London has more than 40,000 shops and is the natural European shopping destination. Shopping in London is one of the must-do activities during your stay!
So where can you go shopping and what are the different shopping districts?
Oxford Street is 2.5 km long and is home to over 300 shops and department shops such as John Lewis, House of Fraser and Selfridge.
There are also international brands (Gap, Nike, Zara), cheap shops (Primark, Forever21…) and many souvenir shops.
Located between Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street is an elegant shopping street. You can find chic shops such as Armani Exchange, Hugo Boss, Superdry, but also more affordable ones like Banana Republic, Guess, Hollister or H&M.
And if you’re looking for English brands, you can choose from Aquascutum, Austin Reed, Barbour, Hackett and many more.
Finally, don’t miss the Liberty shop, which is easy to spot thanks to its half-timbered, Tudor-style facade and offers a wide selection of so British items!
New Bond Street
South of Oxford Street, this chic district is the landmark of major luxury brands such as Church’s, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Cartier….
In the Soho district and a few dozen metres from Regent Street, Carnaby Street is a pedestrian shopping street. This trendy village with colourful facades is home to trendy shops (The Kooples, Dr Martens, Fred Perry…) and numerous bars and restaurants.
Covent, as the English say, is a very touristy area and is known for its Victorian-era covered market which is now dedicated to handicrafts (jewellery, paintings, clothes…).
There are also many chic boutiques (Penhaligon’s, Paul Smith, Burberry…) and numerous restaurants, including Jamie’s Italian and Rock & Sole Plaice.
Knightsbridge, Kensington And Brompton Road
This is the district of London’s iconic shop: Harrods! Not far from the famous Harvey Nichols, which is smaller and less touristy than its neighbour. Finally if you want to go wild, go to the chic shops of Sloane Street with Christian Dior, Chanel and Katharine Hammett.
Notting Hill is a charming area with many colourful Victorian houses, also known for its flea market in Portobeello Road, which is the most famous in London. Here you can find antiques, collectibles and trendy shops such as Maje, Sandro and Zadig Voltaire.
Situated in North London, Camden is famous for its many markets where you can find clothes, shoes, moose souvenirs and antiques!
You will be surprised by the colourful facades with their 3D signs and its alternative culture.