Visit Little London at The Shops at Columbus Circle
New York is known for its streets that are hubs for entire cultures. Brazilian food on 46th Street. Korean barbecue on 32nd. Indian restaurants on 6th. And Ukrainian eateries on 2nd Avenue. Not to mention Chinatown, Little Italy and Harlem, which are cultural centers all their own.
But what about England, which represents the very roots of our country? If you can’t cross the pond for some English finesse, then just cross town to The Shops at Columbus Circle. There you’ll find New York’s own “Little London” with enough iconic British heritage brands to rival Oxford Street itself.
Make like Kate Middleton and other stylish Brits who rely on go-to-staple L.K. Bennett. The Duchess of Cambridge herself turns to this affordable luxury shop for smart wedges and playful sandals.
Need a shirt? Stop into famed British shirt-maker Thomas Pink and it’s like you’ve landed on London’s famed Jermyn Street. The shirts for both men and women are essential to any proper British wardrobe. Another shirt specialist, Ted Baker, is one of the U.K.’s top fashion outposts, offering versatile ready-to-wear clothes, accessories, eyewear and fragrances that perfectly capture that British sensibility. More bespoke fragrances await at perfumer Jo Malone. Leave with a light, fresh scent and you’ll feel like an English rose.
Looking for some bling to complete your fabulous outfits? Pick up an iconic jewelry piece from Links of London, inspired by the posh British lifestyle.
Finish your shopping spree with traditional afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental New York (entered on the 3rd floor). What could be more British than that? Enjoy the house-made signature ginger scones with Devonshire cream, egg salad tea sandwiches and a spot of Imperial English Breakfast tea while taking in the sweeping views of the city from the hotel’s Lobby Lounge. Only then will you remember you’re still in the Big Apple, and not in London at all.