Morleys should have Wonder of the World status. Steeped in history, this is one of London's only serving in dependant department store. Build in yea ole times it's was a real hot spot and believe Brixton was "the place to shop"
Today it's still doing a great job serving the community of Brixton featuring brands such as Mac, Superdry, Clarins, Warehouse and many other cosmetics and clothing brands. There is also a rather nice home ware department. I warn you this is an area I try to avoid as for some strange reason money seems to leak out of my purse when I see nice linen and towels - hmmm.
My only criticism is that they have a jeans department, good, but it's only for men. I was less than impressed as I happened to be in need of some new jeans. There is a small jean selection to be found within some of the other concessions but sadly only the boys are worthy of Diesel, Levis and G-Star.
I visit London 15 years ago and one of my fondest memories was eating here after a night out. Loved the spicy chicken wings.
You are the John Lewis of Brixton. Without the selection. Without the "never knowingly undersold, but still fecking expensive" prices. With awesome backlit murals showing the history of Brixton. Proud of your community. Filled with all the stuff you need. Locally owned and operated.
You don't have men's clothes that fit me, but, then, hardly anyone does. I can't fault you for that.
But you do have reasonably priced furniture, kitchenware, sheets, and all that stuff that fills your house that you don't ever think about, but you do need. It's almost always of decent quality. You guys are fab with returns. And customer service! Never posh, never pushy, just helpful. Apologetic when things go wrong. It seems like you're filled with happy employess. Awesome!
Not only that, but you're so invested in your community. One of the first to sign up to the Brixton pound!
Morleys, we love you. Don't go anywhere.
It's rare that you find an independent department store these days. Even Bentalls has been bought by John Lewis, so you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled out of Brixton tube station into Morleys. It's the perfect shop to waist some time in while your waiting for friends at the station.
Now don't expect anything too special, you have your regular department brands like the Arcadia group but you also get Dune shoes, fabulous make up counters, various other smaller designers as well as Helen W's favourite, Jane Norman. Seriously, I can't leave her in her without he coming out with bags full of new outfits.
They also have an extensive home department upstairs with rugs, bedding and quirky lamps. As you walk up the stairs to the upper floors they have lists of celebs born in the area and what street they lived on. it's all very cool, very Brixton. It's a lovely shopping experience and if you love high street brands totally worth the visit.
What can't you like? One of the few remaining independant department stores. Their kitchen department is brilliant for all those little nik-naks (and big ones too). I also like their bedding department too.
Whenever I nip down to Brixton Town rule no.1 do not pass Morleys without popping in for something, anything! Start by entering through Topshop then take the escalator, grab a coffee from Nero, moouch on round to Dunes shoes then head up another level to the bedding! Voilá you've explored all floors without even thinking about it.
They've recently added another department which looks quite interesting; i will be sure to explore that on my next visit.
Department stores are really handy at Christmastime. When you've got what you want from all your lovely local independents, the department store is the only place to go. One hour and you're done - you just need a firm elbow and a purposeful step and you can whizz round all the floors in a jiffy, fight through the scrum to leave and whistle merrily all the way home.
Morleys is good at other times, too. It's got Topshop right at the front, which is handy, and a pretty good habadashery with nice cheap acrylic yarn and lots of accessories. The bed department is a bit of a let down - all the beds have signs on them saying you're not allowed to sit on them, let alone lie down. Maybe if you show true intent to buy they let you have a go?
The lift is really teeny and is always full of ladies with pushchairs, quite understandably, but it's fine because the stairwell is decorated with interesting moments from Brixton's history, like a mention of Eddy Grant's song 'Electric Avenue' - Electric Avenue is just across the road and now houses Argosgroovy.
Morleys is in true fashion still a department store like Alders is in Croydon and Selfridges in Central London but to a smaller scale. It is quite strange to find one of these stores in the middle of Brixton but it brings something to the community.
You never have to walk or travel far to get to Morleys. There is a hundred and two million bus stops in front of the store, ok not really but you get the idea of it being by a lot of bus stops and a tube station directly opposite.
The window displays are always amazing, a certain class to what to expect when you walk through the doors. Department stores are a dieing breed these days and it's great to have one in the area. They do sell a lot of good quality items you can not find anywhere else in the area.
More intimate than the Oxford St department stores, Morleys still offers a great range of clothing, perfume, makeup and accessories while somehow managing to cater to the tastes of its varied customers. You'll find Warehouse, Oasis, and Top Shop concessions here and much more. Practically opposite the Brixton Underground entrance.
Great deparement store that has everything. Really good kitchen ware section downstairs and a large soft furnishing place upstairs. One complaint would be the staff, not the friendliest!
it has improved but needs abit more improvements.
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