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"The quickest way to know a woman is to go shopping with her."

                                                                                Marcelene Cox


 
American Writer

 


Find out where the best of London's shopping districts.  Wherever you are, whatever you want, this shopping guide will help you find it. 

London beat stiff competition from Paris, Barcelona and Madrid to be ranked as the best European city for shopping in the Globe Shopper City Index – Europe, which was researched and compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit. International globe shoppers – that is tourists whose travel choices are heavily motivated by shopping opportunities –  are estimated to be worth £3billion to the London economy.
 

Oxford Street

Nearest tube: Oxford Circus, Bond Street or Tottenham Court Road 

The heart of London shopping, bustling Oxford Street  has more than 300 shops, designer outlets and landmark stores. Home to the legendary Selfridges it also boasts a range of famous department stores such as John Lewis, ,Primark, BHS and Debenhams

  scattered among every well-known high street chain imaginable. Hate the crowds? Slip into a side street and it's pretty easy to leave the hoards behind. Check out St Christorper's Place  and Berwick Street for some real treats.

 

Bond Street and Mayfair 

Nearest Tube: Bond Street or Piccadilly Circus 

Whether you've got money to burn and want to splash out on the very best in designer clothes, or just love luxury window shopping, Bond Street and Mayfair  are the ideal places to go for some extravagant retail therapy. Popular with celebrities on a spree, this is probably London's most exclusive shopping area, home to big names including Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co.   Neighbouring South Molton Street boasts iconic fashion store, Browns

 

Regent Street and Jermyn Street 

Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus or Oxford Circus 

An impressively elegant shopping street, Regent Street  offers a good range of mid-priced fashion stores alongside some of the city's oldest and most famous shops, including Hamleys, Liberty and The Apple Store Nearby, historic Jermyn Street  is renowned for men's clothing shops and is so typically British it's enough to bring out the old-fashioned gent in anyone! Jermyn Street is particularly well known for its bespoke shirt makers such as Benson & Clegg  and shoe shops including John Lobb



 

 

Covent Garden 

Nearest Tube: Covent Garden or Leicester Square  

 

Whether you want hip fashion, unique gifts, rare sweets or one-off handmade jewellery, Covent Garden   is a great place to explore. You can stock up on the latest urban street wear, funky cosmetics and shoes on Neal Street, check out imaginative arts and crafts at Covent Garden Market or just window shop around the stores. Don't miss Floral Street, Monmouth Street, St Martin's Courtyard, , Shorts Gardens, Seven Dials  and Neal's Yard for a true taste of London's most distinctive shopping area.

 

King's Road 

Nearest Tube: Sloane Square 

Shopping is the King's Road's main obsession – here you'll find an eclectic mix of trendy boutiques, unique labels, designer shops and high-street staples, alongside a vast array of cafes and eateries. It's also a great place for inspirational interior design, with Peter Jones, Heal's, Cath Kidston and Habitat  all vying for attention. Be sure to check out the store where punk was born in the 70s, Vivienne Westwood's shop

and the treasure trove of antiques at the Chelsea Antiques Market.

 


Knightsbridge
 

Nearest Tube: Knightsbridge

Visitors from around the world flock to Knightsbridge and Brompton Road to visit the illustrious shops and department stores. This is the place to go if you're looking for prestigious brands and up-to-the-minute trends from the world's fashion elite. Best known for Harrods and Harvey Nichols,   you'll also find a whole host of big-name fashion designers on Sloane Street.   Showing Knightsbridge caters to all tastes,  there's a branch of Topshop

opposite Harrods. 
 


Notting Hill 

Nearest Tube: Notting Hill Gate, Ladbroke Grove or Westbourne Park 

 

Famous worldwide thanks to the film of the same name, Notting Hill offers a vast array of small, unique shops selling unusual and vintage clothing, rare antiques, quirky gifts, books and organic food. There's also the unmissable Porobelle Road Market – a mile-long (1.6km) street with a vibrant array of different stalls set out daily. Nearby Westbourne Grove offers more high-end shopping, with stylish designer shops dotted between a mix of quirky boho boutiques, hip cafes and art galleries. 

 

Canary Wharf 

Nearest Tube: Canary Wharf  

Canada Square, in London's Docklands, is home to many of the UK's leading businesses, but it also has a great shopping centre, open seven days a week. Sleek and modern, Canada Square  boasts more than 200 shops, with all the major high-street chains as well as a good selection of designer stores. Look out for big names like Oasis and Zara  plus lingerie brand Myla  and luxurious fragrance store Jo Malone

.   If you can avoid the weekday lunch-hour rush, it's one of London's most chilled-out shopping experiences.

 


Savile Row 

Nearest Tube: Bond Street or Piccadilly Circus 

 

 

Known worldwide as the home of bespoke British tailoring, Savile Row is the place to come if you want a handmade suit crafted the old-fashioned way (with a price tag to match). Credited with inventing the tuxedo Henry Poole & Co  – also the first Savile Row tailor – is still cutting cloth at No 15. Other big names include Gieves & Hawkes, H Huntsman & Sons and Ozwald BoatengOn the corner of this "golden mile" of tailoring you'll also find the flagship Abercrombie & Fitch

store. 

 

Carnaby Street 

Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus 

The birthplace of the fashion and cultural revolution during the Swinging 60s, Carnaby Street  and the 13 surrounding streets are two minutes away from Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus and feature more than 150 brands and over 50 independent restaurants and bars. Step under the iconic arch and you'll find an intriguing mix of stores as well as independent boutiques, heritage brands, and new designer names, as well as a choice of restaurants, bars, cafés and great English pubs will real ale, and real history. Don't miss Kingly Court just off Carnaby Street.  

 

Westfield London 

Nearest tube: White City  or Shepherds Bush 

 

 

 

More than just a shopping centre, Wstfield London is an innovative place to shop, to eat, and to meet. Inside the largest urban shopping centre in Europe you'll find high street favourites including
Debenhams, Next, Marks & Spencer and House of Fraser.    There are also more than 275 luxury, premium and high-street retailers showcasing over 700 brands including Louis Vuitton,   Jimmy ChooAll Saints  and Ted Baker as well as a cinema, gym, several bars and restaurants, all under one roof! If you're a fan of shopping centres, don't miss Westfield's sister site, Wstfield Westfield Stratfor City in the east of London. 



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