London’s legendary shopping scene
When you visit London, be sure to spare a little time out of your sightseeing itinerary to head to the shops. I say this because there are countless, and battering your credit card a little is a rite of passage in London!
High Street stores, designer names, interior design, toy stores, major malls, these are all catered for, and the great thing about London is that is mainly all outdoors too, so you get to see some of the beautiful scenery and architecture of the city whilst you’re getting your retail therapy – what better excuse?!
Of course, you can’t go to London and not head to Harrods. This is a famous and iconic store in the capital city, and you’ll find this on Brompton Road, with the famous Harrods teddy bear welcoming you in. You have to buy something here, even if it’s a food item, simply to get a carrier bag to take home with you! Sounds ridiculous, but it’s what a lot of people do, and I too did in the past!
Oxford Street is one of the most famous shopping districts in London, if not the world, and here you will find High Street names sitting pretty next to larger brand stores, covering over one and a half miles in distance. You can imagine how busy this street gets, especially at the weekends! Topshop is a favourite store on this street, as well as Marks and Spencer, House of Fraser, and Selfridges to name just a few. If you fancy a pit-stop, there’s plenty of coffee shop and restaurants.
King’s Road is another popular shopping area, however this is a bit more eclectic and different to your mainstream shopping names. You’ll find Vivienne Westwood here, as well as many different home interior stores, plus the Chelsea Antiques Market to check out for something totally out of the ordinary!
I’m sure you’ve heard of Regent Street before too, and again this is great for shopping, situated in the West End, so it’s a great idea to mix and match this with a theatre matinee performance perhaps. In quite upmarket surroundings you can shop to your heart’s content, be it High Street names or bigger designer labels, including Hamley’s, and the world’s largest Burberry Store.
Personally, our Travel blog‘s favourite store in the whole of London is the huge Primark! Being a budget girl at heart I love perusing the countless floors of this bargain store, and I’m not alone, as it’s always packed full of people, no matter what the day! You’ll find this on the Tottenham Court Road end of Oxford Street, and you will probably need to dedicate a few hours to it!
This is just a brief overview and selection of the shopping choices you have in London, and there are countless more, including the quaint shops of Covent Garden, or the market stalls of Camden. Basically, pre-warn your credit card company, throw on some comfortable shoes, and shop ‘til you literally drop!