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Shopping Guide for London

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London is said to be home to around 40,000 shops selling everything under the sun. This list picks out the top 10 shopping experiences from luxury department stores and old fashioned arcades, to living markets and foodie heavens. Try them all or pick out whatever suits you and enjoy this shopping heaven.

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10 Places

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10 Places

Harrods

Department Stores, Points of Interest & Landmarks,

Oxford Street

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Portobello Road Market

Flea & Street Markets,

Old Spitalfields Market

Flea & Street Markets, Shopping Malls,

Camden Market

Flea & Street Markets,

Marylebone

Speciality Museums

Covent Garden

Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks,

Burlington Arcade

Flea & Street Markets

Borough Market

Flea & Street Markets

Westfield London

Shopping Malls,

Sue H's City Tips

  • The key to getting around London's transport system, on tubes and buses, is the Oyster card, which you can buy on arrival or in advance. You can load it up with day passes and take a bus or tube whenever you need to. (NB: you now cannot buy a bus ticket with cash and need to have an Oyster!)
  • Sadly busy streets mean pick pockets so do be careful of your bags and keep handbags zipped up at all times. Busy streets also mean lots of people trying to do what you are doing so keep calm and go with the flow, rushing will not get you anywhere quickly.
  • You can find cafes in most of the larger shops and rest assured, where there are shops there will be cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants.
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    Harrods
    Department Stores, Points of Interest & Landmarks,
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    Sue H Says:

    You will see the famous shape of Harrods as you approach this grand store and stepping through its doors you enter into a world of luxury with price tags to match. Several thousand pounds for handbags and watches before you move onto the eye watering jewellery. Every designer and top brand you’ve heard of is here in this huge shop, apparently the biggest department store in Europe. Of the 330 departments, make sure you don’t miss the food halls with their elaborate tiles and wonderful mouthwatering displays. For shoe lovers the lavish Harrods shoe hall is heaven. Whatever your 'thing', Harrods’ motto is 'All Things For All People' so I hope you find whatever you're looking for here!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Harrods offers 27 places to eat and drink catering for all tastes so there is no need to leave!
    • Do take a ride on the Egyptian Escalator where you will think you are inside a Pharaoh’s palace
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #79 of 1,728 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • cream tea 10/12/2017
    • Massive 10/12/2017
    • Harrods
    Address:
    87-135 Brompton Road
    London SW1X 7XL
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7730 1234
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:30 - 18:00
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Oxford Street
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Sue H Says:

    Oxford Street itself boasts 300 shops and leads into Regent Street, with even more on offer. With easy access to Carnaby Street and St Christopher’s Place, this area is London’s major shopping destination. On Oxford Street the upmarket Selfridges is a destination store; for more 'budget' shoppers there are two branches of Primark, the now-famous bargain store. This is Europe’s busiest shopping street so brace yourself for crowds all the way. Regent Street is generally more upmarket and slightly less busy, home to the Apple store, Hollister and top jewellers Mappin and Webb. Here you also find the fabulous Tudor-style building of Liberty, which is just off the main street. Parallel to Regent Street is Carnaby Street, steeped in fashion history. If you are shopping with children beware of the magnetic effect of Hamleys Toy store which is like Christmas to any child. At Christmas time this area puts on a great display of festive lights in the streets and shop fronts.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The larger stores have great cafes but the side streets are full of cafes, bars and restaurants to revive the weary shopper.
    • Most shops are open in the evening to extend the shopping experience, especially on Thursdays.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #101 of 1,728 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing 08/12/2017
    • Great shopping 07/12/2017
    • Oxford Street
    Address:
    Oxford Street
    London W1W 8LG
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7240 7701
    Other:
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    Portobello Road Market
    Flea & Street Markets,
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    Sue H Says:

    If you love markets then Portobello is one of the best in London to explore as it offers such a range of experiences and shopping opportunities. There are some stalls every day but Saturday is the full market. It extends the whole length of Portobello Road with about 1000 stalls and has many different sections. Each bit will delight you with a different range of tempting things to buy. I'd start at the Notting Hill Gate end with the antique section and go through clothing, jewellery, fruit and vegetables up to vintage and second hand fashion with lots more on the way.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • While you are in Notting Hill look out for the famous travel book shop from the film which made the area even more famous.
    • Don’t miss the arcades tucked in behind the stalls which line the street - they are amazing treasure troves.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #119 of 1,728 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best Market in London 06/12/2017
    • Cool place great vibe love it!! 06/12/2017
    • Portobello Road Market
    Address:
    Portobello Road
    Jcn. of Westbourne Park Road
    London W11 1LU
    England
    Hours:
    Mon - Wed
    09:00 - 18:00
    Thu
    09:00 - 13:00
    Fri
    09:00 - 19:00
    Sat
    09:00 - 13:00
    Other:
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    Old Spitalfields Market
    Flea & Street Markets, Shopping Malls,
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    Sue H Says:

    Spitalfields is a lively covered market just east of the City which has a different theme each day for the stalls alongside some regular vendors. It is an old Victoria market hall and has seen markets held here since the 1600s. Around the central hall is a fine selection of boutiques and unusual design and lifestyle stores. A few minutes’ walk away are the on-trend shops and markets of Brick Lane, especially on a Sunday. The different themes include antique, vintage, new designers, African, fashion, art and record fairs – so something for every shopper.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The market and surrounds have plenty of eating options from street food to more upmarket restaurants.
    • You may already know of Brick Lane's reputation as 'curry mile', so if Indian food is your thing then head here - but be warned you'll have to hunt if you want to real deal, where side streets are your best bet!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #117 of 1,728 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place to shop and eat 09/12/2017
    • Great Food 06/12/2017
    • Old Spitalfields Market
    Address:
    Spitalfields 16 Horner Square
    London E1 6EW
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7247 8556
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 - 18:00
    Sat
    11:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Camden Market
    Flea & Street Markets,
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    Sue H Says:

    Camden Market in north London is a sprawling collection of markets famous for its grungy vibe although there is much more to it than that. Walking down Camden High Street there are markets on both sides of the road and once past the canal the main market stretches up before you offering some more radical styles of clothing. Black has always been Camden’s favourite colour (this is 'goth' central) but you’ll find a really wide range of clothing, jewellery, bags and shoes among the hundreds of stalls and as chain stores are not allowed this really is the home of original and new design so make the most of the chance to seek out some one-off items that no one back home will have.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Camden opens every day but don’t get there before noon or you may find it a bit quiet. Then on weekends it will be packed out.
    • Food is a big thing here and the food stalls offer a great range of dishes from around the globe. You'll find this area near the canal - follow your nose!
    • You often can't board underground trains at Camden simply as they shut the doors when the crowds get too big, so you may have to hop on a bus down to Kings Cross or Euston to travel on from there.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 1,728 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Afternoon visit 10/12/2017
    • My favorite place in London- so COOL 10/12/2017
    • Camden Market
    Address:
    Camden Lock Place
    London NW1 8AF
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 3763 9999
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Marylebone
    Speciality Museums
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    Sue H Says:

    Marylebone High Street is a short distance from Oxford Street but is a very different experience, one of calm shopping with smaller boutiques in fashionable surroundings. It offers top foodie shopping with the expert butchers of The Ginger Pig and cheese specialist La Fromagerie as well as a vibrant farmers’ market to complement the shops. Fashion is very well represented, from Paul Smith to Agnes B, as is interior design and furnishing with a large Conran shop. As you would expect the cafes and restaurants are suitably upmarket too.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Don’t miss going into Daunt books and marvel at its galleried interior, a hallowed place for book lovers.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #361 of 1,728 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great station and area 20/11/2017
    • Bijoux Mainline Train Station 22/10/2017
    • Marylebone
    Address:
    73
    London
    England
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    Covent Garden
    Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks,
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    Sue H Says:

    Covent Garden is a great place to explore for its varied shopping opportunities. The main square was formerly a busy fruit and vegetable market and these fine buildings now house shops, bars and restaurants and a range of markets, including a real food market to keep the tradition going.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Beyond the main market area are streets of trendy shops by newer designers and even more great eating places so make sure you explore all the surrounding streets where you can find more original clothes and jewellery.
    • Come mid-afternoon on a weekend if you want to catch some excellent street performers delivering an impromptu show!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 1,728 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely atmosphere... 09/12/2017
    • Lots to do 09/12/2017
    • Covent Garden
    Address:
    Covent Garden
    London WC2E 9DD
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7240 9731
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 18:00
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 - 20:00
    Sat
    09:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Burlington Arcade
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Sue H Says:

    Step back into another era of shopping when you enter Burlington Arcade. This is one of several arcades around Piccadilly where covered arcades managed to survive decades of change. Burlington is the most traditional of them, dating from 1819. A walk through its beautiful arches takes the modern shopper back to a time of truly civilised shopping. These were the first shopping centres, covered to protect genteel shoppers from the elements and the riff raff! The passageway is still lined with luxury brands and goods within a beautiful setting.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • If you can’t stretch to the luxury goods perhaps a brightly coloured macaroon from Laduree will satisfy your need to buy something here?!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #252 of 1,728 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wow from a bygone age 05/12/2017
    • Oyster shells 02/12/2017
    • Burlington Arcade
    Address:
    51 Piccadilly
    London W1J 0QJ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 3147 1284
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 - 19:00
    Sat
    09:00 - 18:30
    Other:
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    Borough Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Sue H Says:

    Borough Market is the place all foodie fans head to in London. Make sure you get the right days to avoid disappointment as it’s only on Wednesdays to Saturdays for most of the year. Everywhere you look are stalls selling a mouth watering array of fresh top quality British and international produce which will excite any palate: from mounds of cheese, fresh fish, the best fresh and cured meats, tasty looking fruit and vegetables to artisan bread and cakes. Alongside these are stalls selling snacks from roast pork rolls with crackling, to huge paellas and all kinds of ethnic street food.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • All around the market are bars and restaurants and a branch of the famous Monmouth Coffee brewers to help you through the day.
    • Try out new tastes and do take time to talk with the stall holders - they are normally the actual producers of the food so you can find out exactly how they make their goods and get ideas for recipes. The importers will also have tales to tell about the countries of origin of their goods.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 1,728 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Thankfully I didn't take to much cash 10/12/2017
    • Great place 09/12/2017
    • Borough Market
    Address:
    8 Southwark Street
    London SE1 1TL
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 7407 1002
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 - 17:00
    Fri
    10:00 - 18:00
    Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Westfield London
    Shopping Malls,
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    Sue H Says:

    There are two Westfield Shopping Centres but I would recommend the westerly one in Shepherds Bush, although the easterly one in Stratford does have the advantage of being next to the former Olympic Park. Westfield offers you nearly 350 shops to choose from with a high end 'Village' section with Prada, De Beers, Dior etc. There is also a wide choice of high street stores and brands such as Marks and Spencer, House of Fraser, H&M and kids' stores - the list goes on.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • There are plenty of seating areas to rest as you shop as well as a 17 screen cinema complex where you might even catch a premier. There is also parking on site.
    • The 60 food and drink outlets can satisfy most tastes and there is an outdoor terrace with a street feel.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #130 of 1,728 things to do in London
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing place to visit 05/12/2017
    • Nice & Huge ! 29/11/2017
    • Westfield London
    Address:
    Westfield London Shopping Centre Ariel Way
    Unit 4006, Ariel Way
    London W12 7GF
    England
    Phone:
    +44 20 3371 2300
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 18:00
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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