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As a world class destination and global city, London has the goods. From tourist trinkets to haute couture to local artist wares, London shops are ready to take your pounds. Anything is available, for a price.

Shopping Areas

  • Beauchamp Place - A high-end area in a high-end city, this is a street royalty and celebrities frequent. It has a reputation as one of London's most fashionable and distinctive streets. This includes world famous trademark Fortuny.
  • Bond Street - Also located on the West End, this street offers several of the world's most luxurious designer stores such as Cartier, D&G, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton and Versace.
  • Carnaby Street - The birthplace of the fashion of the "Swinging Sixties", Carnaby Street is famous location.
  • Covent Garden - This West End area is quite fashionable with quaint outlets and expensive designer stores.
  • Charing Cross Road - Near Covent Garden, this is a great spot for booklovers.
  • Camden Town - Alternative is the vibe in Camden. Popular with teenagers and young adults, this area also has great markets.
  • Chelsea - The King's Road is noted for fashion purchases. On Wednesday, many stores close late.
  • Knightsbridge - High-end department stores mark the area, including world famous Harrods.
  • Oxford Street - Located on the West End, this is the main shopping street for flagship branches of all the major British high street retailers. This includes Selfridges, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and more. On Thursdays, many West End stores close later than normal, at around 19:00.
  • Notting Hill - Famous for the Hugh Grant film of the same name (located around Portobello Road), this area offers small, unique shops selling unusual and vintage clothing, rare antiques, quirky gifts, books and organic food.
  • Regent Street - Between Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus, this area includes Hamleys, a toy store, and the London Apple Store.
  • Soho - Alternative music and clothes are available here.
  • Tottenham Court Road - Luxury stores abound with designer interior stores such as Heals and hi-fi, computer and electronics stores.
  • Westfield - In Shepherd's Bush, this are of designer shops is intermixed with affordable chain shops. It has it's own train station and is the largest urban shopping centre in Europe.
  • Westminster - The land of tailors, Savile Row has some of the world's best men's tailors including Henry Poole, Gieves & Hawkes, H. Huntsman & Sons, Dege & Skinner and many other.

Supermarkets

Some supermarkets close at 10pm or later (even open 24h/day). A global (and partial!) classification, from the best quality to the worst, can be:

Department stores

You will find many of the main British department stores in Oxford Street, but they can also have smaller branches accross London.

  • John Lewis is one of the largest and most successful UK department store sites and offer a wide range of household and fashion goods.
  • Debenhams offers an exciting selection of Flowers, Gifts, Fashion, Lingerie and Home products to buy.
  • Selfridges
  • House of Fraser

For electronics, you can visit:

  • Dixons: a well known household name and the country’s leading electrical retailer.
  • Currys

Markets

Borough Market
A beautiful food market, shoppers can find fruits, vegetables, cheeses, breads, meats, and more. Offerings are beautifully displayed, if a bit expensive. Open Thursday-Saturday, arrive early for the best products and smallest crowds.

Old Spitalfields Market
This is an excellent option for trendy clothes, records, housewares, and food. Once the London fruit market, it now offers delicious and delightful products.

Archway Market
Open every Saturday 10:00 - 17:00, with a mini market on Thursdays 12:00 - 18:00, this market specializes in organic and speciality foods. There is also jewelry, pictures, D.V.Ds, vinyl and CDs, and great book stalls.

Camden Markets
The sprawling Camden markets actually include the Buck Street Market, Camden Lock, Inverness Street Market, and Stables Market. Focusing on the less traditional and more alternative, the markets are a sight in themselves.

Broadway Market
Broadway Market is both a promenade for the East End and a fashion outlet for high-quality fashion, vintage clothing and independent boutiques.

Spitalfields Market
This market has been redesigned but still displays original stallholders. – but there's still plenty here to enjoy. Thursdays features vintage fashion, antiques and space with Sundays at the busiest.

Brick Lane Market
Formerly the area of brick layers, this area retains its foreign element and is eclectic and exciting. Retro furniture, vintage jewelry, local artists, and fresh fruit and vegetables make up the wares.

Portobello Road Market
This tourist-filled market is a London institution. Antique dealers, vintage fashion stalls and retro memorabilia abound.

Columbia Road Flower Market
Flowers crowd a Victorian terraced street and offers vintage Old East End.

Brixton Market
Europe's largest Caribbean market and home to Electric Avenue

Update 10/05/2012



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