One of the word’s most exciting retail centers, London is also one of the most varied. The shopping scene spans multicultural street markets and deluxe department stores, cutting-edge fashion designers and traditional tailors, smart food shops and tiny delis.
Divided in two sections-Old Bond Street and New Bond Street. A street of fashionable shops and fine art dealers, with many respected names in fashion.
Fenwick’s department store, Chappell’s music shop, and the home of Sotheby’s the auctioneers.
Running into Piccadilly and patrolled by uniformed beadles, it is very expensive but exquisite! Elegant specialist shops sell, silver, jewellery and knitwear.
Associated with the Pop Culture and fashion of the 60s this colorful street became a legend. Today it still retains a unique atmosphere.
Charing Cross Road
A road that never ceases to attract scholars and musicians. Many bookshops headed by the unique Foyles in two buildings, with over four million books on sale. Music shops are on this street and in side turnings like Denmark Street.
If you need shirts here is the place to have them made to measure. Expensive jewellery shops are here too with a perfumers and a specialist cheese monger.
Kensington High Street
A popular shopping street for young fashions, boutiques and high-class couture, landmarked by the 1938 modernity of Bakers department store-soon to become the flagship for US Whole Foods Market.
Kings Road, Chelsea
Boutiques, pubs, bistros, antique dealers, one department store on Sloane Square. On summer Saturdays the road becomes on long art gallery where anyone can display their paintings.
Unequalled for its fashion, food and art shops. This is where to find Harrods and what was Lady Diana’s favourite store, Harvey Nichols.
London’s most famous shopping street with large department stores including Selfridges, Marks & Spencer, Debenhams etc. HMV has tow shops for CDs and records- the eastern one is the largest- see also Virgin store.
This gently curving street of noble architecture is where to find the immutable yet changing department store Liberty’s and the largest toy shop in Europe.
Tottenham Court Road
Apart from the great furnishing shop Heal’s, this is the home of bargain Hi Fi; TV; Radio; Computers and almost anything electronic. Check around before you buy and you should get a good bargain!
Columbia Road Market- Liverpool Street tube, then 26, 48 bus.
On Sunday mornings, this unassuming East End Street is transformed into a green swathe of fabulous plant life, and the air is fragrant with blooms. But it’s not just about flora: alongside the flower market is a growing number of shops selling everything from pottery and Mexican glassware to cupcakes
Portobello Road Market- Ladbroke Grove tube.
Best known for antiques and collections, this is actually several markets rolled into one. Antiques start at the Notting Hill end; further up are food stalls; and under the Westway and along the walkway to Ladbroke Grove are emerging designer and vintage clothes.