Shopping in London doesn’t have to be a complicated affair. You just need to know which venues are worth visiting in advance. Luckily with our guide, you’ll know exactly which places to earmark for your exploration of London – the best shopping capital in Europe.
A much-adored tourist trap, this historic square in the heart of Central London offers not just street entertainers, but also an eclectic retail mix – arts and crafts including handmade jewellery and kids-friendly unique sweets (Covent Garden Market) and urban streetwear and funky cosmetics (Neal Street). Nearest Tube: Covent Garden and Leicester Square. The Hotels in Paddington London aren’t too far from here.
The new kids on the London shopping block, the Westfield malls at White City and Stratford have quickly established themselves as firm favourites in West and East London, respectively. In addition to major high street names, Westfield London (White City) features a cinema, a gym, bars and restaurants, while Westfield Stratford City (Stratford) is one of the largest malls in Europe with 250 shops and 70 eateries. Nearest tube: White City and Shepherd’s Bush (Westfield London) and Stratford (Westfield Stratford City).
A cultural and fashion hub during the Swinging ’60s, Carnaby Street and the Soho district offer 150 brand stores and more than 70 independent restaurants and bars. Famed still for its independent boutiques, the street is also now home to many heritage and designer brands. Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus.
Boasting more than 300 designer outlets and landmark stores, Oxford Street is the world famous centre of London shopping and home to the traditional department stores Selfridges and John Lewis. Nearest tube: Oxford Circus, Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road. The Park Grand London Paddington is located nearby.
This much sought after district, which also boasts many luxury hotels for families, will probably always be synonymous with department stores extraordinaire Harrods and Harvey Nichols, but the quality of shopping it offers is represented by the fact the organic food chain Whole Foods’ flagship store can be found here, which proves perennially popular. Nearest Tube: Knightsbridge.