London is perfect for anyone who loves to go shopping or just really wants to blow off some steam with a good bit of retail therapy.
Of course, it can be all too easy to head straight to obvious places, such as Oxford Circus and straight on to Oxford Street – and why wouldn’t you? There are a huge array of stores there offering you everything from clothes to watches, designer labels, high street favourites and lots of bargains.
However, there are many other places just a stone’s throw from this area that are incredible and shouldn’t be overlooked by the keen shopper’s eye.
We’ve pulled together a list of some streets in the vicinity of Oxford Street that you absolutely have to go to when you’re on holiday in London.
If you’re familiar with a Monopoly board then you’ll know that Regent Street is a slightly more upmarket area than Oxford Street in which you can spend some money.
Tourists to London in particular will appreciate the upscale high street designers and labels that you’ll find here, including Banana Republic and Liberty. This area is also where London’s main Apple Store is and where people queue for hours anytime there is an updated product set for launch.
Not only this, but Regent Street is also a pretty area for you to shop in, thanks to the Georgian architecture and the friendly and busy atmosphere that will leave you feeling all abuzz.
For those who are travelling with children, Regent Street is where you’ll find the world-famous Hamley’s Toy Store.
For something a bit more quirky, we recommend you try Carnaby Street, which is home to sellers flogging just about anything you can think of!
There’s a rich tapestry that weaves through the 13 streets that constitute Carnaby and you can literally spend an entire day wandering in and out of shops, and sitting outside drinking cocktails or eating lunch.
Enjoy classic British pubs here and modern restaurants or just spend your time getting lost in the huge array of independent boutiques. You can’t go wrong on Carnaby Street.
Naturally, the West End of London is famous for its musicals and theatre shows, and you’ll find a lot of the theatres themselves located around Piccadilly Circus.
However, Piccadilly is also great for shopping – even if you’re not in the mood for buying there are lots of interesting places for you to take a peek into. One of the jewels of the area is Fortnum & Mason, which is a world-famous luxury food department store.
It’s perfect for everything from chocolate, tea, hampers and gifts for people that you want to spoil. If you have time, you should definitely sit down in the restaurant for some lunch or a quick drink – the staff are excellent and the food is exquisite. It’s also a nice way to try some of their merchandise before you take it home!
Last on our list is Bond Street, which again is known throughout the globe thanks to its stores selling antiques and high-end fashion.
It was founded in 1700 and ever since then has been the shopping home for the rich and famous – some of the most well-known boutiques include Hermes, Jimmy Choo and Burberry.
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