Don’t know where to start your London shopping frenzy? We have selected the ultimate shopping destinations for you – it you have the time, we truly recommend checking them all out!
Carnaby Street is a pedestrianised shopping street in Soho known for its unique boutiques and major brands (more than 30 independent stores and boutiques), making it one of London’s most popular and idiosyncratic shopping destinations. Carnaby is also home to Kingly Court, a major food and drinks destination with over 20 delicious concepts to try.
Carnaby Street is located five minutes away from Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus tube stations in the very heart of London.
Dover Street Market
Dover Street Market is a retail experience designed by Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo. It is one of the boldest shops in terms of visual merchandising and is often described as being halfway between an art gallery and a high-end shop.
The shop has been recently relocated and can now be found at 18-22 Haymarket, inside a Grade II-listed building, which was initially erected by Thomas Burberry (Burberry founder) in 1912.
Oxford Street is often described as the ultimate shopping street in the UK and has become the go-to shopping destination for many international travelers as well. It has over 300 shops, famous department stores such as Selfridges, some great architecture and delicious restaurants. The Topshop store just outside Oxford Circus station is often regarded as THE ultimate fashion shopping destination and is a must-see.
If you are around before Christmas, you will be able to enjoy some fabulous Christmas lights throughout the street. Most shops on Oxford Street are open from 10 am to 6-7pm. Many also open on Sunday from 12 to 6pm with late nights on Thursday.
Bond Street and Mayfair
In the West End of London, Bond Street is appreciated for its vast array of high-end stores, exclusive designer fashion, fine jewellery, art and rare antiques. Bond Street has always attracted a certain elite, from poets and writers to socialites and celebrities of all kinds.
Some of the most distinguished retailers you will find here include Bulgari, Burberry, Chanel, Cartier, Dolce Gabbana, Hermès, Jimmy Choo, Mulberry and Tiffany & Co.
In the area, you will also find some of the most luxurious hotels such as Claridge’s and The Ritz, as well as the The Royal Academy of Art and the prominent auction house, Sotheby’s.
Westfield London is a HUGE shopping and leisure destination – it has a retail floor area as big as about 30 football pitches – in which you can shop, eat and meet. With over 250 retailers including everything from high street to high-end, you will be blown away by the amount of choice available to you.
If you need a shopping break while you are visiting, you can enjoy one of the many restaurants, fast-food counters, or the 14-screen cinema, a gym and spa, and even a library. You can easily spend the whole day there!
The nearest London Underground stations are White City, Wood Lane, Shepherd’s Bush and Shepherd’s Bush Market.
Covent Garden is a London district between St. Martin’s Lane and Drury Lane, which contains a few markets:
In the Apple Market, you will find UK-made crafts, jewellery, leather goods and loads more.
In the East Colonnade Market, you will find all sorts of stalls selling handmade products, children’s clothing, food, jewellery, homeware and art.
In the Jubilee Market, you will find different goods each day. On Monday, you will find antiques. From Tuesday to Friday, you will find various clothing stalls as well as household goods. During the weekends, you will find art and crafts.
Make sure you also check out Long Acre, Neal’s Yard and Seven Dials. The area undoubtedly represents one of the most gorgeous parts of London.
Local & Independent Shops
If you prefer smaller and more intimate shops, London also has plenty to offer: