Shopping in London



Bond Street
Named after Sir Thomas Bond (entrepreneur of the 17th century), Bond Street is divided into Old and New Bond Street. The street is well known for designer boutiques like Prada, Versace, Fahri and more. Prices are very high but window shopping won't cost you a penny :)
New Bond Street... you can find there brand-name stores such as Donna Karan, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Nicole Farhi, Armani, Jimmy Choo and Ralph Lauren. Looking for the English fashion - go to Mulberry and Burberry stores.
Also you will find there some great antique shops and if money is not a problem for you, you can buy a few gold bracelets with diamonds at Cartier, Tiffany or Asprey.
At South Molton Street you will find the famous department store Browns.
The nearest tube station: Bond Street (Central and Jubilee line)

Carnaby Street
12 streets packed with more than 140 shops, restaurants and bars... shopping heaven :) The street is known for shops with casual urban fashion. Buy at Replay, Diesel, Howies, American Apparel and Puma. Next to Carnaby Street there is Newburgh Street, Foubert's Place and Kingly Court that should be on your shopping list (Kingly Court... there is 3-storey store selling unusual unique gifts).
Carnaby is also a good place to buy fashionable shoes and luxury cosmetics Cowshed or MAC Cosmetics.
The nearest tube station: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus

The King's Road
The name "The King's Road" comes from the 17 Century, when this was the main street of King Charles II between Whitehall and Hampton Court Palace. The whole area is also known for punk culture and the Vivienne Westwood's shop "World's End" is the main centre.
The area now offers a very pleasant combination of shops and restaurants. You will find there brands like Jigsaw, French Connection and Gap. Levi's jeans can be bought at the American Classics; at the end of King's Road you will find Duke of York Square full of modern shops and cafes. After short stop for a coffee and cake carry on to Sloane Street to Lulu Guinness store selling unique handbags or Jo Malone shop selling luxury fragrances and cosmetics. And do not forget to visit Emma Hope's shop with exclusive women's shoes.
The nearest tube station: Sloane Square

Covent Garden
Covent Garden again offers a pleasant mix of shops, Covent Garden market, street art and restaurants and cafes.
You can visit the shops: Marks & Spencer, Oasis, French Connection, Next and Monsoon. Buy men's fashion at Diesel, Replay, Oakley and Paul Smith. Neal Street is the heaven for women's fashion.
Other shopping streets include: Floral Street, Monmouth Street, Shorts Gardens, Seven Dials and Neal's Yard.
The nearest tube station: Covent Garden or Leicester Square

Knightsbridge
Knightsbridge is one of the most well-preserved and attractive parts of London. You will find there London's leading department stores and smaller designer shops and some great local restaurants and cafes.
You have to visit famous department stores Harrods (at least visit beautifully decorated basement) and Harvey Nichols. Leading designer shops can be found in Sloane Street: Christian Dior, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Armani, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Rigby & Peller and La Perla.
The nearest tube station: Knightsbridge

Oxford Street
Who would not hear about Oxford Street! With more than 200 million tourists every year, more than 300 stores and more than 5 million square feet of retail space, the Oxford Street must be the busiest place in London and perhaps in the world.
You will find there department stores such as Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Debenhams and Selfridges, selling everything from fashion, accessories, food, cosmetics and many more. Other popular stores are Zara, Mango, Topshop, TopMan or H & M.
The nearest tube station: Oxford Circus and Bond Street

Regent Street
Right next to Oxford Street is another famous shopping boulevard: Regent Street. Again, you'll find there well known brands such as Laura Ashley, Next, French Connection, Benetton and Zara. Don't forget to visit world-famous department store Liberty Store and great Hamleys Toy Shop.
The nearest tube station: Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus

Notting Hill
The area known not only because of the film with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant offers small shops with unique young designer fashion, vintage fashion, unusual gifts, old bookstores, cafes and some great restaurants with organic goodies.
And don't forget to visit Portobello Road Market: the world's largest antiques market. The main market day for antiques is Saturday. However, there are also fruit and vegetable stalls in the market, which trade throughout the week.
The nearest tube station: Notting Hill Gate, Ladbroke Grove or Westbourne Park

Westfield London
Shopping Centre located in White City/Shepherds Bush with a retail floor area of 150,000m2. It features around 255 stores, including All Saints, Apple, Bershka, Boots, Bose, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Coast, Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins, Dwell, Early Learning Centre, Ernest Jones, French Connection, Geox, Gerry Weber, Habitat, Hackett, HMV, Hollister Co., House of Fraser, H.Samuel, Jaeger, Kurt Geiger, LEGO, Mamas & Papas, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Next, Nomination, Reiss, River Island, Topshop, Uniqlo, the multiplex cinema Vue, Waitrose and Zara.
The nearest tube station: White City or Shepherds Bush

Bicester Shopping Village
Outlet shopping centre selling designer clothes and accessories including Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Dolce & Gabbana, Charles Tyrwhitt, Aquascutum, Gieves & Hawkes, Gucci, Dior, Bally, Prada and True Religion, as well as housing a small number of restaurants and cafes. The centre's stores generally stock end-of-line ranges at discounted prices, at up to 60% off. Find more info on www.bicestervillage.com


LONDON MARKETS
  • Top London antiques markets: Bermondsey Market, Brick Lane Market and Portobello Road
  • Top London fashion and vintage markets: Spitalfields Market, Camden Lock Market, Petticoat Lane, Brixton Market and Portobello Road
  • Top London hand-made arts and crafts markets: Covent Garden Market, Camden Lock Market and Bayswater
  • Top London food markets (exceptional British and international produce): London Borought Market, Brixton Market, Camden Lock Market and Shepherd's Bush Market
  • Find more info about London markets here: www.mintytrips.co.uk/london_markets_guide.html

INTERESTING BLOGS AND WEBSITES ABOUT SHOPPING
  • www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2008/jul/29/london.shoppingtrips.blogbyblogguide
  • www.weebirdy.com
  • www.spottedbylocals.com/london/category/activity/shopping
  • www.spottedbylocals.com/london/category/area/central/shopping-central/page/2
  • www.show-and-stay.co.uk/magazine/2011/05/03/walk-of-the-week-londons-shopping-districts
  • www.weekendblog.co.uk/fashion-style/vintage-shopping-london

SHOPPING ONLINE

From A to H From L to Z
All Saints - www.allsaints.com
American Apparel - www.americanapparel.net
American Classics - www.americanclassicslondon.com
Armani - www.armani.com/gb
Asprey - www.asprey.com
Benetton - www.benetton.com
Burberry - uk.burberry.com
Cartier - www.cartier.co.uk
Chanel - www.chanel.com
Christian Dior - www.dior.com/couture/en_gb
Cowshed - www.cowshedonline.com
Debenhams - www.debenhams.com
Diesel - www.diesel.com
Dolce & Gabbana - www.dolcegabbana.com
Emma Hope - www.emmahope.co.uk
Fendi - www.fendi.com
French Connection - www.frenchconnection.com
Gap - www.thegap.co.uk
Gucci - www.gucci.com/uk
H & M - www.hm.com/gb
Hamley's - www.hamleys.com
Harrods - www.harrods.com
House of Fraser - www.houseoffraser.co.uk
Howies - www.howies.co.uk
Jigsaw - www.jigsaw-online.com
Jimmy Choo - www.jimmychoo.com
Jo Malone - www.jomalone.co.uk
John Lewis - www.johnlewis.com
La Perla - www.laperla.com/en-gb
Laura Ashley - www.lauraashley.com
Levi's - www.eu.levi.com
Liberty Store - www.liberty.co.uk
Louis Vuitton - www.louisvuitton.com
Lulu Guiness - www.luluguinness.com
MAC Cosmetics - www.maccosmetics.co.uk
Mango - www.mango.com
Marks & Spencer - www.marksandspencer.com
Monsoon - uk.monsoon.co.uk
Mulberry - www.mulberry.com
Next - www.next.co.uk
Nicole Farhi - www.nicolefarhi.com
Oakley - uk.oakley.com
Oasis - www.oasis-stores.com
Paul Smith - www.paulsmith.co.uk
Prada - www.prada.com
Puma - www.puma.com
Ralph Lauren - www.ralphlauren.co.uk
Replay
Rigby & Peller - www.rigbyandpeller.com
Selfridges - www.selfridges.com
Ted Baker - www.tedbaker.com
Tiffany - www.tiffany.co.uk
Topman - www.topman.com
Topshop - www.topshop.com
Zara - www.zara.com




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