Part 3, London: Selfridge’s and Dinner at Galvin at Windows

SELFRIDGE’S, OXFORD STREET, LONDON

I learned some new things about the store whilst watching Mr. Selfridge, the Masterpeice Series from England on PBS:

1)  Mr. Selfridge called his store an “Aladdin’s Cave”.

2)  He opened the first bargain basement in the world which caused quite a sensation.

3)  This was the first store in England where every class shopped together.

4)  Because of his egalitarian American ideals, he supported women’s rights.

I know I have written about the store before. It is one of my first stops on Oxford Street. There is no other store like it in the world. This trip I bought an Isabel Marant jacket for the warmer weather, and some cosmetics. I also bought a new looking light gray and cream canvas bag and baby pink cashmere socks from The White Company London, downstairs in the home goods area.

I had my hair done at the HERSHESON’S BLOW DRY BAR,  02073182408 or book online at www.hershesons.com, main floor in Selfridge’s, by a really great young bloke named Nick, if ever you are in London, do try him, he is great. He gave me big sexy hair, I loved it and enjoyed this look for 5 days. What is unique is that there are 5 picture boards of gorgeous hair styles to choose from and you are out and coiffed in 30 minutes, shampoo and all. NO fuss, just real glamour!

Here are some pictures of what I bought that day:

DSC_0177  Selfridge's Marant coat
Isabel Marant boiled wool lightweight coat with hood and black grosgrain belt

DSC_0183   bag Selfridge's
Light grey and white canvas beach bag, looks very new by The White Company London

DSC_0184   socks the white company
Baby pink cashmere socks by The White Company London

DSC_0187  cosmetics Selfridge's
Mitsouko by Guerlain, Bright Blue Mascara by Givenchy, Face primer by YSL

Dinner: Galvin at Windows, 22 Park Lane at the Hilton Park Lane, London

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From this French cuisine restaurant on the 28th floor there are stunning views.

To the south east, the City of London and the London Eye, and fashionable Mayfair below; from the southwest, Knightsbridge, Apsley House, Buckingham Palace, St. James’ Park;  from the west, Hyde Park and gleaming Serepentine and from the north, Hampstead, Oxford Street.

We had the Menu Prestige

Starters: Seared Scottish scallops, white onion purée, sea vegetables and shellfish broth

Ballotine of foie gras, marinated, prune, orange purée and pain d’épice

Main Courses: Filet of Cumbrian Angus beef, seared foie gras, honey roasted parsnip and pomme purée

Poached fillet of Norwegian halibut, ragoût of mushrooms, shellfish and crab emulsion

Desserts: Spiced Apple and milk chocolate soufflé, bay leaf ice cream

Nougat parfait, persimmon, Muscovado meringues & black pepper ice cream.

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