Diamond Jubilee Shopping Guide
There are plenty of reasons to visit Mayfair and Belgravia in the run up to the Diamond Jubilee celebrations (June 2 until June 5). We’ve got street parties, special events, plenty of royally-themed food and drink, and we’ve got lots and lots of shops. Luxury brands, independent boutiques, artisan butchers and bakers, and more – all packed into our chic, sophisticated, village-like shopping streets. Visitors come from far and wide to stroll down Pimlico Road, Motcomb Street and Mount Street, taking in the one-of-a-kind combination of tradition, modernity and luxury that our shopping streets offer. Mayfair and Belgravia are two of the best locations in the world to do your Diamond Jubilee shopping.
Your Jubilee Shopping List
Is your diary looking almost as crammed as the Queen’s in the run up to the bank holiday? Is your shopping list looking decidedly un-ticked? Here are the most essential items you’ll need for a brilliant bank holiday, and the Jubilee stores from which you can buy them:
• Party Food – Many big manufacturers, as well as boutique eateries, have created themed Jubilee nibbles to celebrate the holiday. Why not try Mr Kipling’s Great British Fancies or a jar of special edition Ma’amite? Waitrose on Motcomb Street or Sainsbury’s on Stratton Street should stock plenty of products that are ideal for a royal celebration
• Street Party Accessories – A successful street party needs several key ingredients. Plenty of people, a patriotic atmosphere and a selection of traditional British bites are essential. To help things along, you’ll also need to decorate – bunting, flags and Union Jack tablecloths are the order of the day. The Non-Stop Party Shop on Kensington High Street is the ideal place to pick up items such as these
• A Great Party Outfit – Whether you’re looking to dress up in exuberant fancy dress or dazzle like a prince or princess, every shopper should include a Jubilee outfit on their list. Try Pantaloons fancy dress in Pimlico, or – for an elegant outfit – our street-by-street Jubilee stores guide (below) has plenty of ideas for men’s and women’s clothes
Street-By-Street Jubilee Stores Guide
If you’re a fan of high-end fashion, walk down Motcomb Street, Belgravia. Carolina Bucci, the famous bespoke jeweller, shares the street with other fashion luminaries such as Christian Louboutin, whilst just around the corner on West Halkin Street you’ll find Irish designer Louise Kennedy’s boutique, selling her elegant women’s clothes from an understated corner location. Sample the shops on Motcomb Street and the surrounding area for a Jubilee party outfit that’s fit for royalty.
Alternatively visit Elizabeth Street, Belgravia. Here you’ll find the flagship store from royal favourite Philip Treacy, and a cavalcade of shops selling show-stopping jewellery and accessories. Sprinkled amongst the luxury boutiques are some quite eccentric outlets, including Mungo & Maud, which specialises in stylish pet accessories – perfect if you want your prized pooch to join in with the Jubilee party fun. If you’re looking for a present for Jubilee then stores such as Henry Stokes are full of unusual gifts, whilst Poilâne – the French baker – supplies sumptuous bread that’ll be perfect for a celebratory picnic.
Mount Street, Mayfair, meanwhile, is dappled with designer brands and traditional trades – a curious mixture of old and new that contributes to the street’s unique atmosphere. You’ll find contemporary men’s and women’s clothes and accessories courtesy of Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, Jenny Packham and more. Mount Street is a haven for the fashion-conscious shopper, and it’s hosting its own Jubilee party – another great reason to plan a Mount Street visit into your Jubilee shopping plan.
To the north of Mayfair, Selfridges on Oxford Street is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the Queen’s anniversary. There’ll be pop-up Jubilee shops, fashion exhibitions and a packed programme of in-store events during the celebration, styled the ‘Big British Bang’. In addition, the window displays will be taken over by fashion’s favourite nonconformist, Vivienne Westwood, who is sure to add her own colourful twist to the Jubilee shops inside.
Jubilee Shops That Are Fit For a Queen
Standing in the shadow of Buckingham Palace, and home to many members of the nobility, it’s no wonder that many of the shops in Belgravia and Mayfair have long-standing royal connections:
• Two of the big talking points of the royal wedding last year were Princess Beatrice and Eugenie’s stunning hats, which were made by Philip Treacy of Elizabeth Street, Belgravia
• During her North American tour with Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge wowed onlookers with her collection of Jenny Packham dresses. You can find Jenny Packham’s flagship boutique on Mount Street, Mayfair and two other boutique’s in Elizabeth St.
• Allens of Mayfair, the oldest butcher in London, was an official supplier to Queen Victoria – and continued to supply the royal family with delicious cuts of meat until 2006
• H.R. Stokes, on Elizabeth Street, also used to supply the royal family with luxury stationery – why not add some regal invitations to your own Jubilee Shopping List?
More Jubilee Guides
• Street Parties – All over Mayfair and Belgravia, people will pour out onto their roads to celebrate. Here’s where you can join in
• Drinks – Top bars, pubs and clubs for a royal tipple
• Events – Dates, details and ticket information for the biggest events across Belgravia and Mayfair
• Food – Michelin-starred restaurants or artisan food stalls, they’re all here during bank holiday weekend