Shopping. Oh how we’ve missed it. The smiley staff, the shiny counters, and the sweet smell of the perfume stalls (I’m always the first in line for a quick free spritz). Well, now that we can actually walk into shops, we can experience all this and more. You can get everything in one place without having to traipse back and forth to the post office when a purchase comes in the wrong size. What’s more, you can also punctuate your shopping spree with meals out, beauty therapies and a fancy cocktail (or two).
Our first port of call is Harvey Nichols. From cutting-edge fashion to the latest beauty launches to seriously luxury services, a trip here is simply not an experience you can find online. In-between finding my dream handbag or a summer dress I need for a wedding in August, I’m ready to indulge myself. From cocktails on the terrace in the summer sunshine (whenever the sun decides to make an entrance) to an indulgent mani/pedi sesh, shopping just stepped up a gear…
Treat yourself with rooftop cocktails on Harvey Nichols’ summer terrace
Let’s face it, summertime is just an excuse to drink cocktails. Whatever your poison – Aperol spritz, mojito, Pimm’s – one glass in the sunshine and suddenly the world looks a little brighter.
So here’s some news that will put a skip in your step. For the next two months, you can enhance your retail therapy sessions with some time out on the Beluga Summer Terrace on top of Harvey Nichols. Admire your latest purchases as you wash down an array of expertly crafted cocktails.
For all the vodka connoisseurs out there, you’re definitely going to be impressed with the what Beluga Vodka have in store. Try and test nine signature serves, from espresso martinis to a signature Tropical Summer cocktail, made from Beluga Noble vodka, passionfruit kombocha and Fever-Tree soda. And you really don’t need shopping as an excuse, this is just a jolly good day out.
Try and test nine signature serves, from espresso martinis to a signature Tropical Summer cocktail.
The Fifth Floor Bar has an enticing menu of quick bites, such as chorizo sausage rolls and tempura soft shell crab burgers.
Take a break from retail therapy with some food therapy…
Trying to shop when you’re ‘hangry’ is simply not acceptable. There’s no way I can ever decide on the right pieces for my wardrobe when my stomach is growling and I’m feeling irritable. It’s really not a good mix.
It might be no surprise to hear that Harvey Nichols is one step ahead. They have option after mouth-watering option to cater to all your foodie needs.
Up at the top of the building is the Fifth Floor Bar which has an enticing menu of quick bites, such as chorizo sausage rolls and tempura soft shell crab burgers. And there’s also the Fifth Floor Café with a light summer à la carte menu with crab, grain bowls and lemon posset tarts.
For the carnivorous amongst you, Zelman Meats serves up platters of Australian rib-eye and Uruguayan fillet steak. Then there’s Burger & Lobster for a bit of surf and turf – their Combo For Two is ridiculously indulgent.
And Harvey Nichols even have a new launch. Madhu’s 2 Go is an award-winning restaurant founded in 1980 serving up signature recipes passed down through generations. They also have a smattering of lip-smacking contemporary dishes with Punjabi and Kenyan inspiration. Dine in for the full experience or if you don’t have as much time to spare get it delivered or pop in to collect.
A beauty pampering paradise
Okay, so all this eating and drinking is getting exhausting. There’s only one way to properly wind down, and that’s with a mani and pedi… Nail’d It are seriously passionate about nails. This isn’t about just getting your nails done, this is about full relaxation, whether you’re getting quirky nail art or a special treatment.
While you’re at it, you might as well get pampered from top to toe. Get the perfect arch in your brows at the Blink Brow Bar, who are connoisseurs at eliminating monobrows.
And if you fancy a spur-of-the-moment piercing, check in with The Alkemistry. The luxury jewellery brand takes piercing to a whole new level. From specialised drinks that calm and soothe, to a complimentary goody bag, each part of this service has been carefully designed with your wellbeing in mind.
Cosmetic acupuncturist to the stars, Sarah Bradden, has a whole host of holistic treatments designed to boost your complexion.
You do you with these luxury wellness therapies
If all that isn’t enough (jeez, you’re hard to please), Harvey Nichols hasn’t stopped there. Expert therapists and wellness gurus are on hand to offer you treatments that will leave you feeling cheerier and more balanced than when you came in.
Over at The Light Salon, they use LED light therapy as a non-invasive and pain-free way of looking after your skin. Whatever your budget or timescale they can help rejuvenate and correct your skin.
Meanwhile, it’s time to think outside the box with cosmetic acupuncturist to the stars, Sarah Bradden, who has a whole host of holistic treatments designed to boost your complexion. Start with a tongue diagnosis and full medical consultation before you embark on a healing cleansing ritual and gentle acupuncture.
There are multiple other ways to replenish your skin. Beyond MediSpa, which is led by doctors, can give you an exfoliating and hydrating facial cleanse with their popular hydrafacial. While Reviv provide IV drips (which are all the craze these days) to help restore your vitamin and nutrient levels.
See? We told you that shopping had stepped up a notch. We really weren’t joking. Head on over to Harvey Nichols for a shopping experience that you’ll never forget. Oh, and if you spot any summer dresses for that August wedding, let me know…
Where: 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ