The city of London is best known for its striking landmarks and vibrant atmosphere, but it’s also a haven for fashion lovers. While couture design and high fashion styles are often synonymous with Paris, London boasts hundreds of chic shopping destinations.
From expensive emporiums and world famous department stores, to edgy stalls and vintage boutiques, London caters to all styles and budgets. Here are some of London’s most unique shopping locations.
To the north of Camden Town, you will find several different markets. You can hunt for vintage clothing, alternative fashion pieces and one-of-a-kind jewellery at the Stables, or enjoy the graffiti and vibrant pop culture at Camden Lock. Take a break from your shopping at one of the area’s many bars or quirky cafes, or taste delicious cuisine from dozens of food stalls. Alternatively, visit Camden later on to catch a gig or enjoy a night out.
The Royal Exchange
Built in 1568, this beautiful feat of architecture has always been associated with wealth. Boasting a history of financial trade and high brow merchants, the Royal Exchange is the ultimate place to find designer shoes, clothes and jewellery. With more than 30 luxurious stores to browse here, including names such as Gucci and Tiffy & Co., you can shop until you drop. When you find yourself weighed down by your bags, relax at one of the Exchange’s fine dining restaurants.
This East End district has rapidly become the home of London’s trendsetters. While the West End used to be the destination of choice, Shoreditch’s reputation has seen people flock to the area. Here you will find a cool, happening atmosphere with streets full of fashionistas, artists and enthusiastic foodies. Head to the eclectic Boxpark (Shoreditch’s pop-up mall) or browse independent retailers to find vintage designer labels. Complete your trip with a visit to Village Underground, a creative space containing repurposed tube carriages.
No list of London’s most unique shopping experiences would be complete without Knightsbridge. As well as being home to the world renowned Harrods, Knightsbridge is packed with designers. In this district you will find designer stores, boutique salons, jewellers, perfumeries, plus cafes, restaurants and delicatessens. For a truly spectacular day, arrange to be driven around by a chauffeur.
Shopping in London truly does offer something for everyone. Whether you want to visit these unique locations, or prefer the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, you are sure to find something to suit your style and budget.