it’s being led by service and experience or being part of a community,” Ms. Green said.
Still, the pandemic and other changes roiling the industry have taken a toll. In July 2020, the privately held company cut 450 employees, about 14 percent of its work force. Since the death in April of Galen Weston, the Canadian billionaire who bought Selfridges in 2003, the chain has reportedly been put up for sale with a £4 billion price tag for the British and Irish stores in the group.
It has also undoubtedly been hurt by the loss of international tourism, which has made only a tepid recovery this year; before the pandemic, international visitors made up 40 percent of Selfridges’s shoppers. Domestically, Selfridges faces a challenge because London’s Oxford Street has become less of a destination, with foot traffic still down by more than a third, and one out of five shops permanently closed, the local authority said.
Even if the past year and a half has been painful for many retailers, the luxury market is expected to recover by the end of 2022 or early 2023, according to a report by Bain & Company. At Selfridges, so-called social spaces, used for restaurants and experiences are often less profitable than a luxury concession, according to a report by The Business of Fashion. But these features, including a garden center and live music from buskers, have been critical to the chain’s post-lockdown identity. The London store has an “experiences concierge,” which will be expanded to the regional stores later this year. Instead of gift vouchers for products, people can now gift experiences, including skateboarding lessons and cinema trips.
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Selfridges $6 bln deal would be rich bet on London
LONDON, June 11 (Reuters Breakingviews) – Selfridges’ 4 billion pound price tag is suitably rich for a luxury department store. Given the punchy valuation, it will probably appeal to investors who are more interested in owning a trophy asset than making a decent financial return.
The group’s owners, the Weston family, bought Selfridges for nearly 600 million pounds in 2003. Nearly 20 years later, the Canadian investors have received an approach from an unidentified buyer, according to press reports. They’ve now put it up for sale at nearly seven times their original purchase price. Assets include the Brown Thomas and Arnotts brands in Ireland, as well as luxury stores across Britain and the Netherlands. Its key selling point, however, is the central London Oxford Street store, where handbags fetch 3,500 pounds and the rooftop Dior restaurant is booked up until September.
That flagship location, which covers 600,000 square feet, is part of a vast property portfolio. Along with freeholds spread across Ireland, the UK and the Netherlands, the real estate could account for almost half the mooted price tag, according to a person familiar with the sale.
Still, a 4 billion pound valuation looks pricey. It’s nearly 5 times the company’s 852 million pounds of annual pre-pandemic sales. That compares with a 2.3 times trailing revenue multiple when private equity bidder bought rival Liberty in 2019. The Qatar Investment Authority bought Harrods for a 3.2 times multiple in 2010. The Westons may argue that the value of Selfridges’ property portfolio has gone up since the Harrods deal, as have wider stock-market multiples. But the retail industry has been pummelled, not least by the pandemic. Selfridges’ neighbour Debenhams collapsed into administration last year, and John Lewis has been shutting stores.
Selfridges’ cannot be immune to such a decline. The pandemic has accelerated a shift to online purchases, making it harder for so-called destination shops to justify high prices. Meanwhile London’s appeal as a tourist location has arguably lost ground after Britain’s exit from the European Union. Potential suitors, like a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund, may covet such an iconic trophy. But the numbers probably don’t stack up.
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– The owners of British department store Selfridges are considering a sale at a value of 4 billion pounds after receiving an approach from an unidentified buyer, React News reported on June 10. The Financial Times and Times newspapers also reported on the possible sale.
– Selfridges’ Irish operations, which include Arnotts and Brown Thomas, are included in the potential sale.
– The retailer is owned by the Canadian wing of the Weston family which bought it in 2003 for 598 million pounds.
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Selfridges Plc | Encyclopedia.com
400 Oxford St.
London W1A 1AB
Telephone: (+44) 171-629-1234
Web site: http://www.selfridges.co.uk
Sales: £360 million (US$506.3 million) (1999)
Stock Exchanges: London
NAIC: 452110 Department Stores
One of the grand names in the history of the department store, Selfridges Plc has undergone a facelift in the late 1990s—not only has the company renovated its landmark Oxford Street, London location, but the company itself is undergoing a transformation. In 1997 the company was spun off from former parent Sears Plc (not to be confused with the United States’ Sears Roebuck and Co.), taking a listing on the London stock exchange. Selfridges, led by CEO and former Habitat home furnishings chief Vittorio Radice, is also taking the company’s famous name on the road. After opening a second store in Manchester, England, in 1998, the company has announced its intention to build up to three new Selfridges. The first of these is scheduled to open in Birmingham’s revitalized Bull Ring district in 2003. The company is also looking for suitable locations in Glasgow and Newcastle. More than just a department store, Selfridges has long featured such amenities as a 300-room, four-star hotel; a parking garage with a car wash service; 15 restaurants; shoe shine, pharmacy, and other facilities, in addition to some 54 departments covering some 540,000 square feet of selling space. After spending close to £100 million on an extensive renovation of the Oxford Street flagship store, Selfridges has repositioned itself as a “house of brands.” The company has also sharply improved its profitability, posting pre-tax profits of £27 million on sales of £360 million in 1999.
Founding a Department Store: 1909
Selfridges is the brainchild of famed retailer Harry Gordon Selfridge, an American who came to England at the turn of the century. Described as an instinctive retailer, Selfridge belongs to the era of such retailing greats as Marshall Field—indeed, Selfridge started his career with Field, Leitner & Co., which operated the famed Chicago-based department store chain. At Field, Leitner, Selfridge was credited with a number of firsts in the retailing industry. Selfridge proposed the concept of the January sale as a means of reducing stock left over from the holiday season. Selfridge also introduced the “bargain basement” to the American shopper, and was later credited with the famous phrase: “The customer is always right.”
However, Field, Leitner was not right for Selfridge. Denied a senior partnership with that company, Selfridge left his job and his country, moving to London at the age of 50. There he bought a piece of property on what was then the “dead end” of Oxford Street, paying £400,000—by the beginning of the 21st century, that same property was valued at more than £324 million. Selfridge devised a logo for his new company by combining the symbols for the U.S. dollar and the British pound.
The Selfridge department store opened in 1909 and represented a revolution in British retailing. While the United Kingdom had been credited with developing the department store concept in the early part of the 19th century, by the turn of that century, British retailing was seen as largely trailing its more innovative counterparts in Europe and the United States. The Selfridge store helped to return England to the forefront of retailing technology. Considered the world’s largest department store at the time, Selfridge offered more than simply shopping counters. Inside the huge complex, shoppers found such amenities as a post office, a library, rooms dedicated to foreign visitors, and a department dedicated to selling items for clergymen.
Selfridge, a keen marketer, also had a sense of the visual, adding window displays to the outside of the department store and a rooftop garden. Inside the store, shoppers were treated to lavish displays and decorations. In 1913, the store added another innovation, that of a nursery for caring for customers’ children while they shopped. Selfridge also began offering Christmas puddings to the bus drivers operating the routes past the Oxford Street store, encouraging the buses to stop—and passengers to come into the store.
Buoyed by the store’s success, Selfridge took the company public in 1921, and expanded its property holdings, giving the company one of the largest parcels of privately held land in the Oxford Street district of London. Later that same decade, Selfridge became the first department store in the world to open a department dedicated to a new invention: the television. Yet the lavish decorations and upscale trimmings that had made Selfridges one of England’s most prominent retailers also became the company’s heaviest burden. With the stock market crash of 1929 and the worldwide depression of the 1930s, Selfridges found itself in increasing difficulties. The outbreak of World War II only exacerbated the company’s troubles. H. Gordon Selfridge was finally forced to sell his company, to Lewis’s Investment Trust, for £3.4 million. Selfridge, however, was to die in poverty.
Slumbering Through the Decades
While Selfridges remained an Oxford Street landmark, it also became a symbol for the dowdy department store by the late 1980s. In the mid-1960s, Selfridges caught the eye of another fast-rising retailing magnate, and the store was sold to Charles Clore in 1965. Clore had been responsible for building up the British Shoe Corporation, as part of his Sears Plc retail empire. While Sears—unrelated to Sears Roebuck & Co. of the United States—built up its shoe division, which, by the late 1980s boasted more than 2,500 stores and accounted for one of every four pairs of shoes sold in the United Kingdom, it also began to invest in Selfridges. In the 1970s, Sears built the four-star Selfridge Hotel behind the department store, added a 500-car parking facility, and expanded its restaurant.
During this period, Selfridges also underwent a series of renovation attempts, which, in keeping with the fashion of the time, aimed to cover up the “old-fashioned” features of the building in order to create a more modern appeal. This trend continued through the 1980s and into the 1990s, as Sears installed artificial ceilings and covered over such features as the huge solid bronze doors at the building’s entrance, and removed much of its marble trim. Such decorative moves were nonetheless unable to counter the increasing association of “dowdy” with the Selfridges name.
In the 1990s, Sears began a new round of investments in Selfridges, including expanding its retail floor space, extending its range of restaurants, adding personal shopping services and a beauty salon. Meanwhile, Sears was apparently neglecting its core British Shoe Corporation business. By the early 1990s, consumer shoe tastes and habits had changed, with people opting not only for sneakers instead of shoes, but also eschewing the small specialty shoe shops which made up the bulk of British Shoe Corporation’s store chain in favor of buying their shoes in the same store they bought their clothing.
By the mid-1990s, Sears, once a dominant player in the United Kingdom retail market, had earned the prefix “struggling.” The company seemed unable to counter its dwindling sales, despite successive reorganizations. By the second half of the 1990s, Sears’ management saw no choice but to begin selling its holdings, including breaking up the British Shoe Corporation into its component brands to competitors. The company’s Cable & Co. chain was purchased, for example, by the United States’ Nine West.
By the time the last of British Shoe Corporation had been sold, Sears had managed to lose more than £240 million on the breakup. Meanwhile, the company, criticized for holding on to Selfridges while shedding its core shoe business, was having troubles there too. Its attempt to move beyond the London city center, notably with the opening of two new stores near Heathrow airport, first in 1995, with the second added in 1996, met with failure. The company was forced to abandon the Heathrow stores in 1997.
A New Look for the New Century
By then, Sears was forced to begin looking for ways to shed the rest of its holdings. In 1997, the company decided to spin off Selfridges, a move which was completed in 1998 when Selfridges returned to a separate listing on the London stock exchange. By then, Selfridges had brought in Vittorio Radice, who had previously worked wonders turning around the Habitat chain of home furnishings stores. Since joining Selfridges in 1996, Radice had already helped push through a massive seven-year, £100 million renovation plan meant to restore the Selfridges building to its previous splendor.
Radice also broke from Selfridges long identification with the single Oxford Street store when he announced plans to build a new £43 million store in Manchester, in the north of England. At one-third the size of the Oxford Street store, the new Selfridges was also moving out of town, to a new £600 million shopping complex. While some observers were initially skeptical about the company’s chances at this new location, which opened in 1998, the Manchester Selfridges quickly outpaced its projections, turning profitable by the end of 1999.
The public listing had immediately attracted the attention of British Land Corporation, led by John Ritblatt, which began acquiring stock in Selfridges. From an early position of more than six percent, British Land built up shares worth more than 13 percent of Selfridge’s stock by the end of the century. These moves fueled rumors that Selfridges might be taken over, or acquired outright. Radice, however, insisted on the company’s determination to maintain its independence.
What makes us tick: When we opened, Gordon Selfridge said, “Selfridges is for everyone.” That still rings true today, coupled with a desire to delight every customer who walks through our doors.
The renovation of the Selfridges store reached completion in 1999 and immediately proved its worth, as shoppers returned to the store in force, raising company profits and sales. As Radice pointed out to the Sunday Telegraph: “Gordon Selfridge used to say this is not a store but a community centre. I believe this. It is not about selling goods but entertaining people.” At the same time as entertaining the store’s customers, however, Radice also took steps to increase their likelihood of buying. Among the company’s initiatives was the introduction of a “house of brands” concept, separating departments into a collection of instore boutiques for such famed brand names as Gucci, Calvin Klein, and Yves Rocher. “What you want is the feeling you get when you walk down Bond Street,” Radice told the Independent, “You enter the Gucci store there or the Gucci space here and it is the same experience, the same ambience, staff with the same kind of knowledge of the product. But our big advantage is that here, if you want to return a Gucci jumper, you can pick up some Patrick Cox shoes instead.”
With sales rising to £360 million and profits doubling over the previous year to top £27 million in 1999, Selfridges turned buoyantly to the future. By then, the company had started construction on a third store, tagging some £40 million for a venue that would be part of the revitalization of the Birmingham Bull Ring district. Selfridges also announced its intention to expand to as many as five stores, with Glasgow and Newcastle among the company’s top choices for its new locations. With the renovation of the Oxford Street store completed by the beginning of 2000, Selfridges immediately announced ambitious plans for that location as well. Seeking a real estate partner—with British Land among the favorites—to provide financing and expertise, Radice announced plans for a radical new extension of the Oxford site. In addition to adding an additional 100,000 square feet of selling space, the new plans called for the construction of an office tower and residential complex above the site, as well as a new hotel and cinema.
Arcadia Group plc; Marks and Spencer p.l.c; Debenhams Plc; Next Plc; Harrods; Sears PLC.
- Harry Gordon Selfridge opens Oxford Street store.
- Adds nursery, window displays, and rooftop garden.
- Selfridges goes public.
- First dedicated television department.
- Acquisition by Sears Plc.
- Adds four-star Selfridge Hotel and Food Hall.
- Opens first Heathrow Airport store; begins £100 million renovation of Oxford Street store.
- Opens second Heathrow Airport store.
- Closes both Heathrow stores.
- Selfridges spun off as public company; opens Manchester store.
- Oxford Street renovation completed; begins development of Birmingham store.
- Announces expansion plans for Oxford Street renovation.
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—M. L. Cohen
Best Places to Shop in London
Selfridges on Oxford Street is the second largest shop in the UK and is considered to be one of the best department stores in the world
Entrance to Selfridges Flagship Store on Oxford Street cc licensed photo by Loz Flowers
Selfridges flagship store opened in 1909 in the heart of London’s Oxford Street shopping district. It is only a three minute walk from Bond Street Tube Station.
Founded by Gordon Selfridge, success came from making shopping fun by displaying merchandise in a way that customers could easily see and examine it. He also put the high profit perfume displays front and centre at store entrance. These methods have since been adopted by department stores throughout the world. Another big first for this store was the first introduction of television to the public in 1925.
Selfridges has always been famous for its bold window displays which are a tourist attraction in and of themselves.
Selfridges departments include, womenswear, menswear, accessories, beauty, home & leisure, kids, food & wine and giftware.
As with the other top London department stores there are plenty of in store food and drink options ranging from quick snacks and deserts to French Bistros.
For more information on Selfridges flagship store in London please see their official site link below.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Selfridges London
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.
- Monday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Tuesday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Wednesday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Thursday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Friday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Sunday: 11:30 am – 6:00 pm
400 Oxford Street
London W1A 1AB
Phone: +44 800 123400
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The window displays at Selfridges are a tourist attraction in their own right. Take a look at all of the work that goes into creating just one Christmas window display with this time-lapse video.
90,000 Top 10 Selfie Locations in London Soho
If ZIMA Magazine was not in Shoreditch, we would definitely be in Soho. This area in the very center of London is very different from all the surrounding places. Contrasting, bright, fun and unpredictable. We walked through Soho one more time to tell you about the ideal places for selfies and just for beautiful photos, which should be on Instagram as much as possible. Don’t thank, like!
For pedestrians, this place opens up to a beautiful green square, there are also several ping-pong tables.It is better to come with your own racket and ball, but you can find a partner for the game right there. The tables are busy almost all the time. If you don’t really like ping-pong, don’t leave without a photo. Clickable near 20th Century Fox.
All the magic of London in one street: ancient architecture and several theaters, which are very well lit at night. For mysterious neon pictures – here.
Simply pleasure – Sex shop stop
After Buckingham Palace, come here.No one will condemn anything for a short dress, stockings and anything in general. Feel free to go to any sex shop and take bold selfies, so you will scare away prudes from your subscribers.
The most elegant street in the city. Sometimes it seems that city officials love her more than others. It will also be useful to you, and the photos here turn out to be win-win popular.
Continue on to Kingly Court, where you will discover a very cozy courtyard with a variety of restaurants for every taste.We’re not hinting at anything, but keep in mind, Kingly Court is a great place to have a first date and first selfie together.
Marshall Street Leisure Center
You can cool down a bit and enjoy the architecture on Marshall street. The exact address of the pool is 15 Marshall St, Soho, London W1F 7EL. Don’t leave without an underwater photo.
G-A-Y bar is one of the most famous nightlife spots in Soho. You will not be allowed to take pictures inside, but at the exit you must definitely take a selfie as a souvenir, because everyone knows that without a photo you were not there.
The cramped Oxford Street is not always a pleasant place for quiet shopping, but wandering in the Liberty is a pleasure. Take selfies in the fitting room and run a competition for the best dress.
If there are still not enough photos, go urgently to China Town. Here you can take pictures, eat, and buy quite inexpensive Asian products for some friendly dinner.
Regents Street is especially beautiful around Christmas, but any other time it deserves an Instagram photo. Choose a perspective and a sunny day – and off you go.
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90,000 Diary of a summer group trip to England, group trips with STUDY.UA
- Flight group trip to England
Summer vacations in England are the dream of any schoolchild! Our guys went to study English for 2 weeks at the prestigious British university – Brunel University, which is located in Uxbridge, a suburb of London.Exciting excursions, acquaintance with British culture, interesting classes with native speakers, a rich extracurricular program and entertainment – all this awaits children during their English holidays!
Read about the adventures of young British students in the group trip diary!
It was a sleepless night for all of us. And we did not regret it at all, because we understood that this was our last opportunity to be in such a composition and discuss everything that happened to us during these two weeks at Brunel University.We met guys from different countries, made friends with them and will continue to communicate. We talked about our country and even taught our new friends a few Ukrainian words. And how touching it was when guys from Brazil and Kazakhstan came to see us off.
At 5 am a bus was already waiting for us, which took us to the airport. We fell asleep before we had time to take off. Having landed, the guys could not wait to meet their parents, who were so worried about them all this time.
Our group includes the most beautiful girls and incomparable boys.Despite the rainy London weather, colds, misunderstandings that sometimes occurred to us, physical fatigue from the busy school program, we can safely say that these were two unforgettable weeks of our adventures.
This British vacation will be a colorful and long memory for all of us!
Today is our last day at Brunel University and our last excursion to Oxford Castle – a medieval Norman castle in the city of Oxford. At first we had free time and we walked around this wonderful town.After the activation, the leaders gave us a tour, starting with the Carfax Tower located in the center. We also saw the Bodleian University Library, St. Mary’s Church, Merton Colleges, University College and Balliol College – these are the oldest educational institutions in Oxford.
We arrived home tired and decided to order pizza. After dinner, we went to pack our bags, because tomorrow we are going home!
Today we are writing the final test. This is a very exciting moment for all of us.After all, we must get together and show the highest results. The final score is formed on the basis of a written test assignment, the teachers’ assessments are also taken into account during two weeks of training.
After lunch, most of the guys decided that today, instead of activism, we will go to Uxbridge for shopping again. Not without the purchase of traditional tea, British delicacies and souvenirs for our family and friends.
At 7:30 pm we had our graduation ceremony and graduation ceremony. Our girls began to prepare for this event in 2 hours, they even had to skip dinner for this reason 🙂 The graduation ceremony took place in a spacious auditorium.Children from Brazil, Turkey, China, Russia and France also graduated today. Our group STUDY.UA was the first.
All the guys improved their knowledge of English and showed good results in the final test. We would like to mark Vikula, who received the highest score among us. And as a gift from the headmaster she received a small teddy bear with the Brunel University logo. We are all proud of her.
After that we all went to the incendiary Hawaii-style disco, which was organized in honor of our graduation.
No cultural program in the form of excursions was planned today. Today we have 4 lessons, each one and a half hours long. Today our task was to create our own country. But the highlight was that we worked in pairs with students from other countries and we had one country for two. We had to present it, telling about the national food, flag, language, culture, and also draw its project. Not without tricky questions from teachers and audience.
After dinner we went to a casino evening.There were also a lot of board games.
Our weekly schedule consists of 15 hours of learning English, which we alternate with two full-day excursions and one half-day excursion, Sunday is free, but we also used it to the fullest. We always have evening activities after dinner. This is how our last week here comes to an end.
Today we have a full day excursion to London. We visited Madame Tussauds, the largest and most famous wax museum in the world.We saw not only historical, but also famous personalities: singers, actors, musicians and public figures. We had a lot of fun and took a lot of photos. The girls were delighted with the youth group One Direction, and the boys were most impressed by the cartoon characters. And we even managed to take a photo with members of the British royal family.
But the museum is not only about wax sculptures. It is also a fear room, which is included in the ticket price. It is impossible to pass by it, it is located immediately at the entrance.We went into complete darkness and we were attacked sharply by Kruger, Jason and other horror heroes. They grabbed the leg, poured water, and we concluded that the room was not for the faint of heart. And after the horror room for relaxation, we took a five-minute train ride “through the whole history of London.” And finally, we watched a 4D cartoon.
After visiting the museum, we had a long-awaited walk around London. We headed towards Oxford Street, the busiest street known for its many shops.We visited the shops of the most famous European and American brands.
After lunch in a cozy cafe, we continued our journey through Piccadilly street. We saw the London National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Admiralty Arch, St Jame’s Park, a memorial dedicated to the Battle of Waterloo. At the end of the tour, we admired Buckingham Palace – we have a lot of impressions!
Despite the fact that our strength was already running out, we wandered into the gift shop of the Hard Rock Cafe – two of our girls bought themselves T-shirts with the logo.We returned home by metro. It turned out to be much easier to use than we thought. In the evening we had guys from Turkey visiting. We played the Truth or Dare game
After breakfast, we went to lessons. We got the task to create our own invention. Having shown our creative imagination and ingenuity, we presented our projects to the teachers. Each lesson we discuss our assignments in mini-groups with students from other countries. During fun assignments and discussions, we show our creativity and practice our English.In between classes, one could watch the graduation of Brunel University graduates who received their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The broadcast took place on the big screen and it was insanely beautiful!
In the afternoon, we had a long-awaited visit to the Westfield shopping center. Although we were allotted only an hour and a half for shopping, we managed to buy ourselves beautiful new clothes with pleasant discounts. We even managed to get lost in this huge store.
Today we received a compliment from the school representatives that we are the most punctual group that always comes on time for all events.And this is good news 🙂
The beginning of the new week turned out to be traditional. At 7:15 am, a training fire alarm went off, but now, in a light rain and in our pajamas, we managed to discuss that we didn’t want to leave here. After all, today is the equator of our stay here. We have even figured out what kind of business you can open here and where you can continue your education;) We are aiming at Oxford and Cambridge – why not dream?
After two days of excursions, we managed to miss the lessons.And today we have two of them in the morning. The groups were joined by new students who came over the weekend. And today our task was to create a monster and present our project to an audience. We described him, told what he eats and where he lives. We spent the second lesson on grammar.
After lunch we had a walk to Uxbridge – a cozy area of London with its main street, which houses 2 shopping centers and small shops in traditional English style. After dinner, despite the cloudy weather, we went to play football.
Sunday is a free day at school. But we are trying to get the maximum experience from every day – today we ordered an additional excursion and extreme emotions await us in the Thorpe Park amusement park.
Our girls can rightfully be called fearless – they are real adrenaline lovers. All that was left for the boys was to follow them immediately to one of the highest slides in the park, which will take your breath away! The boys even managed to convince the group leader to ride it.Although before that she promised that she saw herself only on children’s slides.
We appreciated the huge sheer rides in which a person can feel the real feeling of free fall. There are also water attractions in this park. And for fans of horror movies, the park offered a special attraction, which is equipped based on the movie “Saw”.
Wet and happy – that’s the easiest way to describe us. After visiting the Thorpe Park Amusement Park, we went home.
On days of full day excursions, our morning starts earlier than usual.Already at 7:40 we went to breakfast and we were given a packed lunch to go. Today we had an excursion to the residence of the British monarchs – to Windsor Castle. It is a symbol of Great Britain that rises on a hill in the Thames Valley. We were given free audio guides that helped us get acquainted with the history of the British Empire. We were able to see the magnificent royal apartments, and even watch the changing of the guard ceremony. We also saw the famous Eton College – this is one of the most famous and prestigious schools in the world.The current Prime Minister of Great Britain David Cameron, Princes William and Harry and many other influential people of this country studied here.
After the excursion, we had free time, which we devoted to a delicious lunch, shopping, buying souvenirs, as well as walking around the towns of Windsor and Eaton.
We were back to school in time for dinner. Despite the busy school schedule and fatigue, we went to watch Sherlock Holmes in English. After all, our most important goal is to improve our English skills.
Today, after a light breakfast, sports activities awaited us.We were offered a choice of three options: football, tennis, or getting to know the peculiarities of the activity leaders. The opinions of the guys were divided and each chose what he liked. But the most surprising thing is that several girls, together with the group leader, went to play football. What was our surprise when our opponents turned out to be girls aged 10-11 years from Brazil. And the way they played football deserves respect! After a short break, sports events continued, the boys mastered a new sport – rugby, and the girls chose between dancing and field hockey.After lunch we had two lessons. Today the final test was written by guys from other countries – we managed to make great friends with them and we will miss them very much. In honor of their departure, a disco was organized at the school. Girls and boys for this occasion dressed up and went to dance.
All day excursions await us at the weekend, so we need to have a good rest and gain strength. Good night everybody!
Good morning! Today our day began earlier than usual, because we were waiting for a full day sightseeing excursion to London.The road to the center took us 4 hours instead of the usual 1.5. As it turned out later, protest actions were taking place in the city. Because of them, the metro was closed. This provoked the creation of large traffic jams. But this could not spoil our mood)
Already from the windows of the bus we began to look at London: clean streets, no advertising, laconicism – there is something fascinating in this city. The tour started from the Tower. We had a few free minutes and had time to drink the most delicious coffee in the world at Starbucks.The best way to get to know the British capital is to take a stroll along the Thames. We were offered a very interesting route? which led upstream from Tower Bridge. We sailed across the London Eye, the Tate Modern, and London’s famous quays with pubs, churches, parks and schools. A stunning panorama opened before us.
Then we rode the London Eye, one of the largest Ferris wheels in the world. Before us opened a view of almost the entire city. During the rotation of the wheel, we managed to take a lot of selfies and shared with them with friends on social media.networks. The ticket we bought included free admission to the 4G movie. This is a short video about the London Eye, with special effects.
We still have some time left for walking. We walked through the recognizable symbol of London – Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Palace and Green Park. The tour was quick enough, so we will definitely come back here again next week.
We returned home tired and happy. There was no traffic jam at that time as such, so we got there quickly.After dinner we went to rest.
Well, today we will study, study and study again. According to the schedule, we have 4 lessons, with half an hour between each one. We were previously divided into groups. Today we have been working on our own projects. The tasks depended on the level of English proficiency. Someone was offered to stage a scene on a given topic, someone created a quiz, and someone even “played” on improvised instruments. We spent half the time on grammar.Every day is clearly planned so we always know what exactly we will be doing throughout the day. We had time between dinner and evening activities and decided to pamper ourselves by ordering pizza.
In the evening we participated in the team game “Capture the Flag. We competed pretty well with the opposing team and won. We raised our morale – satisfied and happy we went to rest, because tomorrow we have a full day excursion to London.
Today, on schedule, in the morning, we have an excursion to the British Museum.This is the main historical and archaeological and one of the largest museums in the world. Worldwide, it is the second most visited after the Louvre! We learned a lot about the cultures of the peoples of the world. We also have time left to buy souvenirs for our relatives.
After returning to school, we quickly wanted to know the results of the entrance test. After all, today we have 2 lessons, each one and a half hours long. We were very pleased with the results: three of our girls showed a high level, the rest of the guys showed an average and above average level.We met our classmates – these are guys from different countries, from Brazil, Colombia, France, Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan and Spain.
The first lesson began with an acquaintance. It was very interesting to learn about the peculiarities of other countries and their culture. In the second lesson, we studied grammar. Teaching English is different from what is usual for us in Ukraine, and it is quite effective, since everything happens during a discussion or discussion of any issue in English.
After dinner we have a choice of activities.We were offered to visit a conversation club or a game “Egg protector”. It was very funny.
Today we had a real crazy morning!
At 7.20 am a training fire siren went off. The safety of their students is very important to the school administration. Yesterday we were informed that in such cases it is necessary to leave the premises in 3 minutes, it was funny to meet each other in pajamas on the street. But most importantly, we did it!
Breakfast, like yesterday’s dinner, was very satisfying. We were offered a choice of different types of muesli with milk, croissants with jam, fruits, tea, coffee, juices and much more.After breakfast we went to play tennis. Despite the fact that practically no one had played before, our boys made a worthy competition to the guys from France. After that, most of the girls competed in the Take a Selfie game.
In the afternoon, we wrote an entrance test, according to the results of which tomorrow we will be assigned to groups for learning English. The test consisted of two parts: written and spoken. We also had an introductory lecture on school rules.
After dinner, we took part in a quiz and took second place.We would like to acknowledge the youngest member of our group – Misha, thanks to whose dexterity we have achieved such results. In the evening, guys from Brazil came to us and taught us very fiery dances. According to the school rules, we had to go to sleep at exactly 11. Well, tomorrow we will have an equally exciting day.
Now we know not only from textbooks that London is the capital of Great Britain. We came to England and we will personally be able to see the beauty of this city!
It all started at the Boryspil airport: the experiences of the parents, the first meeting of the children with each other and, most importantly, the expectation of an exciting and informative journey.Our group consists of 12 people (3 boys, the rest are girls).
London greeted us with a warm summer rain, which can rightfully be called an integral attraction of this country. We arrived at school in the evening, left our suitcases and went to dinner. It was very tasty! Then we received a schedule for a week and were placed in single rooms with private facilities.
For evening entertainment, we were offered a movie or dance. But, to be honest, we just wanted to relax more – the guys and I were very tired on the way.Tomorrow we will have an entrance test and active sports! It will be interesting!
90,000 London stories. White swans, how lady you are!
Oxford Street – one of the central London streets with its countless mirrored windows of the world’s best shops, always attracts many tourists.
The choice of goods is huge, constant discounts!
– You only hear from our Israeli tourists: “Wow”, “Wow …”
But I quickly get tired of the commercial rush, and this is not why I flew here from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
Moreover, just three bus stops from this anthill – a crowd of people and cars on Oxford Street, is one of the wonders of London – Hyde Park!
It is known to many in the world as a symbol of free speech because of Speakers’ Corner, but this is only part of the park.
Its main territory, which is a little, a lot 142 hectares, is occupied by lawns, trees, lakes.
In short, in the very center of the capital, there is no better place to relax than this royal park!
The most beloved place of the townspeople and guests of London is the Serpeytine Lake, or in Russian, Serpentine due to the location of its shores….
Two colors prevail here: dark – the color of the visitors’ clothes and white – the color of the lake residents …
Geese, ducks, seagulls and … swans.
In incredibly large quantities.
Geese – important and proud, like English lords, stroll along the embankment.
Do you think they beg people for some kind of feeding?
No, they just demand!
They close the road, keep people away from the lake.
And here, near the very edge of the water, graceful, gentle white swans modestly swim for themselves!
I would like to say so: white, white swans, like a lady you are!
It is not for nothing that beautiful girls with thin, dazzling necks are compared to swans.
There is something similar in this comparison!
This whole bird world lives according to only one laws he knows.
But, apparently, everyone gets along.
I have never written poetry and I think that this is not my calling.
But, being here, in this paradise, where an endless lake stretches far, far away in a smooth surface, and the white kingdom of birds reigns throughout its space, I involuntarily began to form poetic lines.
Do not judge the aspiring poet strictly, if you can still say so – just read it, and you, as if with me, will visit this lake in Hyde Park.
“White birches, green lawns,
Jumping squirrels, fast seagulls.
Large geese – important and proud,
As if they were not birds, but English lords.
The sky is blue – with light rain,
And the people around – all under an umbrella!
There are many people ahead of me!
Everyone is in a hurry, in a hurry, as if to a celebration!
The Serpentine Lake is stretched like an arc.
I drive myself: faster, faster, Efim!
I pick up a pelephone and a camera.
I am in a hurry to photograph the whole bird parade!
The crowd is crowded: selfies, selfies, smiles, laughter!
Women – in white, women – in black – among all!
And we continue our journey along its alleys and squares.
The beginning of January – after the last rains the grass turned green brightly, the trees rose from hibernation.
Especially birch trees.
White birch trees, like white swans, stand out for their tenderness and beauty among others.
I run my hand over the bark – it is soft, silky.
The same silky, warm bark of our birch was, which we planted near our house in Belarus.
Like a mother’s hand …
I hug these London white birches and seem to be transported into my childhood.
And next there is a photo shoot.
And who do you think?
The fastest and fluffiest residents of Hyde Park.
Golden, like sunbeams, roll over the grass, numerous squirrels swiftly climb the trees.
They can be said to be tame.
They take food straight from the hand, build their funny little eyes.
And again they are carried away somewhere far away …
Many, many people.
Most, as I see it, are in Muslim clothing.
But you quickly get used to this phenomenon in London!
I have been with them all this time!
And I will not say that I received poor service from them in shopping centers, in hotels, at the airport, on buses.
Therefore, the neighborhood in Hyde Park with them did not evoke any negative emotions in me.
On the contrary, women and men even asked me to photograph them against the backdrop of the lake.
And I put groups of Muslims better in the light, asked them to feed the swans – and at that time the shutter of the camera snapped.
And then he threw his camera into the hands of one of them, threw his hand into someone’s bag of bread and also fed the birds … while waiting for the shot.
I wanted to tell them: “Guys, let’s live together! Look, all kinds of birds get along together. Can’t we, people, do this?”
But the way new acquaintances smiled at me at a short meeting gave me hope for a better future…
Of course, in the park there were not Arabs-refugees, who now flooded Europe, but quite civilized people, of the second or third generations, already living here …
I think time will tell.
In the meantime, a Jewish family couple, sitting opposite on a bench, quietly watched us …
I went up to them, sat down next to them, spoke in Hebrew, and my colleagues in photography, Arabs with families, peacefully walked past us into the depths of the park …
… Hyde Park is also known for hosting many sports attractions and events here.
There are many historical monuments here.
For us, Jews, it is also important because a rather worthy memorial to the Holocaust has been erected here.
On the boulders of raw granite, a quote from the Tanach (Lamentations of Jeremiah) is carved.
On the way back from Hyde Park, I turned into a small street full of Muslim shops.
Here I wanted to stand for a few minutes near the Raoul Wallenberg monument, to pay tribute.
A Swedish diplomat, while in Budapest, he saved at least 100,000 Hungarian Jews during the war.
And how many future generations owe him their lives? ..
Only to him the fate was very cruel.
Wallenberg’s traces were lost in the Soviet Lubyanka after he was captured and brought to Moscow.
White clouds swept over me …
And it seemed to me that it was the white swans of Hyde Park that rose above the ground so that all people could see them, and never again committed lawlessness and injustice on it.
We lived without aggression, peacefully, like this white kingdom on Lake Serpeytayn …
See you in the next essay.
Yours, Efim Zlatkin.
Learning English in Oxford, children’s group summer 2019
Oxford International Education Group / Oxford Brookes University
Description of the school
The first school of the network of language centers Oxford International was founded in 1991 under the name ISIS Education & Travel. Today it is one of the largest educational networks with several centers for adults and children in the UK, USA and Canada and annually accepts about 2000 students from all over the world.Oxford International (OIEG) – UIC schools are distinguished by their high professionalism of teachers, excellent location of centers, and a wide range of programs.
Accreditation : All programs are approved by the British Council, the school is a member of the English UK association.
Oxford . When we say the word “Oxford”, we primarily mean the famous prestigious university. However, do not forget that Oxford is also a cozy city located in central England, the administrative center of Oxfordshire.The Thames and Cherwell rivers flow here. Oxford is a city with a rich history, residents honor its history and respect their home. Most of the stately buildings here have remained virtually unchanged since medieval times. There are many architectural monuments in the city that are worth seeing: 41 colleges of the University of Oxford, Magdalen Tower, Ashmolene Museum, Oxford Cathedral and many, many others. The city has a theater, cinemas, many cafes and restaurants, shopping centers.
The OIEG Oxford Summer Program is hosted at Oxford Brookes University , Harcourt Hill Campus.The campus occupies a large green area with beautiful views of downtown Oxford, 15 minutes away (by bus U1). On the territory of the university: a modern sports complex, an indoor pool, playing fields, a hall for various events, karaoke and discos, a large dining room, a Starbucks cafe, there is WiFi access.
English classes are held in international study groups;
testing to determine the level of knowledge takes place on the first school day;
In the classroom, copyright teaching aids developed by Oxford International (OIEG) teachers are used.
All tasks are given to the children in the context of the practical use of English in everyday life and are supplemented by thematic lessons. Lessons are held both in the morning and in the afternoon, alternating with interesting activities, games, sports and creativity, sightseeing trips: visiting museums and sightseeing in Oxford, London, Stratford-upon-Avon.
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I put two more ticks.In the morning, well, from what morning, at half past twelve I arrived, I was at Domi’s. By half past five at Wesley’s.
Domi, oddly enough, is already awake.
Some citizen was fixing Domi’s thermostat. In my previous September, Domi lived in a huge old hotel with a crowd of similarly lost minors.This hotel had massive oak doors, an abandoned reception desk, a bunch of different toilets, and a rooftop terrace. Domi had a balcony in his room.
– I can imagine how cold it will be here in winter.
– How are you?
Wesley, as usual, was gloomy at first. He talked about his life for an hour, having finished:
And then we film a little. Wesley lives with Tanya. All my gay boys live with girls.Such an ordinary full-fledged family, only without sex. They have been living together for a long time. We go to Tanya’s room and choose a dress from her. So jersey, eighties style.
We go to the station. Wesley meets Tanya, who is returning from work.
I was about to go home, but I remember that tomorrow I have two more meetings. On Friday – Vika. Both Friday and Saturday are commercial. And I still need to meet Tim once, and I also need to meet with Konrad. And Wesley wanted to go somewhere on Sunday. And Domi said that one more time it would be possible to cross. And I still have to buy cheese. Be sure to buy cheese. Many.And I think we ought to quickly stop by Oxford Street and buy socks and underpants in the Primemack. This is such a mandatory procedure for me when I am in London. Cheapest and of decent quality. Well, shirts for Varin’s dad. There is a sale in the Gap. I still think to go first to Tottenham. But at the last moment I go out to Oxford Street. Looking at the boys dancing hip-hop At this moment, someone takes me by the hand and speaks Russian. At first I flinch in surprise.
And took a selfie with Wesley into a story. Such a full house, you know, how many different citizens immediately wrote. And sent hearts. That’s what it means to take selfies with the right-looking citizens.
# oxfordstreet Instagram posts – Gramhir.com
I am often asked how I decided to move to the USA.What’s that …
After finishing 9th grade, I went to study in Oxford. Did I want to? No. I cried for several days. I felt so good in Moscow, in my lyceum. My whole life has been there, my friends.
Moreover, I did not know English. From the word at all. 🙈The College sent in a brochure describing the rules and guidelines. I had to live in a hostel. The booklet said what I needed to buy to live there. But, as you remember in English, I’m not belmes.At the age of 14, I decided not to bother with the dictionary, but I should have.
The hostel looked like an ordinary 3-storey building. Each student had his own room. Shower and all amenities on every floor. We also had a Host mom who cooked us dinner. She washed our clothes and kept order in the house. The cleaning lady came separately. The conditions were good.
But, the house is old, the floors are creaking. The walls are worn out. As it turned out later, there was no heating either. The standard room has a table, a chair, a built-in wardrobe and a bed.The first night has come and I understand that apart from a bare bed with a mattress, I don’t even have a pillow and a blanket. I am silent about bedding. Of course it was in the booklet, it turns out I had to buy it all myself. 🙀I was lucky that besides me there was also a Russian boy in the house. He told me about it. And he also shared a pillow.
It so happened that the first night in the most prestigious city for education, Oxford, I slept on a bare mattress, and covered myself with my things.
The next day, I ran for a blanket, pillow and bed linen.And you say the USA, here I have arrived for everything ready. Ali even bought a new mattress before the wedding. 😂
More stories about how I left my parents at the age of 13 here 👉 # how I became independent
I am from Naberezhnye Chelny, how did I get here?
🔸How did we meet my husband? #pakistanotatarwedding
🔸Difference of mentalities, or how do we all get along in the same house?
#difference of mentality
🔸Have managed to give birth in the USA for free
90,000 names of districts, attractions, photos.The most elite suburbs of London Suburbs of London attractions
Life in London attracts many people and at the same time frightens with its high cost. But many specialists working in the capital have found an excellent alternative. They chose for life the settlements that are located near the capital. And we found a lot of advantages for ourselves in this solution: affordable housing, beautiful natural areas, clean air, the opportunity to spend free time from work with family in a more relaxed atmosphere.
The list of cities with lower prices for housing and goods includes cities with high-rise buildings, concrete buildings of the 1960s and houses erected in the post-war years. Among them are Luton and Swindon, which are an hour’s drive from London. We propose to consider all the options in more detail.
Distance to London: 109 km
Housing cost: from
Northampton is located near the River Nin.The waterway is no longer used for cargo, but is popular with anglers and river walkers. The Market Square is one of the largest and oldest in the UK. Northampton Castle, one of the first Norman castles in England, is being reconstructed in the city. There is the Billing Aquadrome amusement park with a marina, attractions and a pub in a converted water mill. There are fairs, carnivals, the Delapre Beer Festival, the Dragon Train Race, etc.
The city has 50 primary schools, 8 secondary schools and 2 colleges.The University of Northampton offers courses from basic and tertiary education to graduate and doctoral qualifications (business, education, healthcare, science and technology, social sciences and arts). The city is located close to the M1, A45, A43, A14 motorways. From the railway station, trains run to major cities, and there is also a bus station.
Distance to London: 51 km
Housing cost: from 70,000 pounds
Warwickshire Rugby is located on the River Avon.It was in this city that the famous sport of rugby was born in 1567. Trade is developed in the city, a cement plant produces products. Among modern schools and colleges: Lawrence Sheriff School for Boys, Gymnasium for Girls, Ashlawney School, etc. There are also elementary and elementary schools: Eastlands, Abbots Farm, Paddox, St. Oswalds C.E.
Transport links: M6, M1 and M45 pass, buses run, train station with regular flights to London, Birmingham, Stafford and Crewe.The Oxford Canal runs along the northern edge of the city.
Distance to London: 120 km
Housing cost: from
Cambridgeshire industrial town has a rich history. They say that here you can feel the spirit of ordinary England. It is 45 minutes from King’s Cross Station in London. Here you can find a bungalow with a bedroom for £ 36,000 or buy a spacious apartment in a Victorian building for £ 130,000.
There are not crowds of tourists, but there are old sights: the Norman Cathedral of Saints Peter, Paul and Andrew (655), the Museum and Art Gallery with ancient exhibits, the Burleigh estate with a 14th century mansion, the Flag Fen Bronze Age monument and the Nene Park with three lakes. It hosts the annual Peterborough Beer Festival.
Transport: A1 highway (Edinburgh-London), routes of various railway companies, including CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Greater Anglia.The annual pass will cost somewhere in the 7,500 pounds.
Industrial city in the South East of England. The settlement is developing rapidly, there are many houses and residential complexes, there are park areas for walking. There are a number of elementary schools in and around Sittingbourne: Fulston, Community College, Westlands School, Borden Grammar School (boys) and Haystead Grammar School (girls). Sittingbourne Adult Education Center provides courses for adults over 16 and for adults. Transport links include railway stations, bus stations, motorways.
Of course, the distance from London and the need to go there for work can cost, depending on the distance, 2-8 thousand pounds a year in travel costs. But the total cost of housing or rent in the suburbs of London fully compensates for this difference. In addition, you will have the opportunity to spend more time in nature.
Remember the movie “Exchange Vacation”, in which the heroine Cameron Diaz finds herself in the English countryside for Christmas? At first she was not happy about this, but then she realized that these places are full of secrets, Victorian grandeur, and it is here that you can take a break from the eternal bustle of the metropolis.Silence, incredible landscapes and delicious food – this is what can be found just a few tens of kilometers from London
This old English city is famous for its university, recognized as one of the best in the world, as well as Blenheim Palace. English cultural traditions are embodied in this estate from the beginning of the 18th century – it houses one of the largest collections of fine art in Europe, as well as regularly hosts exhibitions and concerts. Before Christmas, the facade is decorated with light decorations, and the building is transformed into a fairytale castle, and festive events are held here for families with children.
On the vast grounds of the nearby Waddesdon Estate, there is a beautiful park with a manor house renowned for its rich collection of paintings. Here you can admire, for example, paintings by Sarah Lucas, Jean-Baptiste Simeon Chardin and other famous artists.
But the list of Oxford cultural places does not end there: the city Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archeology presents a unique exhibition that tells about the history and culture of this wonderful place.Not far from the famous university campus, there is a real medieval Warwick Castle, towering over the river: here, before Christmas, Santa Claus tells New Year’s stories. The fortress is adjacent to the resort town of Royal Lemington Spa, where the picturesque streets are conducive to walking and relaxing.
It is difficult to imagine Shakespeare’s arrival at home without attending a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company, one of the most famous theaters in Britain.The range of performances is very wide: these are plays by the classics of English literature, and modern works.
The spirit of Oxford can be felt in cozy local hotels – the elegant The Macdonald Randolph, located in the heart of the city, and in the secluded Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, in the nearby village of Great Milton. By the way, the restaurant at the hotel was awarded a Michelin star. And for intimate gatherings, The White Rabbit Pub, located in the center, is perfect – here you can join the local environment and feel like an Englishman for a few hours.
Those wishing to make quality Christmas shopping and indulge themselves with new things, we advise you to look into Bicester Village. This is a boutique town with 160 stores selling quality products of world brands – haberdashery, footwear and clothing. British products from famous designers can be bought here with discounts of up to 60%. In addition, the site is home to the iconic Tate gallery, whose creative space combines technology and art.Here you can buy original souvenirs and printed copies of exhibition works.
If your heart belongs to London and you want to celebrate the holidays right here, then you will be interested in a selection of five festive locations about which we wrote
Briefly about what you need to remember to see in and around London.
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
appeared in London 200 years ago thanks to the sculptor Maria Tussauds.Branches of this famous museum are located in many cities in Europe, Asia and America. Collections of wax celebrities, made in full growth and almost indistinguishable from their human counterparts, are regularly updated. Of course, wax figures don’t sign autographs, but taking a selfie with a celebrity is also good.
Mr. Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum
is a unique collection of the most outlandish things that the founder of the museum, Robert Ripley, has collected over 40 years of his travels around the world.
is a ceremonial county in the center of London, the historical core of the city, formed on the basis of the ancient Roman city of Londinium. The City is one of the world’s largest financial centers. Roman Londinium was founded as a trading port in AD 47. At the beginning of the 3rd century, the Romans built the London Wall, which to this day defines the border of the City. The Romans left London in 410, and the Anglo-Saxons took over the territory. During the Middle Ages, London was subjected to severe destruction, fires, reconstruction and rebuilding several times.The most notable buildings of the City are the remains of the Roman wall, the Tower of London (1078), St. Paul’s Cathedral (1708), Tower Bridge (1894), skyscrapers Tower 42, Mary Ax, Aaron Tower.
or the Royal Theater is one of the most famous opera houses in the world. It got its name from its location: Covent Garden is an area in central London, in the eastern part of the West End. The modern building of the Royal Theater, which opened in 1858, is the third building on this site.The first opera house appeared here in 1732. In their nearly 300-year history, the Royal Opera’s opera and ballet companies have achieved a first-class level of excellence. In the repertoire of Covent Garden, pearls of classical art are performed almost daily.
(1753) – the main historical and archaeological museum of the United Kingdom and one of the largest art museums in the world. The museum’s collection includes the largest collections of mummies and sarcophagi in the West, antiquities of Mesopotamia, Chinese porcelain, “Diamond Sutra” – the world’s oldest printed book (868 BC).), moai from Easter Island, artifacts of Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece, ancient and medieval Europe, one of the largest collections of graphics and engravings: Michelangelo, Raphael, da Vinci, Durer, Rembrandt, Blake. Goya.
National Art Gallery
(1824) – Museum in Trafalgar Square, one of the most famous art museums in the world. The collection of the National Gallery contains more than 2,000 samples of art of the 13th – 20th centuries, including the originals of “Venus with a Mirror” by Velazquez, “Venus and Mars” by Botticelli, “Madonna of the Rocks” by da Vinci, “Madonna Aldobrandini” by Raphael Santi, “Sunflowers” van Gogh.
– the capital of Oxfordshire, stands on the banks of the Thames, 90 km from London. The first mention of the city in the “Anglo-Saxon Chronicles” dates back to 912. The city gained its world fame, of course, thanks to the University, which is still included in the top 10 of the best higher educational institutions in the world. The date of foundation of the University is unknown, but the first mention of it dates back to 1096. It consists of 38 colleges and 6 dormitories (educational institutions of various religious orders).Oxford University is also the largest research center. The Oxford Library, with over 100 branches, is the largest university library in the Kingdom. In addition to the huge variety of specialties taught at the University, more than 300 hobby groups are organized for recreation and useful leisure of students in Oxford. Among the most famous Oxford alumni are Christopher Wren, John Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, Roger Bacon, Margaret Thatcher.
.First Records of the Western Church (eng. West Minster
) St. Peter’s date back to the 7th century. That Gothic church that we see today was built intermittently for 500! years (from 1245 to 1745). By tradition, it is here that the coronation ceremonies of English monarchs take place, and their ashes are buried here. But not only kings are buried in Westminster Abbey: in the south transept is the Poets’ Corner, where you will find monuments and tablets testifying to the artists buried here, including William Blake, Charles Dickens, John Milton, David Garrick, Robert Browning, Thomas Eliot , Laurence Olivier.
– a palace and park ensemble in the late Gothic and Baroque style. Located on the banks of the Thames, 18 km southwest of central London. The first buildings of the Hampton Court date back to 1514. Initially, it belonged to Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who later handed it over to King Henry VIII, and the palace for a long time became the main country residence of the English kings. During the English Revolution, in 1647, King Charles I was imprisoned here, after whose execution the palace passed into the power of the Republic.After the Stuart Restoration in 1660, the palace returned to the crown again. During the reign of William III and Mary II, the expansion of the palace ensemble in the Baroque style, designed by Christopher Wren, took place. By the 19th century, the palace fell into disrepair, but under Victoria the restoration of the palace was carried out, and the Queen opened it to the general public, transferring the management of the Hampton Court to the British government.
is a megalithic stone complex of the end of the Stone Age, located 13 km from the city ofSalisbury. The radiocarbon method of research determines the age of the building – from 4 to 5 thousand years. Medieval legends attribute the status of a Druidic sanctuary to Stonehenge and associate the history of its origin with the name of the wizard Merlin, who erected this structure by order of the King of the Britons in memory of the battle with the Saxons. Modern scientists have come to the conclusion that Stonehenge was an ancient observatory and a kind of calendar: using this design, you can determine the day of the summer solstice, track the phases of the moon and predict solar and lunar eclipses.On the territory of Stonehenge, burials dating back to the 7th – 4th centuries were also discovered. BC NS. The blue stones of the trilites (U-shaped structures in the center of the henge) also remain mysterious: their material gave reason to believe that they were brought from the Preselli Mountains in South Wales, but in our time this theory has been refuted, and, moreover, with external similarity, they not even geologically identical.
. After the Norman conquest in 1066, by decree of William I, a ring of artificial hills with castle fortifications was built around London.One of the most strategically important points was the castle on the banks of the Thames near Windsor Forest. In 1110, Henry I made this castle a royal residence and continued the stone fortifications around the hill with a wooden building. Over its almost thousand-year history, the castle has grown and expanded in accordance with the architectural styles of the eras, the tastes of the monarchs and their financial capabilities. The last reconstruction of the castle dates back to 1993, which was caused by an extensive fire on November 20, 1992. Today, Windsor Castle is the largest residential castle in the world and is a symbol of the unshakable British monarchy.
Tower of London
, like Windsor Castle, grew on the banks of the Thames from a fortress on a mound by the same decree of William the Conqueror in 1066. The first stone building of the Tower that has survived to this day was the White Tower ( White Tower
). In the XII century, under King Richard the Lionheart, several more towers of various heights were rebuilt, powerful fortress walls were erected, and a deep moat was dug. So the Tower became one of the most impregnable fortresses in Europe.
Already from the end of the XII to the middle of the XX century. part of the Tower was used as a prison. During the Reformation, King Henry VI, Princes Edward V and Richard, Queen Anne Boleigh, Catherine Howard and Jane Gray were imprisoned and killed in the Tower. In the basement of the Tower Chapel are buried more than 1,500 decapitated bodies of prisoners who were publicly executed on Tower Hill near the castle.
In the 13th century, part of the Tower was turned into a royal zoo, the first inhabitants of which were the lions of John the Landless. Initially, the zoo was developed for the amusement of kings and their retinue, but once ordinary townspeople watched as Henry III’s escaped bear fished in the Thames.In the 16th century, Elizabeth I opened the zoo for visitors, and in the 1830s, the animals were transported to the new zoo in Ritzens Park.
For more than 5 centuries, the Tower has housed the main branch of the English Mint and housed the royal arsenal. Since the 17th century, the Royal Treasury has been open to visitors in the Tower, among the exhibits of which is the world’s largest faceted diamond Cullinan I.
Ravens have been the permanent inhabitants of the Tower from time immemorial. According to the omen, the day the crows leave the Tower, great misfortunes will fall on England.
is a historically port town southeast of London, now the Greater London area. The main attraction of Greenwich is the Royal Observatory. It was opened under Charles II, in 1675 by Christopher Wren. The first astronomer to work at the observatory was John Flamsteed, after whom the building got its middle name – the Flamsteed House. The Greenwich Observatory has practically become the basis for measurements: the prime meridian is drawn through it – the origin of longitude, and since December 16, 1993, in the night sky of London, you can see a bright green ray of the prime meridian leaving the observatory building strictly to the north.In 1833, a “ball of time” was installed over the observatory, which drops sharply every day at exactly one in the afternoon. Today, the Greenwich Observatory houses the Museum of Astronomical and Navigational Instruments, which is part of the National Maritime Museum. Russian tourists visiting the observatory will be pleasantly surprised by a meeting with a compatriot – a monument to Yuri Gagarin was erected here in 2013. Continuing the space theme, the Peter Garrison Planetarium opened in Greenwich in 2007.
The 2012 Olympic Games were recently officially opened in London, the capital of Great Britain. Now the country receives a huge number of visitors from all over the world. The capital is full of interesting sights that a tourist should definitely see. This article presents …
The official opening of the 2012 Olympic Games in the capital has recently taken place. Now the country receives a huge number of visitors from all over the world. The capital is full of must-see tourists.This article presents 10 of the most interesting and unique locations that can be easily reached from the center of London (See “20 Free London Attractions”).
1. Bloomsbury District
Travelers should start their walk in this trendy residential area by taking the tube to Russell Square, the largest square in London. It is pleasant to walk along Bedford Square and admire the immaculate examples of Georgian architecture. Picturesque private gardens can be seen through closed wrought iron gates.The area was originally owned by the Duke of Bedford, who rose to fame as one of the most popular writers around the turn of the century, belonging to the Bloomsbury Seth literary community.
The members of this illustrious group of writers were John Maynard Keynes, Virginia Woolf, and Edward Morgan Forster. Bloomsbury is home to several educational and cultural institutions such as the Museum of Great Britain, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archeology and the Charles Dickens Museum.
Also, the tourist will see here the University of London College and several well-known theaters and cinemas. The area is a great base for walking around the city. There are many luxury hotels to choose from, including the prestigious Bloomsbury Hotel.
2. Notting Hill
The trendy, well-known Notting Hill area has gained widespread popularity thanks to the filming of a Hollywood movie on its streets starring Julia Roberts.You can get here by subway to Notting Hill Gate station. This is a great place to visit if the traveler is a lover of shops and street markets (a must-see for the Portobello Market). The tourist is lured here by cool bars, restaurants and stylish, small boutiques. Don’t miss the Notting Hill Carnival on the last weekend of August with its spectacular explosion of color and music in the streets.
This stylish, exclusive residential area has recently become extremely popular thanks to the famous advertising phrase on the soap labels: “made in Chelsea”.The area also gave rise to the phrase “Sloane Rangers”, which refers to wealthy individuals who live near Sloane Square.
Belgravia is also part of the Chelsea area, which borders the Thames to the south. Chelsea’s main wealthy thoroughfare, Royal Road, leads to Sloane Square Tube Station. Here, the traveler can explore exclusive shops and boutiques as well as the famous Fulham Road with its many bars and restaurants.
You can get to the Kensington area from the subway stations: South Kensington, Knightsbridge, Hyde Park Cone and the terminus of Kensington Street.This area is full of attractions and extensive parklands: beautiful green Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, prestigious museums such as Victoria and Albert, the Museum of Natural History.
Other attractions in the area include the Royal Albert Hall and London’s most famous department store, Harrods. Kensington High Street is a large street ideal for shopping and a good alternative to Oxford Street.
5. District Shoreditch
Shoreditch Market is an interesting, isolated area that is a great alternative to other London neighborhoods.Here the traveler will find a large selection of private shops, stalls, small markets and vintage boutiques. The area is home to the large Brick Lane market, which is bordered by Old Street, Great East Street and Shoredich High Street.
6. Camden and Primrose Hill
You should definitely visit the world-famous Camden Lock market, where products for all areas of Londoner’s life are presented for sale: arts, crafts and consumer goods. The closest tube station to the market is Camden Town.This area is a hotbed of alternative cultural trends and the development of young trends. While here, you can enjoy a pleasant stroll along the canals, enjoying the beauty of Camley Street Natural Park. To get to Primrose Hill, walk down to the Chock Farm tube station just north of Regent’s Park. The Hill is an open green area with exclusive houses in the surrounding streets, where many famous celebrities live.
7. Angel, Islington
There are many interesting places to visit in this north London area.The main street here, Appa Street, is filled with cool bars, several fine restaurants, boutiques and design shops. From the Angel metro station, it is worth taking a stroll through the area, where the subtle charm of individual style and ancient history is combined. This popular residential area is also home to famous personalities. It is rich in events, theaters, and also has a famous antique market (located at the Camden Passage).
8. Soho Village
Soho is a village within the city and is home to London’s gay community (Old Compton Street).Many of the city’s main attractions, such as Chinatown, Piccadilly Circus, Shaftesbury Avenue and part of Oxford Street, are located on its territory. This village is considered the heart of the city, home to many restaurants, bars, jazz clubs and music and creative centers. Soho Square is a popular weekend get-together, as well as the theater district, home to the London Palladium and the Palace Theater, which is home to many nightlife.
The beautiful Hampstead is the heart of this area in north central London. This area is distinguished by a beautiful landscape with natural vegetation, as well as interesting archaeological areas. The area is home to historic buildings braided with green heather, expensive houses, bars and museums. This elegant area contains many stylish, unique restaurants, shops and was once a popular gathering place for literary men.
Keats House, Freud Museum and Hampstead Parish Church are just a few of the sights to see on foot.Also, the traveler can visit the last resting place of Karl Marx and other famous people at the Highgate Cemetery. To get to this area, you should get off at the Hampstead tube station.
10. Little Venice
There are two canals in this area: Regent’s and Grand Union. Here the tourist can have a pleasant lunch or drink while admiring the pretty view of the canals. Then, it is suggested to book a scenic boat trip on the water. You can also take a ride in tow, which will take you directly to Camden with its bustling crowded streets.
And the suburbs are even better. There, real estate prices are lower, the air is cleaner, and the atmosphere is calmer. And there are no problems with transport at all. Every year more and more people prefer life on the periphery, rather than in large cities. But which area to choose from a variety of options?
What are the popular suburbs
– This area is located in West London and borders Chelsea. Real estate prices are significantly lower here.It is popular with young families in quaint Victorian mansions. You can also buy a mansion, feeling like a real lord. Every year more and more new and modern cafes and restaurants open here.
is a county near London. It consists of towns in which the architecture of the times of King Edward is widespread, as well as many modern houses, in the construction of which the latest technologies and styles were used.
From any suburb of London, you can easily reach the center or other important areas of the city. Each of the districts is dominated by the architecture of the Victorian era, old mansions that harmoniously combine with modern buildings. here below, and there is no shortage of entertainment places for recreation here. Quiet parks, cozy squares and lovely restaurants, a relaxed atmosphere, many varied with modern teaching methods. These are places where you will be calm and comfortable, here you want to live and build a family.