London has some of the world’s most famous department stores: Harrods, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols and many others. Our presenter Richard visits them and also samples a smaller shop for a range of shopping experiences.

Task 1

In what order did Richard look at the following products?


Task 2

What's special about each shop or area?


Task 3

Match the beginnings and ends of these phrases.


Task 4

Richard said "If only they had it in my size". Type the correct form of the verb in the gap. Make it negative if necessary. 

We have a page on LearnEnglish about the use of 'if only'.






in this sentence(. If I’m lucky, I might see someone famous.) what is Richard looking for somebody or something to buy? if he is going to shopping why he says :to see someone famous instead of something?

Hello nicky62,

Richard is going shopping for some socks. However, because he is going to one of the most famous shops in the world (where even royalty go shopping) he thinks he might meet someone famous while he looks for his socks. It's not his plan, but it's something which might happen by chance.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

In Brazil, it is difficult to find traditional stores like in London. Here, it is common to find stores selling products of different brands, but with the same category. Except by the multinationals with branches here.

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Hi. i have questions.
how non native speakers who come to the English countries learn English? I know he/she goes to English class but how long does it take to be fluency in English?


Hi xxx1360,

There is no answer to this question, I'm afraid, as it really is different for different people. Time, motivation, language skills, needs... there are many variables.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

"Done quite well there", what does it mean, please? i can not understand this!!!

Hello Ken,

Here he's left out the words 'I've', i.e. what he's really saying is 'I've done quite well there'. It's not completely clear, but I think what he means is that he's done a good job with his shopping - he's bought what he needed and enjoyed himself.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much !!!