to the Apparel Search guide to London's best shopping streets, destinations, and
London has several distinct
shopping districts with trendy streets lined with stylish boutiques. Many
of these areas have their own themes or specialties. Some districts such as
specialize in luxury goods. If you are looking for more quirky finds you
may wish to head over to Covent Garden.
When looking for a larger shopping center, travelers can visit Westfield to spend
the day frequenting the shops.
Bond Street and Mayfair: Bond Street is a major
shopping street in the West End of London that runs north-south through Mayfair between
It has been a fashionable shopping street since the 18th century and is
currently the home of many high price fashion shops. The southern section is
known as Old Bond Street, and the northern section, which is rather more than
half the total length, is known as New Bond Street. This distinction, however,
is not generally made in everyday usage. It is one of the most expensive strips
of real estate in the world.
Shops currently located on Bond Street include
Boodles, Smythson, Armani, Louis Vuitton, Graff Diamonds, Cartier, Dolce &
Gabbana, Tiffany & Co., Hermès, Polo Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Prada, Gucci,
Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry, DKNY, Ermenegildo Zegna, Yves Saint Laurent,
Bulgari, Harry Winston, Dior, Anya Hindmarch, Jimmy Choo, Chopard, Mulberry,
Longchamp, Anne Fontaine, Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen, Miu Miu, Watches of
Switzerland, Fabergé and an exclusive Patek Philippe boutique. Whether
you've got money to burn and want to splash out on the very best in designer
clothes, or just love luxury window shopping, Bond Street and Mayfair are the
ideal places to go for an extravagant retail experience. Popular with fashion
mavens and celebrities on a shopping spree, this is probably London's most
is based in the heart of East London. Constructed of stripped and refitted
shipping containers, Boxpark is filled with a mix of fashion and lifestyle
brands, galleries, cafés and restaurants.
Shoreditch is the world's first pop-up mall and the home of the pop-up
store. Opened in 2011 by founder and CEO Roger Wade, the mall will be open for
the next four years.
Canary Wharf Canary Wharf's 35
completed buildings, including three shopping malls, are occupied by some of the
world's best companies employing 100,000 people in a diverse range of
industries. Canada Square,
in London's Docklands, is home to many of the UK's leading businesses, but it
also has a great shopping center, open seven days a week. Sleek and modern,
Canada Square boasts more than 200 shops, with all the major high-street chains
as well as a good selection of designer stores. You will find numerous big
names like Oasis and Zara plus lingerie brand Myla and luxurious fragrance store
Jo Malone. If you can avoid the weekday lunch-hour rush, it's one of London's
comfortable shopping experiences.
Carnaby Streetis considered the birthplace of the fashion and
cultural revolution during the Swinging 60s. Carnaby Street and the 13
surrounding streets are two minutes away from
Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus
and feature more than 150 brands and over 50 independent restaurants and bars.
Step under the iconic arch and you will find an intriguing mix of stores as
well as independent boutiques, heritage brands, and new designer names. If
you wish to relax during your shopping spree you can also enjoy great English
pubs and other places to relax. You also don't miss Kingly Court which
is just off Carnaby Street.
Covent Gardenis a well-known shopping destination in London
for those in search of boutique stores. Whether you want hip fashion,
unique gifts, rare sweets or one of a kind handmade jewelry, Covent Garden is a
great place to explore. You can stock up on the latest urban street wear, funky
cosmetics and shoes on Neal Street.
You can go into each store or simply window shop around the stores. Don't miss
Floral Street, Monmouth Street, St Martin's Courtyard, Shorts Gardens, Seven
Dials and Neal's Yard for a true taste of London's most distinctive shopping
Kings Roadis yet another hot spot for fashion in London.
On Kings Road you will find an eclectic mix of trendy boutiques, unique fashion
labels, stylish designer shops and high-street staples. For those needing
a break from purchasing apparel and footwear, you will be pleased with a vast
array of cafes and eateries. Be sure to check out the store where punk was
born in the 70s,
Vivienne Westwood's shop and the treasure trove
of antiques at the Chelsea Antiques Market. Shopping is a King's Road's
obsession. Stores include Peter Jones, Vivienne Westwood, Next, Russell &
Knightsbrige is an attractive area of central
London, with plenty of shops and restaurants to serve the needs of international
tourists as well as local residents. Visitors from around the world flock to
Knightsbridge and Brompton Road
to visit the illustrious shops and department stores. This is the place to go if
you're looking for prestigious brands and the very latest trends from the
world's fashion elite.
Harrods is the most famous of the local shops.
Harrods is a huge tourist attraction with roughly 300 departments. It has been
said that many of the locals turn their nose up at this garish overcrowded place
and may prefer Harvey Nichols. Harvey Nichols is a chic alternative with
three floors of designer wear and a huge beauty department. If you are on
a budget, be prepared because the store is rather high priced (high quality as
If you have the money to spend
and want high end designer clothes, look no further than Sloane Street.
Christian Dior, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Armani, Alberta Ferretti, Nicole Fahri
and Katharine Hamnett are just some of the designers with shops on Sloane
Street, all within a short walk of each other. There are also a number of
exquisite specialty lingerie stores including Rigby & Peller on Hans Road and La
Perla on Sloane Street itself. You will also find a whole host of big-name
fashion designers on Sloane Street.
Showing Knightsbridge caters to all tastes, there's a branch of Topshop
Notting Hillgained noteriaty around the world thanks partly
to the movie named Notting Hill. This shopping destination offers a vast
array of small shops selling unusual and vintage clothing, rare antiques,
interesting gifts, books and specialty foods. When traveling to Notting Hill
you are sure to enjoy Portobello Road Market which is an approximate mile long
street with a vibrant array of different stalls set out daily. Nearby Westbourne Grove
offers more high-end shopping, with stylish designer shops dotted between a mix
of quirky boho boutiques, hip cafes and artwork galleries.
Oxford Street is a major road in the City of
Westminster in the West End of London. It is possibly Europe's busiest shopping
street. Oxford Street is home to a number of major department stores and
numerous flagship stores, as well as hundreds of smaller shops. It is the
biggest shopping street within Inner London, though not necessarily the most
expensive or fashionable, and forms part of a larger shopping district with
and a number of other smaller nearby streets. Thisis home to the legendary
Selfridges. The street also boasts a range of
famous department stores such as John Lewis and Debenhams. These
department stores are situated among nearly every well-known high street chain
imaginable. With over 300 shops, Oxford Street is the heart of London shopping.
You will find designer outlets as well as landmark stores. If you want fewer
crowds slip onto one of the stylish side streets. Check out St Christopher's
Place and Berwick Street for some real treats. Oxford Street runs for
approximately one and a half miles (two and a half kilometres) from Marble Arch
at the north east corner of Hyde Park, through Oxford Circus to St Giles Circus,
at the junction with Charing Cross Road and Tottenham Court Road. Eastwards, the
road then becomes New Oxford Street until it runs into High Holborn. Oxford
Street meets with other London roads including Park Lane, New Bond Street and
Regent Street. West of Marble Arch, Oxford Street becomes Bayswater Road, then
Notting Hill Gate and Holland Park Avenue until it becomes the Uxbridge Road at
Shepherd's Bush Roundabout. At Uxbridge it becomes the Oxford Road again, all
the way to Oxford, save for some short sections where it has been given a local
Regent Street and Jermyn Streetis an impressively elegant shopping district. Regent
Street offers a good range of mid-priced
fashion stores alongside some of the city's oldest and most famous shops,
Hamleys and Liberty.
Nearby, historic Jermyn Street
is renowned for men's clothing shops. Jermyn Street is particularly well
known for its bespoke shirt makers such as
Benson & Clegg and shoe shops including
Saville Rowis 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. Certainly, the fine craftsmanship comes at
a price. Credited with inventing the tuxedo and being the first Savile Row
tailor Henry Poole & is still cutting cloth and sewing fine garments at No 15.
Additional big names on Saville Row include Gieves & Hawkes, H Huntsman & Sons
and Ozwald Boateng. On the corner of this steet of tailoring you'll also find
the flagship Abercrombie & Fitch store.
Sloane Street has long been a fashionable
shopping street, especially the northern section closest to Knightsbridge, which
is known informally as Upper Sloane Street. Since the 1990s Sloane Street's
status has increased further, and it is now on a par with Bond Street, which
has been London's most exclusive shopping street for two centuries. The street
has flagship branches for many of the world's most famous brands in fashion.
Sloane Street is a major London street in the Royal Borough of Kensington and
Chelsea which runs north to south, from Knightsbridge to Sloane Square, crossing
Pont Street about halfway along. Sloane Street takes its name from Sir Hans
Sloane, who purchased the surrounding area in 1712. Many of the properties in
the street still belong to his descendants the Earls Cadogan, via their company
Cadogan Estates. When looking for better boutiques, keep Sloane Street in
mind for a prime destination.
Westfield Londonis an innovative place to shop, eat, and to
interact with other fashion savvy people. As one of the largest urban shopping
centers in Europe this destination offers consumers high street favorites
Debenhams, Next, Marks & Spencer and House of Fraser. There are also more than 275 luxury, premium and
high-street retailers showcasing over 700 brands including Louis Vuitton, Jimmy
Choo, All Saints and Ted Baker all under one roof. If you are a fan of shopping
malls or centers, you do not want to miss Westfield's sister site, Westfield Stratford City
in the east of London.
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