There is no doubt that London is a perfect city for going shopping. From little markets to huge shopping malls, in London you can find whatever you like, with a big variety of prices and all over the place.
We have selected some of the most important places to go shopping, all of them with something special or curious. If you can’t go to all of them, at least you should visit one or two!
Our first recommendation for places that you have to visit should be without a doubt Oxford Street. One of the most important streets in London, it’s a huge place full of shops (more than 100 stores) and in continuity with Regent Street. Here you will find most of the world’s famous brands, from Swarovsky to Hugo Boss, mobile companies, sports stores, toy stores… Mostly all the things that you can imagine! Also the prices will vary a lot. This is not the most expensive place in London, but also not the cheapest. But! Wherever you can find a Primark, you can find cheap prices. And on Oxford Street you can visit two of them!
If you like the history of music, you can go to Carnaby Street Market which is placed just next to Oxford Street. Many years ago, this place was a destination for a lot of subcultures and very important bands from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, like the Rolling Stones, The Sex Pistols, The Beatles or Jimi Hendrix. If you don’t want just shopping, you can download the Carnaby Market Tour App from your App Store or Google Play for free, and learn a little bit about the history of this special street.
To get to this area from our hostels, you can go there by tube to Bond Street.
Camden Lock Market is also a good place to visit. Located in Chalk Farm Road, it’s a place with at least 80 stalls with a lot of handmade and second hand stuff. Books, CD’s, leather, you can find all kinds of things in this sort of ‘underground’ market. Very popular in later years. Lots of people come here to get their first tattoo… or their 150th! You can also find a lot of pubs and fast food stalls. You can arrive to Camden by tube on the Northern Line going to Chalk Farm or Camden Town Station.
Have you seen the movie Notting hill? Well, the market where Hugh Grant had his book shop was actually located in this area, were the Portobello Market takes place. The main attraction is the vibrant antiques section; The half mile of road contains 100′s of buzzing market stalls, shops and arcades. You can expect to find a wonderful and wide array on antiques dating from BC to the 1960′s on offer including items such as glass and crystal, silver, books and many other collectibles.
Saturday is main antiques trading day, although some shops are open on Fridays (stalls are not) and trading generally starts around 8:30-9:00am. It’s best to arrive before 11:30am if you want to avoid the crowds before they get too bustling.
The closest station is Notting Hill.
Another ‘must visit’ shopping place should be Harrods. This is an upmarket department store located in Knightsbridge, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. This beautiful building has 330 departments that offer a wide range of products and services. Products on offer include clothing for women, men, children and infants, electronics, jewellery, sporting gear, bridal trousseau, pets and pet accessories, toys, food and drink, health and beauty items, packaged gifts, stationery, housewares, home appliances, furniture, and much more.
And last but not least… Are you looking for a big shopping centre? Here in London there are a few, but probably two of the hugest and most important are the Westfield Shopping Centres. There are two of them: one located in Stratford (you have connections with National Rail, DLR, Underground and Overground) and the other one in White City, close to Shepherd’s Bush Station (Underground Central Line and Overground). Both have a lot of stores inside, with important brands and a lot of bars and restaurants, perfect to spend a rainy day there.
If you need more information about all these places, ask to our receptionists, they will help you with everything you need 🙂