London has numerous attributes but one that stands out is that it is a shopper’s paradise. If you don’t include shopping in your itinerary while visiting the city, you will miss out on this wonderful experience. From trendy shops offering designer labels to shops offering antiques and cheap items, there is no dearth of shopping opportunities that satisfy all needs and tastes. Given below are a few suggestions.
Trendy Shops: If you visit the posh borough of Knightsbridge, you will find luxury shopping at its best with boutique shops all over the place.
Harrods: The most famous, however, is Harrods that has multi-level floors selling the best in clothing, accessories, jewellery, food, housewares and any other luxury item that you might want to buy. You can even find mini shops of famous brands such as Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Rolex, and Laduree. The department store is profusely decorated and illuminated during Christmas. It is a one-stop store for all your luxury shopping needs with magnificent displays of tapenades, sweets, olives and antipasto. It is a must-visit shopping destination for any one visiting London.
Hamley’s: If you are visiting with your kids, you must visit Hamley’s where you will be in the midst of childhood toys including American Girl, Barbie, Lego, building blocks and other plush toys. You can also find plenty of new and current toys. There is something for every child at this store.
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Oxford Street: One of the most famous in the world, this shopping street has over 300 shops and department stores including many familiar names such as TopShop, Mango, Nexxt, Primark, H&M, Clarks, The Body Shop, and Selfridge which is the largest department store offering luxury shopping needs.
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Piccadilly Circus: For any visitor to London, buying souvenirs is a must and there is no better place than Piccadilly Circus for this purpose. The largest souvenir shop of central London, Brittania is located here, offering many types of souvenirs and items such as luggage, photos, magnets, mugs, clothing and commemorative royal items.
Carnaby Street: You must visit this cobblestoned street if you are interested in buying unique items such as artisan chocolate and custom-made shoes. Located in the heart of Soho, one of its most famous shops is Choccywoccydoodah that sells excellent confection such as chocolate wedding cakes.
Fortnum & Mason: The shop with a Royal Warrant offers the opportunity to shop like a Royal. It is an ultra posh grocery store offering British tea, royal costume jewellery or even a box of shortbread. The items in this beautifully decked out store are slightly expensive but the shop offers a fantastic shopping experience while walking through it. Located in the heart of London in Piccadilly, its location is quite prominent as beautiful grass sculpted teapots with cups can be seen above its famous clock.