We’re sure you already know this, but London is one of the best cities in the UK for fashion, and potentially even the world, thanks to being one of the biggest fashion homes there is.
Every year, fashionistas, designers and many more come to this great city to marvel and fawn over the delicacies that London Fashion Week has to offer and who could blame them: the city is a hub for fashion and style.
As a result, London is also one of the best places for you to go shopping, whether you love designer labels or just enjoy a good stomping around the high street. Similarly, there are great markets all over the city so you can have a sift through and find yourself a good old bargain.
Of course, shopping isn’t just limited to clothes, as there are loads of specialty stores in London. For example, there are exquisite wine stores dotted throughout the capital, cheese and deli shops that have the best brie this side of France and there’s so much more besides for you to discover.
We’ve pulled together our top list of the best places for you to go shopping, whether you’re looking for a browse or have cash burning in your pocket, we guarantee there is something in London that is just right for you.
Oxford Street has to be one of the first places you stop if you’re keen to go on a shopping binge in the city because there are high street names simply everywhere. In fact, there are more than 300 shops, designer outlets and landmark stores in this one tiny area of London.
Some of these are legendary, including the foreboding Selfridges and there are a range of other department stores too, including John Lewis and Debenhams. One store that the people of London go consistently nuts for though is the flagship Primark shop that boasts bargains no one can turn their nose up to.
Oxford Street is incredibly busy, so bear this in mind when you’re coming out of the Tube station because you’ll need to move quickly to get in and out of the exit. But if you’re looking for somewhere more quiet to go in the area, you can slip down one of the side streets, including St Christopher’s Palace or Berwick Street – you’ll be surprised at how much more peaceful they are!
The nearest Tube stations are Oxford Circus, Bond Street, Marble Arch or Tottenham Court Road, so it’s very easy for you to get to and from Oxford Street.
This is where things start to get a little more classy, as even Regent Street itself looks impressively elegant. You’ll enjoy just strolling along here on a warm summer day, window-shopping and soaking up the sun.
But you shouldn’t feel worried about overspending here, as there are a good range of mid-priced fashion stores on Regent Street.
Coming here is great for famous spots too, as this is where you’ll find Hamleys, one of the most well-known toy shops in the world and it’s among one of the oldest stores in the city.
Regent Street is also located close to Jermyn Street, which is renowned for its men’s clothing shops and it’s so typically British that you’ll just adore it. This is where gentlemen and those who want to be gentlemen come to get their clothes and you can really tell.
There are bespoke shirt-makers in this area too, including Benson & Clegg and John Lobb. If you wander in and ask for advice from the knowledgeable and educated staff, they’ll be thrilled to help you.
To get to Regent Street, take the Tube to Piccadilly Circus or Oxford Circus and have a mosey around before getting stuck in.
Bond Street and Mayfair
For those who are familiar with a Monopoly board, Bond Street and Mayfair are the places to splash out and enjoy the luxury of London at its best.
This is where the very best and latest designer clothes are to be found and you can really rack up some extravagant retail therapy time. If you like rubbing shoulders with celebrities then this is where you’re likely to find them shopping: London’s most exclusive area.
Designer names just roll of the tongue when you’re walking around here: Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co and so much more. The best thing about shopping in this area, as it’s less like standard shopping and more of an overall experience.
Depending on what you’re shopping for, you can have an assistant help you find what you need and there is even a glass of champagne on hand at times to make the day that little bit more enjoyable.
Don’t forget to peek around the corner to South Molton Street towards Browns, an iconic fashion store that you can’t miss when you come to the city.
If it’s dinner you’re looking for, with immaculate food and French style, look no further than Le Gavroche. Owned and run by Michel Roux Jr, his staff are a mixture of old pros and young guns who are bringing together a perfect medley of classic cooking and innovation. It’s art on a plate and it tastes even better than it looks.
To get to Bond Street and Mayfair on the Tube, you can go to the station of the same name or walk from Piccadilly Circus, which is lovely if the weather is fine.
Perhaps the old world of London and its designers aren’t really your thing? If not, then this city still has what you need and you’ll find it on Carnaby Street.
Some refer to it as the birthplace of the fashion and cultural revolution of the 60s and now the 13 streets that make up Carnaby offer you 150 brands and 50 independent boutiques, restaurants and bars.
This is a place for you to spend an entire day, from breakfast, to shopping and dinner to late-night drinks – you can do it all on Carnaby Street without even leaving the area.
It’s the mixture of things that makes Carnaby so special, as there are heritage brands and new designers all in one place, so it’s really more a voyage of discovery than a shopping trip.
We highly recommend that you remember to eat and stay hydrated if you’re going to be walking around in the summer because you just don’t realise how hot you can get when you’re browsing!
To get to this fascinating area, take the Tube to Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus and walk under the famous arch to explore creative London.
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