London is one of the top cities in the world. When it comes to shopping, whether you are a fashionista looking for the latest trending fashion, a tourist shopping for souvenirs, an antiques collector looking to add to his or her collection, London has something for everyone! These are my top 10 picks for the best shopping in London, specially for a tourist/ first time visitors.
Oxford Street is a tourist and local favorite when it comes to shopping. This is also where the famed departmental store “Selfridges” is located. Apart from Selfridges there are other departmental stores like the House of Fraser, Debenhams and John Lewis which are also worth visiting. What I like about Oxford street is that it caters to everyone not just luxury shoppers.
Oxford street is located in Central London. The closest London Underground station to Oxford street is Oxford Circus on the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria Lines. You can also get there from Bond Street station on the Jubilee and the Central Lines.
Tax free services at Selfridges, souvenir shops, banks such as Santander, Llyods where you can exchange currency, famous hotels such as Claridge’s and London Mariott Grosvenor Square London. within walking distance.
Shop for luxury clothes, shoes, watches and bags at Selfridges, John Lewis and House of Fraser. You can also shop London high street brands such as Next, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and many others at Oxford street.
If you are looking to shop for high-end designer labels, then Harrods is the place to go. Harrods was also known for the statue of Princess Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed. However, the statues are no longer there. When Harrods was sold to the Qatari Royal Family, the statues were removed.
Harrods is located near the affluent neighbourhood of South Kensington and Chelsea. It’s very close to the Knightsbridge tube station on the Piccadilly Line.
Tax-free shopping, Travel shop for custom itineraries of London, Bureau de Change, Qatar Airways Counter, Harrods souvenirs
Buy Harrods souveniers with the coveted Harrods logo on it. These souvenirs range from stuffed toys, children’s wear, stationary and christmas decorations. For fashionistas, there are the Harrods handbags which are very good value that you’ll rarely find anywhere else. You can also shop high-end luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Dior and many other well-known brands here.
Regent Street is right next to Oxford Street and in many ways it is just an extension of Oxford street. However, you’ll find less department stores here and more designer shops along this street. The most famous store on this street is undoubtably the Apple Store.
Regent street is near Piccadilly Circus in Central London. The closest tube station to Regent street is Piccadilly Circus on the Bakerloo and Piccadilly line. You can also get to the other end of Regent street from Oxford Circus on the Central, Victoria and Bakerloo lines.
If it’s cold and raining, in other words, typical London weather, then you may prefer to shop in Westfield Shopping Centre. Westfield Shopping Centre is one of the biggest shopping malls in London and you can shop for an entire day here.
Westfield Shopping Centre is located in Sheperd’s Bush. The closest tube station is Sheperd’s Bush station on the Central Line, Overground and Southern Railways, Sheperd’s Bush Market on the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Woodlane on the Circle, Hammersmith & City Lines.
Westfield also has another shopping centre at Stratford. The closest train station to this shopping centre is Stratford station on the London overground and Tfl Rail.
Tax-free shopping, Taxi Lounge, In-Centre Red Car- chauffer driven experience inside the shopping centre, cloak room where you can leave your luggage, coats and shopping bags so that you can shop in comfort.
Westfield has some popular UK brands such as Miss Selfridge, Monsoon, Missguided, Dorothy Perkins and others.
The Old Bond Street and the New Bond street commonly known as Bond Street connects Piccadilly to Oxford Street. This street, especially the Old Bond Street, has many high-end designer shops like Prada, Bvlgari, Louis Vuitton and others.
New Bond Street and Old Bond Street aka “Bond Street” is located between Oxford and Picadilly Street as shown below. The closest tube stations are Bond Street on the Jubilee and Central line, and Green Park on the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria Lines.
Buy haute couture from high end designer shops like Prada, Bvlgari, Louis Vuitton etc.
As mentioned above Carnaby Street is also close to Oxford Street. This quirky shopping street has some unique shops and many restaurants and bar. I would definitely recommend visiting Carnaby street during your visit to London.
You can enter Carnaby Street from Great Marlborough street through the lane right next to the Liberty London Departmental Store. You can also enter the street from Regent Street. There’s a lane in between the Gap and Coach Stores that takes you there. The closest tube station to Carnaby Street is Oxford circus on the Central, Victoria and Bakerloo lines.
Shop for some unique and quirky shoes at Irregular Choice. Buy some sports themed caps and apparel at the New Era Carnaby Street or iconic footwear from Dr. Martens.
The Burlington Arcade is one of the oldest arcades in London. Before the advent of shopping malls, arcades like these were the popular shopping places among the public. Now, the arcade consists of select shops which sell luxury and vintage jewels and watches. This may not be the ideal shopping location for the usual tourist. However, it’s still worth a brief visit because of the history of the arcade.
Burlington Arcade London, is located on the Piccadilly Street in between Royal Academy of Arts and Old Bond St. The closest tube station is Green Park on Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines.
Buy vintage pre-owned rare Rolex watches at The Vintage Watch Company or vintage jewels at Richard Ogden Ltd.
Camden market is not a typical tourist go-to for shopping. I would suggest you visit Camden only if you are looking for off-beat shopping locations. The market has a food market which has food stalls from around the world.
Camden market is on banks of the Regent’s Canal. The nearest tube station to Camden Market is Camden Town on the Northern Line.
Camden Market is a youth focused market selling cheap clothes, jewellery and other knickknacks. If you want to buy t-shirts for casual wear, London souvenirs, then this is the ideal place to shop.
Notting Hill is famous for colorful pastel buildings and Portobello market where everyday different items are sold. The most popular time to shop here is on Saturday when the market is in full swing. On Sundays the street stalls are closed. So, it’s a bad time to visit on Sundays.
Portobello market is located on Portobello Road in Notting Hill area of London. The nearest tube station is Ladbroke Grove Station on the Circle, Hammersmith & City lines. You can also walk to the Portobello market from Notting Hill Gate Station on the Central, Circle and District Line.
Portobello market is famous for its antique market stalls which are set up only on Saturdays. If you visit on other days of the week, you can still shop at the antique shops which are open through out the week.
Covent Garden is mainly known for theatres and great restaurants. However, this area boasts of some upmarket brands like Mulberry, Tom Ford, Paul Smith, Bucherer and a quaint shopping mall which used to be an apple market in the 1830’s. Also, in this area, you’ll find Neal’s yard which has lately become Instagram Famous due to the colorful buildings.
Covent Garden is located in the West End of London. The closest tube station is Covent Garden station on the
Buy luxury bags at Mulberry, ballet flat shoes at French Sole, Swiss watches at Bucherer or some sunglasses at Ray Ban. There are also some second-hand book stores on Covent Garden which is fun exploring.
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