London is a fantastic shopping destination. Its collection of interesting markets is an undeniable highlight. But let’s not forget the fashion boutiques spread throughout the city.
Whether you’re looking for designer labels or vintage clothes, you’ll always find the right shoe in London. If you are planning a shopping trip, plan your programme carefully as the markets are often more pleasant at the weekend. On the other hand, the shopping streets can be so crowded on Saturdays that it’s best to avoid the crowds on weekdays. Shopping trips are particularly exhausting, so don’t forget to book a hotel in London where you can rest and get a fresh start the next day. And to visit the-shops.co.uk if you wish to know how to find the shops you want to visit.
To discover for: the widest choice of ready-to-wear items
Oxford Street is one of the busiest streets in the world. Crowds are drawn to the huge variety of shops and department stores that offer the best in ready-to-wear, sporting goods and English brands. Of particular interest is the Selfridges department store.
A good way to discover all that Oxford Street has to offer is to take the Tube to Tottenham Court Road station, then stroll through the shops to Marble Arch, at the opposite end of the street. Oxford Circus station, about halfway down the street, is a good place to stop. Oxford Street is especially charming around the festive season, with thousands of sparkling Christmas lights and creative window decorations.
Places to go for: Luxury designer goods
Knightsbridge, in London’s West End, is home to the city’s top fashion designers. Straddling Kensington and Chelsea, the area exudes refinement from end to end, especially in the two world-famous department stores of Harrods and Harvey Nichols.
The Harvey Nichols store is particularly worth a visit for its designer boutiques and some of the best services in London. If you want to discover even more boutiques, walk down Sloane Street and you will find Salvatore Ferragamo, Dolce & Gabbana, Moncler and Louis Vuitton.
Discover for: men’s suits
If you’re looking for a tailor-made suit, Savile Row is for you. Situated in Mayfair, in the centre of London, this street has been a favourite haunt of tailors for centuries. The tuxedo is said to have been invented by tailors working here.
The process of creating a bespoke suit is a special experience: customers are greeted in an attractive cloakroom and are often offered drinks. The ideal is to allow enough time for at least three fittings to achieve a perfectly tailored suit. Savile Row’s top tailors sell their tuxedos and suits for thousands of pounds, but you’ll also find many great ready-to-wear boutiques, including Alexander McQueen and Gieves & Hawkes.
Check out for: the latest fashion creations
Old Spitalfields Market is a market renowned for its avant-garde fashion boutiques, vintage merchants and overall relaxed atmosphere. The market is open every day, but it’s at weekends that you’ll find the largest selection of handicrafts from some of the best independent designers in the English capital. We’ve found everything from women’s raincoats with manga designs to African-inspired hats. The site is just a short walk from Liverpool Street station in London’s East End.
In addition to the great shopping opportunities, you can buy fresh produce at the fish market or enjoy a good meal at one of the franchised restaurants. You’ll also find plenty of accommodation nearby. If you want to show off your new fashionable clothes, you can then take a stroll around Brick Lane or Shoreditch, just a short walk away.