London is one of the most popular destinations in the world. It’s awash with world-famous landmarks, steeping in history and laced with beautiful architecture at every turn. However, for those who love to splash some cash when they’re on vacation, this city also offers some of the best shopping there is.
Housing some of the biggest names in fashion, there is such an eclectic range of shopping districts that every shopaholic will find something to enjoy.
If you only have a limited time to spend in London, Oxford Street should most definitely be your first stop. It’s packed with some of the most exciting names on the high street and is home to tons of designer outlets, where you can find great deals on this season’s best pieces.
Highlights of this area include the world-famous Selfridges department store, alongside other high street favorites, such as John Lewis and Debenhams. The street also houses headquarters for some of the country’s most well known brands, including H&M, Zara, Urban Outfitters and the world-renowned Topshop.
For the most exclusive and luxury experience London has to offer, Knightsbridge is one of the most high-class venues, where you can really treat yourself to some of the most pricey garments in the city. This area is home to the luxurious Harrods, the grand department store that houses collections from some of the most upmarket designers in the country. Alexander McQueen, Michael Kors and Stella McCartney are just a few of the many world-class names featured within its walls.
Photo: Creative Commons
Harvey Nichols is another key location in this area, stocked with equally exclusive and attractive brands. Shoe lovers will be in heaven in the district, with the likes of Christopher Loboutin, Jimmy Choo and Gucci all nearby and easily accessible. Several other high-end delights are just a short walk away.
For those who love a more unique and alternative scene, Camden is a sure favorite for hip and trendy Londoners, and attracts a staggering 10 million visitors every year. What was once home to the city’s bakery district is now a bustling hotspot, that houses endless boutiques, market stalls and vintage outlets.
Photo: Creative Commons
This famous marketplace is constantly alight with avant-garde creations, and stands at the forefront of fashion. Whilst you might have to go digging to find the good stuff, this area is sure to hold the most unique items available in the whole of the city. Alongside many alternative clothing boutiques, you can also find a wide selection of jewelry, arts and crafts, sculptures and bits and pieces that are all worth a spot in a treasure trove. Truly a must-visit if you’re a fan of the fringe.
London saw its hey-day in the swinging 60’s, the era of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and Carnaby Street was the epicenter of this revolution. Back in its day, the hippest and most trendy elite frequented this up-and-coming area on a regular basis. It housed some of the most out-there boutique stores of its day, and many came from miles around to pick up the coolest pairs of flared jeans and kaftans.
Today, the street remains as a homage to this era. Levi’s Vintage Jeans, Dr. Martens and many other big-name brands from the 60’s still call this district home. Alongside many other modern stores, such as the world-famous American Apparel, it still offers a hip, cool and unique shopping experience. Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s still worth a visit as an icon in fashion history.
These are just a few of the many areas in London that offer unmatchable shopping. The eclectic range of stores, streets and markets make it a true paradise for anyone who loves to spend their vacations on a shopping spree. There are plenty of other stops to be had on the London shopping tour, so if your favorite is missing from this list, be sure to leave a comment below.
Guest post sponsored by the Corinthia Hotels.