London Shopping Guide
With London officially the most visited city in the world and a record 3.372 billion spent in the area, it is safe to say that there is plenty of shopping to be done in the UK capital. From high end designer stores to quirky market stalls, there is something for everyone. Here is our rundown of the top shopping destinations London has to offer:
Designer and Luxury
The first stop for most tourists is the famous Brompton Lane store, Harrods. With over 4.5 acres of floor to cover, you can buy everything from designer handbags to gourmet truffles that you can take home in that famous green bag. If designer ware is your signature, take a stroll down Bond Street for the best jewellery and watches or over to Sloane Street and Savile Row for quality clothing and suits. Dover Street Market is a six story store full of designer brands, with an added touch of quirkiness.
You can shop ‘til you drop in and around Oxford Street and Regent Street, with all major UK high street stores offering the latest shopping trends. Famous department stores such as Selfridges, Liberty and Harvey Nichols will allow you to mix up affordable clothing with designer labels, with something to suit every budget. If your feet can handle even more shopping, head to Westfield shopping centre, the largest shopping centre in Europe with over 300 shops and restaurants.
For the best in independent shopping, the London markets are the place to be. Camden Lock Market (Mon- Sun) is crammed full of arts and crafts, Portobello Market (Fri-Sat) is the place to browse antiques and Covent Garden (Daily) showcases young fashion designers as well as vintage gems. Carnaby Street also offers a market and shops full of quirky independents, where you can buy everything from handmade soap to tailor made dresses.
London is a haven for food lovers, with a wide range of delis and food stores offering world-wide cuisine and local produce. The Go-To place for Foodies is the fantastic Borough Market (wed-sat),with over 70 stands of gourmet food, to eat in or take away. For exclusive food treats and gifts, a trip to Fortnum and Mason will provide hours of joy as will a trip to Ottolenghi’s deli or St John’s Bakery.
Gifts and Souvenirs
All major tourist attractions will have a gift shop for you to buy presents for those back home. The Tower of London and Museum of London gifts shops are particularly good, as is the London Transport Museum shop. If you are wanting a treat for yourself, the Victoria and Albert Museum shop has a great selection of personal gifts, as well as homeware and reasonably priced art. A trip to toy store Hamleys will earn you brownie points from the children in your life and bookworms will love you forever if you pick up a gift from Persephone Books.
Enjoy your time while being in the “world’s most popular tourist and shopping destination”.