Shopaholic’s Guide to London

London is not only rich in history and culture, but it’s got some of the best shopping the world has to offer. Be sure to pack light on your next journey to England’s capital city, because you’ll need room in your suitcase on the way home, if you hit any of these great shopping locations during your trip.

Knightsbridge

Just south of Hyde Park, is one of London’s most famous shopping areas and one of the world’s most famous department stores. Knightsbridge is home to the one and only Harrods, one of the largest department stores in the world and the largest in Europe. Just setting foot inside this place you’ll instantly become overwhelmed, whether it’s with joy or intimidation is anyones guess. Our suggestion? Go in and just buy anything, now matter how big or small, and just get yourself a Harrods shopping bag. That alone would be a great souvenir and you can tell people you survived!

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Harrods – Photo by David Iliff

Notting Hill

Most people come here in search of Hugh Grant and his Travel Book Shop, but few find that. You may, however, find several houses with blue doors in this dream residential location. But what Notting Hill is really known for is being an oasis for high-end boutiques, shops and restaurants. Located in Kensington and Chelsea in West London, walk up Westbourne Grove and venture in to some fashion driven retail shops, some of which are owned by the next who’s who’s of Londonfashion up-and-comers. Want something a little bit more down to earth and easier on your wallet? Visit the Portobello Road street market, one of the best in the city.

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Portobello Road – Photo by Papertree

Covent Gardens

Formerly London’s fruit and vegetable market, it is not one of the top tourist destinations for those visiting London. Filled with vendors selling any number of things from crafts, to jewelry, etc, this is a prime destination for visitors from all over the world. Also home to the Royal Opera House, tons of great restaurants and food vendors, and chock full of great street performers, this is a place that could easily entertain you for the whole day!

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Covent Garden – Photo by Silk Tork

Boxpark

Probably one of the coolest shopping destinations in the whole city, Boxpark is the world’s first pop-up  mall. Made up completely of pop-up shops, this modern-day mall located in Shoreditch, is quickly becoming a must-see stop for tourists and Londoners alike. Full of the latest in trendy fashion, delicious eats and constant events, the new-age shopping mecca is definitely topping our London shopping wanderlist.

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 Boxpark Pop Up Mall – Photo by Boxpark

Oxford Street

Known as the heart of London shopping, this retail clad street is located in the City of Westminster in East London. It’s Europe’s busiest shopping street, with over 300 shops located there. Oxford Street is home to many of London’s top brands’ flagship stores including Selfridges, Topshop and more! If you’ve got the money to spend and are looking to spend it, head toward this shoppers paradise!

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Oxford Street

Disclaimer: We are very sorry for what this post may do to your wallet. Proceed with caution.

 

Much love and wandering…

colleen sig

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