Shopping in London
The Shopping Capital Of The World
London is a paradise for shoppers and many people call it the shopping capital of the world. Whether you are looking for designer boutiques, bargains at open air markets, famous shopping streets or big shopping centers, you can find it all in London!
Below you will find a selection of the major shopping areas in the capital of England:
Oxford Street is the busiest shopping street in Europe and you will find here popular high street chains and major department stores like Selfridges, Marks & Spencer and Debenhams.
In Bond Street you can find the famous auction houses Bonhams and Sotheby’s. Furthermore, the street is home to designer boutiques, jewelers, antiques stores and art shops.
Covent Garden is one of the most popular shopping areas in London. The former fruit market is now host to shops and stalls selling arts, handcrafted items, special interest shops and good restaurants.
Here you can find the world famous Harrods department store. You can also find international designer boutiques in this shopping area.
Kensington High Street
In Kensington High Street you will find a combination of antiques stores, boutiques and popular British chains. This major shopping area is close to the famous Portobello Market.
There are three Canary Wharf shopping malls, Canada, Cabot and Jubilee Place, with more than 200 shops, restaurants, boutiques, bars in a classy and relaxing shopping environment, open 7 days a week. Canary Wharf is especially good for clothes- and up market shopping.
The markets are London for shoppers who enjoy browsing, looking for cheap clothes, music, antiques, hand made items and much more!
The markets are open during the whole year, no matter what the weather conditions are. Be aware that at some markets credit cards are not accepted and that you only can pay with cash. In some cases you can reduce your price by bargaining, but that is not common at all London markets.
The Portobello Market is one of the most famous markets in London, with stalls selling arts, antiques and handcrafted items.
Camden Market is a market spread over a number of sites with shops and stalls selling everything, from antiques to clothes and from jewelry to music. The best days to visit Camden Market are Saturday and Sunday, but be prepared for a big crowd, because Camden Market is one of the most popular markets in England’s capital.
Petticoat Lane is the world famous, lively Sunday market in London. You will find here over 1,000 stalls selling clothes and home ware. One of the specialties of this market is leatherwear.
Shops in London are generally open between 09:00 AM and 18:00 PM from Monday to Saturday. Some grocery stores have late opening until 22:00 PM from Monday to Saturday and from 10:00 AM until 16:00 PM on Sundays.
Tax Free Shopping
Visitors from outside the European Union can shop tax free in London, recouping some of the cost of the item they bought. Shoppers should look for stores with Premier Tax Free- or Global Refund signs.
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