Every Englishman knows that if you want a sound deal, you go here, where there’s a price guarantee; it employs an army of people to scout for the lowest prices in the area, which it matches. That may sound like the gimmick of a low-rent wannabe, but John Lewis, established in 1864, is in fact a respected cooperative owned by its employees, and their interest in its success shows in their attentive service and seemingly limitless product line. It also has some exceptional buyers; you’ll find things here no other store carries (the bedding department is renowned). Art fans shouldn’t miss the building’s eastern face, upon which is mounted an abstract cast-aluminum sculpture, The Winged Figure (1960), by one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, Dame Barbara Hepworth. She’s also in the Tate Britain.
Oxford Street at Holles Street
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