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Liberty, Regent Street, London

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Liberty, Regent Street, London

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Liberty, Regent Street, London

One of the most famous shops, and shopfronts, in the world.

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? Because they have, for over a hundred years, sourced the most beautiful arts, crafts, fabrics and furnishings from around the world but also always represented the very best aspects of England's contribution to these fields ? so much so that art-nouveau ? the style for which Liberty is most closely associated ? is known in many parts of the world as Liberty style. ? while there are other stores which reak of englishness: eg. Fortnum & Mason's ? none are both so unashamedly English (right down to its monumental mock-Tudor building) and English in such a way as we can only be proud of. It should be said that I do not work at Liberty's ? although I'd very much like to.

The quintessentially English Liberty scarf is recognisable to anyone in the know. These patterned pieces of silk glam up anything from jeans and a trench-coat to the little black dress. French women may know better how to wear them, but Liberty really knows how to make them ? at a price almost anyone can afford.
Beverly Preston

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I nominate the red pillar box.

Donna Spencer