Shopping in London is an experience to remember. With an amazing array of shops and boutiques, there is nothing you can’t find in London town. Start your day with an easy browse in a Waterstone’s Piccadilly. It’s Europe’s largest bookstore with 13 kilometers of book shelves and grab yourself a cup of coffee from the bar while you go thru that large stack of books. It’s close to lunchtime, so head over to Harrod’s. All the major brand names are here. Pick up some gifts for your friends and family. You’ll find lots to look at and even thing you never thought you’d see. For lunch, try one of Harrod’s six restaurants. You can’t miss. The Terrace Bar is fantastic for a light lunch and if you arrive a bit later, try the tea at the Laduree, a Parisian tearoom. Downstairs in the cellar area, is Harrod’s famous food hall where you can find all sorts of goodies, fresh as well as ready to eat.
If you’re looking for boutiques, try the shops at Notting Hill or Portobello Road with its quirky little shops full of unique items. One major chain, All Saints, has a large shop there. The famous Portobello Market runs every Saturday with some stalls open during the week. Another well-known open air market is the Camden Market with over 1000 stalls and shops full of a dizzying amount of products. Located on an old canal, the market is open all week long with many restaurants and coffee shops in the area. The atmosphere of this market is definitely unique and upbeat full of lively young people.
Window shopping can’t get any better than at Covent Garden, an enclosed mall located in the historic Market Building. There’s even a crafts market in the stalls just outside the building. Each month, different events are scheduled at Covent Garden making this place a fun and exciting place to be. Canada Square is another mall located in London’s Docklands with more than 200 shops full of high end retail. This modern space is open seven days a week.
For trendy and unique, King’s Row is the place to be. You’ll find many designer shops, unique labels, and funky inspiration at this location. The original punk queen herself, Vivienne Westwood, still maintains a shop on King’s Row. Let’s not forget TopShop for trendy women’s shopping. You’ll find TopShop on Oxford Street with other chain stores.
Tottenham Court Road is divided into two sections, the northern area is for furniture shopping and the southern half for electronic shopping. For all the computer geeks and nerds, this is your heaven. And if you’re looking for furniture, this is the road where you can find Habitat, the famous Terence Conran home furnishings shop.
London is the perfect town to shop. There is a shop for everything and whether it’s for gifts, for your family, or for yourself, you will be able to find it in London.