If you are visiting London anytime soon over this festive season, Liberty London Department store is a must see for everyone! It is a beautiful Grade 2 listed building built in 1924, this store was constructed from the timbers of two ships: HMS Impregnable (formerly HMS Howe) and HMS Hindustan. The frontage on Great Marlborough Street is the same length as the Hindustan. It is a Grade II* listed building. It really is a remarkable building to visit.
Liberty is a department store on Great Marlborough Street in the West End of London. It sells luxury goods including women’s, men’s and children’s fashion, cosmetics and fragrances, jewellery, accessories, homeware, furniture, stationery and gifts, and is known for its floral and graphic prints.
We have listed some interesting facts about this iconic building nestled in the heart of London.
- FACT: The gold panelled room adjacent to the Liberty Beauty Hall was formally used to receive Queen Mary.
- FACT: The inscription above the Kingly Street door warns: “No minute gone comes ever back again, take heed and see ye nothing do in vain”. Some very apt advice.
- FACT: Escentric Molecule 01 is the top selling item at Liberty, with upwards of 200 bottles bought each week.
- FACT: Dogs are allowed at Liberty, and not just when held. Canine companions are also free to walk the floor – if on a lead of course!
- FACT: The length of the building front is the same as the HMS Hindustan, one of the ships whose timber was used to construct the store.
- FACT: The fishcakes are the most popular item ordered at the Liberty café.
- FACT: Wild at Heart is the most popular area at Liberty for selfies.
- FACT: The six shields on the Liberty front entrance doors are the family crests of each of Henry VIII’s wives.
- FACT: Roughly two million people visit Liberty during the Christmas period – and in 2012 someone proposed in the special seasonal shop, while a flash mob sang “Stand By Me”
As Oscar Wilde once said, “Liberty is the chosen resort of the artistic shopper”