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The perfect place to exercise your credit card, London has a number of world-class department stores. It's worth enduring the crowds to visit Harrods (87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge), a name synonymous with luxury. The prices can be hair raising but the ornate food halls are a great place to pick up a Harrods-branded souvenir.

Fortnum & Mason (181 Piccadilly) has been trading for more than 300 years and has a food hall that specializes in sumptuous hampers, while Liberty (at the junction of Regent Street and Great Marlborough Street) is all about elegance.

Harvey Nichols flagship store (109 - 125 Knightsbridge) offers eight floors of shopping extravagance -- make like Londoners and call it Harvey Nicks, (dahling optional!) Selfridges (400 Oxford Street) will lure you in with its eye-catching window displays and keep you there with its five cafés, four restaurants, two bars and countless food hall eateries. Read full article »