London is for shoppers. Harrods receives the imprimatur of the Queen and of the well-heeled visitor. It stocks everything from prams (baby buggies) to potted partridge. Compared to the large American shopping malls, Harrods seems small scale. Fortnum & Mason on Piccadilly is another name store, specializing in fine groceries. Saville Row gets the nod for gentlemen’s bespoken tailors (who do the made-to-order kind). The best buys in Britain, or so the British testify, are found in Marks and Spencer, the clothing store chain found in most British cities. Two are in Oxford Street, London. Christies and Sotheby’s are well-known art and furniture auction houses where the bids may run into the millions.
Hampton Court Palace, on the outskirts of London, is a major tourist attraction. It also attracted Henry VIII, who appropriated it from Cardinal Wolsey, who had built it for himself. It can be reached by road or by boat on the Thames River. That river leads northward to Oxford and beyond, a great river for boating with plenty of pretty riverside towns.
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