Top 5 Places You Must Shop
- Oxford Street: The bustling Roman road to Oxford Street is lined with over 300 shops. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to clothing, furnishings, and books. Try the largest Marks & Spencer outlet in London or the fabrics at Liberty, the fashion accessories at Browns and the chocolates at Charbonnel et Walker. Oxford Street is a shopper’s delight.
- St James’s: St James’s is where you must head, if what you have in mind is some classic London shopping. Be it the amazing range of pipes and cigars at Dunhill or the range of wines at Berry Bros & Rudd to compliment the cheese from Paxton & Whitfeild, St James’s will not let you down.
- King’s Road: While you soak in the sights and sounds of Chelsea, why not indulge in some fancy shopping? Rigby & Peller stock some of the best lingerie in town and Vivienne Westwood is perfect if you want to pick up some punk gear and Steinberg & Tolkien is perfect for retro outfits.
- SoHo: SoHos’ promise is that you shall want to stop and shop at every establishment. Only that there are too many. Try Daddy Kool or Agent Provocateur or Sister Ray and you’ll never want to leave.
- Covent Garden: We at mapsofworld.com are partial to Covent Garden. Where else would you find Stanford’s Map and travel Bookshop, the world’s largest travel book store? And Davenport’s Magic Shop is straight out of the pages of a Harry Potter novel. And most Londoners would swear by the cheese from Neal’s Yard Diary.
Harvey Nicholas in King’s Road, Chelsea, of Absolutely Fabulous fame is the place to take your girl if she loves cosmetics. But when you’re shopping at Harvey Nicholas, not forget that this department store has four other floors to explore. Fortnum & Mason is as British as it gets. Get homeware to food and clothes at the Queen’s official grocer. Harrods and Debenhams are famous all purpose shopping destinations you must visit when in London.
Food for The Bookworms
- Hatchards on Oxford Street is the official bookstore of the British monarchy. Here you are certain to find almost any book on the British royalty.
- Do not miss out on Bloomsbury for some amazing book shopping. Atlantis Bookshop for the occult-lovers, Gosh! for the comics readers, and Skoob Books for the academics – it’s all here.
- Waterstone’s in Piccadilly is an amazing bookshop. It is the largest bookstore in all of Europe. The experience will awe you if the collection doesn’t get there first.
- The Book Market by the Thames could yield second-hand classics long out of print. South Bank it is then.
- Oxfam Bookshop is the continent’s largest second-hand book retailer. A visit is likely to add to your stock of modern fiction.
- Marcet Books in Greenwich is where your heart is if you enjoy a good sail. Shop for old maps and books and sailors’ biographies here.
- Try Grant & Cutler if you are shopping for books in foreign languages. You may also want to pick up a few foreign movies while you are here.
- A trip to Mayfair is incomplete without stopping at Bernard J Shapero Rare Books and hunting for some rare prints.
Shopping for children in London, you are likely to be spoilt for choice. Jojo Maman Bebe is where you want to shop to buy some French cloths and accessories for your child. Oh Baby London has the dandiest baby cloths in all of London. Dress your kid up in some funny printed T-shirts. Rachel Riley boutiques stock some classic clothes for the children. Consider buying your young one shoes from Papillon. But can you carry all the shoes you may want to buy here? Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop in Covent Garden may just fascinate you and your child alike with the extraordinary toys on display. A definite must-visit. The Lion & Unicorn gets your little ones started on books. This Richmond store is frequented by children’s writers over the weekends.
Fashion Shopping in London
- Stop by Koh Samui in Covent Garden and lay your hands on one of the young and upcoming fashion designers in London. The range is astounding and you may end up with one of your best buys.
- The one reason most visitors love London is Burberry. The city is spangled with outlets.
- Do try KJ’s Laundry for some super-elegant labels. Located on Marylebone Lane, KJ’s has built a reputation for excellence.
- Try Diverse in Islington for a truly diverse range of designer outfits. It’s a favorite with the locals.
- Do not forget to drop into the Hoxton Botique in Hoxton. The boutique stocks some exclusive and fashionable outfits.
London on a Shoe-string
- Don’t miss out on Duffer of St George at Covent Garden. They stock comfortable casuals and elegant streetwear that don’t cost a bomb.
- Try Laurance Corner on Hampstead Road for some great thermals and hats and waterproof jackets- army surplus ware that come in very inexpensive.