Best places to shop in London

Shopping in London

London is known to be a shopper’s haven and a large number of visitors to the city come with the express purpose of shopping in this bustling metropolis. You will find some of the biggest brands and international labels at boutiques and high end stores in the numerous shopping spots all over the city. All it requires is to have a fat wallet and there are shopping venues galore to choose from!

If shopping is what you have in mind when planning a trip to London, then it is best to choose accommodation that offers convenient access to the top shopping areas of the city. A goof choice would be any of the hotels on Liverpool Street in London.  There are some fine boutique hotels to choose from to stay at.

One such luxury hotel that is a popular choice with visitors in the area is the Montcalm hotel London. Apart from offering top notch facilities and a luxurious ambience, it is centrally located with easy access to the best places to shop at while in the city. Some of the best high end places to shop at include...

Oxford Street

The name says it all! Oxford Street has more than 200 million visitors annually and is home to 5 million square feet of retail space with more than 300 shops.  It rightfully has earned the accolade of being the finest and busiest street in the city. Oxford Street began its journey as a shopping Mecca in 1909, when Debenhams and Selfridges opened for business. From then it has remain unparalleled in terms of shopping and has maintained its dominance as the most prominent shopping centre in the world. The area is bustling with an unrivalled array of department stores. For designer garments that do not cost a fortune a visit to Debenhams is recommended. Then there is Lulu Guinness, Jasper Conran and the well known John Lewis to name just a few big brands. At John Lewis visitors will find a variety of goods ranging from fabric to leather, toys to cutlery and lots more.  What makes John Lewis all the more popular with budget shoppers is their 'lowest price' guarantee which ensures that you do not have to over pay and with everything under one roof, it saves on time that would otherwise have been spent on searching.

Another great place to shop in the area is Selfridges that has earned the epithet of being the department store of Londoners. It definitely is less intimidating than shopping at Harrods or Harvey Nichols! There is an amazing variety of international and British designers to choose from and once you done there are great cafes and restaurants to grab a bite at. When it comes to High Street fashion Oxford street is up there with the best. From Spanish favourites Zara and Mango to Benetton, Hennes (H&M), French Connection and Topman among dozens of other big brands all can found in the area. For some great deals drop in at any of the Primark stores with one at Marble Arch and the other is located at Tottenham Court Road.

Bond Street

The name is synonymous with style and is the place for serious fashionistas to be seen and to shop at. Bond Street comprises New and Old Bond Street and is home to the finest designer shops on the planet. These include Armani, Versace, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Prada, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and   Nicole Fahri to name a select few. If you are on the lookout for something that epitomises English style then drop in at the flagship stores of either Burberry or Mulberry. Ann when it comes to antiquities Bond Street is the home of Sotheby's auction house one of the biggest in the world, apart many other antique stores that have their outlets in the area.  And is you do have really deep pockets and have diamonds on your mind there are the biggest names in the business to be found here with names like Tiffany, Cartier and Asprey out of the very exclusive jewellery stores to be found in this exclusive street.  Getting to New Bond Street is just a short stroll from Bond Street Station and Old Bond Street is found at the southern end close to Piccadilly.

Carnaby Street

Carnaby Street has come to be associated with "Swinging London" of the 1960s that was term made popular by Time magazine. Things have certainly changed since then and now it is home to some of the most avant-garde designers and fashionable street ware. There are more than 140 shops to choose from and plenty of bars and restaurants to chill out at after a busy day spent shopping. For street-wear there are stores like American Apparel, Diesel, Puma and Replay among other popular brands to be found in the area. There are a number of boutiques as well where you will find both vintage and modern clothes!