Having to shop for gifts the same day they are needed is a circumstance often best avoided. You might have procrastinated, or you might have forgotten, but rest assured we’d be lying if we said we’d never been there ourselves. Whether the person you’re buying for is a Londoner, works in the big smoke, simply enjoys visiting the city, or is head to toe a Londonphile, the capital always comes to the rescue for same day inspiration.
For the One-Stop Shoppers
To say that London has a wide selection of department stores would certainly be an understatement. Perhaps Harvey Nicks is the pick of the bunch, or maybe Selfridges delivers more, or perhaps Fortnum & Mason has enough to rival them both? There can be little doubt however that Harrods has on its shelves just about every product you can imagine, and without mitigating any of the frills in the process. Shopaholics tend to be experts in procuring same day gifts, but need very little excuse to not spend some quality time with a shopping spree at the city’s favourite department store.
For those Needing a Respite
There are luxury spas, and there are luxury spas, but what really separates the wheat form the chaff is the Four Seasons. The hotel’s Sky Suite on the 10th floor is endowed with one of the best vantage points in London without the floor-to-ceiling windows compromising on privacy. Then there’s the Corinthia which is not only one of the best Spas in Europe, but potentially one of the best gifting experiences in the continent too. With on-the-day delivery, suddenly finding a same day gift for the avid spa goer doesn’t seem so much trouble.
For the Fine Diners
There’s no doubt about it – foodies won’t settle for anything less than world-class dining, and are no strangers to boasting about the restaurants they’ve conquered. One thing they wouldn’t turn down is an evening at Mosimann’s, a prodigious restaurant whose chef catered for guests at Prince William and Kate’s wedding. Any foodie would also find themselves partial to a seven-course tasting menu at one of London’s handful of Michelin 3 starred restaurants. Alain Ducasse, the head chef of one of them, has the rare achievement of accumulating an astonishing 21 Michelin stars from around the world.
For the Connoisseurs
For the discerning connoisseurs among us, little but the cream of the crop food and drink ever comes close to satisfying. If you know one of these types, then you’re more than aware how difficult they are to please. A good thing London is the best place to find a same day solution, then. Those who enjoy their high spirits might indulge themselves one evening with a spot of gin, sherry, or whisky, potentially while elegantly blowing away cigar smoke. Those that prefer their wine, however, might relish the chance to savour some of South Africa’s award-winning reds. On top of that, we don’t know a beer lover that wouldn’t dare miss his or her chance to tour a London brewery.
All of these gifts can be delivered same day and within 30 minutes by electronic certificate (daily, 9am to 7pm), while our hand-wrapped gift boxes can be delivered same day in London, or next day anywhere in the UK. For other London-centric gift ideas, see all our London experiences.