London is a city full of shopping potential but it is easy to get overwhelmed. Instead of trying to do too much why not focus your shopping sprees on certain streets? If you have the energy to shop the city for more than one day, book a bargainous overnight stay at the new Travelodge hotel in Clapham Junction just outside the hectic city centre but close to many trendy restaurants and bars.
In Central London, however, these are the addresses you need to know.
The name Brick Lane is more synonymous with curry than clothing but it actually does both. The Sunday Up Market is a haven of clothes stalls and street food and the same venue is often used for sample sales. On Brick Lane you will find the well-known vintage store Rokit and in lanes just off it you can find warehouses full of retro clothes such as Beyond Retro and Blitz.
Camden High Street is as much fun for people watching as it is for alternative clothes shopping. If you are looking for something punky or a funky fancy dress outfit, you have come to the right place. Aside from PVC outfits, tattoos and studs you can find some cool clothing in the Camden Lock market, as well as some great London souvenirs.
The commercial centre of London, Oxford and Regents streets are where all the huge versions of normal high street shops can be found. The first stop on any trip I make to Oxford Street is to Topshop – all 5 levels of it! Also along this strip is Selfridges (not to be missed) and on Regent Street (just off Oxford Circus) make a stop at Liberty and the Apple store.
Famous for antiques and the Notting Hill movie with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, today Portobello Road mixes antiques with retro clothing, high street stores and cupcakes by the Hummingbird Café. A great place to soak up a more relaxed London atmosphere as well as doing your shopping.
So that’s my guide to London shopping in a nutshell. If you would like any more info on the places named above, or would like to write your own ‘Local Guide’, please get in touch.