London is one of the premier shopping destinations in the world. There’s not many places that tourists will travel to specifically to do shopping but London is one of those places.
London is a huge place with nearly 9 million inhabitants, so large is the place that it is more like a collection of cities all adjacent to each other. That can make shopping much harder than it first appears because the time and distances involved are much greater than people imagine before they arrive.
Getting around to the various shopping areas, the department stores, markets, shipping streets is a challenge all by itself so to help you find the suggestions made in this article check this shopping guide of London and don’t get lost or waste time!
Many visitors to London want to visit the markets, there’s three top market areas to see. Portobello Road is a great place to find vintage goods and antiques. Next for fashion devotees there’s Camden Lock. There’s clothing, music art and food stalls and shops to check out with an ‘alternative’ and eclectic vibe: finally, there’s Spitalfields in the East End of London where shoppers can find stalls and shops with goods ranging from antiques to fashion as well as health and beauty products. The International Food Village has food from around the world making this a great stop off to try new food ideas!
For many people, London is synonymous with department stores. The most famous department store, possibly the most famous in the world is Harrods. Harrods is the place for luxury goods at luxury prices. Even if you don’t plan to buy anything a walk through the halls is well worthwhile.
Almost as famous is Selfridges which is situated on Oxford Street. Here you can buy almost anything. Selfridges attracts many foreign customers
Harvey Nichols is in Knightsbridge and in its 8-storey building can be found high fashion as well as homewares and food – all with an air of luxury and class.
When it comes to shopping areas London has many. Oxford Street is probably ground zero; certainly, one of the most famous shopping streets in the world with hundreds of shops including department stores and international retail chains.
After Oxford Street in the fame stakes comes Regent Street. Here the buildings have retained their historical appeal and the shops stand behind the old-style facades. Many people know Regent Street for its most famous shop, the huge toy shop Hamleys but also there’s Liberty, Apple Store, Aquascutum and others. At Christmas time, there’s a famous display of lights creating a street-long festive display.
London shoppers need to take care because the shops and streets can be very crowded. Take care of your wallet and purse and make sure that you never leave any purchases unattended. A final word to the wise: always try clothes on before purchasing. Sizes, particularly for foreign buyers, may be somewhat different to those found in other countries and exchanges cannot be made after leaving London.
Welcome to London, enjoy the shopping here. The shops truly are a great reason to visit the capital of the United Kingdom.