Is Shopping in London Europe’s Best Shopping experience?
Here’s an intro to shopping in London that will titilate your shopping gene, and London does that to you!
London Fashion Week (LFW) is a clothing trade show that takes place in London twice a year, in February and September. Showcasing over 250 designers in the capital, showing the latest from the best British designers of men’s clothing. With both catwalk shows, presentations, showrooms and events it will definitely be 2 exciting weekends.
But shopping in London is of course not just fashion wear. Shopping in London is exciting and varied. There is undoubtedly something for every style and budget, from handmade luxury to savings on branded, vintage markets and small independent stores. Here is an introduction to the city’s special shopping areas and a few of the best shops to visit.
Top picks: Highly loved English department store John Lewis, legendary Selfridges close to Marble Arch and the huge Primark close to Tottenham Court Road is heavenly for bargain hunters. The more fashionable flock to the huge Topshop / Topman Oxford Circus, known for its large collection of the most modern.
- Regent’s Street: From Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus, this elegant street houses some of London’s oldest and most famous shops.
- Oxford Street: This iconic mecca is home to more than 300 stores. Shopping in London is synonymous with Oxford Street.
Top Shops: The luxury brand Burberry has its four story flagship store here and is incredibly beautiful both inside and out. The UK’s most famous toy store Hamleys has been around for over 250 years and sells all types of games and toys on 6 floors. Liberty just behind Regent Street was created in 1875 as a unique art-enthusiast department store and renowned for its floral prints and a vast array of young British designers.
Shopping in London: Carnaby Street and the shopping Bermuda triangle: Carnaby, Oxford, Regent.
Carnaby: Go under the famous Carnaby Street sign to this exciting area between Regent Street and Oxford Street with over 100 shops, a mix of both small shops, shoes, denim and a couple of great stories about Dr Martins, as well as of course bars and restaurants.
Top Stores: Get expert advice on makeup or a total makeover at Benefit Store. There are also “Rock & Roll Couture” jewelry at The Great Frog, where all pieces are handmade on site and have since 1972 had clientele such as Johnny Depp, Metallica and supermodel Kate Moss.
Covent Garden: One of London’s most beautiful and versatile shopping areas. There are crafts and art at Covent Garden Market, as well as King Street for brands like Sandro and Jo Malone London. Get out of the crowd and go to bohemian Neal’s Yard, a colorful courtyard filled with vegan cafes and home to the ethical beauty brand Neal’s Yard Remedies for the past 30 years. Seven Dials is a network of seven atmospheric streets filled with international fashion brands, small shops and beauty salons.
Top Shops: In the Seven Dials is also after the British jewelry brand Tatty Devine’s kitsch acrylic. In the Seven Dials store you can design your own name-necklace and see it being made on the spot!
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