The Ultimate Guide to London’s Shopping Centres
London is one of the fashion capitals of the world, so there’s no better way to spend your time in London than by visiting some of the capital’s best shopping destinations! While you’re busy hitting the high streets, make travelling around London even easier by booking a hop-on hop-off bus ticket with The Original Tour.
High Street Shopping
Central London is filled with your favourite high street shops, so visit one of these famous shopping destinations and shop ‘til you drop when you next visit London.
For popular high street brands, budget buys and department stores such as John Lewis and Selfridges, head to Oxford Street when you’re in London. Shop opening times vary from 9am-10pm throughout the week and there are a number of tube stations, bus routes and ideally located parking facilities.
Get lost in the world’s largest Topshop store and when you’re feeling peckish, head to St Christopher’s Place near Selfridges, where you’ll find a variety of restaurants tucked away just off Oxford Street.
Regent Street is a premium shopping destination connecting Oxford Street with Piccadilly Circus. The Grade II listed buildings follow the curvature of the street and are filled with luxury brands from around the world and high street favourites. Regent Street is also home to the world’s oldest toy store, Hamleys, which stretches over 7 floors of fun.
When you’re ready for a quick bite to eat, Whole Foods Market has a variety of healthy lunches, snacks, patisseries and meats for you to grab and go and continue shopping.
If you want to experience the unique combination of a traditionally cobbled piazza and the latest fashion trends, head to Covent Garden. From luxury brands to the home of street performers, Covent Garden is a great place to visit when you’re shopping in the city. While you’re here, make sure to visit the market which is bursting with handcrafted gifts, jewellery, art and much more.
For a quick snack or lunch stop visit Creme de la Crepe tucked away downstairs in a corner of the piazza, where you’ll find an affordable selection of delicious sweet or savoury crepes.
High End Shopping
Whether you’re wanting to shop for luxury brands or see how the other half live, there are lots of luxurious shopping destinations for you to discover in London.
Savile Row is home to some of the world’s best tailors of bespoke men's suits. On Savile Row, in Mayfair, you can book a custom experience with one of the many experienced tailors. If you’re looking to suit up for a special occasion, you’ll have plenty to choose from. From traditional dress wear to one of a kind modern suits, Savile Row provides a unique luxury shopping experience of the highest quality. Henry Poole is credited as the founder of Savile Row in the 1840’s and they claim that no client will have the same pattern or tailored suit.
If you need a break during your visit, head to Sartoria Libare, the only bar on Savile Row, for classic Italian drinks or a light lunch.
Bond Street (New Bond Street)
Since 1700s, Bond Street has been a West End favourite of society’s wealthiest. Today there is a mix between traditional elegance and modern luxury for you to enjoy whilst shopping in London. Stores include Chanel, Prada, Cartier and Tiffany & Co as well as exclusive brands, art and interior decor.
Whilst you’re trawling through New Bond Street, visit Bonhams art gallery, one of the world’s finest auctioneers of art and antiques. While you’re there, try out the lunch menu in Bonhams Michelin starred restaurant. You won’t be disappointed!
Liberty Department Store
Spread over six floors on Great Marlborough Street, Liberty London is a luxurious department store, housing designer brands from around the world. The emporium boasts luxury fabrics and high-end beauty, clothing and home brands. It is open from 10am-8pm Monday-Saturday and from 11:30am-6pm on Sundays.
On the second floor, you’ll find Arthur’s Restaurant for brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and all-day cocktails where you can relax, recharge and take a break from your shopping spree.
If you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary, visit one of London’s most eclectic shopping destinations for one-off buys and authentic worldly food.
Nestled between Regent Street and Oxford Street, Carnaby Street is a unique shopping destination in London. With 14 smaller streets surrounding Carnaby, you will find quirky independent brands such as Lazy Oaf for British Streetwear and established niche shops such as Skinnydip.
Be sure to check out Kingly Court for a bite to eat, where you’ll find 21 international concept restaurants spanning over 3 floors for cult foodie favourites and al fresco dining.
Camden Market first opened in the 1970s as a small arts and crafts fair with just 16 stalls. Today there is an eclectic mix of independent retailers of vintage clothing, accessories, antiques and decor as well as global street food, bars and entertainment.
You’ll find tons of vegan-friendly favourites such as Thamon London, who create plant-based accessories, and V Burger and Magical Falafel for delicious vegan fast food. Camden Market is open every day from 10 am until late and is easy to reach from Camden Town, Chalk Town and Camden Road tube stations.
Brick Lane Market
Every Sunday from 10am-5pm, Brick Lane Market in Shoreditch is bustling with second-hand wares, street performers and authentic global cuisine. Make sure you visit Rokit for vintage bargains from the ’50s to the ’90s and when it’s time to fuel up, head to the Brick Lane Brasserie for authentic Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine and one of the best curries on Brick Lane.
This edgy district of London is more than just a shopping destination, it’s an artistic experience with boutique shops, market stalls and there are plenty of bargains to find!
Indoor Shopping Centres
There are lots of indoor shopping centres in Central London where you can find all of your high street favourites under one roof, which is perfect for shopping on a rainy day.
Find your favourite high street brands and luxury stores under one roof at Westfield London in Shepherd’s Bush. This is a great place to go shopping with kids with tons of family-friendly facilities and KidZania play centre, which is the only educational entertainment centre in the UK.
When you’re ready to refuel, there are lots of family-friendly restaurants to choose from including Nando’s, Five Guys and Pizza Express. Get there by car, train or take the bus to Shepherd’s Bush or White City bus station.
Whiteley's department store in Bayswater was the height of luxury when it first opened in 1911. The Grade II listed building now contains multiple high street brands and an elegant curved staircase leading up to higher floors. Whiteleys is open from 8.30am-12am with different opening times for individual shops, restaurants and leisure facilities.
For a luxury cinema experience for over 18s, visit the Lounge Cinema for great food, wines or cocktails delivered straight to your seat while you sit back, relax and enjoy your film!
If you’re looking for a shopping centre in London with everything from fashion and jewellery to technology and banking, head to Brent Cross in North West London. Make sure you visit Fenwick department store where you’ll find brands from Michael Kors to Paul Smith and a Clarins Spa in the beauty hall.
When you’re feeling hungry, choose from THREE restaurants and bar, Carluccio’s, Caffe Nero or Patisserie Valerie for a bite to eat. Brent Cross has different opening hours throughout the week and is easy to reach by bus, train or car for all of your favourite high street brands.
So what are you waiting for? Book your hop-on-hop-off bus ticket with The Original Tour now and combine shopping in London with a sightseeing city tour.