Shopping is one of the
main reasons people flock to London all year round. With over 30,
000 shops from huge department stores to fabulous fashion boutiques,
it is one of the world centres for fashion, style and music.
A wide variety of shops are all over London, from high priced exclusive
clothing and goods, to some amazing deals. For lovers of clothes shopping,
London has all the designs and the wackiest looks. If you are
not looking for clothing but for antiques, books, food or sporting
memorabilia you will have no problems finding the shop you need. Here's
a partial list of some of the best places to visit for shopping in
ALFIE'S ANTIQUE MARKET
With up to 370 trader
stalls this is a treasure trove of goodies. In the basement
you will find painting, pictures frames, Art Deco lighting and furniture
from the Arts and Crafts movement. Upstairs is focused on textiles,
posters, garden ornaments, ceramics and glass.
Edqware Road/Marylebone tube
Located next to the Camden Locks, this
is the most popular market in London. It gets extremely busy on weekends
with thousands of merchants. You are sure to find the ideal
shoe or outfit, or rare CD here, as well as watch an amazing parade
Opened 10-6 Thurs-Sun
Camden High Street Tube
Located on Kensington High Street,
this market inside a building caters to underground fashions. You
can also find an exciting array of hair dye, punk and gothic clothing
and supplies, record stores, the latest in techno, platform shoes,
leather goods, jewellery and more. Open 10-6, Closed on Sundays.
Kensington High Street Tube.
This old market features antique goods,
as well as clothing and music, hundreds of stalls on weekends, and
cafes and bars. It is also a starstudded area, with many famous
people living and shopping in the area and of course this is in Notting
Hill, now famous due to the recent film.
Ladbroke Grove Tube
OXFORD AND REGENT
This is the main area in which to find
High Street stores. All the main ones are here from Marks and Spencer,
Debenhams, John Lewis, Hamley's Toy Shop, Boots, W.H. Smith, Bhs,
C&A, and many more specialty shops. You may not find any low priced
goods here, but it's worth a look. Piccadilly or Oxford Circus Tubes.
Most people make a visit to this shop
just to look at the costly price tags, as well as the food section.
Be sure to dress respectively, as there is a dress code to shop here!
Please note that backpacks are not allowed.
Sloane Street or Knightsbridge tubes
This street was enormously popular
in the sixties for fashion, but still has some shops worth investigating.
Mostly rock shops with T-shirts and accessories, but Shelley's shoes
is one of the best shops in London for shoes.
Oxford Circus Tube
A junction of seven up and coming
streets which offer a mix of stylish shops providing everything from
fashion and flashy gifts to homewares, gadgets and flowers.
Be on the lookout for designer shops, shoe shops, Lush which sells
handmade toiletries, Cyberdogs with hardcore clubbing gear and accessories
and Kitschen Sync for kooky paraphernalia.
Convent Garden Tub
BERWICK STREET MARKET
This small market in Soho has vegetable
stalls as well as tourist goods, clothing, and a lot of ambient/techno
record shops lining the street.
Piccadilly Circus Tube
Soho is the place to go for a variety
of boutiques; Janet Fitch for designer jewellery, Metalmorphis for
body piercings, and Ann Summers for kinky lingerie. Ambient Soho and
Black Market Records stock the best of techno, jungle and dance music.
Vintage Magazine Shop for excellent movie & TV memorabilia and
posters. Also erotic videos, sex toys, good cafes and restaurants,
strip clubs... Soho is an interesting place to wander around.
Piccadilly Circus tube.
Stereo and electrical shops and home
design stores....good bargains to be found here.
Tottenham Court Road or Goodge Street tubes
Lots of book stores, rare and specialty,
antique editions and more.
Tottenham Court Road tube.
One can find the best deals at Car
Boot Sales, where people empty their homes and sell their stuff cheaply
in vacant lots and parking areas around London. Some of the best deals
can be found at:
- one of the biggest car boot sales. Located at Hackney Greyhound
Stadium every Sunday, things start happening early with both buyers
and sellers showing up at 6am!
Located at the Bromyard Leisure Centre, Bromyard Avenue. Sundays at
9am, you can phone 0896-253-087 for more details. East Acton Tube.
- Every Saturday at 1pm. Small but worth a visit. Located at the Ashburnham
Community Centre, Burnaby Street and Lots Road. Fulham Broadway
- One of the biggest car boot sales in London, every Sunday around
8am. Royal Albert Dock. Silvetown or City Airport rail.
SECOND HAND SHOPS
There's a wide variety of charity shops
in London, with some good used clothes to be found. Some of the bigger
names like Oxfam tend to charge a bit more, but if you look closely
you can find some good independent shops with low prices. There are
also stores that specialize in jeans, and tend to mark prices up slightly.
Camden Market has a lot of these type of stores, and sell used leather
jackets as well.
MARKS AND SPENCER
Not for low cost food, but high quality.
Most people shop here probably for the convenience of being able
to buy clothing as well as food in one store.
The biggest chain of food stores,
they have a wide range of good to low priced food. They also have
an excellent wine section.
Another superstore of food, Tesco's
does tend to carry everything and also carries CDs, clothing and
more. Excellent prices also. Experimenting with late night hours,
and some are going 24 hour.
Similar to the above stores, but
perhaps slightly lower prices.
This store is more common outside
London but has good prices, and good variety of food and also their
own branded clothing from the creator of Next.