London offers some incredible shopping destinations, but as with so many famous cities, many of them are filled with swarming crowds thanks to their notoriety. If you'd rather avoid the tried and tested tourist traps during your own visit, yet still want to pick up some authentic London finds, then take a look at our guide to the following hidden shopping spots for indulging in a spot of retail therapy...
This area is mainly known for its maritime history, though there are also some incredible shopping opportunities nearby. While making the most of London hotels special offers, take a trip to Greenwich Market (open Tuesday-Sunday) and you'll soon find a wealth of shops to cater for all tastes and price points.
Neal's Yard, Seven Dials
This scenic courtyard stands out as one of the most beautiful shopping spots in London, home to Neal's Yard Dairy (where you can grab a range of British farm-sources cheese) and Neal's Yard Remedies, perfect for grabbing a few organic skincare products. The surrounding area of Seven Dials is just as stunning, with everything from boutique chocolate shops to cutesy pubs and bars for grabbing a bite to eat. However, Neal's Yard remains the major highlight, thanks to the abundance of colour and fauna which will impress any visitor to the Montcalm Hotel London City.
Located close to both Hyde Park and the shopping hub of Oxford Street, Connaught Village is one of London's lesser-known retail venues, but it’s filled with incredible independent stores which sell everything from luxury goods through to interior design products and fine wines. The area is not only impressive for its wide array of stores, but for its overall look and feel. The pastel-tinged shops are sure to leave you in a great mood while staying at the Montcalm Hotel London City.
Camden Passage, Islington
The cobbled streets which run alongside the main shopping district of Islington is filled with incredible independent shops selling antiques and vintage products. From clothing to home-wares, this is the place to go if you're looking for something truly unique as a memento of your trip, including artisan crafts made by local artists.
Broadway Market, Hackney
London is known for its many markets, and Broadway Market in Hackney is one of the very best. However, it's also largely unknown by visitors to the city, and tends to appeal more to locals browsing for bargains. There are over 100 market stalls selling everything from fresh vegetables and fruits to vintage clothes, drinks and more. Running alongside the market you'll also find some great little boutiques for cycling products, jewellery and more clothing.
Redchurch Street, Shoreditch
Shoreditch has some remarkable shopping destinations, but for those truly in the know, Redchurch Street is the place to be. There's a plethora of home décor stores here, as well as hip clothing brands and vintage fashion finds.