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London is a fantastic city that’s brimming with unique attractions. But let’s face it ladies, sometimes all we want is to shop!
London does not disappoint, it’s a metropolitan city offering something for every budget, whether that’s rifling through the racks of cheap vintage in Camden or strolling through the boutique department store that is Harrods!
Here are my top 10 shopping destinations in London…
The Stables in Camden Town
Camden is by far my favourite place to go in London thanks to all the gorgeous vintage stock waiting for me to take it home! If you have a particular gothic, out-there or just plain weird dress sense, Camden is for you too. Be sure to visit Cyberdog, if only for the experience rather than the rave-style clothing.
If you’re a high-street addict, then why not shop on the best and busiest high-street in all of Europe? Oxford Street boasts around 300 shops so there’s something for everyone, including the biggest Topshop and Primark you’re likely to find anywhere!
Shopping with a bigger budget? If designer is your thing, head to the famous Bond Street where you can pick your way through high-class boutiques such as Chanel, Prada, Jimmy Choo and Alexander McQueen, to name but a few!
Harrods Department Store
You had better get your walking shoes on – this monstrous department store boasts over 1million square feet of selling space and is the biggest store in the UK. Again, this is a place for those with a platinum credit card – expect to see designer clothing, luxury cosmetics and premium-class cuisine. Be warned though, there is a dress code and you could be turned away at the door if you’re not looking smart!
Harrod’s smaller but equally luxurious counterpart, Selfridges is another haven for designer fashionistas. It’s filled with gorgeous clothes but if you can’t afford anything, just look at their stunning window displays instead, and dream away!
A fruit and vegetable market for most of the week, on Saturdays this thriving London marketplace is transformed into a popular antiques market that also has a section of vintage clothing, much like Camden Market. Retro lovers, put this one on your visit list!
Cutting through Oxford Street, Regent Street is a less famed but no less fantastic place to shop for high-street wares. If you’re shopping with your man, leave him in the Apple Store (the second-largest one in the UK) whilst you traipse around the clothing shops!
We’ve all heard of Savile Row, a name that’s synonymous with fine tailoring! If you are after a premium-class suit (be warned: it comes at a price!). Head here to find old-fashioned tailors such as Kilgour, French & Stanbury and Gieves & Hawkes, who will hand-craft garments perfectly fitted to your size.
An eclectic mix of independent fashion boutiques, delicious confectioners and unique gift shops, Covent Garden is the place to be if you want to buy something no one else is going to be walking around in! Prices are pretty reasonable too.
Last but not least, Westfield London takes the term ‘shopping centre’ to a whole new level! It’s the largest inner-city shopping centre in all of Europe and mixes together high-street favourites such as Next with haute-couture counterparts like Louis Vuitton. When you’re done mingling with the rich and trendy you can head to the cinema or even to the gym, all under one roof!
With all these amazing places to see, it looks like you’ll need a place to stay for a few days at least! Why not look for cheap hotels in London city centre and make a long weekend of it?
This is a guest post. Susannah Perez is a blogger with a passion for fashion. London holds a special place in her heart, or more specifically, London’s shops do! She blogs for Hotelopia, a service she uses to help her find nice, cheap places to stay while she spends even more money to whittle away on shoes!