|Even the Mannequins are chic (and relaxed!)|
The building is a beautiful and brilliant reminder of what we mere humans can do if appropriately gifted. It's got The Queen of Time riding a huge bloody ship at the front door for goodness sakes. What more could you want?
Mr Selfridge himself is credited by some as coming up with the phrase 'the customer is always right'. Whether its true or not when it comes to customer service, he certainly wanted us to have a better experience than we had so far been presented with and included high class restaurants and friendly staff to his store.
The same is true today, I have been inside both dolled up to nines in designer items and wearing high street trousers and converse all stars and got exactly the same treatment, friendly and fabulous. It's a similar story when it comes to parting with your cash. If you spend hours browsing and purchase nothing (difficult but it has been done) opt for a splash the cash item or just a small box of macaroons there'll be no pretty woman style rebuttals for you. Instead the staff are like polite friends stopping by for a quick chat, they just have access to more McQueen scarves than most of your mates.
|Take one a good few times in your life (should you be so lucky)|
The Shoe Gallery is art for the foot fetishist. There is nowhere else that has designer footwear, high street steals and all that is in between so artistically presented. Plus they have a serious Louboutin section and a nice line in comical displays for us lot to ponder.
As mentioned above Mr Selfridge thought that food was an important aspect of the shopping experience and the choice for full on meals or quick bites are a cut above. The restaurant in the Shoe Gallery is sublime but on the top floor is the cutest, least stressful food court I've ever experienced. This includes pastas, salads and smoothies from Chop'd my latest favourite eatery, as well as a mini yo sushi selection, a deli and great looking cakes.
Being in the heart of London, when you venture outside of Selfridges, Soho and Carnaby or Regent Street are all walking distances from my favourite place. Its particularly lovely on a sunny summer afternoon to venture to Scoop on Brewer St, where they sell the nicest gelato outside of Italy. Plus they have a lot of scoops on the wall.
So there you have it. Go investigate and find out for yourself.... Except if you do it'll be even more well known than already is, will become more crowded and next time I go I might not get in but for the hordes at the door.
Hmmm maybe you shouldn't go, yeah you'd probably hate it anyway, best to just ignore me. As you were.