Everyone knows Oxford Street and Knightsbridge but where else is there to go shopping in London?
There are few things more dashing in this world than a well-dressed English gent. If you fancy yourself as the new James Bond, or Mr Darcy for that matter, get yourself down to tailoring mecca Savile Row. The tuxedo was invented on this street at No. 15 by Henry Poole & Co. and they are still trading today. Another gentleman’s paradise is 17th century Jermyn Street, home to revered shirt-makers, shoe-shops, and cigar traders.
London’s trademark department stores are often the best places to go for luxury ladies fashion. Each department store showcases hundreds of different designers, jewellers, and beauticians. The mock-tudor colossus of Liberty has been trading on Regent’s Street since 1875. Once Oscar Wilde’s favourite shop, it has certainly moved kept with the times and now boasts cutting edge designers and a fantastic beauty hall. Or why not make like The Queen herself and shop at Fortnum & Mason, the Royal grocer’s? For fine-dining picnics and luxury homeware this is your stop. Harrods, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols are all shopping paradises but if the price tags are getting a little ridiculous then try House of Fraser, John Lewis or Fenwicks for the same diversity at better value.
When London’s famous weather comes calling, scurry off the streets and browse through some of Europe’s largest shopping centres. Westfield London in Shepherds Bush is the size of 30 football pitches. With more than 265 shops plus 5 leading department stores, 50 places to eat, 4 tube stations and an overground station it is the easiest way to get all your shopping done in one accessible place. Almost as big is another Westfield centre in Stratford with beautiful views over the old Olympic Village, now Queen Elizabeth Park.