London is a shopper’s paradise. Whether you want to update your wardrobe, furnish your home, go antiquing or just pick up some souvenirs, there really is something for everyone here. Here are the best places to shop in London.
Shopping in Knightsbridge
Take London’s underground (subway) to Knightsbridge on the Piccadilly line to visit the iconic department store Harrods. Dominating the Brompton Road, Harrods offers everything from fashions by the world’s top designers to furniture, gourmet foods and tasteful souvenirs.
Refresh yourself in the spa or visit one of their many restaurants. Kids will love the toy department and pet kingdom. Further up Brompton Road, past many other tempting stores, Harvey Nichols is a unique British department store with a fantastic food hall.
Sloane Square and South Kensington offer yet more retail therapy and are easily accessible from here by foot, taxi or underground.
Shopping in Piccadilly
Take the Piccadilly Line on the London underground to Green Park to visit Fortnum and Mason, a department store established in 1707.
Wander through the huge selection of teas, coffees, jams and confectionery on the ground floor or go downstairs to the food hall to find tempting treats from all over the world. On the upper floors you will find everything from cosmetics to bespoke designer clothes and hats as well as home furnishings, kitchenware, stationery and everything for the gentleman in your life.
From Fortnum and Mason you can walk up to Piccadilly Circus and then on to Regent Street, or cut the corner by strolling through The Burlington Arcade’s wonderful emporiums. You can see Regent Street ahead on your right when you come out the other end of the arcade, but don’t miss Savile Row off to the left on your way. Even if your budget won’t stretch to a gift for the gentleman in your life from this street full of bespoke tailors, it’s a fascinating place for a walk.
Regent Street Shops and Stores
Flagship stores from almost every great international brand vie for your attention amidst the hustle and bustle of one of London’s busiest districts.
Don’t miss Floris, perfumers to the Court of St James’ since 1730. Or, for a more modern take on fragrance, visit Molton Brown. Kids will love Hamley’s. It’s the oldest toy store in the world – established in 1760 – and offers seven floors of toys. This is the place to find your inner child although you will struggle to get the other children in your life to leave this paradise!
Regent Street is also accessible via London’s underground. Take the Bakerloo, Central or Victoria line to Oxford Circus.
Shopping on Oxford Street
One of London’s most popular shopping destinations, Oxford Street is also accessible via the Oxford Circus underground station. Perhaps the most famous store on London’s Oxford Street is located at number 400. Selfridges offers a unique shopping experience, alongside world class dining, art installations and the world’s largest shoe department (a special favourite of mine!).
Bond Street Antiquing
A great place for antiquing, Bond Street is located just off Oxford Street. In addition there are many designer and ready to wear clothing stores as well as some breathtaking jewelry shops.
There are many things to do in London but be sure to leave a little time for retail therapy during your visit. Whether you are window-shopping or on a mission to find that special something, London offers a shopping experience you simply won’t find anywhere else.
April Harris is a food, lifestyle and travel writer who lives in Berkshire, England. She shares inspiration, tips and trends for anyone who loves food, cooking, entertaining, fashion, travel and the finer things in life at The 21st Century Housewife.