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London has so many great places to shop. Whether you’re after designer goods, high street fashions or vintage treasures there’s lots of places in the capital to shop until you drop. I’ve rounded up 11 of London’s best places to shop to cover all of your retail therapy needs. Happy shopping!
There’s not one, but two fantastic shopping experiences to have at Westfields shopping centres. One is situated in Shepherds Bush in West London, and has over 265 quality high-street retailers offering everything from fashion to jewellery and children’s wear. If you’re feeling a little peckish from all that shopping there’s also a choice of 17 restaurants. The second one is next to the Queen Elizabeth Park in Stratford, East London and has over 250 popular retailers. It also boasts a 17-screen all-digital Vue Cinema, a Casino and bowling alley and has more than 70 eateries.
Oxford Street is one of the busiest and most famous shopping streets in the world, and because it stays open later than most other high streets, (some keep their doors open until 10pm), you’ll have plenty of extra time to indulge yourself. With over 300 shops to cater to your every need, Oxford Street boasts the very best of what the UK high street has to offer with an abundant variety of landmark stores, high-street chains and exclusive designer outlets. It’s so easy to make a whole day of it, there’s plenty of restaurants and cafes to take advantage of in the evening, too.
Alight from the underground on Sloane’s Square and you’ll encounter a shopping experience that will undoubtedly give your purse an intriguing run for its money. The King’s Road has a real mixed bag of shops from high street brands to exclusive designers such as Chanel and Louis Vuitton. However, the road itself has an abundance of accessible fashion stores, with names including Jigsaw, where Kate Middleton was a former employee, and Vivienne Westwards World’s End. If you’re looking for a spectrum of fashion, then King’s Road is a must.
With 196 yards of sheer opulence, Mayfair’s ‘Jewel in the Crown’ welcomes millions of visitors every year. Consisting of 51 independent boutiques across 72 units, you’ll discover luxurious items such as vintage jewellery, hats and gloves. Manolo Blahnik men’s shoes and Somlo Omega Vintage are just a couple of the boutiques exclusive to the Burlington Arcade and you will discover many popular global brands like Roja Parfums and Strathberry and Vilebrequin. Burlington Arcade has an established reputation as one of London’s premier shopping destinations. As it is quite small, a few hours on a afternoon will do nicely.
Spitalfields Market has been voted as the best private market by the Association of British Market Authorities and when you visit here, you’ll understand why. Each day of the week delivers something new, from popular fashions, antiques, jewellery, food stalls and handcrafted goods to name but a few. With a range of unique items, art and great restaurants, Spitalfields can guarantee an overall great day out. Check out more on London’s best markets here.
Bond Street in the West End has many upmarket stores and is a haven for shopping aficionados. Being at the centre of London’s top fashion trends since the 18th century, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the likes of Louis Vuitton, Prada, Boss and Bottega Veneta to name but a few. Bond street oozes elegance and luxury, and in nearby Burlington Arcade, you can relax after a hard day of shopping, enjoying the famous double-decker macaroons at Ladurée, famous for its pastries and sweets.
Piccadilly, and the streets that link to it including Coventry Street, Regent Street and Lower Regent Street are a great shopping destination here in London. Regent Street was named after George IV, The Prince Regent and Piccadilly Circus translates ‘circus’ from Latin meaning circle, a round open space at a street junction. There is a shop for everyone at this location from high end department stores like Fortnum & Mason and Selfridges, high street brands to more independent shops. While it’s worth visiting here for the shopping, the classic London architecture makes it a fitting visit for any London enthusiast.
When it comes to clothing, the vintage markets on Brick lane are a dream for classic clothing and accessories. From florescent orange Moschino jeans to patchwork jackets, you can delve into pieces from the 70’s to the 90’s and unearth rare designer treasures at Rokit and ATIKA. You never know when you’ll stumble across authentic vintage Burberry and Versace goods. A visit to Brick lane might leave your purse a little lighter, but you bags will be overflowing with fashion gems. See more of London’s best markets here.
Covent Garden is one of London’s most iconic destinations for food, fashion and beauty. Amidst the hustle and bustle of its many restaurants and bars, it’s host to a variety of world-class, upmarket stores including Mulberry, Tiffany & Co and Burberry. For even more shopping fun, there is the Apple Market located in the centre selling more independent goods and nearby areas like Seven Dials and The Strand that have even more choice. Covent Garden is not home to many high street labels so this is a perfect destination for a more independent shopping experience.
If Carnaby Street was a person, it would have fashion oozing from its skin. Its fashion heritage goes way back and it is the original home of the Mods, Skinheads, Punks and New Romantics. It even attracted the likes of The Beatles back in the 60’s. It’s winding, colourful alleyways take you to a treasure trove of some of the best shops in London. Take a walk through the famous Liberty store to discover elegant and established designers, and pop into A.P.C for all your Parisian favourites. There really is something to appease any individuals fashion sense, and with the many cafes and restaurants, you’ll be able to catch your breath in between the action.
Camden Markets consists of six distinct markets and is the fourth most common tourist attraction, pulling in 100,000 visitors every weekend. From unique handmade items, traditional crafts, antiques, clothing to suit all styles and with plenty of food stalls offering cuisine from around the world, you’ll get everything you need or want from this vibrant international marketplace. See more of London’s best markets here.
If you’re in the mood to splurge some serious cash head to Kensington and Belgravia. Being one of London’s most affluent areas, its home to tons of designer goods and independent boutiques. Head to Knightbridge where you’ll arrive at the doors of Harrods, the worlds leading luxury department store where you can easily spend a whole day in. Motcombe Street is a small but gorgeous little gem also home to luxury fashions and gifts with shoes from Christian Loboutin and gowns from Stewart Parvin. Motcombe street also houses the five storey Nordic-Japanese shopping and food stop, Pantechnicon.
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