Known throughout the world as one of the best cities to shop in Europe, London is a fantastic destination for a holiday getaway. From luxury-used luxury shopping, London has everything to do with shopping. In this article, we will highlight for you some of our favorite shopping destinations in London.
We’ve made this ranking so you can easily find the kind of shop you are looking for. Good shopping!
The famous shopping streets of London
London is full of famous shopping streets that are now a landmark in the UK. Probably the most famous of all is Oxford Street, in the West End of London. Oxford Street starts at Marble Arch, at the northeast corner of Hyde Park and continues east to St Giles Circus at the intersection with Tottenham Court Road.
It is the most commercial route in Europe and has more than 300 retail outlets. There are many department stores on Oxford Street and some of them are also leading stores for whole chains. You would need more than one day to visit all Oxford Street stores, so we recommend choosing a couple of stores that you definitely want to visit before going shopping and being overwhelmed by the choices. Some of our favorites are:
The Topshop UK flagship store. The store is on the corner between Oxford Street and Regent Street, and is supposed to be the largest fashion store in the world.
The Selfridge & Co. headquarters department store on Oxford Street and Duke Street. Selfridges has been named the world’s largest warehouse in 2012.
The Primark store in Oxford Street and Park Street. The Irish clothing chain offers fashion at very affordable prices.
The Marks & Spencer tip shop located at the western point of Oxford Street near the Marble Arch. The British retailer contains everything from luxury food to clothing.
In addition to Oxford Street, some of London’s shopping streets worth visiting are Regent Street, Carnaby Street, Kings Road, Knightsbridge and Jermyn Street. Oxford Street and London’s West End are a great starting point when you want to go shopping in London. To get an idea of Oxford Street and West End, check out our West End video tour.
Famous London Markets
London is famous for its outdoor markets that can be found throughout the city and Camden Market is one of the most popular. Located in Northwest London, Camden Town, Camden Market has become one of the city’s most visited tourist attractions. The market is made up of many small stalls and shops selling clothing, handicrafts, vintage items and food, tech shops. In one of these markets I was looking for a new mobile phone, but at that moment nobody knew moto x4 release date, so I postponed this till the next my visit to London. Colorful shops near the Regent’s Canal Water make Camden Market a truly unique destination for shopping. During the week, most small stalls are closed, so be sure to come over the weekend for an optimal experience. Watch out for the crowd though: if you arrive on Sunday it is better to take the subway to Chalk Farm or Mornington Crescent station and walk up to Camden Market because Camden Town Station is often partially closed in London because of the high turnout of people.
There are several other excellent markets in London to visit:
The Portobello Road market at Notting Hill is another jewel for tourists. The antique market turns the tranquil Portobello street, with its colorful houses, into a lively market every Saturday.
Borough Market is a large farmers market, offering many fresh products. You can find the market under the arcades of the London Bridge station from Thursday to Saturday.
The Covent Garden Market in Covent Garden is a great option on a rainy day, as it is completely covered. The covered food market is also very easy to reach, as it is right in the center of London city.
- The great shopping malls of London
Another great option for a rainy day is to visit one of London’s shopping malls. One of our favorites is Westfield Stratford City, which is located in Stratford East of London, near the Olympic Park. The modern shopping mall opened in 2011 is considered one of the largest shopping malls in Europe. Some of the Westfield Stratford City attractions are a great John Lewis shop, a Marks & Spencer, a great Waitrose supermarket and a large Vue cinema. Also make sure you visit the Olympic Park, where the 2012 Summer Olympics took place, before or after shopping.
Other major shopping malls in London include Westfield London, which is also known for its size and is located in West of Notting Hill, the large Brent Cross shopping center, on the north-west London periphery, and the Whiteleys Shopping Center just to the north Of Kensington Gardens, which offers stores such as H & M, Toys R Us, Vintage Victory, HMV and Odeon Cinema.