TOP 10 LONDON SHOPPING STREETS
By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show. – Samuel Johnson
Home of world-famous brands, such as Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Vivienne Westwood and more, London is the ultimate shopping spot for worldwide travelers. Upper Class and trendy, chic and hip, one can get lost in London’s commercial diversity and flamboyance.
Our number 1 pick, an absolute must stroll through when shopping in London is:
1. Oxford Street
Get ready for 2.5 kilometers of shops and 600 fashion boutiques! Clothes, accessories, shoes, bars and restaurants, this place has everything you need for a successful shopping spree.
Don’t miss: River Island (the British brand of casual-chic style), Dorothy Perkins (great clothing variety and lots of accessories to choose from), Topshop, Urban Outfitters (an American brand), Primark and many others.
2. Enter Bond Street for a luxury shopping experience.
Another place you shouldn’t miss, Bond Street is the home where elegance and haute couture meets antiques and diamonds. And don’t be surprised if you cross paths with a British celebrity along the way! Agent Provocateur, Burberry, Chanel, Christian Dior, Emporio Armani, Fendi, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Valentino are just some of the fashion brands to be found on this high-end shopping street.
For the art and antiques collectors, not to miss are Bonhams, Royal Academy of Arts and Sotheby’s.
3. Regent Street
An exclusive shopping session in one of the most beautiful streets of London. Prepare to be amazed by the upscale architecture designed by world-recognized architect John Nash.
Once the world’s first shopping street, Regent is the home of exclusive haute couture brands such as Karl Lagerfeld, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, international well known brands like Desigual, Zara, Guess, Stefanel, and genuine British brands such as Aquascutum, Barbour, Hobbs, Liberty London and many more.
4. For an out-of-the-box genuine fashion experience, Carnaby Street is the place to go! A fashion pioneer destination, this street hosts over 100 British and international boutiques, jewelry stores, cosmetic shops and grooming salons.
Adidas, Peckham Rye, Scotch & Soda, The Kooples, Vans, True Religion and many more can be found on Carnaby Street.
Shoppers may choose to take a delightful well-deserved break in one of the many cafes, pubs or bars along Carnaby.
5. Think luxurious boutiques, the finest china, celebrities and acclaimed restaurants – think Mount Street, a prestigious shopping destination in Mayfair. Among the brands who set up shop here are the world- famous Christian Louboutin, haute couture Balenciaga, fashion designer Christopher Kane whose creations have dressed members of the royal British family, famous accessory designers Linda Farrow and John and Monique Davidson (J&M Davidson), perfumes from Creed and jewelry from Delfina Delettrez.
Do stop at Scott’s restaurant for a fine dining 5 star experience.
6. Think Brick Lane – think chic, boho and vintage. Scroll through the colourful neighbourhood, lose yourself in the artistic crowds, shop vintage and don’t forget to visit the Old Truman Brewery that houses chic young designer clothing. Some of the brands on Brick Lane: Beyond Retro, Tatty Devine, East Gallery, Rockit, Vintage Store.
7. Located in the East End neighborhood of Shoreditch, Redchurch Street has quickly emerged in the shopping arena as a go-to place for stylish and avantgarde youthful crowds. Definitely the street to go to if you’re looking for designer menswear! What to look for on Redchurch Street: loads of British labels, clothes, home goods, barbershops and chocolate stores. Try Purple Shop Shoreditch for clothes made of organic fabrics, Tracey Neuls for chic handmade shoes, Sunspel – the Bond style ultimate luxury outlet for men, T2 – amazing variety of tea blends from all around the world, Mast Brothers chocolaterie, Labour and Wait – stylish home-ware and clothing, Murdock Barber and more.
8. Another menswear hub, Lamb’s Conduit Street, actually got its name from being one of the favourite hangouts of Charles Dickens, back in the day. The Lamb is the famous pub where he used to spend his evenings, proudly embedded in the street’s name.
Classic British design menswear can be found at Universal Works and Folk. Wine lovers will appreciate some fine tasting beverages and antipastos at Albion Wine Shippers, while those looking for interesting gifts and fancy stationery will be sure pleased to find Content Store and Volte Face. …And a bonus for all lovers of history and literature: Charles Dickens Museum is located very close by, on Doughty Street:
9. One of London’s most popular shopping destinations, King’s Road used to be one of the private streets of King Charles II until 1830. Located in Chelsea, King’s Road is today the home of many unique British boutiques, antiquaries, restaurants and pubs.
The French brand Comptoir des Cotonniers, sportswear from Nike, Gerard Darel and Anthropologie fashion and home design, ballet apparel from Pretty Ballerinas, perfume from Penhaligon’s and shoes from Ash are just some of the many perks of King’s Road for shopping lovers.
10. And finally all the foodies out there will be happy to learn about Walthamstow High Street Market, the longest outdoor street market in Europe! With 500 vendors selling all year round every day from Tuesday to Saturday, food lovers can find all kinds of fresh, organic produce from all around the world. Get ready for: fresh bread and cheese, vegetables, meat & fish, eggs, homemade cakes, honey and preserves, cooked local foods and more!