London is one of the shopping capitals of the world, and with the broad variety of high streets and elegant districts that make the city the retail paradise that it is, you’d be surprised to know that you might actually be missing out on some of the city’s best bargains.
If you’re on the lookout for that extra special gift or a souvenir from your time in the city, it’s a good idea to look further afield than just Oxford Circus, Carnaby Street, or other big name boulevards in the city centre.
Whilst Black Friday and the Christmas sales all vie for your attention, there’s still a broad array of shopping outlets that could make your festive season that little bit better value. And, bonus! With hotels such as the Park Grand Hyde Park London having abundant and easy-to-use transport links, you can reach many areas of the city with little to no hassle at all.
Westfields Stratford City
One of two Westfield shopping centres in London, Stratford City is a glistening beacon of chrome and mirrors, all housing some of the most popular high street shops in London. With hundreds of stores, a cinema and a casino all built into the massive complex, the area is well worth the trek from the Shaftesbury Hyde Park International.
This small shopping district in Shoreditch consists of repurposed shipping containers that house some of the most innovative brands and fashion boutiques in the city. With a range of shiny pop up stores that look sleek amongst the shabby chic East London, you can also enjoy the upstairs terrace made of cool bars and restaurants.
For the busy commuter looking to do some shopping before their meeting in Canary Wharf, Canada Place is a sleek retail park hidden just off Canada Square’s gorgeous fountain. With a range of designer shops perfect for that quick Christmas gift, Canada Palace is one of the best shopping destinations in the Docklands area.
Westfields White City
For guests at one of our hotels in Paddington who are looking for something a little bit closer to West London, the White City branch in the Shepherds Bush area is another glistening dose of Westfield shopping glamour.
Based in the Angel and Islington area, Angel Central is a shopping centre right in the heart of North London. With its modern facade and a bustling mix of chain restaurants, high street brands and a cinema, Angel Central has become one of the easiest to reach shopping centres north of Kings Cross.
Gallions Reach Shopping Park
This Docklands shopping gem is situated in the Barking area of East London. Overlooking the River Thames and housed in a former glassworks factory, this reinvigorated shopping haven is easily reachable via the District Line and promises a broad variety of amazing high street shops in the up and coming area.
The Royal Exchange is a historic centre of commerce in the Bank area of Central London. With the broad variety of upmarket restaurants and bars, this 17th-century building still retains the essence of its former use as a commerce and trade centre.
Drops Coal Yard
Based on the Regents Canal just behind Kings Cross Station, this historic area of London has recently been redeveloped and built into a unique shopping district. Lined with designer outlets, restaurants and office spaces, this area is also home to Central St Martins School of Art and a beautiful fountain that’s embellished with changing lighting throughout the evening.
Hays Galleria is a Grade II listed structure that has been repurposed from a disused warehouse district in Southwark and its look inspired by Milan’s own Galleria. With a broad variety of shops and restaurants, this area is also home to a market space inside the gilded iron hallway. With a range of nearby pubs overlooking the Thames, this space is an often visited site for tourists and its 60-foot sculpture in the middle was developed by famous artist David Kemp.
Based just off the popular Bond Street and Oxford Circus shopping district, Burlington Arcade is a high end sheltered walkway that dates back to the early 19th century. Home to antique dealers, clothes and footwear shops, this walkway is popular with Shaftesbury Hotels guests looking for some quintessentially English fashion tips.
Shopping Outlets of London
Whilst many may want to explore the high end of London, these outlet stores dotted around the city give you the chance to explore high street and designer brands at a fraction of the price.
Topshop Outlet Store
The Topshop Outlet is based in Edgware and is famous for its buy one, get one free deals. With prices already lower than your average Topshop sale, this store regularly changes its products, giving you an ever-changing mix of clothes that keep up to speed with current fashion trends.
The ICON outlet store is based in the O2 Arena, formerly known as the Millennium Dome. Alongside weekly music events, the building houses a range of outlet priced stores selling high street and designer brands at lower than sale prices.
Bicester Village Shopping Outlet
Only an hour outside of the city, the Bicester Village Shopping Outlet is a one-stop shopping experience full to the brim with independent boutiques, eateries and even the odd art exhibition. Here you’ll find many high street brands with up to 60 per cent off of their retail price, making for a great day out from the city and a haven for trendy bargains.
The Burberry Outlet is located in Hackney and offers up to 70 per cent off of its Burberry Products. With its hip locale, this designer outlet is located on Chatham Place, alongside a range of other great shopping destinations.
Paul Smith Outlet Store
Surprisingly, this outlet is based in one of the most expensive areas of the city. The men’s clothing store in Mayfair was the second shop ever opened by the fashion entrepreneur and offers a range of discounted goods right in the beating heart of London’s West End.