London is one of the great shopping centres of the world. It has a number of distinct shopping areas, each of which have their own shopping specialities and landmark shops. London has amazing street markets, high end luxury shops, world famous department stores, such as Harrods and Selfridges, historical shopping arcades, and modern shopping centres. And for international travellers it also offers Tax Free Shopping.
From luxury goods in Mayfair to the street markets of Camden, there are many, many places to shop in London but here are some of our favourites.
Oxford Street is London’s busiest shopping street and one of the best places to shop in London.
Oxford Street is Europe’s largest high streets, with over 300 shops. It runs for over a mile and a half (2.5 km). Situated on the street is the world famous Selfridges department store, as well as other popular stores such as John Lewis.
Oxford Circus is a busy intersection between Oxford Street and Regent Street, two of London’s most famous streets. Oxford Circus is one of London’s most famous landmarks. Oxford Circus tube station is also London’s busiest underground station.
Regent Street & Piccadilly
Regent Street is a more sedate shopping experience than Oxford Street. An impressively elegant shopping street, Regent Street offers a good range of mid-priced fashion stores alongside some of the city’s oldest and most famous shops, including Hamleys, Liberty and The Apple Store.
At the southern end, on Piccadilly you can find one of London’s’ oldest and most beautiful department stores Fortnum & Mason, and behind that Jermyn Street which is renowned for its high end traditional gentlemen’s clothing shops.
Nearest Underground Station: Piccadilly Circus
Bond Street and Mayfair
Bond Street and Mayfair is where the rich and famous shop. It is London’s most exclusive shopping area, home to big names including Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Tiffany & Co.
Nearest Underground Station: Bond Street
Carnaby Street and Soho
Carnaby Street is famous for being the birthplace of the fashion and cultural revolution during the 1960’s (known as the Swinging Sixties).
Carnaby Street is still home to some of the world’s most exciting designers. More than just the world-famous street itself, the Carnaby area consists of 12 streets of fantastic shopping. Don’t miss Kingly Court, a three-storey courtyard selling one-off creations and unique products.
Nearest Underground Station: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus
With its cobbled streets and rich history, Covent Garden is a great place to go shopping, You can stock up on the latest urban street wear, funky cosmetics and shoes on Neal Street, check out imaginative arts and crafts at Covent Garden Market and if you are tired of shopping check out miss the buskers – Covent Garden has some of the best street entertainers in the world
Nearest Underground Station: Covent Garden or Leicester Square
Camden is famous for Camden Market. If you are young, or a hippy, it’s enormous fun, if you are older it’s best to be avoided.
Selfridges Department Store
Situated midway along Oxford Street, London”s busiest shopping street, is the department store Selfridges. The huge store with its classical columns is one of the most well known landmarks in London.
Harrods Department Store
Harrods is London’s most famous department store. And a favourite tourist spot for visitors who want to go shopping.
Sloane Street is a great place to visit for an exclusive London shopping experience.. Prada, Gucci, Versace S can all be found on Sloane Street. Many of the buildings on the West side of Sloane Street, at the Knightsbridge end, are now owned by members of Dubai’s ruling family.
interesting fact: Sloane Street, along with nearby Sloane Square, gives it to the name to “Sloane Rangers” a name given in the eighties to a type of young upper class privately educated rich English ladies that can be seen in the area.
Getting to Sloane Street Sloane Street, London SW1
Getting to Sloane Street. South end Nearest underground tube: Sloane Square, North end Nearest underground station – Knightsbridge
The King’s Road has a lovely mix of trendy boutiques, unique labels, designer shops alongside a vast array of cafes and restaurants. Popular with Russian oligarchs and young posh totty it is also famous as the birthplace of punk – Vivienne Westwood’s shop is here and Mohican punks can still be spotted strolling up and down amongst the designer clad ladies.
King’s Road is one of West London’s most famous and popular shopping streets. The King’s Road stretches for 2 miles through Chelsea from Sloane Square, marked by the faded façade of the Peter Jones department store, all the way through Fulham to the Putney Bridge.
The Kings Road has always been associated with fashion and design. Design stores such as Conran’s Habitat and Heals started here. In the 1960s The King’s Road gave birth to the mini skirt, Mary Quant and hair stylist Vidal Sassoon. In the late 1970s it helped punk get its look with Vivien Westwood’s shop ‘Sex’. Now it has many high-end exclusive fashion stores and independent boutiques.
The further you walk West, down The Kings Road from Sloane Square, the more small, independent clothes and shoe shops you will find. The Kings Road is also a great place to hunt for antiques with the famous Chelsea Antiques Market.
Nearest Underground Station: Sloane Square
Known worldwide as the home of bespoke British tailoring, Savile Row is the place to come if you want a handmade suit crafted the old-fashioned way. Be warned – they don’t come cheap.
Nearest Underground Station: Bond Street or Piccadilly Circus
Notting Hill & Portobello Market
Boho Notting Hill has a vast array of hip cafes, small, unique shops selling unusual and vintage clothing, rare antiques, and quirky boho boutiques. It is also the home of the world famous mile-long Portobello Market.
Westfield Shopping Centre
The Westfield Shopping Center is one of London’s largest shopping malls. Located in Shepherds Bush, West London, Westfield is a stunning architectural masterpiece with over 275 shops from luxury fashion labels to high street favourites and over 50 places to eat and drink.
Location: Westfield, Ariel Way London W12 7GF
Westfield Opening Times:
Mon 10am – 9pm
Tues 10am – 9pm
Wed 10am – 9pm
Thurs 10am – 10pm
Fri 10am – 10pm
Sat 9am – 9pm
Sun 12pm – 6pm
Bank Holidays 10am – 8pm
Nearest Underground: Four Underground stations provide easy access including:
Central Line: Shepherd’s Bush and White City Hammersmith & City: Wood Lane and Shepherd’s Bush Market
Westfield Stratford City shopping centre
Westfield Stratford (situated in East London) is the younger sister of Westfield (situated in West London).
Westfield Stratford is right next to the Olympic site, and is one of the best places to shop in the whole of London.
It opened on Tuesday 13th September 2011 and It contains over 300 shops and stores and around 50 restaurants and cafes. With a total retail floor area of 1,883,700 square feet (175,000 m2) it is the third biggest shopping center in the UK.