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Best Shopping Destinations in London

Updated on August 12, 2010

So you are going to visit London and you don’t know which are best shopping destinations to visit and shop for your favorite items. No problem. Today, I am going to share with you some information on where to shop in London and what is the best time to shop in London. So read on. Undoubtedly, Paris and Milan are great fashion capitals, but walking through the streets of London is special for anyone addicted to shopping. Perhaps the prices are sometimes not cheap for a low budget, but you can do window shopping if you do not find an item worth the price and have fun. It is not that every time you will find the products very expensive as there are some markets in London which offer a wide variety of products from handicrafts to antique items, from fashion clothing to jogging suits, from gold and diamond jewelry to artificial jewelry, from latest guitars to sting instruments and many more. There are loads of things to buy in London shops, shopping centers, malls, and local stores. The main shopping destinations in London city are Knightsbridge, Oxford Street, Bond Street, Covent Garden, Regent Street, Camden Passage, and Roman Road. The Antiquarius Antiques Centre on King’s road was famous for oldest and most popular antiques but it closed last year.

a couple shopping in london
a couple shopping in london

Oxford Street is the best destination for shopping, as it has thousands of shopping stores with a wide variety of items.

Knightsbridge is a very commercial district and the most famous stores of Knightsbridge are Harrods and Harvey Nichols stores.

In Covent Garden, there is a picturesque market where one can buy gifts and have a good time for enjoying. Here you can also enjoy many road shows. Another good shopping destination is Bond Street that holds auction houses and shops from international brands like Versace.

Regent Street has quite a lot of fashion shops and jewelry stores.

Roman Road is the commercial area of the East end of London which holds thrift stores, supermarkets, and Asian restaurants.

The famous Camden Passage has more than 200 antique shops and is near the Angle Station.

Portobello market is in Notting Hill, it's an eclectic mox of fresh food, crafts, street food, fashion, collectables and antiques; but has no department stores. Selfridges, a specialist in cosmetic and beauty, is also located in Oxford Street. Classic Harrods is located in Knightsbridge.

In the street markets of Camden, Portobello Road, Notting Hill, Spitalfields, and Borough Market, you will find everything from clothing and food to books and music CDs.

The most common gifts bought by London visitors are red telephone box, old black toy taxi, mailboxes of 19th century, and double-decker bus toys. Sweatshirts with British flag are also very popular gifts that you can buy as a gift from London for your relatives in your country. Other gifts are umbrellas, English tea and sweets, and bottles of imported whiskey.

Best time to shop in London

The time between December 27 and February 1 is the best time to do shopping in London, as at this time of year, most London shopping destinations host sales for the winter season, so you will get your favorite gifts and items at half the price. Also from 1 June to September 15, the summer sale season starts in London and you can buy items at affordable prices at this time also. If Europe is the best place to travel for fun and recreation, London is the best place for shopping and spending a vacation. Best of luck for your visit to London.


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      london_guide 7 years ago from Birmingham, West Midlands, UK

      Thank you so much soni for this nice comment. Congrats for your 1000 followers on hubpages. You are a real hard working guy. I just dream to be like you.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is an excellent hub for any person seeking information on where to shop in London. All the street markets and big markets are described in great detail. Excellent hub. Useful for those planning to visit London or just have relocated in London.