Fancy a spot of retail therapy? You are spoilt for choice in London. So where to go?
If you want luxury, then head over to Mayfair where the shops around Bond Street and Regent Street are full of top of the range designer names such as Liberty, Turnbull & Asser, Fortnum & Mason and Paul Smith as well as the Sothebys and Christies auction houses. Equally well worth a visit are the stores around Knightsbridge, for this is where you will find the most iconic high-end store – Harrods. From exquisite food in the food hall to pet care, jewelry and of course fashion, Harrods has everything. The Silver Vaults in Holborn, are a fantastic place to hunt out silver antiques and collectibles.
For a more mid-market price range, head for high street sites in Kensington, Victoria and of course, Oxford Street. This is where you can find well known high street brands like Marks & Spencer, Top Shop, Sainsbury, Urban Outfitters, L’Occitane, Snow & Rock. Book your stay at any of the hotels near kensington High Street so as to conveniently and visit these locations.
Well known brands like Marks & Spencer, Top Shop, Urban Outfitters, Scribbler, Clarks shoes, Maplin Electronics, L’Occitane and Snow & Rock can be found on high streets like Kensington, Victoria, and Oxford Street.
By far the biggest selection of mid-market brands can be found along Oxford Street for this is definitely the key shopping area in London. With over 300 shops situated along its vast length, you can find virtually every key brand here including Zara, H&M, and Niketown. It is, in fact, said to be the most visited shopping street anywhere in Europe attracting thousands of shoppers every day. Search out department stores like Selfridges, Fenwicks, John Lewis or boutiques like Mango, as well as visiting the massive Marks & Spencer and TopShop stores. Department stores tend to be found at the western end of Oxford Street, while technology is more towards the eastern end, with fashion stores throughout the entire length of Oxford Street.
Budget retailers can be found on many high streets including Kensington, Bayswater, and Victoria which is in close proximity to Park Grand Hotel Kensington. Also worth exploring are the countless markets to found throughout London such as Berwick Street in Soho, Leather Lane in Holborn, Strutton Ground in Victoria and the most well known of all – Petticoat Lane in the East End. Petticoat Lane only trades on Sundays but is a massive collection of market stalls lining every street in the area. Bargains are definitely to be had, but it is also fun to experience the genial, lively atmosphere and banter from the stall holders. Many other markets such as Leather Lane and Berwick Street trade Monday to Saturday, and are a great way to buy budget clothing, homewares, fruit, and vegetables.
You can aslo: Enjoy shopping at one of London’s iconic department stores