The Liberty’s of London store is an icon of London, possibly the most beautiful shop in town.
Sandwiched between Oxford Circus, Regent’s Street and Carnaby Street, this stunning building fools passers-by, by its Tudor frontage. It’s not quite that old, rather it was built in the 20’s, but the building is still impressive when you realise that the timber came from two ships HMS Impregnable and HMS Hindustan, look out for the golden ship perched on the top of the building, indicating its nautical connections.
Also note its beautiful mock Tudor chimneys the kind you find on the stunning Hampton Court Palace. It’s equally impressive inside with its expensive wares, as well as its central Tudor hall, it’s hard to believe the building was designed to be a shop.
If you want to bask in liberty’s splendor some more I highly recommend The Clachan pub, just around the side of Liberty’s on Kingly Street.
This beautiful Victorian pub dates from mid 1890’s (although there has been a pub here since the late 1700’s) and was actually was originally owned by Liberty’s. Its interior is impressive with its rich wooden decor, carvings, grand mirrors and Victorian tiled floor. It also has an impressive circular bar. It’s an absolute hidden gem, and provides an excellent respite from West End shopping.
… and just so you know..Clachan is Gaelic for ‘meeting place’.
Dates from 1898
34 Kingly Street
Read about some more of London’s fantastic historic pubs at www.discoveringsecretlondon.co.uk/home/historic-london-pubs