The grand, the hip and the heritage – a shopping tour of London

November 24, 2013 by  

With Christmas fast approaching, a shopping trip to London makes a great day out, and a surprisingly affordable one, if you’re visiting from abroad, due to the favourable exchange rate. Here’s a quick tour of the different shopping neighbourhoods of London and what they each have to offer.

Selfridges, Oxford St in London Photo by Freefoto.com

Selfridges, Oxford St in London

Oxford Street for the big name brands

Let’s start with the more renowned places to visit. Oxford Street is situated right in the centre of the city and is home to all the famous chain stores as well as a large number of independent fashion outlets and the flagship Selfridges department store. While Oxford Street has something for everyone, nearby Regent Street will suit the more affluent shopper and offers a wide array of excellent jewellery stores, upmarket boutiques and the Liberty store for unique prints and gifts. The Apple store is also situated in Regent Street as is Hamleys, a fantastic toy store over five floors and a great place to take the kids! Adjacent to Regent Street is Carnaby Street, which came to life as the place to hang out in the 60s and nowadays still has a vaste number of independent shops, offering all manner of clothes, shoes, music and general paraphernalia dating back to that era.

Unique gifts at Liberty Regent Street, London Photo by DG Jones on Flickr

Unique gifts at Liberty Regent Street, London

Speciality shops in Kensington, Luxury in Knightsbridge

Heading south west across the city, we reach the trendy borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Here we find the King’s Road, a meeting point for punks in the 70s and still considered an in-place to visit and shop. Again, we find a large number of independent retailers in this long street offering everything from fashion and design wear to furniture and music outlets. Peter Jones is a large department store at the Sloane Square end of Kings Road offering quality clothes and goods. Nearby Kensington High Street, close to the Royal home of Kensington Palace is also a great place for some retail therapy with a good selection of different shops. Not too far away in Knightsbridge is the famous Harrods Department store which is reputed to be able to sell you anything you may wish for! The food section in Harrods is excellent with many different types of meats, cheeses and fruits to buy and after a hard morning of shopping your way through this huge department store, the Georgian Restaurant offers an excellent afternoon tea at very affordable prices.

Harrods Food Hall Photo by rc! on Flickr

Harrods Food Hall in London

Visit neighbourhood markets for local flavour

Markets are a great way to pick up a bargain and to interact with locals at the same time and London offers a number of different markets through the week. Camden Lock (Sundays) and Portobello Market (Saturdays) are two of the more well known markets however certain other markets are also very interesting for both locals and tourists. Petticoat Lane Market (Sundays) located near Aldgate in London’s East End offers a wide range of clothes, household goods and general bric-a-brac. Old Spitalfields Market, likewise in the East of London is one of London’s oldest markets and is open all week, specialising on different goods each day. Near to Spitalfields is Brick Lane, home to some of London’s best curry houses and a great place to stop for lunch with a difference!

Clothing and Vintage at Camden Lock Sunday Market Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Clothing and Vintage at Camden Lock Sunday Market

More things to see in London:

Three Great Ways to spend a day in London
A winter break in London – things to enjoy at Christmas and into the New Year
Your guide to the vintage markets of London

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Photo Credits: Selfridges by FreeFoto.com, Liberty of London by DG Jones, Harrods Food Hall by rc!, Camden Lock by Heatheronhertravels.com

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Comments

4 Comments on "The grand, the hip and the heritage – a shopping tour of London"

  1. Mark H on Thu, 28th Nov 2013 9:46 pm 

    Give me the markets any day…

  2. Heather Cowper on Thu, 28th Nov 2013 11:07 pm 

    @Mark I think I agree, Oxford Street at Christmas can be packed but I do love Liberty’s on Regent Street

  3. Sofie on Sat, 22nd Feb 2014 4:03 pm 

    Nice round-up, but I’d definitely also add the Covent Garden area. Covent Garden itself is nice, but I especially like the small boutiques, book and music stores there.
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  4. Heather Cowper on Sun, 23rd Feb 2014 8:41 am 

    @Sophie yes Coventry a Garden is also one if my favourite areas for shopping and eating with plenty of street performers too

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