So, where can you find the best shopping in London?

So, where can you find the best shopping in London?

London’s shopping scene is one of a kind, with stores to suit every budget and style in settings you would never even have been able to dream up.

Knightsbridge
Shop like the elite in one of London’s best-known high-end shopping areas, with an entire street (Sloane Street) devoted to designer shops. Knightsbridge is also the home of both Harrods and Harvey Nichols, two of the UK’s best-known department stores where you can buy everything from pets to power tools (as well as the latest fashions). Looking for gifts to take home? Head to Rococo where fine chocolate becomes fine art. Extra cocoa butter is added for a really melt-in-the-mouth experience. When the shopping gets too much, take the lift to the 5th floor of Harvey Nichols for some delicious food and drink, or enjoy baked goods at Baker and Spice, one of the capital’s most revered bakeries.
East End
The East End has a reputation for being a little grittier and more hipster than the rest of the city, so this is the place to find bustling markets and cool stores selling unique fashion pieces from London’s young designers. Head to Spitalfields on a Saturday to soak up the atmosphere and pick up a range of gifts. Nearby Brick Lane also comes to life at the weekends with market stalls and pop-up shops. Poppies fish and chip shop provides a modern take on the British classic and The Ten Bells pub around the corner has an Old World feel, having been on the same spot since the 18th century. Visit for a taste of the vanishing history of this area of the city.
Oxford Street and the West End
If you’re not used to big-city crowds then Oxford Street may best be avoided, especially at the weekends. This is the heart of London shopping and mainly home to huge flagships for the UK’s favourite chain stores. Selfridges department store is a London institution and well worth a visit for the regular events as well as the shopping. Nearby Covent Garden offers a more diverse selection of shops with everything from vintage-style sweets and vintage fashion to handmade jewellery and arts and crafts at the central market area. Head away from the main plaza towards Neal Street for fashionable boutiques. The area around Oxford Circus is full of cafés and restaurants. Fashion haunt Sketch Parlour has kooky surroundings and delicious French-style cakes. And the streets of Soho are littered with lunch options that serve up international foods to the music and film types that work nearby. Hummus Brothers on Wardour Street is worth a stop and the rich chocolate brownies sold at Paul’s just a few doors up are undoubtedly the best in the city.
West London
Portobello Road is a must-visit for film buffs as well as retail addicts. Browse antiques and fashion while spotting key locations from The Italian Job, Withnail & I, and, of course, Notting Hill. Then stop for a coffee at the Electric , where you can also watch art house films. If the weather lets you down, the Westfield shopping mall is a great place to spend a productive day shopping and dining under cover. Almost all of the shops in London have an outlet here, or so it feels, with a mix of designer and high-street brands. There’s also a cinema and plenty of events and activities to keep the entire family entertained. Our London West hotel is just a short journey away, so you can relax in comfort after a long day on your feet.
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