Things to do in London: Shopping
Welcome to Yourtravelsk’s London Shopping guide. London is one of the world’s most fashionable city. It has an abundance of shops from the flagship stores of Oxford Street to the tiny boutiques of Brick Lane. Once you come to London you wouldn’t want to leave. Unless of course, you run out of money as London is one of the world’s most expensive cities in the world.
However, if you do your research before embarking on your journey. You will be surprised to see how much your money can buy. Anything that you possibly want to buy can be bought here and more so during Boxing day or Black Friday when the prices of most of the items are slashed by more than 70%. This means if your main purpose of the visit is shopping then timing it right is really important.
Before we begin, let me remind you this is part 2 of my series on things to do in London. You can read part 1, wherein I covered Landmarks in London by following this link. Enough talk, let’s begin our journey of London’s busy shopping streets and find out what it has in store for us.
Luxury and Designer Stores
Bond Street has Luxury stores like Cartier, D&G, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton. Tottenham Court Road has stores such as Heals, which sell luxurious design interiors. Head over to Covent Garden for Adidas Originals All Saints, Carhartt, and Fred Perry.
Close to Covent Garden is Neal Street, which is heaven for shoe shopping. When in this area, do give a visit to the London Transport Museum, whose gift shops offer some of the best souvenirs in London. For luxury departmental stores head over to Piccadilly (near the circus).
Not only this but in London, you can also shop like celebrities. Just head over to Beauchamp Place, the place where the royalty and celebrities shop alike. Undoubtedly London’s most fashionable street is home to some of the best fashion names in London.
Oxford Street is the main shopping street in London. If you are not into Luxury shopping, this is your place. Home to flagship branches of all major British retailers including Marks & Spencer, John Lewis. This place is a must visit for your high street shopping.
Do visit Jermyn street if you are looking to have tailor-made shirts. Savile Row is home to some of the best tailors including Henry Poole, Gieves & Hawkes, H. Huntsman & Sons.
For children’s toys, Regent Street is the place to be. It has a seven-story Hamleys store, considered to be London’s flagship toy store. For children’s clothing a visit to Chelsea is a must.
Art and Antiques
The giant Foyles bookstore on Charing Cross Road is a book lover’s haven. The road also has a few specialists and antiquarian shops (mostly south of Cambridge circus).
Music lovers will love Denmark street, also known as Tin-Pan Street. The street has many amazing music shops, bars, and clubs.
Alternative clothing, popular among teenagers can be found on Camden Town. One of the must visit the shop in this area is Cyberdog. If you don’t find what you are looking for, perhaps a visit to Soho will get you what you need.
The world famous Harrods and Harvey Nichols are located on Knightsbridge. Harrods also has a food court, which helps if you spend more than an hour in the store.
Regent Street also has the iconic Liberty departmental store. These stores can be good to get your hands on stuff needed for your stay. Do try to visit these at the start of your trip and collect all the required things.
London like any other big city is home to a number of shopping malls. Westfield London in Shepherd’s Bush and Westfield Stratford City in Stratford are the two biggest shopping malls in London. Each of these malls is conveniently connected with the tube and hence makes it easy for a late evening visit (After you have spent your day exploring the city during the day).
For fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, meat and fish head to Borough market. The market opens from Thursday to Saturday and has many stalls which offer fresh produce. In the market, you will also find plenty of stalls serving fast food. The food is offered in multiple cuisines and one of the freshly made burgers or falafel is a must try.
For clothes and housewares, Old Spitalfields market is best. Other notable markets are Brick Lane Market, Greenwich Market, and Portobello Road Market.
Pro tip: When visiting London, do try to speak to shop representative’s to get the paperwork needed for tax reclaim. This paperwork allows you to reclaim tax on purchases made at the store when you get to the airport.
Pro tip: A lot of people when visiting London try to shop a thing or two last minute from Airports. This is especially true for people with shorter trips. I highly recommend not to buy from the Airport as the prices are decided by the shop owners and do remember tax-free doesn’t always mean cheap. Do your research and then only buy.
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