Where to Shop in London
London is the UK’s capital and as far as shopping goes it is definitely one of the best cities in the world for a good shopping trip. Central London has the main and busiest shopping streets, lined with high street and designer stores. If you like everything in one place, try a shopping centre such as Westfield, or if you like something a little unique try one of the fantastic markets. There is something for everyone. Plan your shopping trip in London with this quick guide to the best shopping areas.
It may be the busiest street in London but Oxford Street is where you will find a whole array of shops and one in particular is Topshop. Oxford Street is host to Topshop’s flagship store and a visit to London isn’t complete without a trip, just ask Beyoncé who is a fan of the brand and store. Also on Oxford Street you will find high street stores like H&M, Uniqlo and River Island, as well as big department stores including House of Fraser, Debenhams, John Lewis and Selfridges.
You will find Bond Street just off from Oxford St. The street is lined with some of the most prestigious shops in London. Designer stores include Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Gucci and Ralph Lauren. You can also find Victoria’s Secret flagship store where they display the famous angel’s costumes in the windows. If you are looking for jewellery, Tiffany & Co and De Beers have some of the finest.
London has some fantastic shopping centres where you can find everything under one roof. Try Westfield in either Shepherds Bush or Stratford for a complete shopping experience. Stratford you will find slightly more high street stores like H&M, Topshop, Forever 21 and Primark whereas at Shepherds Bush you can find a mixture of high street and many designer stores in the designer village. Other shopping centres to look out for include One New Change at St Paul’s, Brent Cross shopping centre and the London Designer outlet in Wembley.
A street that is sometimes overlooked when shopping is Regent Street. Parallel to Oxford Street, you will find shops such as & Other Stories, French Connection, Benetton and Osprey London. The Osprey store used to be Barclay’s bank but has been converted into an elegant shopping space. Downstairs you will find the Saddlery Café where you can enjoy tea and cake in the old vaults of the bank. Or stop off for a glass of something at the Oscar Wilde bar in the Café Royal, where the writer himself would often frequent.
The markets in London are renowned and quite so with this selection. For clothing and jewellery Camden Market on Camden Lock is your best bet. If its antiques or vintage clothing that you are after, try Portobello market in Notting Hill. The market gets very busy at weekends but you will be sure to pick up something special, plus enjoy a cupcake in Hummingbird bakery whilst you browse. Try Camden Passage market in Angel, it is small but has some hidden gems that you might not find on the beaten track.
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Paula is the author of The LDN Diaries and for over two years has been writing about fashion, beauty and lifestyle in London. If you are wondering what to wear each season or what the latest must-have beauty product is, Paula will share this in her style guides and beauty reviews. Originally from Glasgow, she now lives in North London where she works as a freelance writer and social media professional. Paula is currently writing her first novel and can normally be found online shopping and enjoying a good cupcake...