A London institution since 1875, Liberty’s a mainstay that’s as overwhelming as it is essential. Despite its historic appearance (Tudor timber-framed exterior, wood-paneled rooms, grand staircases, beamed ceilings), this shop is a consummate trendsetter. Modern and fashion-forward clothes, fabrics, furniture, stationery, beauty products, and toiletries cram the stunning interiors. Pause for some refreshment in the super-cool on-site tearoom that serves 10 loose-leaf brews, finger sandwiches, and Cornish cream scones among ironically chintzy floral cups and saucers and Designers Guild-upholstered chairs and tablecloths.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.