If you enjoy shopping then you’re probably already aware that London is perfect for a bit of retail therapy. It’s one of the fashion capitals of the world and is renowned for its fashion week runway shows and shops that are full to the brim with everything from the latest high-end designer labels to quirky independent and vintage clothes.
There’s something to suit every taste and budget, so we’re sure that you’ll find something that you want to pick up or take home as a souvenir for someone else.
It’s easy to find somewhere to go shopping as well, because there are shops everywhere! Take for example the area around Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch, this is where you’re going to find lots of vintage stores, particularly on Brick Lane and beyond.
We understand though that with all the choices available, you might not know where you should start your shopping experience, which is why we’ve pulled together a list of shops and areas that you should check out when you’re in the city.
Oxford Street is a great place to go shopping – you could spend an entire day there very easily but be prepared before you go because this is one of the busiest areas in London.
There are more than 300 shops in this part of the city and you’ll find everything from your usual high street shops, like Topshop to exclusive designer boutiques. If you like getting totally lost in your shopping experiences then you should delve into one of the department stores in the area, like John Lewis and Selfridges.
Selfridges is one of the oldest and most famous stores in London, and boasts six floors and ten acres of shopping space that should keep even the most avid shopper occupied for several hours. If you get hungry, you don’t even have to leave the store, as there are lots of places to eat indoors, which is very handy!
While most of the shops on offer on Oxford Street are familiar high street names or recognisable designer labels, Mayfair and its neighbouring Bond Street are where you’re going to find more obscure brands.
Of course, there are some recognisable names in there, such as Mulberry and Tiffany and Co. but you can also go exploring the likes of Browns or Vanessa Bruno.
This isn’t the cheapest part of the city – arguably it’s the most expensive area in fact – but it’s also where some of the best quality is and if you have the budget, it’s a great bit of fun. However, you can still have a great time in Mayfair by window shopping and doing a bit of celebrity spotting too.
Earlier on, we mentioned a famous department store but we couldn’t talk about Selfridges without speaking about Harrods in Knightsbridge. There are seven floors and 330 departments that make up the entire shop that are all very well attended by people who know their stuff and are always ready to help you with anything you need.
If you haven’t been in here before but you’ve heard a lot about it – and how could you not have? – we’re sure that you won’t be disappointed by what you find there. Its reputation for high quality goods and excellent service isn’t unfounded – you’re sure to be impressed.
Even if you just stop in here for lunch – and we highly recommend that you should you’re going to leave having had an excellent experience. The food hall is one of our favourite spots for sure – particularly because the free samples are excellent!
Although all the places we have listed so far are great for high quality and designer labels but if you want something a bit more quirky and different then we recommend that you check out Carnaby Street.
There are hundreds of shops littered around this part of London and you’ll find everything from bric-a-brac to vintage shops and more. It’s a great place to go and get lost for the day, lose track of time and spend any money that might be burning a hole in your pocket.
What’s even better is that there are also lots of places for you to stop and have a drink or something to eat, we’re sure you’ll need it after a long day of walking around exploring and shopping. It’s entirely pedestrianised too, so you don’t have to worry about battling against any traffic – it’s particularly nice in summer for this reason, as you can have a drink outside in the sunshine.
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