About Shopping Tours in London in London
Think vintage, think London. Think designer brands, think London. Think independent retailers, think London. Shopping in London reflects the very diverse population, lifestyles, cultures, ages and budgets of the people who live here.
There are of course plenty of chain stores on the high streets selling items you can buy in many other countries across Europe. But once you look in the right places, know who to ask and aren't afraid to think outside the box, you may very well be reinventing yourself with all the new and unique things you've bought.
Ladies' clothing: For quintessentially British attire, some with a hint of retro, kitsch, or tradition, you can't go past Orla Kiely, Cath Kidston, Barbour, Joules, Hobbs, and All Saints. For activewear, Sweaty Betty is designed for women.
Men's clothing: For classic and quintessentially British attire, try Paul Smith, Ted Baker, Hackett, Ben Sherman, Jack Wills and Fat Face.
Box Park pop-up mall in Shoreditch, constructed with shipping containers, offers an eclectic range of independent retailers.
On Sundays, Columbia Road in East London presents itself as a bustling, colourful and characterful flower market. Get there early (~8 am) to beat the crowds or arrive late (~3 pm) to grab a bargain.
Other streets with independent retailers include Upper Street and Camden Passage, both in North London, Broadway Market and Shoreditch High Street, both in East London, Portobello Road in West London and Marylebone High Street in central London.
Vintage & Flea Markets
From designer goods to your grandmother's rags, a shopping experience in London for vintage and second-hand goods is a dream come true. Shops worthy of mention include What the Butler Wore and Radio Days (both in Waterloo), Absolute Vintage and Blitz, both off Brick Lane, Beyond Retro (several outlets including Dalston in East London), Pop Boutique (in Coven Garden), and Paper Dress (in Shoreditch).
For ladies: Aida and the Goodhood Store (both in Shoreditch), Shoe Embassy (various locations, including markets), R Soles (bespoke cowboy boots) in Chelsea, Chapeau Bateau (a floating hat shop that moors along different parts of the Regent's Canal, so check their website for locations).
For men: Aida, Article and Present (all in Shoreditch), Le Monde (specialty men's hats and caps) on Wilton Road (in Victoria).
For the home: YCN (in Shoreditch), Emma Bridgewater (in Fulham and Marylebone), Fopp music and other audio visual entertainment or Do Shop (in Covent Garden), and Lush Designs (in Greenwich).
To read: Daunt Books in Marylebone, Artwords (contemporary visual arts) in Shoreditch, West End Lane Books in West Hampstead, Hurlingham Books at Putney Bridge, and the Lamb Bookshop (children's books) in Bloomsbury.
To eat: Chocodeli in Victoria, The Cheeseboard in Greenwich, and Algerian Coffee Stores in Soho.
Specialty shops: Ian Allan Book and Model Shop (transport-related maps, literature and models) in Waterloo, Hoxton Street Monster Supplies (purveyor of goods for monsters, and children's storytelling) in Hoxton, Viktor Wynd's Little Shop Of Horrors (for taxidermy) in Hackney, and Opera Opera (bespoke eyeglasses) in Covent Garden.
There are two shopping malls in London--Westfield Stratford City in East London (claiming to be the largest shopping centre in Europe) and Westfield White City in West London.
Standard department stores include John Lewis, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and House of Fraser. High-end and specialty department stores include Harrods, Liberty, Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols... of which the first three have particularly impressive Christmas displays!
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