London is always a fantastic place to shop all year round, but when it comes to snagging a great bargain, Black Friday is one of the most exciting events in the city. With brilliant deals to be found and the chance to get your hands on the latest must-haves, from technology to fashion, it’s the perfect time of year to plan a trip to the city.
Read on to find out more about the best Black Friday deals to look forward to in London. With great London weekend packages on offer right now, you can plan the perfect shopping trip to make sure you don’t miss out.
The history of Black Friday
Black Friday is now seen as one of the best days of the years to pick up a great deal, with many retailers offering unbelievable discounts for a single day, or through the weekend. The day originally began in the US and was the nickname given to the Friday following Thanksgiving celebrations at the end of November, when stores would open up with huge sales after the holiday.
But with the growth of online shopping and savvy shoppers on the hunt for the best prices, Black Friday is a phenomenon that has spread all over the world in recent years, and London is no exception. This year, Black Friday takes place on 29th November, and for guests staying at the Hyde Park International member of Park Grand London, it’ll be a great chance to take advantage of incredible deals across London’s top stores.
How to get the best out of Black Friday
Black Friday is one of the major promotional periods before Christmas, which means there will be lots of other shoppers on the hunt for a great deal too. Consequently, it can be a hectic and busy period to go shopping, so it really is essential to prepare yourself beforehand.
Check out great London hotel offers in advance, so that you can comfortably stay overnight in the city before and after the sales, and give yourself plenty of time to rest. Most stores will open up early, and many eagle-eyed shoppers will make the effort to line up at their favourite stores ahead of opening time, to make sure they can get their hands on their favourite items first.
If you want to beat the crowds, try going as early as possible, as stores will only get busier during the day. Many top high street brands across Oxford Street and Regent Street will be sharing massive discounts on clothing, home décor and other goods, so it’s worth getting a head start if you don’t want to miss out. H&M is one of the most popular stores at this time of year, with fantastic offers on everything from children’s clothing to the latest men’s and women’s trends, and is a great place to pick up some stylish new outfits ahead of all the seasonal parties to come.
It’s also a good idea to have a plan for what you’d like to purchase in advance. This will help you decide which stores to visit. Black Friday isn’t the time for window shopping or ambling around – if there’s something you’ve had your eye on for months, make sure you make a beeline for it to avoid missing out on a potential bargain. And if you’re clothes shopping, make sure you have a clear idea about sizes, as there will be limited opportunity to try things on.
Of course, while the challenge of hunting down those great deals can be exciting, it can also get a little tiring too. So treat yourself to a little luxury, so that you can rest in style. With great deals on 4 star hotels in Bayswater London, you can stay close to the city’s best shopping districts, while still enjoying a wonderful rest.
Selfridges is one of London’s most iconic department stores, and one of the best places in the city to snap up a great bargain on Black Friday. Last year, they sent customers a promotional code in order to take advantage of their offers, so it is likely they may do something similar this year.
With nine floors and several departments, you’ll be able to find great deals on everything from top cosmetics and skincare products, leading designer fashion brands for men and women, and the latest technological gadgets for home and leisure. To get the best out of the store’s promotions, keep an eye out for big brands and designer items across all the departments. If you’re planning on getting your Christmas gift shopping done at the same time, you’ll also find great deals on items like food hampers, gift sets and jewellery.
You can expect to come out of the store, weighed down with plenty of shopping bags, so book yourself a stay with some great value hotel offers ahead of time.
When it comes to luxury shopping in London, Harvey Nichols is one of the most prestigious names in the city, and the only luxury department store to take part in Black Friday promotions. As a result, it’s one of the most popular times of the year with customers, and can be a great time to snap up some unbelievable bargains on premium goods.
Located in Knightsbridge, the London outpost of Harvey Nichols covers several floors, with departments dedicated to luxury and designer fashion, fine jewellery, accessories and premium cosmetics. You’ll also find kitchenware and homeware, making it the perfect place to shop if you want to revamp your home, as well as your wardrobe.
With an in-store café and restaurant, with great views from the fifth floor of the department store, you can enjoy some essential refreshments during your sale shopping spree. And if you need a little extra help to recuperate from the hectic experience, you’ll also find facial, body and hair treatments inside, to make sure you emerge looking and feeling your best.