High street darlings, home décor enthusiasts and vintage fashionistas flock to London each year for a little retail therapy and to spoil themselves with a shopping trip of a lifetime.
But with so many amazing retail experiences all clamouring for your attention, where do you go first to give that credit card a workout? Those staying at the Shaftsbury Hotel won’t be able to resist some of our top picks, so take a look at some of our favourite shops near Paddington Station and get ready to shop ’til you drop!
Alfie’s Antique Market
If you’re seeking something a little different to adorn your home, a piece of unique jewellery or something that you simply won’t find in any high street store, then Alfie’s Antique Market is the place to be!
With over a hundred antique dealers all in one space, Alfie’s Antique Market is the largest of its kind in all of London. Whether you’re seeking a retro piece for your kitchen, a set of 1920’s earrings to match that new dress or just feel like a search through rails crammed full of vintage clothing, then you certainly won’t be disappointed.
Those staying at the Shaftsbury Hotel will be thrilled to discover that it’s a short jaunt on foot to reach this iconic shopping experience too, as it takes just twenty minutes to reach your destination. If you’ve managed to find yourself an antique treasure during your time at the market, then hail one of London’s many black cabs or jump on the reliable Bakerloo and Piccadilly Tube lines to get back to your hotel room without having to walk with all of your finds.
If you’re a fan of designer labels but aren’t too keen on their hefty price tags, then you’ll just love this department store-style shop near Paddington Station.
The Dresser is one of London’s best-kept fashion secrets, but thanks to your friends at the Shaftsbury hotel, we’ll tell you what’s on offer and even how to get there!
With designer brands such as Chanel, Paul Smith and Versace, the Dresser offers contemporary and vintage pieces from different eras, so you can find something really special at a fraction of its original retail price.
Staying at one of our London budget hotels won’t just give you that little extra to spend here, but you’ll also be able to reach the Dresser from the Shaftsbury Hotel really quickly as it’s just a five-minute walk away at Porchester Place.
Just don’t go telling everyone because you’ll want to bag the best fashion bargains for yourself
Lutyens & Rubinstein
If a little literature is on your shopping trip during your stay at the Shaftsbury Hotel, then you won’t want to miss out on a visit to Lutyens & Rubinstein. A book lover’s dream, this quaint little store is filled with the delicious aroma of bestsellers and vintage books just waiting for a new owner to take them home for a read.
From well-known authors of yesteryear to upcoming literature stars and new authors just waiting to be discovered, you’ll find some real treasures in this well-stocked venue.
One of the best things about a visit to Lutyens & Rubinstein is the knowledge of the staff running the shop. Simply tell them the kind of genres that you usually enjoy, and they’ll be happy to recommend a few titles that might be of interest. This is ideal if you’ve left home without bringing anything to read with you or are looking for a gift for a loved one.
A popular shop near Paddington Station for those that love a good read, it’s simple to get to the bookstore using the Tube or on foot. If you don’t feel like walking, take the Circle line from Paddington rail station, and you’ll reach the store in just under half an hour.
If you do feel like stretching those legs and taking in a few sights on the way, then walking to Lutyens & Rubinstein takes just over twenty minutes, making it a great way of getting a little air during your stay in the city.
L’Artisan du Chocolat
If you have a seriously sweet tooth and can’t resist chocolate, then a visit to the L’Artisan du Chocolat store is a must during your stay at our hotels in Barbican London.
Located on the bustling Kensington High Street, you won’t be able to miss this gorgeous boutique as the sweet scent of chocolate fills the air and pours into the street. Using the finest ingredients from all over the world to create an array of sweet treats, the store also has its own café with a chocolate inspired menu that’s perfect for a quick pit stop during your shopping extravaganza.
With a wide range of perfect gifts for the folks back home on sale such as giant blocks of tempting dark or milk chocolate, boozy truffles and unusual sweet and savoury fusions, make sure you check out any special offers available at our London budget hotels so you can stretch to a few truffles for yourself when you visit.
Staying with the theme of total indulgence, one of the best shops near Paddington Station for adults only is without doubt the Winery.
With a beautifully ornate shop front, knowledgeable staff and a plethora of delicious wines from all over the world, those with a taste for a fine vintage or even those that are new to the world of wine will enjoy a visit to this wonderfully aromatic shop – providing they’re over 18 of course!
Located in Little Venice, this shop is tucked away from the busy central shopping districts. It offers special wine tasting events that need to be booked in advance, so it’s a great way to spend an afternoon with friends the next time you pay a visit to our nation’s capital.