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London is the one destination that boasts of fashionistas visiting the city for shopping, the city offers various destinations and world famous places to shop till you drop. The streets like Oxford streets a high street name to the Bond street which has the high end brands  and the concept of getting clothes stitched at the independent boutiques are the latest offering to the tourists , travellers and the locals.

Duke Of York Square

The street leading to Duke of York Square is marvellous and the wide range of international brands flaunting the fashion, culture and food gives you a guide map of the complete destination of shopping. The place at its heart of the square has the landmark Saatchi Gallery and this is one of the unrivalled ranges. The place speaks of glamour, elegance and beauty as no other location in the city of London offers you diverse choices along with the blend of classic and contemporary architectural designs all around. There are 33 retailers showing of the mingling of fashion with elegance with Zara the largest fashion house at its centre, the other popular brands like Banana Republic, All Saints, COS and Joseph have their outlets too. The place has been utilised well with some of the best cafes that have thrown open the outdoor space to the guests, there are seven fine places to eat that serve delicacies that have made the place a gourmet destination, along with that every Saturday Farmers markets are open to the general public.The nearest tube is the Sloane Square tube station and the square is at a five minutes stroll from the station, you can bring in your friends with you and spend a perfect relaxed normal afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of the city.The place stands out as it oozes out the look and feel of the heritage land.

Bond Street

The beauty of Bond Street is the revered elegance that can be seen around as far as the eyes go as the street has some wealthy stores with the exclusivity of designer brands, fashion with the tinge of latest upcoming trend, luxury goods, finest jewellery, art pieces and antiqueartefacts. The place is easy to find as it is located at the heart of Mayfair the west end of the city, the bond street has added to the graciousness of this place. The foundation stone has been laid at 17th century, since then it has lived up its name of being the playground for the society’s wealthiest, most stylish and the influential brigade across the London city. Some of the influential residents in this neighbourhood are the renowned authors and poets and the tradition follows even today as this is a haven for the celebrities, international big wigs and the socialites who love to spend their time in the vicinity shopping or relaxing.The retailers that have their shops are Burberry,Chanel,Cartier, Dolce Gabbana, Hermes;Tiffany to name a few and to shop at them is every girl’s desire that’s why this is the destination for shopping. The street offers eating places by lining up the world’s most individual and unique hotels and restaurants , we can be happy to find the Claridge’s and Ritz and for your entertainment we have the Royal Academy of Art and the Sotheby’s auction house.

Oxford Street

This street has an offering for everyone andsomething for every age group, whether they are adults or children or men’s wear. The shopping is an experiencethat is rich and is out of this world with the exciting amalgamation of High end brand fashion with international brands also in the race, there are accessories that are wildly pursued, with children also have something to shop for as there are brands for children wear, this place houses the technology and gadgets too along with apparels and a niche section for the home wear outfits. The top brands lined up covering a major distance are Gap, Topshop and the River Island, the departmental stores at the corners like the House of Fraser, Selfridges John Lewis and last but not the least Marks & Spencer are the crowd pullers not alone in weekends but during the weekdays even.If you have been to the Oxford street you get pampered by the choices of dining offered to you must go for is the Al Fresco dining at the St. Christopher’s Place, with a cocktail evening at the Après and if you are one of the people trying to embrace the afternoon tea tradition be there at many of the luxury hotels like The Metropolis London Hyde Park .

Kings Road

The trend setters and the designers are together hosting their line ups at the Kings Road as shopping would not have been that fun as at the kings Road. The place is lined up with international brands, fashion boutiques under unique labels, designer windows and high street staples along with that there are also eating joints lined up you might get to see a vast array of cafes.The interior decorators that are an inspiration for the people along with that the antiques shop at the Chelsea Antique shop have been a runaway success. The nearest tube to this market is the Sloane square and it is walking distance from here.

Sloane Street

Sloane street accentuates the tone of shopping further as the world’s exclusivity stops here with the brands like Tom Ford, Chloe, Valentino, Rag a& Bone and Salvatore Ferragamo to name a few  stores lined up at the streets.This street is situated in the Kensington and Chelsea Royal Borough, the stretch is large starting from Knightsbridge to the Sloane Square at the southern end. The place has a panache for the uber rich crowd and so it suggest you take a catwalk past the innumerable brands that have an iconic presence in the world. The streets history reflects the name getting borrowed from the great Sir Hans Sloane, who had a plush are in the 17th century.

The shopping expedition may not end up here, but these are some of the few streets that give you an insight in towhy the city of London is the shopping mecca to many people.


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Fergus Brandon – who has written posts on All Here.


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