There really isn’t any shopping experience quite like London. London offers several distinct shopping areas, streets, outlets and malls. You can go from luxury goods in Mayfair to quirky stalls in Camden to cute boutiques in Covent Garden. With streets upon streets packed with great stores, deciding where to start can be tricky. Chapter has put together London's best highlights with a brief description of what each one holds.
Here’s our personal guide to London’s top shopping highlights. Chapter wants you to get the most out of your stay in London so let us know your favourite.
Of course Oxford street would come number one, what else would be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear shopping. Oxford street holds more than 300 stores, from landmark stores, designer outlets and high street fashion including the legendary Selfridges and many famous department stores such as John Lewis and Debenhams.
Not far from Oxford street comes Regent street, home to a very imoressive apple store and the most extravagant and elegant stores from around the world. Whether you want to splash out on the very best designer brands or just love window shopping, this is the place to be.
Impressive and extremely elegant, Bond street and Mayfair are ideal places to visit if you want to shop among celebs and spend some serious cash. Here you’ll find stores like Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co.
There’s not just one, but two Westfield shopping centers in London. Each one as impressive as the other. There’s everything you need at Westfields, from the most luxurious brands, high street fashion, several bars, restaurants, cinema, supermarkets and children play areas.
Step under the famous arch of Carnaby street, the birthplace of fashion and the cultural revelation during the 60’s. Carnaby street holds over 150 different brands and independent boutiques over 13 streets.
Explore Covent Garden and its unmissable range of offerings. Whether you want hip fashion, unique gifts, rare sweets, handmade jewellery, the finest restaurants, live entertainment, museums or cosmetic boutiques - Covent Garden has everything on offer.
Is known for many things but also offers a fantastic market and home for many vintage shops, lovers of the alternative clothing. If you want gothic and punk fashion, alongside tattoo and piercing parlors then you won’t go amiss.
In the posh streets of Chelsea you’ll find King's Road, mixed up with chic boutiques, unique labels, designer shops, high-street staples, fine dining and some celebrity spotting. King's Road is associated with 1960’s style and fashion figures such as Mary Quant and Vivienne Westwood.
Holds the famously lit up department store. People come from around the world just to take photographs of the iconic Harrods store and the many stores Knightbridge holds.
Is a street in Mayfair, well known for its old fashioned traditional bespoke tailoring for men. Home for stores such as Gieves & Hawkes, Huntsman & Sons and Ozwalk Boatang.
Is home to many famous designers but also holds Portobello Road Market which sells everything from antiques and vintage accessories to street food and fresh veg stalls.
Lodged between Brick Lane and Liverpool Street is Spitalfields. Home to a ray of independent shops, young designers, creative businesses and small boutiques.
Located in London’s Docklands, home to many of the UK’s leading businesses but also a surprising shopping destination as it holds over 120 shops across five shopping centers.
Is the world’s #1 destination for comics, merchandise, collectables and graphic novels. The perfect place for any gamer, film nut or comic nerd.
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In the center of the city and in the middle of the hustle and bustle. An electric mix of high-end and high street fashion, gifts, sights and restaurants.
Don’t forget your student discount. The majority of shops do give up to 20% off with valid student identification. Some stores accept your Universities identification card and some may only accept NUS. Find out more about NUS on their site.