Category: Fashion & Lifestyle Date: Monday, 01 January 0001 London is, of course, a fantastic place to visit at any time of year, thanks to its jam-packed calendar of exhibitions, theatre productions and concerts. As well as these more high-brow pursuits, London is also renowned for its great shopping opportunities, from lively markets to enormous retail malls. This makes it the ideal place to be when the January sales begin - as our guide below attests. For somewhere to stay at this busy time, look no further than the tranquil urban oasis that is The Rubens at the Palace. Take advantage of one of four great offers, including '3 nights for the price of 2' when booking a suite - perfect for a long shopping weekend. Harrods and Fortnum & Mason If you're looking for designer gear and artisanal food products, make a beeline for either Harrods in Knightsbridge or Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly. Even if you're not buying, these bastions of London shopping are a delight to walk around, taking in the sights and smells. Liberty Liberty on Regent Street, with arguably the finest shop frontage in London built in mock Tudor style using the wood from HMS Impregnable and HMS Hindustan, is another purveyor of fine products. A more cramped space than Harrods, you might need to use your elbows during those January sales! Westfield Stratford City What better place to go for a huge range of choice than Westfield in Stratford - Europe's largest retail mall, boasting more than 250 stores? If all the shopping leaves you famished, there are around 70 places to eat, as well as a casino, bowling alley and cinema for those members of the family who don't believe in retail therapy. Please note that public transport is limited on New Year's Day, so check the Transport for London website before leaving the hotel using The Rubens' complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi. Each store will have its own set of dates for its sales, so make sure you check with your preferred retailer before you book.