The 8 Best Beauty Shops in London

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If it is shopping on your mind, then London ought to be your first port of call. There are so many shops, boutiques and department stores across the city that no matter which London Hotels Special Offers you book (we have plenty – click here!) you are never far from somewhere to do a bit of retail therapy.

Here are the best beauty shops in the city.

Charlotte Tilbury

This beauty shop is all over London, with locations like the stores listed below only a quick train ride from several  Montcalm HotelsIt is the kind of high-end make-up brand where you feel the impulse to buy one of everything – or maybe three of everything, in case they run out. Charlotte Tilbury herself is a world-famous make-up artist with a big online presence, who doubles up as British Vogue’s Contributing Beauty Editor.

Covent Garden: Tavistock House, James St, Covent Garden, WC2E 8BT

Knightsbridge: 109-125, Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, Belgravia, SW1X 7RJ 

Sloan Square: Sloane Square, Chelsea, SW1W 8EL

Marylebone: 300 Oxford Street, John Lewis, Marylebone, W1C 1DX OR 400 Oxford Street, Selfridges, Marylebone, W1A 1AB

Tom Ford 

Tom Ford products are basically collectables in the realm of luxury and the brand’s range of fragrances, make-up and beauty products is sizeable. Whether buying his designer products as a gift for someone else or a treat for yourself, they always get the mood spot on and will make you stand out as a person of taste and high personal standards.

The following locations are some of the easiest to access from hotels like The Barbican Rooms

Sloan Square: 201-202 Sloane Street, Belgravia, SW1X 9QX

Westminster: 7 Howick Place, Westminster, SW1P 1BB

Covent Garden: 3 The Market Building, Covent Garden, WC2E 8RA

Knightsbridge: 87-135 Brompton Road, Harrods, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL

Yves Saint Laurent 

This French luxury fashion house is also one of the best shops in London to buy your beauty products. Makeup, perfume, skincare, nail polish, men’s products and more are the spread available from most Yves Saint Laurent outlets and they are the kind of high-quality products which have healthy lifespans and retain their quality as time passes.

Mayfair: 32-33 Old Bond St, Mayfair, W1S 4AA 

Marylebone: 300 Oxford Street, John Lewis, Marylebone, W1C 1DX OR 400 Oxford Street, Selfridges, Marylebone, W1A 1AB

MAC

MAC cosmetic stores are the perfect combination of affordable and high-quality beauty products and popping into one of their London stores is always a treat. The stores are positioned all over the city, so are accessible from your perch at any one The Montcalm Hotels

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They sell 100 shades of professional quality makeup for multiple skin tones and different aged users. You can get in-store make-overs, as well as advice from expert customer service liaisons who know everything there is to know about which products will be best for your skin tone and preferences. They can even teach you how to use the products you are buying effectively.

King’s Cross: St Pancras International, Euston Road, Kings Cross, NW1 2QP

Knightsbridge: 109-125, Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, Belgravia, SW1X 7RJ 

Soho: 30 Great Marlborough Street, Soho, W1F 7JA

Marylebone: 300 Oxford Street, John Lewis, Marylebone, W1C 1DX OR 400 Oxford Street, Selfridges, Marylebone, W1A 1AB

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder is a household name when it comes to luxury products for skincare, makeup and fragrances. You are likely to find Estee Lauder products in any department store or shop with beauty sections, but stores guaranteed to have the products in stock are Harvey Nichols, Selfridges as well as pharmaceutical chain Boots, which can be found all over the city.

Knightsbridge: 109-125, Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, Belgravia, SW1X 7RJ 

Marylebone: 300 Oxford Street, John Lewis, Marylebone, W1C 1DX OR 400 Oxford Street, Selfridges, Marylebone, W1A 1AB

Knightsbridge: 87-135 Brompton Road, Harrods, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL

Elizabeth Arden 

Elizabeth Arden is a brand known internationally for its innovative beauty products, technology-driven skincare, trendsetting makeup and distinctive perfumes. The products are best accessed in stores like Boots, House of Fraser or Debenhams around London, and are some of the best quality beauty products on the market, with bestselling items of theirs like their 8-hour cream still a top product in many women’s make up bags.

Knightsbridge: 109-125, Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, Belgravia, SW1X 7RJ 

Marylebone: 300 Oxford Street, John Lewis, Marylebone, W1C 1DX OR 400 Oxford Street, Selfridges, Marylebone, W1A 1AB

Knightsbridge: 87-135 Brompton Road, Harrods, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL

Benefit

Benefit Cosmetics is a makeup brand which has spread like wildfire all the way from the shores of California to the high streets of London and remains a top contender for stores to visit when on a beauty product treasure hunt. Though the brand of course features in stores like Boots or in department stores with beauty desks across the city, the flagship stores are always lively, trendy, buzzing with shoppers and home to experts in the industry who can help you pick what to buy. The colourful, often bright pink shop fronts will make you feel like spending before you have even browsed the shelves.

Soho: 43 Carnaby Street, Soho, W1F 7EA

Knightsbridge: 109-125, Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, Belgravia, SW1X 7RJ 

Marylebone: 300 Oxford Street, John Lewis, Marylebone, W1C 1DX OR 400 Oxford Street, Selfridges, Marylebone, W1A 1AB

Knightsbridge: 87-135 Brompton Road, Harrods, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL

CHANEL 

Just the name “Chanel” has reached such an iconic state of reverence in the world of beauty and fragrance that it should come as no shock that it features on the London beauty product check-list. The store at Old Spitalfields Market is particularly glamorous given the architectural beauty of the market itself, which is located conveniently close to The Montcalm Royal London HouseThere is also a branch at Heathrow Airport, so if you are about to fly back from your trip to London and realised you forgot to buy your loved ones or even just yourself something special, then you have found the answer in Chanel.

Mayfair: 159 New Bond Street, Mayfair, W1S 2UB

King’s Cross: Unit 37D St Pancras International Station, N1C 4QL

Sloan Square: 167-169 Sloane Street, Belgravia, SW1X 9QF

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